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Re: [Xen-devel] pre Sandy bridge IOMMU support (gm45)

(re-adding xen-devel)

>>> On 26.01.16 at 12:28, <thierry.laurion@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Iommu=0 let the whole Qubes system work, without enforcing hardware
> compartimentalisation (iommu is enforced in software mode)
> When iommu=no-igfx is enforced, shell console boot up works flawlessly. All
> domu machines get booted up. A system hang will happen at the moment a domu
> machine does graphic rendering,

And this is (other than I originally implied) without passing through
the IGD to the DomU? If so, I can't see the difference between a
guest rendering to its display (and vncviewer or whatever frontend
you use converting this to rendering on the host) and rendering
which originates in the host.


> which often results in tray icon being
> fuzzy just before the system gets unresponsive(netvm showing it get
> connected through nm - applet rendering) , or a notification starting to
> show up while the system hangs before it disappears with some minor/major
> visual glitch being visible (usb-vm showing device attribution to another
> vm).
> Again, if iommu=0 is passed to xen, there is no system hang while not
> having any added isolation security from usb devices being in a domu and
> network devices being in another one, while applications sit in seperate
> ones. This is why Qubes strongly suggest but doesn't require iommu;stronger
> isolation.
> IGD has a bad history of iommu support. A quick list :
> -http://lists.freedesktop.org/archives/dri-devel/2013-January/033662.html 
> -https://lists.ubuntu.com/archives/kernel-team/2013-February/024796.html 
> Isolation of netvm and usb is a required use case in Qubes. IGD passthrough
> would be nice to have, but isn't required. I don't really see why someone
> would want to passthrouh IGD to a Windows domu, gm45 based laptops are
> definitely not gaming laptops. Since i915 and gm45 have a bad iommu
> history, just being able to completely disable iommu for IGD would suffice.
> Thierry
> Le mar. 26 janv. 2016 05:52, Jan Beulich <JBeulich@xxxxxxxx> a Ãcrit :
>> >>> On 25.01.16 at 22:49, <thierry.laurion@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > The case is 1) disabling iommu for IGD, unilaterally since i915 + gm45
>> > doesn't play well together. Iommu is still desired to isolate usb and
>> > network devices, so we don't want to disable iommu completely. The side
>> > effect of this would be to have IGD only for dom0, which would also
>> > completely make sense in this use case.
>> >
>> > The point is the iommu=no-igfx doesn't fix the issue, since remapping
>> seems
>> > to still happen for IGD. Does that make sense ?
>> It certainly may make sense, just that in what you have written so
>> far I don't think I've been able to spot any evidence thereof. Since,
>> as you say, nothing interesting gets logged by Xen, you must be
>> drawing this conclusion from something (or else you wouldn't say
>> "doesn't fix the issue").
>> Jan

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