[libvirt] [RFC] New libvirt API for domain memory statistics reporting

Adam Litke agl at us.ibm.com
Tue Dec 8 19:57:14 UTC 2009

When using ballooning to manage overcommitted memory on a host, a system for
guests to communicate their memory usage to the host can provide information
that will minimize the impact of ballooning on the guests while maximizing
efficient use of host memory.

The design of such a communication channel was recently added to version 0.8.2
of the VirtIO Spec (See Appendix G):
 - http://ozlabs.org/~rusty/virtio-spec/virtio-spec-0.8.2.pdf

Host-side and guest-side implementations have been accepted for inclusion in
their respective projects:
 - Guest: http://lkml.org/lkml/2009/11/30/274
 - Host: http://lists.gnu.org/archive/html/qemu-devel/2009-12/msg00380.html

The following patch series implements a new libvirt interface to expose these
memory statistics.  Thank you for your review and comments.

[PATCH 1/6] domMemStats: Add domainMemStats method to struct _virDriver
[PATCH 2/6] domMemStats: Add public symbol to libvirt API
[PATCH 3/6] qemu-driver: Enable domainMemStats in the qemu driver
[PATCH 4/6] remote-driver: Add domainMemStats support
[PATCH 5/6] virsh: Enable virDomainMemStats as a new command
[PATCH 6/6] python: Add python bindings for virDomainMemStats

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