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SubjectRe: [PATCHv2 RFC] virtio-spec: flexible configuration layout
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> > Also, an unrelated questions: With PIO, requests were ordered, which
> > means that if we wrote to the queue selector and then read from a
> > queue register we would read the correct queue info.
> > Is the same thing assured to us with MMIO?
>
> For real PCI, reads do not bypass writes in PCI. However this
> is only true if both are MMIO or both PIO reads.
> I don't think the ordering of MMIO versus PIO is guaranteed.
>
> On KVM, the kernel doesn't do anything to guarantee ordering.
> So you get the natural ordering of the CPU.
>
> > If we write to a queue
> > selector and immediately read from queue info would we be reading the
> > right info, or is there the slight chance that it would get reordered
> > and we would be reading queue info first and writing to the selector
> > later?
>
> The thing to realize is that write to queue selector with KVM is in the
> end performed by host. And reading queue info means that host will be
> reading the queue selector. So this is a write followed by read
> from the same address. AFAIK no CPUs can reorder such accesses,
> so you get the right info.

(As far as I understand all the complexity ;-) Memory mapped using
ioremap()-like functions should preserve access order. In case of ARM
architecture such memory region is defined (at the page tables level) as
a "device memory" (contrary to "normal memory") and the processor will
not try to be clever about it. I know next-to-nothing about x86, but I
suppose similar idea applies.

Cheers!

Paweł


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