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Subject[PATCH v11 00/17] Provide a zero-copy method on KVM virtio-net.
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We provide an zero-copy method which driver side may get external
buffers to DMA. Here external means driver don't use kernel space
to allocate skb buffers. Currently the external buffer can be from
guest virtio-net driver.

The idea is simple, just to pin the guest VM user space and then
let host NIC driver has the chance to directly DMA to it.
The patches are based on vhost-net backend driver. We add a device
which provides proto_ops as sendmsg/recvmsg to vhost-net to
send/recv directly to/from the NIC driver. KVM guest who use the
vhost-net backend may bind any ethX interface in the host side to
get copyless data transfer thru guest virtio-net frontend.

patch 01-10: net core and kernel changes.
patch 11-13: new device as interface to mantpulate external buffers.
patch 14: for vhost-net.
patch 15: An example on modifying NIC driver to using napi_gro_frags().
patch 16: An example how to get guest buffers based on driver
who using napi_gro_frags().
patch 17: It's a patch to address comments from Michael S. Thirkin
to add 2 new ioctls in mp device.
We split it out here to make easier reiewer.

The guest virtio-net driver submits multiple requests thru vhost-net
backend driver to the kernel. And the requests are queued and then
completed after corresponding actions in h/w are done.

For read, user space buffers are dispensed to NIC driver for rx when
a page constructor API is invoked. Means NICs can allocate user buffers
from a page constructor. We add a hook in netif_receive_skb() function
to intercept the incoming packets, and notify the zero-copy device.

For write, the zero-copy deivce may allocates a new host skb and puts
payload on the skb_shinfo(skb)->frags, and copied the header to skb->data.
The request remains pending until the skb is transmitted by h/w.

We provide multiple submits and asynchronous notifiicaton to
vhost-net too.

Our goal is to improve the bandwidth and reduce the CPU usage.
Exact performance data will be provided later.

What we have not done yet:
Performance tuning

what we have done in v1:
polish the RCU usage
deal with write logging in asynchroush mode in vhost
add notifier block for mp device
rename page_ctor to mp_port in netdevice.h to make it looks generic
add mp_dev_change_flags() for mp device to change NIC state
add CONIFG_VHOST_MPASSTHRU to limit the usage when module is not load
a small fix for missing dev_put when fail
using dynamic minor instead of static minor number
a __KERNEL__ protect to mp_get_sock()

what we have done in v2:

remove most of the RCU usage, since the ctor pointer is only
changed by BIND/UNBIND ioctl, and during that time, NIC will be
stopped to get good cleanup(all outstanding requests are finished),
so the ctor pointer cannot be raced into wrong situation.

Remove the struct vhost_notifier with struct kiocb.
Let vhost-net backend to alloc/free the kiocb and transfer them
via sendmsg/recvmsg.

use get_user_pages_fast() and set_page_dirty_lock() when read.

Add some comments for netdev_mp_port_prep() and handle_mpassthru().

what we have done in v3:
the async write logging is rewritten
a drafted synchronous write function for qemu live migration
a limit for locked pages from get_user_pages_fast() to prevent Dos
by using RLIMIT_MEMLOCK


what we have done in v4:
add iocb completion callback from vhost-net to queue iocb in mp device
replace vq->receiver by mp_sock_data_ready()
remove stuff in mp device which access structures from vhost-net
modify skb_reserve() to ignore host NIC driver reserved space
rebase to the latest vhost tree
split large patches into small pieces, especially for net core part.


what we have done in v5:
address Arnd Bergmann's comments
-remove IFF_MPASSTHRU_EXCL flag in mp device
-Add CONFIG_COMPAT macro
-remove mp_release ops
move dev_is_mpassthru() as inline func
fix a bug in memory relinquish
Apply to current git (2.6.34-rc6) tree.

what we have done in v6:
move create_iocb() out of page_dtor which may happen in interrupt context
-This remove the potential issues which lock called in interrupt context
make the cache used by mp, vhost as static, and created/destoryed during
modules init/exit functions.
-This makes multiple mp guest created at the same time.

what we have done in v7:
some cleanup prepared to suppprt PS mode

what we have done in v8:
discarding the modifications to point skb->data to guest buffer directly.
Add code to modify driver to support napi_gro_frags() with Herbert's comments.
To support PS mode.
Add mergeable buffer support in mp device.
Add GSO/GRO support in mp deice.
Address comments from Eric Dumazet about cache line and rcu usage.

what we have done in v9:
v8 patch is based on a fix in dev_gro_receive().
But Herbert did not agree with the fix we have sent out.
And he suggest another fix. v9 is modified to base on that fix.


what we have done in v10:
Fix a partial csum error.
Cleanup some unused fields with struct page_info{} in mp device.
Modify kmem_cache_zalloc() to kmem_cache_alloc() based on Michael S. Thirkin.
what we have done in v11:
Address comments from Michael S. Thirkin to add two new ioctls in mp device.

Performance:
We have seen the performance data request from mailling-list.
And we are now looking into this.


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