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SubjectRe: New Linux accelerators discussion list [was: Re: Fostering linux community collaboration on hardware accelerators]
+ linux-accelerators@lists.ozlabs.org

Seems sensible to have this email actually go to the new list so
at least it appears in the archive.

Sorry all, I should have thought of this before pressing send,

Jonathan

On Tue, 17 Oct 2017 13:48:10 +0100
Jonathan Cameron <Jonathan.Cameron@huawei.com> wrote:

> On Tue, 17 Oct 2017 11:00:40 +1100
> Andrew Donnellan <andrew.donnellan@au1.ibm.com> wrote:
>
> > On 17/10/17 01:07, Jonathan Cameron wrote:
> > > <snip>
> > >
> > >>> So as ever with a linux community focusing on a particular topic, the
> > >>> obvious solution is a mailing list. There are a number of options on how
> > >>> do this.
> > >>>
> > >>> 1) Ask one of the industry bodies to host? Who?
> > >>>
> > >>> 2) Put together a compelling argument for linux-accelerators@vger.kernel.org
> > >>> as probably the most generic location for such a list.
> > >>
> > >> Happy to offer linux-accelerators@lists.ozlabs.org, which I can get set
> > >> up immediately (and if we want patchwork, patchwork.ozlabs.org is
> > >> available as always, no matter where the list is hosted).
> > >>
> > >
> > > That would be great! Thanks for doing this. Much easier to find out what
> > > such a list is useful for by the practical option of having a list and
> > > see what people do with it.
> >
> > [+ LKML]
> >
> > We now have a mailing list:
> >
> > List: linux-accelerators@lists.ozlabs.org
> > Info: https://lists.ozlabs.org/listinfo/linux-accelerators
> > Archives: https://lists.ozlabs.org/pipermail/linux-accelerators
> >
> > I haven't set up Patchwork as yet, but if people think that's a good
> > idea I can get that done too.
> >
> >
> > Andrew
> >
>
> Thanks Andrew.
>
> A quick summary of initial thoughts on scope of this list for anyone
> entering the discussion at this point.
> Note it will hopefully evolve in whatever direction people find helpful.
> This contains some suggestions not a barrier to wider scope!
>
> There are a number of projects / applications involving what are
> termed hardware accelerators. These include:
> * Traditional offload engines
> - Crypto, compression, media transcoding and similar accelerators
> - usecases including kTLS, Storage Encryption etc.
> * Dynamic FPGA type accelerators
> * ODP, DPDK and similar networking data plane - particularly dual stack
> solutions where the kernel 'plays nicely' with userspace drivers.
> * AI Accelerators
> * Shared Virtual Memory (SVM) bus systems including Open-CAPI, CCIX etc
> * Fast data flow to/from userspace applications.
>
> A number of existing project focus on these:
> * Mainline kernel drivers
> - Numerous crypto drivers etc
> - Open-CAPI
> * Various networking data plane activities
> * VFIO based and similar userspace drivers
> Hopefully this list can provide a broader forum where more general
> questions are being considered.
>
> The discussion that lead to this list was that a number of people would
> like a general open forum on which to discuss ideas with scope beyond
> simply one kernel subsystem or one particular userspace framework.
>
> Topics might include
> * RFCs and early reviews of new approaches.
> * Similar hardware - who is trying to solve the same problems?
> * What would we ideally want from new hardware iterations?
> * Hardware description - the question of how to chose a particular
> crypto engine is very dependent on the particular data flows.
> Sometimes hardware accelerators don't actually help due to overheads.
> Understanding those barriers would be very useful.
> * Upstream paths - blockers and how to work with the communities to
> overcome them.
> * Fostering stronger userspace communities to allow these accelerators to
> be easily harnessed.
> - A number of projects have been highlighted in this thread
> OpenStack (cyborg project), openMP accelerator support
> * Robustness / security of userspace frameworks.
> * Virtualisation of accelerators
>
> Anyhow, this email was just meant to draw together some thoughts.
> It will be interesting to see what the list actually gets used for :)
>
> Jonathan

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