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SubjectRe: [virtio-dev] [PATCH] virtio_pci: support enabling VFs
On Wed, May 30, 2018 at 04:26:30PM +0000, Duyck, Alexander H wrote:
> On Wed, 2018-05-30 at 19:22 +0300, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > On Wed, May 30, 2018 at 09:10:57AM -0700, Alexander Duyck wrote:
> > > On Wed, May 30, 2018 at 1:55 AM, Tiwei Bie <tiwei.bie@intel.com> wrote:
> > > > There is a new feature bit allocated in virtio spec to
> > > > support SR-IOV (Single Root I/O Virtualization):
> > > >
> > > > https://github.com/oasis-tcs/virtio-spec/issues/11
> > > >
> > > > This patch enables the support for this feature bit in
> > > > virtio driver.
> > > >
> > > > Signed-off-by: Tiwei Bie <tiwei.bie@intel.com>
> > >
> > > So from a quick glance it looks like we are leaving SR-IOV enabled if
> > > the driver is removed. Do we want to have that behavior or should we
> > > be adding the code to disable SR-IOV and free the VFs on driver
> > > removal?
> >
> > Could pci core handle it for us somehow?
>
> Maybe, but it would require changes to the pci core to do it.
>
> The problem is some drivers want to leave the VFs there since the PF
> doesn't really do anything, or they have the option of essentially
> putting the VFs into a standby state when the PF is gone.
>
> My main concern is do we care if VFs are allocated and then somebody
> removes the driver and binds a different driver to the interface? If
> not then this code and be left as is, but I just wanted to be certain
> since I know this isn't just enabling SR-IOV we are having to do a
> number of other checks against the virtio device.

Well the spec says features have to be negotiated, and since we reset
the device when we unbind from it I think it's a given we should keep a
driver bound to the PF.

IOW until we are sure we need the capability to keep it enabled, let's
disable it to be safe.

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MST

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