on bhyve statistics

Fabian Freyer fabian.freyer at physik.tu-berlin.de
Mon Aug 27 14:56:23 UTC 2018

On 27.08.2018 16:34, Marcelo Araujo wrote:
> Hi Fabian,
> 2018-08-27 22:14 GMT+08:00 Fabian Freyer
> <fabian.freyer at physik.tu-berlin.de
> <mailto:fabian.freyer at physik.tu-berlin.de>>:
>     - are the stats in struct bhyvestats {...} stats exposed or used in any
>       non-obvious way?
> They are most used inside bhyverun by the name "stats" and the purpose
> is not really to collect statistics about the guest vm.

What are they used for? I only see them get increased, never actually

$ rg stats /usr/src/usr.sbin/bhyve
117:struct bhyvestats {
126:} stats;
510:	stats.vmexit_bogus++;
521:	stats.vmexit_reqidle++;
530:	stats.vmexit_hlt++;
544:	stats.vmexit_pause++;
555:	stats.vmexit_mtrap++;
566:	stats.vmexit_inst_emul++;

>     - architecturally, what would be the best ways to get stats out of the
>       user-space emulations? Off of the top of my head, I could think of the
>       following possibilities:
>       - prometheus exporter
>       - having some socket or pipe to request them
>       - DTrace probes
> I don't know what kind of stats do you need to collect, but based on the
> assumptions you listed above, maybe you can take a look at this project:
> https://github.com/freenas/bhyve-vm-goagent
> bhyve-vm-goagent can easily be extended to collect other information
> from guest. Although I'm not sure if it will be useful for your case,
> looks like you are looking for something less intrusive than
> bhyve-vm-goagent.

Thanks for the pointer - but you're right, I'm looking for
guest-agnostic monitoring on the host.


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