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Subject[PATCH v2 00/20] virtiofs: Add DAX support
Hi All,

This is V2 of the patches. I had posted V1 here.

I have taken care of most of the comments from V1.

Amir had suggested that some of the code can be moved to a new file, may
be post series. I have left that item for the post series cleanup.

Miklos was concerned about KVM error handling when a mapped file on
host gets truncated and guest tries to access it. As of now guest
can spin in infinite loop. I have tried to address that with KVM
developers and there is no easy race free way to inject synchronous
exception which can indicate error in guest. For now, I have proposed
that atleast guest can exit to qemu with error when such scenario
happen and proposed a patch which has got two acks. But it has not
been merged yet.

We don't support modifications in virtiofs files from host or
from other guests. And even if somebody modifies it, qemu will
exit gracefully without bringing down host. So I think this
probably is good enough for now to make progress on virtiofs DAX

Fixing kvm to inject errors is not easy and is a complicated design.
We will need to make sure that happens before we support DAX in
shared mode in virtiofs. But blocking behind this is proabably not
a good idea because DAX can be very useful in non-shared mode in
kata containers.

Performance numbers are more or less same as in V1 post. So I am
not providing any numbers again. In general, DAX can provide a good
performance boost and memory savings.

Any thoughts or feedback is welcome.

Description from previous post

This patch series adds DAX support to virtiofs filesystem. This allows
bypassing guest page cache and allows mapping host page cache directly
in guest address space.

When a page of file is needed, guest sends a request to map that page
(in host page cache) in qemu address space. Inside guest this is
a physical memory range controlled by virtiofs device. And guest
directly maps this physical address range using DAX and hence gets
access to file data on host.

This can speed up things considerably in many situations. Also this
can result in substantial memory savings as file data does not have
to be copied in guest and it is directly accessed from host page

Most of the changes are limited to fuse/virtiofs. There are couple
of changes needed in generic dax infrastructure and couple of changes
in virtio to be able to access shared memory region.


Sebastien Boeuf (3):
virtio: Add get_shm_region method
virtio: Implement get_shm_region for PCI transport
virtio: Implement get_shm_region for MMIO transport

Stefan Hajnoczi (2):
virtio_fs, dax: Set up virtio_fs dax_device
fuse,dax: add DAX mmap support

Vivek Goyal (15):
dax: Modify bdev_dax_pgoff() to handle NULL bdev
dax: Create a range version of dax_layout_busy_page()
virtiofs: Provide a helper function for virtqueue initialization
fuse: Get rid of no_mount_options
fuse,virtiofs: Add a mount option to enable dax
fuse,virtiofs: Keep a list of free dax memory ranges
fuse: implement FUSE_INIT map_alignment field
fuse: Introduce setupmapping/removemapping commands
fuse, dax: Implement dax read/write operations
fuse, dax: Take ->i_mmap_sem lock during dax page fault
fuse,virtiofs: Define dax address space operations
fuse,virtiofs: Maintain a list of busy elements
fuse: Release file in process context
fuse: Take inode lock for dax inode truncation
fuse,virtiofs: Add logic to free up a memory range

drivers/dax/super.c | 3 +-
drivers/virtio/virtio_mmio.c | 32 +
drivers/virtio/virtio_pci_modern.c | 96 +++
fs/dax.c | 66 +-
fs/fuse/dir.c | 2 +
fs/fuse/file.c | 1189 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++-
fs/fuse/fuse_i.h | 112 ++-
fs/fuse/inode.c | 147 +++-
fs/fuse/virtio_fs.c | 279 ++++++-
include/linux/dax.h | 6 +
include/linux/virtio_config.h | 17 +
include/uapi/linux/fuse.h | 34 +-
include/uapi/linux/virtio_fs.h | 3 +
include/uapi/linux/virtio_mmio.h | 11 +
include/uapi/linux/virtio_pci.h | 11 +-
15 files changed, 1927 insertions(+), 81 deletions(-)


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