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Re: [Xen-devel] VIRTIO - compatibility with different virtualization solutions

On Tue, Feb 18, 2014 at 4:26 PM, Rusty Russell <rusty@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Daniel Kiper <daniel.kiper@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> Hi,
>> Below you could find a summary of work in regards to VIRTIO compatibility 
>> with
>> different virtualization solutions. It was done mainly from Xen point of view
>> but results are quite generic and can be applied to wide spectrum
>> of virtualization platforms.
> Hi Daniel,
>         Sorry for the delayed response, I was pondering...  CC changed
> to virtio-dev.
> From a standard POV: It's possible to abstract out the where we use
> 'physical address' for 'address handle'.  It's also possible to define
> this per-platform (ie. Xen-PV vs everyone else).  This is sane, since
> Xen-PV is a distinct platform from x86.

I'll go even further and say that "address handle" doesn't make sense too.

Just using grant table references is not enough to make virtio work
well under Xen.  You really need to use bounce buffers ala persistent

I think what you ultimately want is virtio using a DMA API (I know
benh has scoffed at this but I don't buy his argument at face value)
and a DMA layer that bounces requests to a pool of persistent grants.

> For platforms using EPT, I don't think you want anything but guest
> addresses, do you?
> From an implementation POV:
> On IOMMU, start here for previous Linux discussion:
> http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.kernel.virtualization/14410/focus=14650
> And this is the real problem.  We don't want to use the PCI IOMMU for
> PCI devices.  So it's not just a matter of using existing Linux APIs.

Is there any data to back up that claim?

Just because power currently does hypercalls for anything that uses
the PCI IOMMU layer doesn't mean this cannot be changed.  It's pretty
hacky that virtio-pci just happens to work well by accident on power
today.  Not all architectures have this limitation.


Anthony Liguori

> Cheers,
> Rusty.

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