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System Administration Guide: Oracle Solaris Containers-Resource Management and Oracle Solaris Zones
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Part I Resource Management

1.  Introduction to Solaris 10 Resource Management

2.  Projects and Tasks (Overview)

3.  Administering Projects and Tasks

4.  Extended Accounting (Overview)

5.  Administering Extended Accounting (Tasks)

6.  Resource Controls (Overview)

7.  Administering Resource Controls (Tasks)

8.  Fair Share Scheduler (Overview)

9.  Administering the Fair Share Scheduler (Tasks)

10.  Physical Memory Control Using the Resource Capping Daemon (Overview)

11.  Administering the Resource Capping Daemon (Tasks)

12.  Resource Pools (Overview)

What's New in Resource Pools and Dynamic Resource Pools?

Introduction to Resource Pools

Introduction to Dynamic Resource Pools

About Enabling and Disabling Resource Pools and Dynamic Resource Pools

Resource Pools Used in Zones

When to Use Pools

Resource Pools Framework

/etc/pooladm.conf Contents

Pools Properties

Implementing Pools on a System

project.pool Attribute

SPARC: Dynamic Reconfiguration Operations and Resource Pools

Creating Pools Configurations

Directly Manipulating the Dynamic Configuration

poold Overview

Managing Dynamic Resource Pools

Configuration Constraints and Objectives

Configuration Constraints

pset.min Property and pset.max Property Constraints

cpu.pinned Property Constraint

pool.importance Property Constraint

Configuration Objectives

wt-load Objective

The locality Objective

utilization Objective

Configuration Objectives Example

poold Properties

poold Features That Can Be Configured

poold Monitoring Interval

poold Logging Information

Configuration Information Logging

Monitoring Information Logging

Optimization Information Logging

Logging Location

Log Management With logadm

How Dynamic Resource Allocation Works

About Available Resources

Determining Available Resources

Identifying a Resource Shortage

Determining Resource Utilization

Identifying Control Violations

Determining Appropriate Remedial Action

Using poolstat to Monitor the Pools Facility and Resource Utilization

poolstat Output

Tuning poolstat Operation Intervals

Commands Used With the Resource Pools Facility

13.  Creating and Administering Resource Pools (Tasks)

14.  Resource Management Configuration Example

15.  Resource Control Functionality in the Solaris Management Console

Part II Zones

16.  Introduction to Solaris Zones

17.  Non-Global Zone Configuration (Overview)

18.  Planning and Configuring Non-Global Zones (Tasks)

19.  About Installing, Halting, Cloning, and Uninstalling Non-Global Zones (Overview)

20.  Installing, Booting, Halting, Uninstalling, and Cloning Non-Global Zones (Tasks)

21.  Non-Global Zone Login (Overview)

22.  Logging In to Non-Global Zones (Tasks)

23.  Moving and Migrating Non-Global Zones (Tasks)

24.  Solaris 10 9/10: Migrating a Physical Solaris System Into a Zone (Tasks)

25.  About Packages and Patches on a Solaris System With Zones Installed (Overview)

26.  Adding and Removing Packages and Patches on a Solaris System With Zones Installed (Tasks)

27.  Solaris Zones Administration (Overview)

28.  Solaris Zones Administration (Tasks)

29.  Upgrading a Solaris 10 System That Has Installed Non-Global Zones

30.  Troubleshooting Miscellaneous Solaris Zones Problems

Part III lx Branded Zones

31.  About Branded Zones and the Linux Branded Zone

32.  Planning the lx Branded Zone Configuration (Overview)

33.  Configuring the lx Branded Zone (Tasks)

34.  About Installing, Booting, Halting, Cloning, and Uninstalling lx Branded Zones (Overview)

35.  Installing, Booting, Halting, Uninstalling and Cloning lx Branded Zones (Tasks)

36.  Logging In to lx Branded Zones (Tasks)

37.  Moving and Migrating lx Branded Zones (Tasks)

38.  Administering and Running Applications in lx Branded Zones (Tasks)



Introduction to Resource Pools

Resource pools enable you to separate workloads so that workload consumption of certain resources does not overlap. This resource reservation helps to achieve predictable performance on systems with mixed workloads.

Resource pools provide a persistent configuration mechanism for processor set (pset) configuration and, optionally, scheduling class assignment.

Figure 12-1 Resource Pool Framework

Illustration shows that a pool is made up of one processor set and optionally, a scheduling class.

A pool can be thought of as a specific binding of the various resource sets that are available on your system. You can create pools that represent different kinds of possible resource combinations:

pool1: pset_default
pool2: pset1
pool3: pset1, pool.scheduler="FSS"

By grouping multiple partitions, pools provide a handle to associate with labeled workloads. Each project entry in the /etc/project file can have a single pool associated with that entry, which is specified using the project.pool attribute.

When pools are enabled, a default pool and a default processor set form the base configuration. Additional user-defined pools and processor sets can be created and added to the configuration. A CPU can only belong to one processor set. User-defined pools and processor sets can be destroyed. The default pool and the default processor set cannot be destroyed.

The default pool has the pool.default property set to true. The default processor set has the pset.default property set to true. Thus, both the default pool and the default processor set can be identified even if their names have been changed.

The user-defined pools mechanism is primarily for use on large machines of more than four CPUs. However, small machines can still benefit from this functionality. On small machines, you can create pools that share noncritical resource partitions. The pools are separated only on the basis of critical resources.