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SubjectRE: [RFC PATCH 4/4] iommu/vt-d: Identify domains using first level page table
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> From: Peter Xu [mailto:peterx@redhat.com]
> Sent: Wednesday, September 25, 2019 2:50 PM
>
> On Mon, Sep 23, 2019 at 08:24:54PM +0800, Lu Baolu wrote:
> > +/*
> > + * Check and return whether first level is used by default for
> > + * DMA translation.
> > + */
> > +static bool first_level_by_default(void)
> > +{
> > + struct dmar_drhd_unit *drhd;
> > + struct intel_iommu *iommu;
> > +
> > + rcu_read_lock();
> > + for_each_active_iommu(iommu, drhd)
> > + if (!sm_supported(iommu) ||
> > + !ecap_flts(iommu->ecap) ||
> > + !cap_caching_mode(iommu->cap))
> > + return false;
> > + rcu_read_unlock();
> > +
> > + return true;
> > +}
>
> "If no caching mode, then we will not use 1st level."
>
> Hmm, does the vIOMMU needs to support caching-mode if with the
> solution you proposed here? Caching mode is only necessary for
> shadowing AFAICT, and after all you're going to use full-nested,
> then... then I would think it's not needed. And if so, with this
> patch 1st level will be disabled. Sounds like a paradox...
>
> I'm thinking what would be the big picture for this to work now: For
> the vIOMMU, instead of exposing the caching-mode, I'm thinking maybe
> we should expose it with ecap.FLTS=1 while we can keep ecap.SLTS=0
> then it's natural that we can only use 1st level translation in the
> guest for all the domains (and I assume such an ecap value should
> never happen on real hardware, am I right?).
>

yes, that's also the picture in my mind. :-)

Thanks
Kevin
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