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    SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/9] add frontend implementation for the IOMMU API
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    On Mon, 1 Dec 2008 15:02:09 +0200
    Muli Ben-Yehuda <muli@il.ibm.com> wrote:

    > On Mon, Dec 01, 2008 at 01:00:26PM +0100, Joerg Roedel wrote:
    >
    > > > > > The majority of the names (include/linux/iommu.h, iommu.c,
    > > > > > iommu_ops, etc) looks too generic? We already have lots of
    > > > > > similar things (e.g. arch/{x86,ia64}/asm/iommu.h, several
    > > > > > archs' iommu.c, etc). Such names are expected to be used by
    > > > > > all the IOMMUs.
    > > > >
    > > > > The API is already useful for more than KVM. I also plan to
    > > > > extend it to support more types of IOMMUs than VT-d and AMD
    > > > > IOMMU in the future. But these changes are more intrusive than
    > > > > this patchset and need more discussion. I prefer to do small
    > > > > steps into this direction.
    > > >
    > > > Can you be more specific? What IOMMU could use this? For example,
    > > > how GART can use this? I think that people expect the name 'struct
    > > > iommu_ops' to be an abstract for all the IOMMUs (or the majority
    > > > at least). If this works like that, the name is a good choice, I
    > > > think.
    > >
    > > GART can't use exactly this. But with some extensions we can make it
    > > useful for GART and GART-like IOMMUs too. For example we can emulate
    > > domains in GART by partitioning the GART aperture space.
    >
    > That would only work with a pvdma API, since GART doesn't support
    > multiple address spaces, and you don't get the isolation properties of
    > a real IOMMU, so... why would you want to do that?

    If this works for only IOMMUs that support kinda domain concept, then
    I think that a name like iommu_domain_ops is more appropriate.


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