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From: Shanker R Donthineni <sdonthineni@nvidia.com>
To: Marc Zyngier <maz@kernel.org>
Cc: Alex Williamson <alex.williamson@redhat.com>,
	Will Deacon <will@kernel.org>,
	Catalin Marinas <catalin.marinas@arm.com>,
	"Christoffer Dall" <christoffer.dall@arm.com>,
	<linux-arm-kernel@lists.infradead.org>,
	<kvmarm@lists.cs.columbia.edu>, <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	<kvm@vger.kernel.org>, Vikram Sethi <vsethi@nvidia.com>,
	Jason Sequeira <jsequeira@nvidia.com>
Subject: Re: [RFC 1/2] vfio/pci: keep the prefetchable attribute of a BAR region in VMA
Date: Fri, 30 Apr 2021 09:58:14 -0500
Message-ID: <1edb2c4e-23f0-5730-245b-fc6d289951e1@nvidia.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <87czucngdc.wl-maz@kernel.org>

Hi Marc,

On 4/30/21 6:47 AM, Marc Zyngier wrote:
>
>>>> We've two concerns here:
>>>>    - Performance impacts for pass-through devices.
>>>>    - The definition of ioremap_wc() function doesn't match the host
>>>> kernel on ARM64
>>> Performance I can understand, but I think you're also using it to mask
>>> a driver bug which should be resolved first.  Thank
>> We’ve already instrumented the driver code and found the code path
>> for the unaligned accesses. We’ll fix this issue if it’s not
>> following WC semantics.
>>
>> Fixing the performance concern will be under KVM stage-2 page-table
>> control. We're looking for a guidance/solution for updating stage-2
>> PTE based on PCI-BAR attribute.
> Before we start discussing the *how*, I'd like to clearly understand
> what *arm64* memory attributes you are relying on. We already have
> established that the unaligned access was a bug, which was the biggest
> argument in favour of NORMAL_NC. What are the other requirements?
Sorry, my earlier response was not complete...

ARMv8 architecture has two features Gathering and Reorder transactions, very
important from a performance point of view. Small inline packets for NIC cards
and accesses to GPU's frame buffer are CPU-bound operations. We want to take
advantages of GRE features to achieve higher performance.

Both these features are disabled for prefetchable BARs in VM because memory-type
MT_DEVICE_nGnRE enforced in stage-2.
> Thanks,
>
>         M.
>
> --
> Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible.


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Thread overview: 30+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-04-29 16:29 [RFC 0/2] [RFC] Honor PCI prefetchable attributes for a virtual machine on ARM64 Shanker Donthineni
2021-04-29 16:29 ` [RFC 1/2] vfio/pci: keep the prefetchable attribute of a BAR region in VMA Shanker Donthineni
2021-04-29 18:28   ` Alex Williamson
2021-04-29 19:14     ` Shanker R Donthineni
2021-04-29 19:46       ` Alex Williamson
2021-04-29 22:08         ` Vikram Sethi
2021-04-30 11:25         ` Shanker R Donthineni
     [not found]           ` <87czucngdc.wl-maz@kernel.org>
2021-04-30 13:07             ` Shanker R Donthineni
2021-04-30 14:58             ` Shanker R Donthineni [this message]
     [not found]               ` <878s4zokll.wl-maz@kernel.org>
2021-04-30 16:57                 ` Vikram Sethi
2021-05-01  9:30                   ` Marc Zyngier
2021-05-01 11:36                     ` Shanker R Donthineni
     [not found]                       ` <87czu8uowe.wl-maz@kernel.org>
2021-05-03 12:08                         ` Shanker R Donthineni
2021-05-02 17:56                     ` Vikram Sethi
2021-05-03 10:17                       ` Marc Zyngier
2021-05-03 13:35                         ` Mark Kettenis
2021-05-03 13:59                           ` Vikram Sethi
2021-05-03 14:44                             ` Alex Williamson
2021-05-03 22:03                               ` Vikram Sethi
2021-05-04  8:30                                 ` Will Deacon
2021-05-05 18:02                                   ` Catalin Marinas
2021-05-06  7:22                                     ` Christoph Hellwig
2021-05-08 16:33                                     ` Shanker R Donthineni
2021-06-02  9:37                                       ` Marc Zyngier
2021-05-04 18:03                                 ` Alex Williamson
2021-06-02  9:11                                   ` Marc Zyngier
2021-04-30  9:54   ` Lorenzo Pieralisi
2021-04-30 12:38     ` Jason Gunthorpe
2021-04-29 16:29 ` [RFC 2/2] KVM: arm64: Add write-combine support for stage-2 entries Shanker Donthineni
2021-05-03  7:01 ` [RFC 0/2] [RFC] Honor PCI prefetchable attributes for a virtual machine on ARM64 Christoph Hellwig

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