[Xen-users] Dedicating a physical CPU or Hyperthread to dom0? Strange te
I made the following tests with xen 3.1.0:
I have two 3 GHz Xeon CPUs, which makes it 4 Hyperthreads.
CPU1 = HT1 + HT2
CPU2 = HT3 + HT4
HT1 is dedicated to dom0. I run two identical PV domains with 1 VPCU
each and 400 MB of RAM. VCPUs are mapped statically to HT3 (dom1) and
HT4 (dom2). So there is nothing running on CPU1 except for dom0, HT2 is
not used at all actually.
I downloaded Apache Sourcecode and compiled it using "time make". I will
talk about the displayed "realtime" needed to compile.
So in this setup, if dom1 compiles while dom2 does nothing (and vice
versa), this take 3 minutes. If both dom1 and dom2 compile at the same
time, it takes 3 minutes each, so they do not seem to affect each other.
Now I vcpu-pin dom1 to HT2. So dom0 and dom1 run on CPU1.
Now: If both dom1 and dom2 compile at the same time, it takes 5 (five)
minutes each. So there seems to be some kind of affect when something is
run on the same physical CPU (not HT!), dom0 uses. I dont understand this.
But what I find really strange is the following: If I vcpu-pin dom2 to HT3:
and compile in dom1 and dom2 at the same time, it takes 3 minutes again.
So it cannot be "always" true what I stated earlier (some kind of affect
when something is run on the same physical CPU (not HT!), dom0 uses).
I repeated all of these tests several times. This is reproducable. There
are no extra services in dom0, dom1 and dom2 are setup from the same
template (plain debian etch minimum install) and there are no services
(yet) in dom1 and dom2.
I also doublechecked for typo with the numbers in this email.
Is this a known behaviour?
Can someone explain it to me?
Is it suggested to dedicate a physical CPU or should a hyperthread be
What is this like on dual or quad core CPUs? Is the behaviour the same
if actual cores instead of HTs are assigned?
Here are some additional infos. If you need any more: ask! I'll be happy
to supply them
xm vcpu-list 0
Name ID VCPU CPU State Time(s) CPU
Domain-0 0 0 0 r-- 53484.9 0
Domain-0 0 1 - --p 4.3 any cpu
Domain-0 0 2 - --p 2.8 any cpu
Domain-0 0 3 - --p 3.0 any cpu
CPU details from /proc/cpuinfo:
model name : Intel(R) Xeon(TM) CPU 3.00GHz
stepping : 3
cpu MHz : 2992.712
cache size : 2048 KB
fdiv_bug : no
hlt_bug : no
f00f_bug : no
coma_bug : no
fpu : yes
fpu_exception : yes
cpuid level : 5
wp : yes
flags : fpu tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic mtrr mca cmov pat pse36
clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe nx lm constant_tsc up
pni monitor ds_cpl cid cx16 xtpr
bogomips : 5988.42
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