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SubjectRe: [RFC V2] virtio: Add platform specific DMA API translation for virito devices
On Wed, Jun 13, 2018 at 12:41:41AM -0700, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Mon, Jun 11, 2018 at 01:29:18PM +1000, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> > At the risk of repeating myself, let's just do the first pass which is
> > to switch virtio over to always using the DMA API in the actual data
> > flow code, with a hook at initialization time that replaces the DMA ops
> > with some home cooked "direct" ops in the case where the IOMMU flag
> > isn't set.
> >
> > This will be equivalent to what we have today but avoids having 2
> > separate code path all over the driver.
> >
> > Then a second stage, I think, is to replace this "hook" so that the
> > architecture gets a say in the matter.
>
> I don't think we can actually use dma_direct_ops. It still allows
> architectures to override parts of the dma setup, which virtio seems
> to blindly assume phys == dma and not cache flushing.
>
> I think the right way forward is to either add a new
> VIRTIO_F_IS_PCI_DEVICE (or redefine the existing iommu flag if deemed
> possible).

Given this is exactly what happens now, this seems possible, but maybe
we want a non-PCI specific name.

> And then make sure recent qemu always sets it.

I don't think that part is going to happen, sorry.

Hypervisors can set it when they *actually have* a real PCI device.
People emulate systems which have a bunch of overhead in the DMA API
which is required for real DMA. Your proposal would double that overhead
by first doing it in guest then re-doing it in host.

I don't think it's justified when 99% of the world doesn't need it.
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MST

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