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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v2 00/13] iommu: support txattrs, support TCG ex

From: Peter Xu
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH v2 00/13] iommu: support txattrs, support TCG execution, implement TZ MPC
Date: Tue, 5 Jun 2018 15:39:37 +0800
User-agent: Mutt/1.9.5 (2018-04-13)

On Mon, Jun 04, 2018 at 04:29:28PM +0100, Peter Maydell wrote:
> Hi; this is v2 of my iommu patchset, which does:
>  * support IOMMUs that are aware of memory transaction attributes and
>    may generate different translations for different attributes
>  * support TCG execution out of memory which is behind an IOMMU
>  * implement the Arm TrustZone Memory Protection Controller
>    (which needs both the above features in the IOMMU core code)
>  * use the MPC in the mps2-an505 board
> Patches 1-3 add the support for memory-transaction-aware
> IOMMUs. The general approach is that we have the concept of an
> IOMMU index (similar to the TCG MMU index), which selects which of
> multiple possible translation tables in the IOMMU we're trying to use.
> Most IOMMUs will support just a single index. When you register an
> IOMMU notifier and when you call the translate method you have to
> specify which IOMMU index you want. There's a method for getting the
> index that applies for a particular set of transaction attributes.
> All the current IOMMU implementations have just one iommu index, and
> all the current users of the notify API assume that.

Hi, Peter,

It seems that this series is still using the IOMMU index way.  In case
I missed anything... Could you elaborate a bit on why this IOMMU index
solution is preferred comparing to the way to pass in MemTxAttrs?  Or
was there any further discussion I missed on the topic?

My last post to previous series is here:


In that, I was still confused on why we couldn't use the existing
MemTxAttrs directly instead of the new IOMMU index (and I explained on
why that was prefered at least to me). I didn't see replies

Frankly speaking I fully trust the expertise of you and all the
reviewers.  I am just afraid I missed any context along the way.


Peter Xu

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