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SubjectRe: [PATCH] vhost: introduce vDPA based backend

On 2020/2/5 下午3:15, Shahaf Shuler wrote:
> Wednesday, February 5, 2020 4:03 AM, Tiwei Bie:
>> Subject: Re: [PATCH] vhost: introduce vDPA based backend
>> On Tue, Feb 04, 2020 at 11:30:11AM +0800, Jason Wang wrote:
>>> On 2020/1/31 上午11:36, Tiwei Bie wrote:
>>>> This patch introduces a vDPA based vhost backend. This backend is
>>>> built on top of the same interface defined in virtio-vDPA and
>>>> provides a generic vhost interface for userspace to accelerate the
>>>> virtio devices in guest.
>>>> This backend is implemented as a vDPA device driver on top of the
>>>> same ops used in virtio-vDPA. It will create char device entry named
>>>> vhost-vdpa/$vdpa_device_index for userspace to use. Userspace can
>>>> use vhost ioctls on top of this char device to setup the backend.
>>>> Signed-off-by: Tiwei Bie <>
> [...]
>>>> +static long vhost_vdpa_do_dma_mapping(struct vhost_vdpa *v) {
>>>> + /* TODO: fix this */
>>> Before trying to do this it looks to me we need the following during
>>> the probe
>>> 1) if set_map() is not supported by the vDPA device probe the IOMMU
>>> that is supported by the vDPA device
>>> 2) allocate IOMMU domain
>>> And then:
>>> 3) pin pages through GUP and do proper accounting
>>> 4) store GPA->HPA mapping in the umem
>>> 5) generate diffs of memory table and using IOMMU API to setup the dma
>>> mapping in this method
>>> For 1), I'm not sure parent is sufficient for to doing this or need to
>>> introduce new API like iommu_device in mdev.
>> Agree. We may also need to introduce something like the iommu_device.
> Would it be better for the map/umnap logic to happen inside each device ?
> Devices that needs the IOMMU will call iommu APIs from inside the driver callback.

Technically, this can work. But if it can be done by vhost-vpda it will
make the vDPA driver more compact and easier to be implemented.

> Devices that has other ways to do the DMA mapping will call the proprietary APIs.

To confirm, do you prefer:

1) map/unmap


2) pass all maps at one time?



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