large number of hot plug disks

Peter Krempa pkrempa at
Tue Sep 8 12:38:17 UTC 2020

On Tue, Sep 08, 2020 at 08:19:21 -0400, Alexander Wels wrote:
> Hi,
> I am working on a project, and one of the requirements is that I can
> hotplug a large number of disks. Think several dozens to potentially 100+.
> The guest OS will be some linux flavor so it should have no problem with a
> large number of disks.
> During my experimentation I quickly ran into the "No available PCI slots"
> limit. I found explaining to me why
> the limit is there. Now I could add a bunch of pcie-root-ports ahead of
> time, but there is likely a limit to that as well. So before I go down some
> crazy paths, I figured I would ask on here if there is a better plan than
> adding a bunch of root ports for adding a large number of hotplugged disks?

I strongly suggest using a virtio-scsi controller and plugging disks
into it. You can have a fairly large number of LUNs per controller, so
that will severely decrease the amount of required PCI slots. You can
obviously add more controllers if you need even more LUNs.

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