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Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH] qemu: Introduce VIRTIO_NET_F_STANDBY feature bi

From: Samudrala, Sridhar
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [PATCH] qemu: Introduce VIRTIO_NET_F_STANDBY feature bit to virtio_net
Date: Tue, 12 Jun 2018 17:20:25 -0700
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On 6/12/2018 4:54 AM, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
On Wed, Jun 06, 2018 at 10:29:03AM +0800, Jason Wang wrote:

On 2018年06月05日 20:33, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
I don't think this is sufficient.

If both primary and standby devices are present, a legacy guest without
support for the feature might see two devices with same mac and get

I think that we should only make primary visible after guest acked the
backup feature bit.
I think we want exactly the reverse? E.g fail the negotiation when guest
does not ack backup feature.

Otherwise legacy guest won't even have the chance to see primary device in
the guest.
That's by design.

And on reset or when backup is cleared in some other way, unplug the
What if guest does not support hotplug?
It shouldn't ack the backup feature then and it's a good point.
We should both document this and check kernel config has
hotplug support. Sridhar could you take a look pls?

Right now we select NET_FAILOVER when virtio-net is enabled,  Should we select

Something like the below will do the job:

Primary device is added with a special "primary-failover" flag.
A virtual machine is then initialized with just a standby virtio
device. Primary is not yet added.
A question is how to do the matching? Qemu knows nothing about e.g mac
address of a pass-through device I believe?
Supply a flag to the VFIO when it's added, this way QEMU will know.

Later QEMU detects that guest driver device set DRIVER_OK.
It then exposes the primary device to the guest, and triggers
a device addition event (hot-plug event) for it.
Do you mean we won't have primary device in the initial qemu cli?
No, that's not what I mean.

I mean management will supply a flag to VFIO and then

- VFIO defers exposing
primary to guest until guest acks the feature bit.
- When we see guest ack, initiate hotplug.
- On reboot, hide it again.
- On reset without reboot, request hot-unplug and on eject hide it again.

If QEMU detects guest driver removal, it initiates a hot-unplug sequence
to remove the primary driver.  In particular, if QEMU detects guest
re-initialization (e.g. by detecting guest reset) it immediately removes
the primary device.
I believe guest failover module should handle this gracefully?
It can't control enumeration order, if primary is enumerated before
standby then guest will load its driver and it's too late
when failover driver is loaded.

Does it mean that if guest unloads virtio-net driver, Qemu should automatically
unplug the associated primary device?

What about guest unloading/re-loading primary device driver?


We can move some of this code to management as well, architecturally it
does not make too much sense but it might be easier implementation-wise.


On Mon, Jun 04, 2018 at 06:41:48PM -0700, Samudrala, Sridhar wrote:
Ping on this patch now that the kernel patches are accepted into davem's 
net-next tree.

On 5/7/2018 4:09 PM, Sridhar Samudrala wrote:
This feature bit can be used by hypervisor to indicate virtio_net device to
act as a standby for another device with the same MAC address.

I tested this with a small change to the patch to mark the STANDBY feature 
by default as i am using libvirt to start the VMs.
Is there a way to pass the newly added feature bit 'standby' to qemu via libvirt
XML file?

Signed-off-by: Sridhar Samudrala <address@hidden>
    hw/net/virtio-net.c                         | 2 ++
    include/standard-headers/linux/virtio_net.h | 3 +++
    2 files changed, 5 insertions(+)

diff --git a/hw/net/virtio-net.c b/hw/net/virtio-net.c
index 90502fca7c..38b3140670 100644
--- a/hw/net/virtio-net.c
+++ b/hw/net/virtio-net.c
@@ -2198,6 +2198,8 @@ static Property virtio_net_properties[] = {
        DEFINE_PROP_INT32("speed", VirtIONet, net_conf.speed, SPEED_UNKNOWN),
        DEFINE_PROP_STRING("duplex", VirtIONet, net_conf.duplex_str),
+    DEFINE_PROP_BIT64("standby", VirtIONet, host_features, 
+                      false),
diff --git a/include/standard-headers/linux/virtio_net.h 
index e9f255ea3f..01ec09684c 100644
--- a/include/standard-headers/linux/virtio_net.h
+++ b/include/standard-headers/linux/virtio_net.h
@@ -57,6 +57,9 @@
                                         * Steering */
    #define VIRTIO_NET_F_CTRL_MAC_ADDR 23       /* Set MAC address */
+#define VIRTIO_NET_F_STANDBY      62    /* Act as standby for another device
+                                         * with the same MAC.
+                                         */
    #define VIRTIO_NET_F_SPEED_DUPLEX 63        /* Device set linkspeed and 
duplex */

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