[openstack-dev] Instance with access to GPU, libvirt and hostdev

Jim Fehlig jfehlig at suse.com
Tue Apr 9 17:27:06 UTC 2013

On 04/09/2013 03:12 AM, Guillaume Thouvenin wrote:
> Hello,
>  Here is my use case. I have a machine with GPU and I want to provide an 
> instance that can start an X server and use the GPU to allow 3D rendering.
>  The BIOS installed on my machine doesn't allow IOMMU. So the solution I see 
> is to use a compute node with the Linux container driver.
>  To be able to start an X server in a container and to use GPU (available 
> through /dev/nvidiaX on my machine) with virtualGL for example I need to 
> attach some PCI devices (/dev/ttyX and /dev/nvidiaY) to the guest. To achieve 
> this I'm using the "hostdev" element in the XML configuration file of the 
> container.
>  I looked in the code of nova/virt/libvirt/config.py that generates the XML 
> file for instance and I didn't see any "hostdev" element [1]. So it seems that 
> currently this feature (ie attached PCI devices from the host to the guest 
> using the hostdev element) is not yet supported.
>  As I'm new to openstack I'd like to ask if it makes sense to propose a 
> blueprint to add this feature.

A blueprint already exists for this feature


And looks like it will be discussed at the design summit



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