[libvirt] Re: virDomainCreate() response time
Daniel P. Berrange
berrange at redhat.com
Wed Dec 2 18:49:21 UTC 2009
On Wed, Dec 02, 2009 at 01:33:58PM -0500, Christopher Pyper wrote:
> I am using xen with libvirt and I have very slow response times with
> calls to virDomainCreate(). It takes approximately 5-6 seconds to
> return. Other calls like virDomainReboot() or virtDomainShutdown()
> return immediately. Do you know what might be causing this, and
> how I might speed this up.
libvirt is at the mercy of Xen here, and Xen is very very slow at creating
new guests, which is reflected in the length of time virDomainCreate()
takes :-( There's nothing we can really do about this.
There's a couple of things where Xen is slow which you might be able to
tune yourself though
- Xenstored is incredibly slow at I/O. Putting the /var/lib/xenstore
directory onto tmpfs does wonders for improving this. Many distros
set xen up this way by default now, but its worth checking in case
- Ballooning down Dom0 to free up RAM to use for DomU takes a while.
This is because Linux generally likes to use all free RAM for cache
and so before Dom0 can be ballooned down, the Dom0 kernel has to
free up this RAM which may in turn require disk I/O etc, etc. If
you keep Dom0 ballooned down to a small limit, then you can avoid
XenD having to balloon Dom0 itself when starting guests.
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