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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/6] VDUSE: Support registering userspace memory as bounce buffer
Hi Xiaodong,

On Mon, Jul 4, 2022 at 5:27 PM Liu Xiaodong <xiaodong.liu@intel.com> wrote:
>
> On Wed, Jun 29, 2022 at 04:25:35PM +0800, Xie Yongji wrote:
> > Hi all,
> >
> > This series introduces some new ioctls: VDUSE_IOTLB_GET_INFO,
> > VDUSE_IOTLB_REG_UMEM and VDUSE_IOTLB_DEREG_UMEM to support
> > registering and de-registering userspace memory for IOTLB
> > as bounce buffer in virtio-vdpa case.
> >
> > The VDUSE_IOTLB_GET_INFO ioctl can help user to query IOLTB
> > information such as bounce buffer size. Then user can use
> > those information on VDUSE_IOTLB_REG_UMEM and
> > VDUSE_IOTLB_DEREG_UMEM ioctls to register and de-register
> > userspace memory for IOTLB.
> >
> > During registering and de-registering, the DMA data in use
> > would be copied from kernel bounce pages to userspace bounce
> > pages and back.
> >
> > With this feature, some existing application such as SPDK
> > and DPDK can leverage the datapath of VDUSE directly and
> > efficiently as discussed before [1]. They can register some
> > preallocated hugepages to VDUSE to avoid an extra memcpy
> > from bounce-buffer to hugepages.
>
> Hi, Yongji
>
> Very glad to see this enhancement in VDUSE. Thank you.
> It is really helpful and essential to SPDK.
> With this new feature, we can get VDUSE transferred data
> accessed directly by userspace physical backends, like RDMA
> and PCIe devices.
>
> In SPDK roadmap, it's one important work to export block
> services to local host, especially for container scenario.
> This patch could help SPDK do that with its userspace
> backend stacks while keeping high efficiency and performance.
> So the whole SPDK ecosystem can get benefited.
>
> Based on this enhancement, as discussed, I drafted a VDUSE
> prototype module in SPDK for initial evaluation:
> [TEST]vduse: prototype for initial draft
> https://review.spdk.io/gerrit/c/spdk/spdk/+/13534
>

Thanks for this nice work!

> Running SPDK on single CPU core, configured with 2 P3700 NVMe,
> and exported block devices to local host kernel via different
> protocols. The randwrite IOPS through each protocol are:
> NBD 121K
> NVMf-tcp loopback 274K
> VDUSE 463K
>
> SPDK with RDMA backends should have a similar ratio.
> VDUSE has a great performance advantage for SPDK.
> We have kept investigating on this usage for years.
> Originally, some SPDK users used NBD. Then NVMf-tcp loopback
> is SPDK community accommended way. In future, VDUSE could be
> the preferred way.
>

Glad to see SPDK can benefit from this feature. I will continue to
improve this feature to make it available ASAP.

Thanks,
Yongji

> > The kernel and userspace codes could be found in github:
> >
> > https://github.com/bytedance/linux/tree/vduse-umem
> > https://github.com/bytedance/qemu/tree/vduse-umem
> >
> > To test it with qemu-storage-daemon:
> >
> > $ qemu-storage-daemon \
> > --chardev socket,id=charmonitor,path=/tmp/qmp.sock,server=on,wait=off \
> > --monitor chardev=charmonitor \
> > --blockdev driver=host_device,cache.direct=on,aio=native,filename=/dev/nullb0,node-name=disk0
> > \
> > --export type=vduse-blk,id=vduse-test,name=vduse-test,node-name=disk0,writable=on
> >
> > [1] https://lkml.org/lkml/2021/6/27/318
> >
> > Please review, thanks!
>
> Waiting for its review process.
>
> Thanks
> Xiaodong

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