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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] drivers/virt: vmgenid: add vm generation id driver

On 19.11.20 13:02, Christian Borntraeger wrote:
> On 16.11.20 16:34, Catangiu, Adrian Costin wrote:
>> - Background
>> The VM Generation ID is a feature defined by Microsoft (paper:
>> and supported by
>> multiple hypervisor vendors.
>> The feature is required in virtualized environments by apps that work
>> with local copies/caches of world-unique data such as random values,
>> uuids, monotonically increasing counters, etc.
>> Such apps can be negatively affected by VM snapshotting when the VM
>> is either cloned or returned to an earlier point in time.
>> The VM Generation ID is a simple concept meant to alleviate the issue
>> by providing a unique ID that changes each time the VM is restored
>> from a snapshot. The hw provided UUID value can be used to
>> differentiate between VMs or different generations of the same VM.
>> - Problem
>> The VM Generation ID is exposed through an ACPI device by multiple
>> hypervisor vendors but neither the vendors or upstream Linux have no
>> default driver for it leaving users to fend for themselves.
> I see that the qemu implementation is still under discussion. What is

Uh, the ACPI Vmgenid device emulation is in QEMU since 2.9.0 :).

> the status of the other existing implementations. Do they already exist?
> In other words is ACPI a given?
> I think the majority of this driver could be used with just a different
> backend for platforms without ACPI so in any case we could factor out
> the backend (acpi, virtio, whatever) but if we are open we could maybe
> start with something else.

I agree 100%. I don't think we really need a new framework in the kernel
for that. We can just have for example an s390x specific driver that
also provides the same notification mechanism through a device node that
is also named "/dev/vmgenid", no?

Or alternatively we can split the generic part of this driver as soon as
a second one comes along and then have both driver include that generic

The only piece where I'm unsure is how this will interact with CRIU. Can
containers emulate ioctls and device nodes?


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