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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH] Vmchannel PCI device.

From: Gleb Natapov
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH] Vmchannel PCI device.
Date: Sun, 14 Dec 2008 21:37:35 +0200

On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 01:15:42PM -0600, Anthony Liguori wrote:
> Gleb Natapov wrote:
>> On Sun, Dec 14, 2008 at 02:28:23PM +0200, Blue Swirl wrote:
>>> On 12/14/08, Gleb Natapov <address@hidden> wrote:
>>>> There is a need for communication channel between host and various
>>>>  agents that are running inside a VM guest. The channel will be used
>>>>  for statistic gathering, logging, cut & paste, host screen resolution
>>>>  changes notification, guest configuration etc.
>>> Isn't this exactly what the firmware configuration device was supposed
>>> to be used for? In the list of use cases you gave, I don't see
>>> anything that could not be done with it.
>> The requirement for firmware configuration interface was different. We
>> wanted something simple that we can use as early as possible in cpu init
>> code and performance was not considered at all. Obviously PCI device doesn't
>> fit for this. We don't want to write PCI driver inside a BIOS and PCI
>> initialization is too late in HW initialization sequence.
>> The requirement for vmchannel was that it should allow a guest
>> to communicate with external (to qemu) process and with reasonable
>> performance too. 
> This is not a requirement that I think is important.  It's only a  
> requirement for you because you have closed code that you want to  
> implement the backend with.  I would personally be more interested in  
> vmchannel backends in QEMU and I think there will be a lot of them.
I don't know why do you think that we are going to use that for closed
code or something. It will be used by libvirt and it is open source last
I checked.


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