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SubjectRe: [PATCH v1 4/6] iommu/vt-d: Add VTD_FLAG_IOMMU_PROBED flag
On 6/30/22 4:29 PM, Tian, Kevin wrote:
>> From: Lu Baolu <>
>> Sent: Saturday, June 25, 2022 8:52 PM
>> In the IOMMU hot-add path, there's a need to check whether an IOMMU
>> has been probed. Instead of checking the IOMMU pointer in the global
>> list, it's better to allocate a flag bit in iommu->flags for this
>> purpose.
> Sorry I didn't get the point of original check. This is the hotplug path
> hence the caller of this function should already figure out it's a new
> iommu before reaching this point?

Either did I. It was added by below commit without any comments about
this check.

commit ffebeb46dd34736c90ffbca1ccb0bef8f4827c44
Author: Jiang Liu <>
Date: Sun Nov 9 22:48:02 2014 +0800

iommu/vt-d: Enhance intel-iommu driver to support DMAR unit hotplug

Implement required callback functions for intel-iommu driver
to support DMAR unit hotplug.

Signed-off-by: Jiang Liu <>
Reviewed-by: Yijing Wang <>
Signed-off-by: Joerg Roedel <>

I went through the whole hot-add process and found this check seemed to
be duplicate.

Hot-add process starts from dmar_device_hotplug(), it uses a rwlock to
synchronize the hot-add paths.

2386 down_write(&dmar_global_lock);
2387 if (insert)
2388 ret = dmar_hotplug_insert(tmp);
2389 else
2390 ret = dmar_hotplug_remove(tmp);
2391 up_write(&dmar_global_lock);

-->dmar_parse_one_drhd() /* the added intel_iommu is allocated here*/
-->dmar_hp_add_drhd() /* the intel_iommu is about to bring up */

The duplicate check here:

if (g_iommus[iommu->seq_id])
return 0;

All the iommu units are allocated and then initialized in the same
synchronized path. There is no need to check a duplicate initialization.

I would like to remove this check if no objection.

Best regards,

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