Re: [PATCH 1/4] kvm: Destroy & free KVM devices on release

From: Paolo Bonzini
Date: Wed Oct 30 2013 - 12:10:50 EST

Il 30/10/2013 16:56, Alex Williamson ha scritto:
> On Wed, 2013-10-30 at 16:42 +0100, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
>> Il 30/10/2013 16:33, Gleb Natapov ha scritto:
>>>> Hmm, ok. In that case I can drop this patch and I think the rest just
>>>> boils down to userspace use of the device. I had been close()'ing the
>>>> kvm device fd when all QEMU vfio devices are detached, but I can just as
>>>> easily leave it open in case a new device is added later. I'll send out
>>>> a new series after doing some more review and testing. Do you have any
>>>> comments on the rest of the series? Thanks,
>>> If I understand 4/4 correctly if there is VFIO device connected we
>>> assume non coherent domain. How hard it would be to do proper checking
>>> in this path series?
>> Yes, that's my understanding as well. Is the performance impact measurable?
> I have additional patches to do this, the blocker is that intel-iommu
> strips IOMMU_CACHE from the flags I provide if the IOMMU domain as a
> whole (ie. all of the hardware units involved in the domain) do not all
> support Snoop Control (SC). Thus I can't rely on simply tracking the
> hardware capabilities of the domain because some IOMMU PTEs will have
> SNP set, others will not. It depends on the state of the IOMMU domain
> at the time of the mapping. Therefore the only way to switch back to
> coherent from non-coherent is to unmap and remap everything. This is
> what legacy KVM device assignment does, but I can't see how that's not
> racy wrt inflight DMA.
> The patch approach I was taking is:
> 1) Enable KVM to handle the VM as non-coherent (which is trued, VFIO
> never sets IOMMU_CACHE currently due to the above issues).
> 2) Get QEMU to enable the KVM device, fixing the coherency issue.
> 3) Fix Intel IOMMU to honor IOMMU_CACHE regardless of hw capabilities
> (patch posted).
> 4) Make VFIO always map w/ IOMMU_CACHE
> 5) Create VFIO external user interface to query capabilities.
> 6) Update KVM device to use it.
> As to performance, for graphics I can't tell a difference whether
> NoSnoop is prevented or KVM does WBINVD. I'm hoping though that we can
> consider the mode enabled by this patch as a temporary step in the
> process and we'll eventually get to a state where we only emulate WBINVD
> when necessary. Correctness trumps performance in the current round.
> Thanks,

Thanks for the explanation. Gleb, this looks fine to me. WDYT?


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