[Mesa-dev] [Intel-gfx] gitlab.fd.o financial situation and impact on services

Jason Ekstrand jason at jlekstrand.net
Sat Feb 29 21:54:13 UTC 2020

On Sat, Feb 29, 2020 at 3:47 PM Timur Kristóf <timur.kristof at gmail.com> wrote:
> On Sat, 2020-02-29 at 14:46 -0500, Nicolas Dufresne wrote:
> > >
> > > 1. I think we should completely disable running the CI on MRs which
> > > are
> > > marked WIP. Speaking from personal experience, I usually make a lot
> > > of
> > > changes to my MRs before they are merged, so it is a waste of CI
> > > resources.
> >
> > In the mean time, you can help by taking the habit to use:
> >
> >   git push -o ci.skip
> Thanks for the advice, I wasn't aware such an option exists. Does this
> also work on the mesa gitlab or is this a GStreamer only thing?

Mesa is already set up so that it only runs on MRs and branches named
ci-* (or maybe it's ci/*; I can't remember).

> How hard would it be to make this the default?

I strongly suggest looking at how Mesa does it and doing that in
GStreamer if you can.  It seems to work pretty well in Mesa.


> > That's a much more difficult goal then it looks like. Let each
> > projects
> > manage their CI graph and content, as each case is unique. Running
> > more
> > tests, or building more code isn't the main issue as the CPU time is
> > mostly sponsored. The data transfers between the cloud of gitlab and
> > the runners (which are external), along to sending OS image to Lava
> > labs is what is likely the most expensive.
> >
> > As it was already mention in the thread, what we are missing now, and
> > being worked on, is per group/project statistics that give us the
> > hotspot so we can better target the optimization work.
> Yes, would be nice to know what the hotspot is, indeed.
> As far as I understand, the problem is not CI itself, but the bandwidth
> needed by the build artifacts, right? Would it be possible to not host
> the build artifacts on the gitlab, but rather only the place where the
> build actually happened? Or at least, only transfer the build artifacts
> on-demand?
> I'm not exactly familiar with how the system works, so sorry if this is
> a silly question.
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