Re: [Xen-devel] Xen / EC2 release criteria proposal

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On Sat, 2019-08-10 at 17:01 +0300, Matt Wilson wrote:
> On Fri, Aug 09, 2019 at 05:56:11PM -0700, Adam Williamson wrote:
> [...]
> > So it seems like this would also be a good opportunity to revisit and
> > nail down more specifically exactly what our cloud requirements are.
> > bcotton suggested  that we require two sample instance types to be
> > tested, c5.large (KVM) and t3.large (Xen). (I've also mailed Thomas
> > Cameron, ex-of Red Hat, now of Amazon, for his opinion, as it seemed
> > like it might be worthwhile - he's promised to get back to me).
> > 
> > So, for now, let me propose this as a trial balloon: we rewrite the
> > above criterion to say:
> > 
> > "Release-blocking cloud disk images must be published to Amazon EC2 as
> > AMIs, and these must boot successfully and meet other relevant release
> > criteria on c5.large and t3.large instance types."
> Hi Adam,
> Thanks for bringing this up. It's good to revisit things from time to
> time as the world changes.

Thanks for the feedback, Matt!

> Of the two instances that you propose, neither runs on Xen. The T2
> instances run on Xen, but T3 uses the KVM-based Nitro hypervisor.

That'll teach me to trust Ben...;)

> To ensure that a Linux based AMI functions across all of the devices
> and operating modes of EC2, you need to cover:
> x86 platforms
> -------------
> * Xen domU with only PV interfaces (e.g., M3 instances)
> * Xen domU with Intel 82599 virtual functions for Enhanced Networking
>   (e.g., C3 instances running in a VPC)
> * Xen domU with Enhanced Networking Adapter (e.g., R4 instances)
> * Xen domU with NVMe local instance storage (e.g., virtualized I3
>   instances)
> * Xen domU with more than 32 vCPUs (e.g., c4.8xlarge)
> * Xen domU with four NUMA nodes (e.g., x1.32xlarge)
> * Xen domU with maximum RAM available in EC2 (x1e.32xlarge)
> * KVM guest with consistent performance (e.g., c5.large)
> * KVM guest with burstable performance (e.g., t3.large)
> * KVM guest with local NVMe storage (e.g., c5d.large)
> * KVM guest with 100 Gbps networking and Elastic Fabric Adapter
>   (c5n.18xlarge)
> * KVM guest on AMD processors (e.g., m5a.large)
> * KVM guest on AMD processors with maximum NUMA nodes (e.g.,
>   m5a.24xlarge)
> * Bare metal Broadwell (i3.metal)
> * Bare metal Skylake (m5.metal)
> * Bare metal Cascade Lake (c5.metal)
> Arm platforms
> -------------
> * KVM guest on Arm with 1 CPU cluster (a1.xlarge)
> * KVM guest on Arm with 2 CPU clusters (a1.2xlarge)
> * KVM guest on Arm with 4 CPU clusters (a1.4xlarge)
> Not all of these are going to cause an image to fail to boot up to the
> point where a customer can SSH in. But a good number of these have
> caused early boot problems in the past (e.g., >32 vCPUs on PVHVM Xen).

Thanks a lot for the list, it's very helpful. It's also very long,
though. :P Still, we can certainly use it as a base.
Adam Williamson
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