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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v2 2/3] virtio-mmio: introduce set_guest_notifie

From: Pavel Fedin
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v2 2/3] virtio-mmio: introduce set_guest_notifiers
Date: Fri, 08 May 2015 09:45:00 +0300


> Hm, weren't there some patches for irqfd on arm?

 Yes, there were. However, they had a design problem by breaking backwards 
with unmodified virtio. Their idea was to set up one more shared memory area 
virtio and vhost-net and use it to pass ISR value, which helps to distinguish, 
which event
took place (queue update or config change). So, this idea was rejected.

 I thought about it, and technically, i think, this can be done in better way. 
as far as i understood, all we need is mechanism for distinguishing between 
these two
events. On PCI we do this by using multiple IRQs via MSI-X, and one IRQ signals 
one type of event. MSI-X code also has "two IRQs" mode as a failsafe, where one 
signals config change and another IRQ signals queues update (and all queues are 
polled in
turn). I think a similar thing could be done for virtio-mmio. It could allocate 
two IRQs
instead of one and describe both of them in the device tree. Guest side, upon 
seeing that,
could make use of those two IRQs and acknowledge to the host side that "yes, i 
am new
version and use new mode".
 But, sorry, i will unlikely implement this, because we already have PCI with 
MSI-X (i
hope this is going to be published soon), so my project can use PCI emulation. 
implementing irqfds for virtio-mmio is a bit out of my scope.

Kind regards,
Pavel Fedin
Expert Engineer
Samsung Electronics Research center Russia

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