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SubjectRE: [RFC PATCH 2/2] macvtap: TX zero copy between guest and host kernel
>From: Arnd Bergmann [mailto:arnd@arndb.de]
>Sent: Tuesday, September 14, 2010 11:21 PM
>To: Shirley Ma
>Cc: Avi Kivity; David Miller; mst@redhat.com; Xin, Xiaohui; netdev@vger.kernel.org;
>kvm@vger.kernel.org; linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
>Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 2/2] macvtap: TX zero copy between guest and host kernel
>
>On Tuesday 14 September 2010, Shirley Ma wrote:
>> On Tue, 2010-09-14 at 11:12 +0200, Avi Kivity wrote:
>>
>> > That's what io_submit() is for. Then io_getevents() tells you what
>> > "a
>> > while" actually was.
>>
>> This macvtap zero copy uses iov buffers from vhost ring, which is
>> allocated from guest kernel. In host kernel, vhost calls macvtap
>> sendmsg. macvtap sendmsg calls get_user_pages_fast to pin these buffers'
>> pages for zero copy.
>>
>> The patch is relying on how vhost handle these buffers. I need to look
>> at vhost code (qemu) first for addressing the questions here.
>
>I guess the best solution would be to make macvtap_aio_write return
>-EIOCBQUEUED when a packet gets passed down to the adapter, and
>call aio_complete when the adapter is done with it.
>
>This would change the regular behavior of macvtap into a model where
>every write on the file blocks until the packet has left the machine,
>which gives us better flow control, but does slow down the traffic
>when we only put one packet at a time into the queue.
>
>It also allows the user to call io_submit instead of write in order
>to do an asynchronous submission as Avi was suggesting.
>

But currently, this patch is communicated with vhost-net, which is almost
in the kernel side. If it uses aio stuff, it should be communicate with user
space Backend.

> Arnd


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