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SubjectRe: [PATCH] virtio-spec: split virtio-net device status filed into ro and rw byte
On Mon, Mar 19, 2012 at 11:09:24AM +0800, Jason Wang wrote:
> On 03/18/2012 08:22 PM, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> >On Fri, Mar 16, 2012 at 11:20:26PM +0800, Jason Wang wrote:
> >>This patch splits the device status field of virtio-net into ro and rw
> >>byte. This would simplify the implementation of both host and guest
> >>and make the layout more clean. As VIRTIO_NET_S_ANNOUNCE is a rw bit,
> >>it was moved to bit 8 (0x100).
> >>
> >>btw. looks like there's no implementation that depends on
> >>VIRTIO_NET_S_ANNOUNCE, so the move is safe.
> >>
> >>Signed-off-by: Jason Wang<jasowang@redhat.com>
> >Hmm, I know I proposed this myself, and I thought it will
> >prevent problems if we will add more rw bits,
> >but I missed the following race:
> >
> >host writes VIRTIO_NET_S_ANNOUNCE = 1, interrupt
> >
> > guest reads VIRTIO_NET_S_ANNOUNCE = 1
> >
> >host writes VIRTIO_NET_S_SOME_NEW_FIELD = 1, interrupt
> >
> > guest writes VIRTIO_NET_S_ANNOUNCE = 0
> > VIRTIO_NET_S_SOME_NEW_FIELD is overwritten
> >
> > guest reads VIRTIO_NET_S_SOME_NEW_FIELD = 0
> >
> >How about making the new bit write 1 to clear?
> >If we do, we can keep it where it is currently ...
> >
>
> Didn't follow, do you mean to make VIRITO_NET_S_ANNOUNCE bit clear
> on read? Looks like this can prevent the race and keep what
> currently we have.

Clear on read is evil, it makes debugging harder
since you can't check the state without destroying it.
Write 1 to clear means writing 0 to a bit does not
change it, writing 1 clears it. This makes it possible
to flip individual bits in config space without
making Schrödinger's cat experiments.

> >
> >>---
> >> virtio-0.9.4.lyx | 20 +++++++++++++++++++-
> >> 1 files changed, 19 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)
> >>
> >>diff --git a/virtio-0.9.4.lyx b/virtio-0.9.4.lyx
> >>index 6c7bab1..ef3951c 100644
> >>--- a/virtio-0.9.4.lyx
> >>+++ b/virtio-0.9.4.lyx
> >>@@ -58,6 +58,7 @@
> >> \html_be_strict false
> >> \author -608949062 "Rusty Russell,,,"
> >> \author 1531152142 "pbonzini"
> >>+\author 2090695081 "Jason"
> >> \end_header
> >>
> >> \begin_body
> >>@@ -4012,8 +4013,19 @@ configuration
> >> layout Two configuration fields are currently defined.
> >> The mac address field always exists (though is only valid if VIRTIO_NET_F_MAC
> >> is set), and the status field only exists if VIRTIO_NET_F_STATUS is set.
> >>+
> >>+\change_inserted 2090695081 1331907586
> >>+ The low byte of status field is read-only, guest write to this byte would
> >>+ be ignored.
> >>+ Currently only one bit is defined for this byte: VIRTIO_NET_S_LINK_UP.
> >>+ The high byte of status field is read-writable.
> >>+ Currently only one bit is defined for this byte: VIRTIO_NET_S_ANNOUNCE.
> >>+
> >>+\change_deleted 2090695081 1331907489
> >> Two bits are currently defined for the status field: VIRTIO_NET_S_LINK_UP
> >> and VIRTIO_NET_S_ANNOUNCE.
> >>+
> >>+\change_unchanged
> >>
> >> \begin_inset listings
> >> inline false
> >>@@ -4026,7 +4038,13 @@ status open
> >>
> >> \begin_layout Plain Layout
> >>
> >>-#define VIRTIO_NET_S_ANNOUNCE 2
> >>+#define VIRTIO_NET_S_ANNOUNCE
> >>+\change_inserted 2090695081 1331907493
> >>+0x100
> >>+\change_deleted 2090695081 1331907491
> >>+2
> >>+\change_unchanged
> >>+
> >> \end_layout
> >>
> >> \begin_layout Plain Layout
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