On 24/07/2017 7:53, Kinsella, Ray wrote:
Thank you for the details,
> So as it turns out at 512 devices, it is nothing to do SeaBIOS, it was the Kernel
> It is taking quite a while to startup, a little over two hours (7489 seconds).
> The main culprits appear to be enumerating/initializing the PCI Express ports and
> The PCI Express Root Ports are taking a
long time to enumerate/ initializing.
> 42 minutes in total=2579/60=64 ports in total, 40 seconds each.
Even if I am not aware of how much time would take to init a bare-metal
PCIe Root Port, it seems too much.
> [ 50.612822] pci_bus 0000:80: root bus resource [bus 80-c1]
> [ 172.345361] pci 0000:80:00.0: PCI bridge to [bus 81]
> [ 2724.734240] pci 0000:80:08.0: PCI bridge to [bus c1]
> [ 2751.154702] ACPI: Enabled 2 GPEs in block 00 to 3F
> I assume the 1 hour (3827 seconds) below
is being spent enabling interrupts.
Assuming you are referring to legacy interrupts, maybe is possible
to disable them and use only MSI/MSI-X for PCIe Root Ports
(based on user input, we can't disable INTx for all the ports)
> [ 2899.394288] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [GSIG] enabled at IRQ 22
> [ 2899.531324] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [GSIH] enabled at IRQ 23
> [ 2899.534778] ACPI: PCI Interrupt Link [GSIE] enabled at IRQ 20
> [ 6726.914388] Serial: 8250/16550 driver, 4 ports, IRQ sharing disabled
> [ 6726.937932] 00:04: ttyS0 at I/O 0x3f8 (irq = 4, base_baud = 115200) is a 16550A
> [ 6726.964699] Linux agpgart interface v0.103
> There finally there is another 20 minutes
to find in the boot.
> [ 7489.202589] virtio_net virtio515
enp193s0f0: renamed from eth513
> Poky (Yocto Project Reference Distro) 2.3
> qemux86-64 login: root
> I will remove the virtio-net-pci devices
and hotplug them instead.
> In theory it should improve boot time, at expense of incurring some of these costs at
I would appreciate if you can share the results.
> Ray K
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> From: Kevin O'Connor [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
> Sent: Sunday, July 23, 2017 1:05 PM
> To: Marcel Apfelbaum <marcel(a)redhat.com>om>; Kinsella, Ray
> Cc: qemu-devel(a)nongnu.org; seabios(a)seabios.org; Gerd Hoffmann
<kraxel(a)redhat.com>om>; Michael Tsirkin <mst(a)redhat.com>
> Subject: Re: >256 Virtio-net-pci hotplug Devices
> On Sun, Jul 23, 2017 at 07:28:01PM +0300,
Marcel Apfelbaum wrote:
>> On 22/07/2017 2:57, Kinsella, Ray wrote:
>>> When scaling up to 512 Virtio-net devices SeaBIOS appears to really
>>> slow down when configuring PCI Config space - haven't manage to get
>>> this to work yet.
> If there is a slowdown in SeaBIOS, it
would help to produce a log with timing information - see:
> It may also help to increase the debug
level in SeaBIOS to get more fine grained timing reports.