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SubjectRe: [PATCH v4 1/2] vfio/mdev: Check globally for duplicate devices
On 2018.05.22 09:53:37 -0600, Alex Williamson wrote:
> [Cc +GVT-g maintainers/lists]
>
> On Tue, 22 May 2018 10:13:46 +0200
> Cornelia Huck <cohuck@redhat.com> wrote:
>
> > On Fri, 18 May 2018 13:10:25 -0600
> > Alex Williamson <alex.williamson@redhat.com> wrote:
> >
> > > When we create an mdev device, we check for duplicates against the
> > > parent device and return -EEXIST if found, but the mdev device
> > > namespace is global since we'll link all devices from the bus. We do
> > > catch this later in sysfs_do_create_link_sd() to return -EEXIST, but
> > > with it comes a kernel warning and stack trace for trying to create
> > > duplicate sysfs links, which makes it an undesirable response.
> > >
> > > Therefore we should really be looking for duplicates across all mdev
> > > parent devices, or as implemented here, against our mdev device list.
> > > Using mdev_list to prevent duplicates means that we can remove
> > > mdev_parent.lock, but in order not to serialize mdev device creation
> > > and removal globally, we add mdev_device.active which allows UUIDs to
> > > be reserved such that we can drop the mdev_list_lock before the mdev
> > > device is fully in place.
> > >
> > > Two behavioral notes; first, mdev_parent.lock had the side-effect of
> > > serializing mdev create and remove ops per parent device. This was
> > > an implementation detail, not an intentional guarantee provided to
> > > the mdev vendor drivers. Vendor drivers can trivially provide this
> > > serialization internally if necessary. Second, review comments note
> > > the new -EAGAIN behavior when the device, and in particular the remove
> > > attribute, becomes visible in sysfs. If a remove is triggered prior
> > > to completion of mdev_device_create() the user will see a -EAGAIN
> > > error. While the errno is different, receiving an error during this
> > > period is not, the previous implementation returned -ENODEV for the
> > > same condition. Furthermore, the consistency to the user is improved
> > > in the case where mdev_device_remove_ops() returns error. Previously
> > > concurrent calls to mdev_device_remove() could see the device
> > > disappear with -ENODEV and return in the case of error. Now a user
> > > would see -EAGAIN while the device is in this transitory state.
> > >
> > > Signed-off-by: Alex Williamson <alex.williamson@redhat.com>
> > > ---
> > > Documentation/vfio-mediated-device.txt | 5 ++
> > > drivers/vfio/mdev/mdev_core.c | 102 +++++++++++---------------------
> > > drivers/vfio/mdev/mdev_private.h | 2 -
> > > 3 files changed, 42 insertions(+), 67 deletions(-)
> >
> > Reviewed-by: Cornelia Huck <cohuck@redhat.com>
> >
> > I think it is better to deal with any possible vendor driver
> > implications on top of this (I still believe that vfio-ccw is fine).
>
> Thanks Cornelia. So if vfio-ccw is fine, presumably NVIDIA is fine,
> then this leaves GVT-g to see if there's any fallout. Zhenyu & Zhi,
> I've linked the series under discussion here below[1]. The question to
> you is the first of the two behavioral notes listed above, does GVT-g
> have any dependency on the mdev core providing serialization per mdev
> parent device for the create and remove callbacks within the
> mdev_parent_ops? This was never an intended feature of the
> implementation and as noted it should be trivial for for an mdev vendor
> driver to provide equivalent course grained serialization if
> necessary. Of course it would be better to implement that sooner
> rather than later if required.
>
> I see that __intel_gvt_create_vgpu() makes use of gvt->lock, which
> would seem to already provide this level of per-parent locking. The
> remove path makes use of this same lock, so I think we're ok, but
> looking for an explicit ack so there are no surprises. I'd like
> to queue this series for v4.18. Thanks,
>

yeah, we don't expect mdev core for parent serialization for create and
remove of mdev device. Series look good to me.

Acked-by: Zhenyu Wang <zhenyuw@linux.intel.com>


> Alex
>
> [1] https://lkml.org/lkml/2018/5/18/1035

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