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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH 1 of 3 v5/leftover] libxl: enable automatic placement of guests on NUMA nodes [and 1 more messages]

Hi Andre,

On Wed, 2012-07-18 at 15:40 +0200, Andre Przywara wrote: 
> > What is the maximum number of NUMA nodes we might expect to see on a
> > single system in the next five years?  I would argue that 32 is too
> > optimistic.  128 or 256 seem like more reasonable upper bounds.
> Wow, what are you talking about?
> To calm this down from the AMD side:
> The current Opteron NUMA architecture is limited to exactly 8 nodes. 
> This has ever been the case since the release of Opteron and changing 
> this is not trivial and will not happen in any near future.
Cool, thanks for bringing your view into this discussion! :-)

> In general I 
> don't think we will see much bigger NUMA systems, but more cluster like 
> architectures.
Yep, I think that too, but hearing this from you is much more important
than hearing it from me as, given your position, your crystal ball is
quite a bit more trained for this kind of foresight than our ones! :-P

> Maybe Juergen can comment on the Fujitsu side.
That would be very interesting.

> So my suggestion: Get this NUMA placement in if anyhow possible for 
> 4.2.0. We have much bigger problems without this algorithm than the 
> theoretic gigantic machine you are talking about. Since it is an 
> internal algorithm, we can fix this later easily in 4.2.1 and 4.3 and 
> nobody will ever notice this problem.
While I basically agree, I think the solution would benefit from some
kind of "safety stop condition" similar to the one IanJ suggested. I'm
just trying to fine tune it a bit, to be sure as much as possible system
might benefit from the placement.

Thanks and Regards,

<<This happens because I choose it to happen!>> (Raistlin Majere)
Dario Faggioli, Ph.D, http://retis.sssup.it/people/faggioli
Senior Software Engineer, Citrix Systems R&D Ltd., Cambridge (UK)

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