VM migrations stalling and failing to complete in a RHEV environment

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  • Some VM migrations would fail to converge, meaning that pages of memory within the guest were getting modified quicker than they could be transferred to the other host.

  • An indication of this is seen in the VDSM logs, e.g.;

Thread-70::WARNING::2016-01-06 11:11:52,092::migration::468::vm.Vm::(monitor_migration) vmId=`ae7cd74f-79d4-403d-858f-6fb37eb8ee1d`::Migration stalling: remaining (1521MiB) > lowmark (642MiB). Refer to RHBZ#919201.
Thread-70::INFO::2016-01-06 11:11:52,093::migration::477::vm.Vm::(monitor_migration) vmId=`ae7cd74f-79d4-403d-858f-6fb37eb8ee1d`::Migration Progress: 990 seconds elapsed, 82% of data processed
  • Some migrations would still fail regardless of VDSM parameter settings.

  • Even with settings to allow the full network bandwidth to be used, nowhere close to the full bandwidth was being used during these migrations.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Virtualization (RHEV) 3.5
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) 6.6 hosts
  • 1 gbit network
  • No separate migration network, the rhevm management network was used

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