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SubjectRe: [PATCH] kvm: remove in_range from kvm_io_device
On Tue, Jun 23, 2009 at 11:21:53AM -0400, Gregory Haskins wrote:
> Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > Remove in_range from kvm_io_device and ask read/write callbacks, if
> > supplied, to perform range checks internally. This allows aliasing
> > (mostly for in-kernel virtio), as well as better error handling by
> > making it possible to pass errors up to userspace. And it's enough to
> > look at the diffstat to see that it's a better API anyway.
> >
> > While we are at it, document locking rules for kvm_io_device.
> >
> Sorry, not trying to be a PITA, but I liked your last suggestion better. :(
> I am thinking forward to when we want to use something smarter than a
> linear search (like rbtree/radix) for scaling the number of "devices"
> (really, virtio-rings) that we support.

in_range is broken for this anyway: you need more than a boolean
predicate to implement rbtree/radix

> The current device-count
> target is 512, which we will begin to rapidly consume as the in-kernel
> virtio work progresses.

That's a large number. I had in mind more like 4 virtio devices, for
starters: 1 for each virtqueue in net and block.

> This proposed approach forces us into a
> potential O(256) algorithm in the hotpath (all MMIO/PIO exits will hit
> this, not just in-kernel users). How would you address this?

Two ideas that come to mind:
- add addr/len fields to devices, use these to speed up lookup
- add a small cache that can be scanned first

In both cases, you first do a fast lookup, ask the device whether
it wants the transaction, then resort to linear scan if not


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