Re: [PATCHv5 3/3] vhost_net: a kernel-level virtio server

From: Anthony Liguori
Date: Mon Aug 31 2009 - 17:57:08 EST

Avi Kivity wrote:
On 08/31/2009 02:42 PM, Xin, Xiaohui wrote:
Hi, Michael
That's a great job. We are now working on support VMDq on KVM, and since the VMDq hardware presents L2 sorting based on MAC addresses and VLAN tags, our target is to implement a zero copy solution using VMDq. We stared from the virtio-net architecture. What we want to proposal is to use AIO combined with direct I/O:
1) Modify virtio-net Backend service in Qemu to submit aio requests composed from virtqueue.
2) Modify TUN/TAP device to support aio operations and the user space buffer directly mapping into the host kernel.
3) Let a TUN/TAP device binds to single rx/tx queue from the NIC.
4) Modify the net_dev and skb structure to permit allocated skb to use user space directly mapped payload buffer address rather then kernel allocated.

As zero copy is also your goal, we are interested in what's in your mind, and would like to collaborate with you if possible.

One way to share the effort is to make vmdq queues available as normal kernel interfaces.

It may be possible to make vmdq appear like an sr-iov capable device from userspace. sr-iov provides the userspace interfaces to allocate interfaces and assign mac addresses. To make it useful, you would have to handle tx multiplexing in the driver but that would be much easier to consume for kvm.


Anthony Liguori
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