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

Daniel Kiper <daniel.kiper@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> Hey,
> On Thu, Feb 20, 2014 at 06:18:00PM +1030, Rusty Russell wrote:
>> Ian Campbell <Ian.Campbell@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:
>> > On Wed, 2014-02-19 at 10:56 +1030, Rusty Russell wrote:
>> >> For platforms using EPT, I don't think you want anything but guest
>> >> addresses, do you?
>> >
>> > No, the arguments for preventing unfettered access by backends to
>> > frontend RAM applies to EPT as well.
>> I can see how you'd parse my sentence that way, I think, but the two
>> are orthogonal.
>> AFAICT your grant-table access restrictions are page granularity, though
>> you don't use page-aligned data (eg. in xen-netfront).  This level of
>> access control is possible using the virtio ring too, but noone has
>> implemented such a thing AFAIK.
> Could you say in short how it should be done? DMA API is an option but
> if there is a simpler mechanism available in VIRTIO itself we will be
> happy to use it in Xen.

OK, this challenged me to think harder.

The queue itself is effectively a grant table (as long as you don't give
the backend write access to it).  The available ring tells you where the
buffers are and whether they are readable or writable.  The used ring
tells you when they're used.

However, performance would suck due to no caching: you'd end up doing a
map and unmap on every packet.  I'm assuming Xen currently avoids that
somehow?  Seems likely...

On the other hand, if we wanted a more Xen-like setup, it would looke
like this:

1) Abstract away the "physical addresses" to "handles" in the standard,
   and allow some platform-specific mapping setup and teardown.

2) In Linux, implement a virtio DMA ops which handles the grant table
   stuff for Xen (returning grant table ids + offset or something?),
   noop for others.  This would be a runtime thing.

3) In Linux, change the drivers to use this API.

Now, Xen will not be able to use vhost to accelerate, but it doesn't now

Am I missing anything?


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