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From Laszlo Hornyak <laszlo.horn...@gmail.com>
Subject Re: Adding VirtIO SCSI to KVM hypervisors
Date Sat, 21 Jan 2017 09:46:37 GMT
Hi Wido,

If I understand correctly from the documentation and your examples, virtio
provides virtio interface to the guest while virtio-scsi provides scsi
interface, therefore an IaaS service should not replace it without user
request / approval. It would be probably better to let the user set what
kind of IO interface the VM needs.

Best regards,
Laszlo

On Fri, Jan 20, 2017 at 10:21 PM, Wido den Hollander <wido@widodh.nl> wrote:

> Hi,
>
> VirtIO SCSI [0] has been supported a while now by Linux and all kernels,
> but inside CloudStack we are not using it. There is a issue for this [1].
>
> It would bring more (theoretical) performance to VMs, but one of the
> motivators (for me) is that we can support TRIM/DISCARD [2].
>
> This would allow for RBD images on Ceph to shrink, but it can also give
> back free space on QCOW2 images if quests run fstrim. Something all modern
> distributions all do weekly in a CRON.
>
> Now, it is simple to swap VirtIO for VirtIO SCSI. This would however mean
> that disks inside VMs are then called /dev/sdX instead of /dev/vdX.
>
> For GRUB and such this is no problems. This usually work on UUIDs and/or
> labels, but for static mounts on /dev/vdb1 for example things break.
>
> We currently don't have any configuration method on how we want to present
> a disk to a guest, so when attaching a volume we can't say that we want to
> use a different driver. If we think that a Operating System supports VirtIO
> we use that driver in KVM.
>
> Any suggestion on how to add VirtIO SCSI support?
>
> Wido
>
>
> [0]: http://wiki.qemu.org/Features/VirtioSCSI
> [1]: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CLOUDSTACK-8239
> [2]: https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/CLOUDSTACK-8104
>



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