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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/5] vfio/iommu_type1: Prefer to reuse domains vs match enforced cache coherency
On Wed, Jun 15, 2022 at 07:35:00AM +0000, Tian, Kevin wrote:
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> > From: Nicolin Chen <nicolinc@nvidia.com>
> > Sent: Wednesday, June 15, 2022 4:45 AM
> >
> > Hi Kevin,
> >
> > On Wed, Jun 08, 2022 at 11:48:27PM +0000, Tian, Kevin wrote:
> > > > > > The KVM mechanism for controlling wbinvd is only triggered during
> > > > > > kvm_vfio_group_add(), meaning it is a one-shot test done once the
> > > > devices
> > > > > > are setup.
> > > > >
> > > > > It's not one-shot. kvm_vfio_update_coherency() is called in both
> > > > > group_add() and group_del(). Then the coherency property is
> > > > > checked dynamically in wbinvd emulation:
> > > >
> > > > From the perspective of managing the domains that is still
> > > > one-shot. It doesn't get updated when individual devices are
> > > > added/removed to domains.
> > >
> > > It's unchanged per-domain but dynamic per-vm when multiple
> > > domains are added/removed (i.e. kvm->arch.noncoherent_dma_count).
> > > It's the latter being checked in the kvm.
> >
> > I am going to send a v2, yet not quite getting the point here.
> > Meanwhile, Jason is on leave.
> >
> > What, in your opinion, would be an accurate description here?
> >
>
> Something like below:
> --
> The KVM mechanism for controlling wbinvd is based on OR of
> the coherency property of all devices attached to a guest, no matter
> those devices are attached to a single domain or multiple domains.
>
> So, there is no value in trying to push a device that could do enforced
> cache coherency to a dedicated domain vs re-using an existing domain
> which is non-coherent since KVM won't be able to take advantage of it.
> This just wastes domain memory.
>
> Simplify this code and eliminate the test. This removes the only logic
> that needed to have a dummy domain attached prior to searching for a
> matching domain and simplifies the next patches.
>
> It's unclear whether we want to further optimize the Intel driver to
> update the domain coherency after a device is detached from it, at
> least not before KVM can be verified to handle such dynamics in related
> emulation paths (wbinvd, vcpu load, write_cr0, ept, etc.). In reality
> we don't see an usage requiring such optimization as the only device
> which imposes such non-coherency is Intel GPU which even doesn't
> support hotplug/hot remove.

Thanks! I just updated that and will send v2.

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