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SubjectRe: [RFC 0/4] Virtio uses DMA API for all devices
On Mon, Aug 06, 2018 at 02:32:28PM +0530, Anshuman Khandual wrote:
> On 08/05/2018 05:54 AM, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > On Fri, Aug 03, 2018 at 08:21:26PM -0500, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> >> On Fri, 2018-08-03 at 22:08 +0300, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> >>>>>> Please go through these patches and review whether this approach broadly
> >>>>>> makes sense. I will appreciate suggestions, inputs, comments regarding
> >>>>>> the patches or the approach in general. Thank you.
> >>>>>
> >>>>> Jason did some work on profiling this. Unfortunately he reports
> >>>>> about 4% extra overhead from this switch on x86 with no vIOMMU.
> >>>>
> >>>> The test is rather simple, just run pktgen (pktgen_sample01_simple.sh) in
> >>>> guest and measure PPS on tap on host.
> >>>>
> >>>> Thanks
> >>>
> >>> Could you supply host configuration involved please?
> >>
> >> I wonder how much of that could be caused by Spectre mitigations
> >> blowing up indirect function calls...
> >>
> >> Cheers,
> >> Ben.
> >
> > I won't be surprised. If yes I suggested a way to mitigate the overhead.
>
> Did we get better results (lower regression due to indirect calls) with
> the suggested mitigation ? Just curious.

I'm referring to this:
I wonder whether we can support map_sg and friends being NULL, then use
that when mapping is an identity. A conditional branch there is likely
very cheap.

I don't think anyone tried implementing this yes.

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MST

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