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Re: [libvirt] [PATCH 0/1] Multipath pool support

On Tue, Jul 21, 2009 at 05:25:36PM -0400, David Allan wrote:
> The following patch implements multipath pool support.  It's very
> basic functionality, consisting of creating a pool that contains all
> the multipath devices on the host.  That will cover the common case of
> users who just want to discover all the available multipath devices
> and assign them to guests.
> It doesn't currently allow configuration of multipathing, so for now
> setting the multipath configuration will have to continue to be done
> as part of the host system build.
> Example XML to create the pool is:
> <pool type="mpath">
>   <name>mpath</name>
>   <target>
>     <path>/dev/mapper</path>
>   </target>
> </pool>

So this is in essence a 'singleton' pool, since there's only really one
of them per host. There is also no quanity of storage associated with a
mpath pool - it is simply dealing with volumes from other pools. This falls
into the same conceptual bucket as things like  DM-RAID, MD-RAID and 
even loopback device management. 

The question I've never been able to satisfactorily answer myself is
whether these things(mpath,raid,loopback) should be living in the storage
pool APIs, or in the host device APIs. 

I also wonder people determine the assoication between the volumes in
the mpath pool, and the volumes for each corresponding path. 
eg, how do they determine that /dev/mapper/dm-4 multipath device is
associated with devices from the SCSI storage pool 'xyz'. The storage
volume APIs & XML format don't really have a way to express this 

The host device APIs have a much more limited set of operations (list, 
create, delete) but this may well be all that's needed for things like 
raid/mpath/loopback devices, and with its XML format being capability
based we could add a multipath capability under which we list the
constituent paths of each device. 

Now, if my understanding is correct, then if multipath is active it
should automatically create multipath devices for each unique LUN
on a storage array. DM does SCSI queries to determine which block
devices are paths to the same underlying LUN.

Taking a simple iSCSI storage pool

<pool type='iscsi'>
    <host name="iscsi.example.com"/>
    <device path="demo-target"/>

this example would show you each individual block device, generating
paths under /dev/disk/by-path.

Now, we decide we want to make use of multipath for this particular
pool. We should be able to just change the target path, to point
to /dev/mpath, 

<pool type='iscsi'>
    <host name="iscsi.example.com"/>
    <device path="demo-target"/>

and have it give us back the unique multipath enabled LUNs, instead of
each individual block device. 

> The target element is ignored, as it is by the disk pool, but the
> config code rejects the XML if it does not exist.  That behavior
> should obviously be cleaned up, but I think that should be done in a
> separate patch, as it's really a bug in the config code, not related
> to the addition of the new pool type.

The target element is not ignored by the disk pool. This is used to form
the stable device paths via virStorageBackendStablePath() for all block
device based pools.

Even for multipath, there are 3 possible directories under which you can 
see LUNs, with varying plus & minuses for naming stability/uniqueness
across hosts.

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