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Subject[RFC PATCH] Xen-SWIOTLB fixes (v1) for 3.7
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This is an RFC patch for 3.7.

I thought I had addressed this in the past but I can't seem to find
the patches. There is one bug - if one boots a PV 64-bit guests
with more than 4GB, the SWIOTLB gets turned on - and 64MB of precious
low-memory gets used. If you launch more than 10 of them on a 32GB
machines you are going to run in-to trouble as the lowmem gets
exhausted.

On the other hand, the user might want to have 10 guests with 4GB
and each with a PCI device!

So to fix this, we are going to figure out whether the user had
provided the e820_hole=1 parameter in the guest config. The effect
of that parameter is that a massaged host's E820 is used in the guest
- and we check if it has E820_ACPI or E820_NVS. If so, the user
really wanted to pass in PCI devices to the guest.

Since we now have a routine to check for the e820_hole we can optimize and
see if the user forgot the "iommu=soft" and automatically turn that
on.

The patches are RFC b/c it looks like something has gone bit-rotten the
last time I used this (when Fedora Core 16 was released) b/c I can't
get a guest to boot with e820_hole :-(. But they [the patches] look
sound to me and they do fix the bug of allocating SWIOTLB for normal
PV guests..



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