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SubjectRe: [PATCH] VFIO driver: Non-privileged user level PCI drivers
* Joerg Roedel (joro@8bytes.org) wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 02, 2010 at 02:21:00PM +0300, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > On Wed, Jun 02, 2010 at 01:12:25PM +0200, Joerg Roedel wrote:
>
> > > Even if it is bound to a domain the userspace driver could program the
> > > device to do dma to unmapped regions causing io-page-faults. The kernel
> > > can't do anything about it.
> >
> > It can always corrupt its own memory directly as well :)
> > But that is not a reason not to detect errors if we can,
> > and not to make APIs hard to misuse.
>
> Changing the domain of a device while dma can happen is the same type of
> bug as unmapping potential dma target addresses. We can't catch this
> kind of misuse.
>
> > > > With 10 devices you have 10 extra ioctls.
> > >
> > > And this works implicitly with your proposal?
> >
> > Yes. so you do:
> > iommu = open
> > ioctl(dev1, BIND, iommu)
> > ioctl(dev2, BIND, iommu)
> > ioctl(dev3, BIND, iommu)
> > ioctl(dev4, BIND, iommu)
> >
> > No need to add a SHARE ioctl.
>
> In my proposal this looks like:
>
>
> dev1 = open();
> ioctl(dev2, SHARE, dev1);
> ioctl(dev3, SHARE, dev1);
> ioctl(dev4, SHARE, dev1);
>
> So we actually save an ioctl.

This is not any hot path, so saving an ioctl shouldn't be a consideration.
Only important consideration is a good API. I may have lost context here,
but the SHARE API is limited to the vfio fd. The BIND API expects a new
iommu object. Are there other uses for this object? Tom's current vfio
driver exposes a dma mapping interface, would the iommu object expose
one as well? Current interface is device specific DMA interface for
host device drivers typically mapping in-flight dma buffers, and IOMMU
specific interface for assigned devices typically mapping entire virtual
address space.

thanks,
-chris


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