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Re: [Qemu-devel] [RFC PATCH 0/3] Balloon inhibit enhancements

From: Alex Williamson
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] [RFC PATCH 0/3] Balloon inhibit enhancements
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2018 10:42:05 -0600

On Mon, 30 Jul 2018 18:49:58 +0300
"Michael S. Tsirkin" <address@hidden> wrote:

> On Mon, Jul 30, 2018 at 09:01:37AM -0600, Alex Williamson wrote:
> > > > but I don't think it can be done
> > > > atomically with respect to inflight DMA of a physical device where we
> > > > cannot halt the device without interfering with its state.    
> > > 
> > > Guests never add pages to the balloon if they are under DMA,
> > > so that's fine - there's never an in-flight DMA, if
> > > there is guest is buggy and it's ok to crash it.  
> > 
> > It's not the ballooned page that I'm trying to note, it's the entire
> > remainder of the SubRegion which needs to be unmapped to remove that
> > one page.  It's more compatible from an IOMMU perspective in that we're
> > only unmapping with the same granularity with which we mapped, but it's
> > incompatible with inflight DMA as we have no idea what DMA targets may
> > reside within the remainder of that mapping while it's temporarily
> > unmapped.  
> I see. Yes you need to be careful to replace the host IOMMU PTE
> atomically. Same applies to vIOMMU though - if guest changes
> a PTE atomically host should do the same.

I'm not sure the hardware supports atomic updates in these cases and
therefore I don't think the vIOMMU does either.  Thanks,


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