[Lustre-devel] faking LNET scale

Eric Barton eeb at sun.com
Wed Apr 29 18:21:00 PDT 2009

Why not just instantiate all the NIs on the server?  LNDs that
support multiple NIs typically have a single set of global tables,
so it should still stress the LND just fine.  Also having n different
targets (one for each LNET) on the server actually simplifies
client configuration too - if you only have a single target, lustre
would, by default, only use one client NID to get to it.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: lustre-devel-bounces at lists.lustre.org [mailto:lustre-devel-bounces at lists.lustre.org] On Behalf Of Liang Zhen
> Sent: 17 April 2009 7:34 PM
> To: Nicholas Henke
> Cc: lustre-devel at lists.lustre.org
> Subject: Re: [Lustre-devel] faking LNET scale
> Nic,
> It's very late night for me now, my head is not clear enough for me to
> make sure whether I'm saying something crazy, :)
> LNet always thinks target is remote network(needs router) if it can't
> find a NI with same network ID, for example, if local NI is (ptl0) and
> caller wants to send message to (ptl1), then LNet will:
> 1. Try to find local  NI for ptl1, and failed then:
> 2. try to find if ptl1 is a remote network and whether there is router
> for this network (ptl1)
> So if you want your server has only one NI instance and can talk with a
> set of different networks, and at the same time, it can talk with other
> remote networks via routers,  I would suggest:
> 1. create a new command, for example: lctl add_local_net ptl0 ptl[1-N],
> which means LNet should allow NI(ptl0) accessing networks( ptl[1-N] as
> local networks.
> 2. add a new structure in LNet, i.e:
> struct  {
>       struct list_head ln_list;
>     __u32                ln_net;
>      lnet_ni_t          *ln_localni;
>      ......
> }lnet_localnet_t;
> As you see, it's very like current structure lnet_remotenet_t, which is
> pending on lnet_t::ln_remote_nets; we can create a lnet_locallnet_t
> object and add it to global list (i.e: lnet_t::ln_local_nets) by the
> command we mentioned above: lctl add_local_net
> 3. once upper layer caller sending message, lnet_send() should check
> lnet_t::ln_local_nets firstly (before thinking it's a remote network and
> checking on lnet_t::ln_remote_nets), if it is on
> lnet_t::ln_local_netsthen we can take the local NI. on
> lnet_locanet_t::ln_localni;
> 4. We need add a new flag for LND, only LND with the flag can support
> command lctl add_local_net.
> 5. make the LND wouldn't reject messages from different networks.
> again, hope I'm answering what you are asking, :)
> Regards
> Liang
> Nicholas Henke wrote:
> > Greetings -
> >
> > 	I was looking into ways to simulate scale at the LNET level. It would allow us
> > to test the LNDs better with less hardware, not to mention things like LNet
> > SelfTest and friends.
> >
> > 	With the work in bug 15332 to add multiple nets per NIC, it seemed fairly close
> > that we could use that to generate multiple LND connections from a single NIC.
> > Ideally we'd have a server or router that would have just one LND instance
> > (ptl0) and the client nodes with multiple interfaces (ptl1, ptl2, ...). This
> > would increase the load on those server nodes to something interesting.
> >
> > However, to do this either hacking up lnet_ptlcompat_matchXXX to look at another
> > flag besides the_lnet.ln_ptlcompat or some other way of allowing a server with a
> > single NET (ptl0) to accept requests from a variety of nets (ptl1, ptl2, etc).
> > One cannot use multiple interfaces for the same net type with ln_ptlcompat enabled.
> >
> > 	Is there a better way to do this ? What would be the least abusive of th e rules ?
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Nic
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