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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/4] iommu: Per-group default domain type
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On 21/01/2020 00:43, Lu Baolu wrote:
>>> An IOMMU group represents the smallest set of devices that are
>>> considered
>>> to be isolated. All devices belonging to an IOMMU group share a default
>>> domain for DMA APIs. There are two types of default domain:
>>> IOMMU_DOMAIN_DMA
>>> and IOMMU_DOMAIN_IDENTITY. The former means IOMMU translation, while the
>>> latter means IOMMU by-pass.
>>>
>>> Currently, the default domain type for the IOMMU groups is determined
>>> globally. All IOMMU groups use a single default domain type. The global
>>> default domain type can be adjusted by kernel build configuration or
>>> kernel parameters.
>>>
>>> More and more users are looking forward to a fine grained default domain
>>> type. For example, with the global default domain type set to
>>> translation,
>>> the OEM verndors or end users might want some trusted and fast-speed
>>> devices
>>> to bypass IOMMU for performance gains. On the other hand, with global
>>> default domain type set to by-pass, some devices with limited system
>>> memory addressing capability might want IOMMU translation to remove the
>>> bounce buffer overhead.
>>
>> Hi Lu Baolu,
>>
>> Do you think that it would be a more common usecase to want
>> kernel-managed devices to be passthrough for performance reasons and
>> some select devices to be in DMA domain, like those with limited
>> address cap or whose drivers request huge amounts of memory?
>>
>> I just think it would be more manageable to set kernel commandline
>> parameters for this, i.e. those select few which want DMA domain.
>>

Hi Baolu,

>
> It's just two sides of a coin. Currently, iommu subsystem make DMA
> domain by default, that's the reason why I selected to let user set
> which devices are willing to use identity domains.
>

OK, understood.

There was an alternate solution here which would allow per-group type to
be updated via sysfs:

https://lore.kernel.org/linux-iommu/cover.1566353521.git.sai.praneeth.prakhya@intel.com/

Any idea what happened to that?

Cheers,
John

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