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SubjectRe: virtio-pci new configuration proposal
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On Fri, 2011-11-04 at 15:51 +0200, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> On Fri, Nov 04, 2011 at 02:32:19PM +0200, Sasha Levin wrote:
> > On Fri, 2011-11-04 at 13:40 +0200, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > > On Fri, Nov 04, 2011 at 08:14:43PM +1030, Rusty Russell wrote:
> > > > > > 3) If we're changing the queue layout, it's a chance to fix a
> > > > > > longstanding bug: let the guest notify the host of preferred
> > > > > > queue size and alignment.
> > > > >
> > > > > Yup, we can do that.
> > >
> > > We don't need to change all of layout for that - just add another field
> > > in the common config structure to supply the alignment.
> >
> > How would you do it without changing the layout? Add another optional
> > field at the end which will shift offsets based on whether the host and
> > guest support this new feature or not?
> >
> > This leads to 3 different things which now shift config offsets around.
>
> No. Just put the field at offset 24 from the offset specified
> by VIRTIO_PCI_CAP_COMMON_CFG.

Two questions here:

- What about backwards compatibility? How would the config space look
when we're not using the new layout?
- How does it work with 64 bit features which are also located there?

> > As you said, the PCI cap list was introduced both to save space (which
> > is not the motivation here), and because it's a very efficient
>
> It's actually pretty inefficient - there's an overhead of 3 bytes for
> each vendor specific option.

It's efficient because while you pay a small price for each optional
option it also means that that option is optional and won't clutter the
config space if it's not really in use.

Think of how the PCI config space would look if all those caps wouldn't
have been optional and would instead all of them would have just have
been attached to the end of the config space.

>
> > and easy way to manage optional features without requiring tricks
> > which move offsets around like we do now.
>
> Tricks with offsets only appeared because we had datapath, device
> specific and common config in the same place.
> feature list isn't needed to fix that.
>
> > --
> >
> > Sasha.

--

Sasha.



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