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Re: [Qemu-devel] [dpdk-dev] [ovs-dev] [PATCH RFC] netdev-dpdk: Fix devic

From: Aaron Conole
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [dpdk-dev] [ovs-dev] [PATCH RFC] netdev-dpdk: Fix device obtain mac address when received first packet in vhost type
Date: Mon, 27 Nov 2017 11:14:09 -0500
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Yuanhan Liu <address@hidden> writes:

> On Fri, Nov 24, 2017 at 05:59:09PM +0800, Chen Hailin wrote:
>> Hi Aaron Conole && Jianfeng,
>> The stp could not work in ovs-dpdk vhostuser.
>> Because the attached vhost device doesn't have MAC address.
>> Now we have two ways to solve this problem.
>> 1. The vhost learns MAC address from packet like as my first patch.
> I do agree with Aaron this is not the right way.
>> 2. The virtio notifies MAC address actively to vhost user .
> Unfortunately, AFAIK, there is no way to achieve that so far. we could
> either let virtio/QEMU to expose the CQ to vhost or add a new VHOST_USER
> message to carry the mac address. While vhost-user is a generic interface
> adding a virtio-net specific message also doesn't seem quite right.
> Exposing CQ is probably the best we can do.
> Anyway, both need spec change.

There are other possible ways.  libvirt knows about the mac address from
the domain xml file.  Perhaps it's possible to set the mac column in the
database to the correct value when the port is being created in ovs?
This would be an action taken by the orchestration tool.

Additionally, there's a mechanism in virtio-net to set the mac address
from the host to the guest.  Is it possible to expose that functionality
through vhost-user?

Then when the orchestration tool sets the mac, it can be propagated, and
mac_in_use can reflect the appropriate value.  I think that's a workable
solution, but I might have missed something.

>       --yliu
>> In my opinions,  if we treat it as a device,  we should allocate 
>> MAC address for the device when the VM started.
>> Which one do you think better?
>> Best Regards,
>> Chen Hailin
>> address@hidden
>> From: Aaron Conole
>> Date: 2017-11-18 10:00
>> To: Hailin Chen
>> CC: address@hidden; Maxime Coquelin; address@hidden
>> Subject: Re: [ovs-dev] [PATCH RFC] netdev-dpdk: Fix device obtain
>> mac address when received first packet in vhost type
>> Hi Hailin,
>> Hailin Chen <address@hidden> writes:
>> > The stp could not work on netdev-dpdk if network is loop.
>> > Because the stp protocol negotiates designate port by sending
>> > BPDU packets which contains MAC address.
>> > However the device doesn't have MAC address in vhostuser type.
>> > Thus, function send_bpdu_cb would not send BPDU packets.
>> >
>> > This patch will set the MAC for device when received first packet.
>> >
>> > Signed-off-by: Hailin Chen <address@hidden>
>> > ---
>> Thanks for the patch.
>> In general, I don't think this is the right approach to deal with this
>> type of issue.  I believe the problem statement is that OvS bridge is
>> unaware of the guest MAC address - did I get it right?  In that case, I
>> would think that a better way to solve this would be to have virtio tell
>> the mac address of the guest.  I don't recall right now if that's
>> allowed in the virtio spec, but I do remember some kind of negotiation
>> features.
>> I've CC'd Maxime, who is one of the maintainers of the virtio code from
>> DPDK side.  Perhaps there is an alternate way to solve this.
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