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SubjectRe: Can VFIO pin only a specific region of guest mem when use pass through devices?

On 2018/10/29 上午10:42, Simon Guo wrote:
> Hi,
> I am using network device pass through mode with qemu x86(-device vfio-pci,host=0000:xx:yy.z)
> and “intel_iommu=on” in host kernel command line, and it shows the whole guest memory
> were pinned(vfio_pin_pages()), viewed by the “top” RES memory output. I understand it is due
> to device can DMA to any guest memory address and it cannot be swapped.
> However can we just pin a rang of address space allowed by iommu group of that device,
> instead of pin whole address space? I do notice some code like vtd_host_dma_iommu().
> Maybe there is already some way to enable that?
> Sorry if I missed some basics. I googled some but no luck to find the answer yet. Please
> let me know if any discussion already raised on that.
> Any other suggestion will also be appreciated. For example, can we modify the guest network
> card driver to allocate only from a specific memory region(zone), and qemu advises guest
> kernel to only pin that memory region(zone) accordingly?
> Thanks,
> - Simon

One possible method is to enable IOMMU of VM.

Peter (cced) may know more.


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