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Re: [Qemu-devel] [RESEND PATCH 2/6] memory: introduce AddressSpaceOps an

From: David Gibson
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [RESEND PATCH 2/6] memory: introduce AddressSpaceOps and IOMMUObject
Date: Tue, 14 Nov 2017 11:59:34 +1100
User-agent: Mutt/1.9.1 (2017-09-22)

On Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 04:28:45PM +0800, Peter Xu wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 13, 2017 at 04:56:01PM +1100, David Gibson wrote:
> > On Fri, Nov 03, 2017 at 08:01:52PM +0800, Liu, Yi L wrote:
> > > From: Peter Xu <address@hidden>
> > > 
> > > AddressSpaceOps is similar to MemoryRegionOps, it's just for address
> > > spaces to store arch-specific hooks.
> > > 
> > > The first hook I would like to introduce is iommu_get(). Return an
> > > IOMMUObject behind the AddressSpace.
> > > 
> > > For systems that have IOMMUs, we will create a special address
> > > space per device which is different from system default address
> > > space for it (please refer to pci_device_iommu_address_space()).
> > > Normally when that happens, there will be one specific IOMMU (or
> > > say, translation unit) stands right behind that new address space.
> > > 
> > > This iommu_get() fetches that guy behind the address space. Here,
> > > the guy is defined as IOMMUObject, which includes a notifier_list
> > > so far, may extend in future. Along with IOMMUObject, a new iommu
> > > notifier mechanism is introduced. It would be used for virt-svm.
> > > Also IOMMUObject can further have a IOMMUObjectOps which is similar
> > > to MemoryRegionOps. The difference is IOMMUObjectOps is not relied
> > > on MemoryRegion.
> > > 
> > > Signed-off-by: Peter Xu <address@hidden>
> > > Signed-off-by: Liu, Yi L <address@hidden>
> > 
> > Hi, sorry I didn't reply to the earlier postings of this after our
> > discussion in China.  I've been sick several times and very busy.
> > 
> > I still don't feel like there's an adequate explanation of exactly
> > what an IOMMUObject represents.   Obviously it can represent more than
> > a single translation window - since that's represented by the
> > IOMMUMR.  But what exactly do all the MRs - or whatever else - that
> > are represented by the IOMMUObject have in common, from a functional
> > point of view.
> > 
> > Even understanding the SVM stuff better than I did, I don't really see
> > why an AddressSpace is an obvious unit to have an IOMMUObject
> > associated with it.
> Here's what I thought about it: IOMMUObject was planned to be the
> abstraction of the hardware translation unit, which is a higher level
> of the translated address spaces.  Say, for each PCI device, it can
> have its own translated address space.  However for multiple PCI
> devices, they can be sharing the same translation unit that handles
> the translation requests from different devices.  That's the case for
> Intel platforms.  We introduced this IOMMUObject because sometimes we
> want to do something with that translation unit rather than a specific
> device, in which we need a general IOMMU device handle.

Ok, but what does "hardware translation unit" mean in practice.  The
guest neither knows nor cares, which bits of IOMMU translation happen
to be included in the same bundle of silicon.  It only cares what the
behaviour is.  What behavioural characteristics does a single
IOMMUObject have?

> IIRC one issue left over during last time's discussion was that there
> could be more complicated IOMMU models. E.g., one device's DMA request
> can be translated nestedly by two or multiple IOMMUs, and current
> proposal cannot really handle that complicated hierachy.  I'm just
> thinking whether we can start from a simple model (say, we don't allow
> nested IOMMUs, and actually we don't even allow multiple IOMMUs so
> far), then we can evolve from that point in the future.
> Also, I thought there were something you mentioned that this approach
> is not correct for Power systems, but I can't really remember the
> details...  Anyways, I think this is not the only approach to solve
> the problem, and I believe any new better idea would be greatly
> welcomed as well. :)

So, some of my initial comments were based on a misunderstanding of
what was proposed here - since discussing this with Yi at LinuxCon
Beijing, I have a better idea of what's going on.

On POWER - or rather the "pseries" platform, which is paravirtualized.
We can have multiple vIOMMU windows (usually 2) for a single virtual
PCI host bridge.  Because of the paravirtualization, the mapping to
hardware is fuzzy, but for passthrough devices they will both be
implemented by the IOMMU built into the physical host bridge.  That
isn't importat to the guest, though - all operations happen at the
window level.

The other thing that bothers me here is the way it's attached to an
AddressSpace.  IIUC how SVM works, the whole point is that the device
no longer writes into a specific PCI address space.  Instead, it
writes directly into a process address space.  So it seems to me more
that SVM should operate at the PCI level, and disassociate the device
from the normal PCI address space entirely, rather than hooking up
something via that address space.

David Gibson                    | I'll have my music baroque, and my code
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