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Re: [Qemu-devel] [virtio-dev] Re: [PATCH v3 0/3] Use of unique identifie

From: Michael S. Tsirkin
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [virtio-dev] Re: [PATCH v3 0/3] Use of unique identifier for pairing virtio and passthrough devices...
Date: Fri, 13 Jul 2018 00:00:19 +0300

On Thu, Jul 12, 2018 at 01:52:53PM -0700, Siwei Liu wrote:
> The definition is incomplete due to lack of spec. There's no "host"
> part defined yet in the host-guest interface. If match by MAC is an
> interface, the same must be done on the host(device) side as well,
> which has been agreed not the way to go. However, I don't think that's
> what the author intends to do by interpreting his QEMU patch - it
> missed the other parts as well, such as the feature negotiation and
> how it interacts with the paired device.
> What I said is that match by MAC is just a guest implementation that
> one can change at any time. We now have the group ID on QEMU, why
> still sticking to matching by MAC? It shoulnd't be a host-guest
> interface in the first place anyway.

I think that match by MAC is a simple portable way to match devices.
E.g. it will work seamlessly with niche things like zPCI. However
there are other niche use-cases that aren't addressed by match by MAC
such as PF pass-through as a primary, and the pci bridge trick addresses
that at cost of some portability.

So I see no issues supporting both mechanisms, but others on the TC
might feel differently.


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