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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/4] kvm: Destroy & free KVM devices on release
On Wed, Oct 30, 2013 at 05:10:37PM +0100, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> Il 30/10/2013 16:56, Alex Williamson ha scritto:
> > On Wed, 2013-10-30 at 16:42 +0100, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> >> Il 30/10/2013 16:33, Gleb Natapov ha scritto:
> >>>> Hmm, ok. In that case I can drop this patch and I think the rest just
> >>>> boils down to userspace use of the device. I had been close()'ing the
> >>>> kvm device fd when all QEMU vfio devices are detached, but I can just as
> >>>> easily leave it open in case a new device is added later. I'll send out
> >>>> a new series after doing some more review and testing. Do you have any
> >>>> comments on the rest of the series? Thanks,
> >>>
> >>> If I understand 4/4 correctly if there is VFIO device connected we
> >>> assume non coherent domain. How hard it would be to do proper checking
> >>> in this path series?
> >>
> >> Yes, that's my understanding as well. Is the performance impact measurable?
> >
> > I have additional patches to do this, the blocker is that intel-iommu
> > strips IOMMU_CACHE from the flags I provide if the IOMMU domain as a
> > whole (ie. all of the hardware units involved in the domain) do not all
> > support Snoop Control (SC). Thus I can't rely on simply tracking the
> > hardware capabilities of the domain because some IOMMU PTEs will have
> > SNP set, others will not. It depends on the state of the IOMMU domain
> > at the time of the mapping. Therefore the only way to switch back to
> > coherent from non-coherent is to unmap and remap everything. This is
> > what legacy KVM device assignment does, but I can't see how that's not
> > racy wrt inflight DMA.
> >
> > The patch approach I was taking is:
> >
> > 1) Enable KVM to handle the VM as non-coherent (which is trued, VFIO
> > never sets IOMMU_CACHE currently due to the above issues).
> >
> > 2) Get QEMU to enable the KVM device, fixing the coherency issue.
> >
> > 3) Fix Intel IOMMU to honor IOMMU_CACHE regardless of hw capabilities
> > (patch posted).
> >
> > 4) Make VFIO always map w/ IOMMU_CACHE
> >
> > 5) Create VFIO external user interface to query capabilities.
> >
> > 6) Update KVM device to use it.
> >
> > As to performance, for graphics I can't tell a difference whether
> > NoSnoop is prevented or KVM does WBINVD. I'm hoping though that we can
> > consider the mode enabled by this patch as a temporary step in the
> > process and we'll eventually get to a state where we only emulate WBINVD
> > when necessary. Correctness trumps performance in the current round.
> > Thanks,
>
> Thanks for the explanation. Gleb, this looks fine to me. WDYT?
>
To me too. Alex please resend with first patch dropped
(kvm_vfio_destroy() will have to free dev).


--
Gleb.


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