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SubjectRe: [PATCH v8 10/10] Documentation: Add documentation for VDUSE

在 2021/7/5 下午8:49, Stefan Hajnoczi 写道:
> On Mon, Jul 05, 2021 at 11:36:15AM +0800, Jason Wang wrote:
>> 在 2021/7/4 下午5:49, Yongji Xie 写道:
>>>>> OK, I get you now. Since the VIRTIO specification says "Device
>>>>> configuration space is generally used for rarely-changing or
>>>>> initialization-time parameters". I assume the VDUSE_DEV_SET_CONFIG
>>>>> ioctl should not be called frequently.
>>>> The spec uses MUST and other terms to define the precise requirements.
>>>> Here the language (especially the word "generally") is weaker and means
>>>> there may be exceptions.
>>>> Another type of access that doesn't work with the VDUSE_DEV_SET_CONFIG
>>>> approach is reads that have side-effects. For example, imagine a field
>>>> containing an error code if the device encounters a problem unrelated to
>>>> a specific virtqueue request. Reading from this field resets the error
>>>> code to 0, saving the driver an extra configuration space write access
>>>> and possibly race conditions. It isn't possible to implement those
>>>> semantics suing VDUSE_DEV_SET_CONFIG. It's another corner case, but it
>>>> makes me think that the interface does not allow full VIRTIO semantics.
>> Note that though you're correct, my understanding is that config space is
>> not suitable for this kind of error propagating. And it would be very hard
>> to implement such kind of semantic in some transports.  Virtqueue should be
>> much better. As Yong Ji quoted, the config space is used for
>> "rarely-changing or intialization-time parameters".
>>> Agreed. I will use VDUSE_DEV_GET_CONFIG in the next version. And to
>>> handle the message failure, I'm going to add a return value to
>>> virtio_config_ops.get() and virtio_cread_* API so that the error can
>>> be propagated to the virtio device driver. Then the virtio-blk device
>>> driver can be modified to handle that.
>>> Jason and Stefan, what do you think of this way?
> Why does VDUSE_DEV_GET_CONFIG need to support an error return value?
> The VIRTIO spec provides no way for the device to report errors from
> config space accesses.
> The QEMU virtio-pci implementation returns -1 from invalid
> virtio_config_read*() and silently discards virtio_config_write*()
> accesses.
> VDUSE can take the same approach with
>> I'd like to stick to the current assumption thich get_config won't fail.
>> That is to say,
>> 1) maintain a config in the kernel, make sure the config space read can
>> always succeed
>> 2) introduce an ioctl for the vduse usersapce to update the config space.
>> 3) we can synchronize with the vduse userspace during set_config
>> Does this work?
> I noticed that caching is also allowed by the vhost-user protocol
> messages (QEMU's docs/interop/vhost-user.rst), but the device doesn't
> know whether or not caching is in effect. The interface you outlined
> above requires caching.
> Is there a reason why the host kernel vDPA code needs to cache the
> configuration space?


1) Kernel can not wait forever in get_config(), this is the major
difference with vhost-user.
2) Stick to the current assumption that virtio_cread() should always


> Here are the vhost-user protocol messages:
> Virtio device config space
> ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
> +--------+------+-------+---------+
> | offset | size | flags | payload |
> +--------+------+-------+---------+
> :offset: a 32-bit offset of virtio device's configuration space
> :size: a 32-bit configuration space access size in bytes
> :flags: a 32-bit value:
> - 0: Vhost master messages used for writeable fields
> - 1: Vhost master messages used for live migration
> :payload: Size bytes array holding the contents of the virtio
> device's configuration space
> ...
> :id: 24
> :equivalent ioctl: N/A
> :master payload: virtio device config space
> :slave payload: virtio device config space
> When ``VHOST_USER_PROTOCOL_F_CONFIG`` is negotiated, this message is
> submitted by the vhost-user master to fetch the contents of the
> virtio device configuration space, vhost-user slave's payload size
> MUST match master's request, vhost-user slave uses zero length of
> payload to indicate an error to vhost-user master. The vhost-user
> master may cache the contents to avoid repeated
> :id: 25
> :equivalent ioctl: N/A
> :master payload: virtio device config space
> :slave payload: N/A
> When ``VHOST_USER_PROTOCOL_F_CONFIG`` is negotiated, this message is
> submitted by the vhost-user master when the Guest changes the virtio
> device configuration space and also can be used for live migration
> on the destination host. The vhost-user slave must check the flags
> field, and slaves MUST NOT accept SET_CONFIG for read-only
> configuration space fields unless the live migration bit is set.
> Stefan

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