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SubjectRE: [RFC PATCH] vfio/iommu_type1: Multi-IOMMU domain support
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Alex Williamson [mailto:alex.williamson@redhat.com]
> Sent: Monday, January 20, 2014 9:51 PM
> To: Sethi Varun-B16395
> Cc: iommu@lists.linux-foundation.org; linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
> Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH] vfio/iommu_type1: Multi-IOMMU domain support
>
> On Mon, 2014-01-20 at 14:45 +0000, Varun Sethi wrote:
> >
> > > -----Original Message-----
> > > From: Alex Williamson [mailto:alex.williamson@redhat.com]
> > > Sent: Saturday, January 18, 2014 2:06 AM
> > > To: Sethi Varun-B16395
> > > Cc: iommu@lists.linux-foundation.org; linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
> > > Subject: [RFC PATCH] vfio/iommu_type1: Multi-IOMMU domain support
> > >
> > > RFC: This is not complete but I want to share with Varun the
> > > dirrection I'm thinking about. In particular, I'm really not sure
> > > if we want to introduce a "v2" interface version with slightly
> > > different unmap semantics. QEMU doesn't care about the difference,
> > > but other users might. Be warned, I'm not even sure if this code
> works at the moment.
> > > Thanks,
> > >
> > > Alex
> > >
> > >
> > > We currently have a problem that we cannot support advanced features
> > > of an IOMMU domain (ex. IOMMU_CACHE), because we have no guarantee
> > > that those features will be supported by all of the hardware units
> > > involved with the domain over its lifetime. For instance, the Intel
> > > VT-d architecture does not require that all DRHDs support snoop
> > > control. If we create a domain based on a device behind a DRHD that
> > > does support snoop control and enable SNP support via the
> > > IOMMU_CACHE mapping option, we cannot then add a device behind a
> > > DRHD which does not support snoop control or we'll get reserved bit
> > > faults from the SNP bit in the pagetables. To add to the
> > > complexity, we can't know the properties of a domain until a device
> is attached.
> > [Sethi Varun-B16395] Effectively, it's the same iommu and iommu_ops
> > are common across all bus types. The hardware feature differences are
> > abstracted by the driver.
>
> That's a simplifying assumption that is not made anywhere else in the
> code. The IOMMU API allows entirely independent IOMMU drivers to
> register per bus_type. There is no guarantee that all devices are backed
> by the same IOMMU hardware unit or make use of the same iommu_ops.
>
[Sethi Varun-B16395] ok

> > > We could pass this problem off to userspace and require that a
> > > separate vfio container be used, but we don't know how to handle
> > > page accounting in that case. How do we know that a page pinned in
> > > one container is the same page as a different container and avoid
> > > double billing the user for the page.
> > >
> > > The solution is therefore to support multiple IOMMU domains per
> > > container. In the majority of cases, only one domain will be
> > > required since hardware is typically consistent within a system.
> > > However, this provides us the ability to validate compatibility of
> > > domains and support mixed environments where page table flags can be
> > > different between domains.
> > >
> > > To do this, our DMA tracking needs to change. We currently try to
> > > coalesce user mappings into as few tracking entries as possible.
> > > The problem then becomes that we lose granularity of user mappings.
> > > We've never guaranteed that a user is able to unmap at a finer
> > > granularity than the original mapping, but we must honor the
> > > granularity of the original mapping. This coalescing code is
> > > therefore removed, allowing only unmaps covering complete maps. The
> > > change in accounting is fairly small here, a typical QEMU VM will
> > > start out with roughly a dozen entries, so it's arguable if this
> coalescing was ever needed.
> > >
> > > We also move IOMMU domain creation to the point where a group is
> > > attached to the container. An interesting side-effect of this is
> > > that we now have access to the device at the time of domain creation
> > > and can probe the devices within the group to determine the bus_type.
> > > This finally makes vfio_iommu_type1 completely device/bus agnostic.
> > > In fact, each IOMMU domain can host devices on different buses
> > > managed by different physical IOMMUs, and present a single DMA
> > > mapping interface to the user. When a new domain is created,
> > > mappings are replayed to bring the IOMMU pagetables up to the state
> > > of the current container. And of course, DMA mapping and unmapping
> > > automatically traverse all of the configured IOMMU domains.
> > >
> > [Sethi Varun-B16395] This code still checks to see that devices being
> > attached to the domain are connected to the same bus type. If we
> > intend to merge devices from different bus types but attached to
> > compatible domains in to a single domain, why can't we avoid the bus
> > check? Why can't we remove the bus dependency from domain allocation?
>
> So if I were to test iommu_ops instead of bus_type (ie. assume that if a
> if an IOMMU driver manages iommu_ops across bus_types that it can accept
> the devices), would that satisfy your concern?
[Sethi Varun-B16395] I think so. Checking for iommu_ops should allow iommu groups from different bus_types, to share a domain.

>
> It may be possible to remove the bus_type dependency from domain
> allocation, but the IOMMU API currently makes the assumption that there's
> one IOMMU driver per bus_type.
[Sethi Varun-B16395] Is that a valid assumption?

> Your fix to remove the bus_type
> dependency from iommu_domain_alloc() adds an assumption that there is
> only one IOMMU driver for all bus_types. That may work on your platform,
> but I don't think it's a valid assumption in the general case.
[Sethi Varun-B16395] ok

> If you'd like to propose alternative ways to remove the bus_type
> dependency, please do. Thanks,
>
[Sethi Varun-B16395] My main concern, was to allow devices from different bus types, to share the iommu domain. I am fine if this can be handled from within vfio.

-Varun



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