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From: "Raj, Ashok" <ashok.raj@intel.com>
To: Alex Williamson <alex.williamson@redhat.com>
Cc: Kenneth Lee <liguozhu@hisilicon.com>,
	"kvm@vger.kernel.org" <kvm@vger.kernel.org>,
	"linux-doc@vger.kernel.org" <linux-doc@vger.kernel.org>,
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	"linux-accelerators@lists.ozlabs.org" 
	<linux-accelerators@lists.ozlabs.org>,
	Lu Baolu <baolu.lu@linux.intel.com>,
	Ashok Raj <ashok.raj@intel.com>
Subject: Re: [RFC PATCH 3/7] vfio: add spimdev support
Date: Mon, 6 Aug 2018 09:34:28 -0700
Message-ID: <20180806163428.GB32409@otc-nc-03> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20180806094940.47c70be9@t450s.home>

On Mon, Aug 06, 2018 at 09:49:40AM -0600, Alex Williamson wrote:
> On Mon, 6 Aug 2018 09:40:04 +0800
> Kenneth Lee <liguozhu@hisilicon.com> wrote:
> > 
> > 1. It supports thousands of processes. Take zip accelerator as an example, any
> > application need data compression/decompression will need to interact with the
> > accelerator. To support that, you have to create tens of thousands of mdev for
> > their usage. I don't think it is a good idea to have so many devices in the
> > system.
> 
> Each mdev is a device, regardless of whether there are hardware
> resources committed to the device, so I don't understand this argument.
>  
> > 2. The application does not want to own the mdev for long. It just need an
> > access point for the hardware service. If it has to interact with an management
> > agent for allocation and release, this makes the problem complex.
> 
> I don't see how the length of the usage plays a role here either.  Are
> you concerned that the time it takes to create and remove an mdev is
> significant compared to the usage time?  Userspace is certainly welcome
> to create a pool of devices, but why should it be the kernel's
> responsibility to dynamically assign resources to an mdev?  What's the
> usage model when resources are unavailable?  It seems there's
> complexity in either case, but it's generally userspace's responsibility
> to impose a policy.
> 

Can vfio dev's created representing an mdev be shared between several 
processes?  It doesn't need to be exclusive.

The path to hardware is established by the processes binding to SVM and
IOMMU ensuring that the PASID is plummed properly.  One can think the 
same hardware is shared between several processes, hardware knows the 
isolation is via the PASID. 

For these cases it isn't required to create a dev per process. 

Cheers,
Ashok

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Thread overview: 61+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2018-08-01 10:22 [RFC PATCH 0/7] A General Accelerator Framework, WarpDrive Kenneth Lee
2018-08-01 10:22 ` [RFC PATCH 1/7] vfio/spimdev: Add documents for WarpDrive framework Kenneth Lee
2018-08-02  3:14   ` Tian, Kevin
2018-08-02  4:22     ` Kenneth Lee
2018-08-02  4:41       ` Tian, Kevin
2018-08-06 12:27   ` Pavel Machek
2018-08-08  1:43     ` Kenneth Lee
2018-08-01 10:22 ` [RFC PATCH 2/7] iommu: Add share domain interface in iommu for spimdev Kenneth Lee
2018-08-02  3:17   ` Tian, Kevin
2018-08-02  4:15     ` Kenneth Lee
2018-08-02  4:39       ` Tian, Kevin
2018-08-08  9:13   ` Joerg Roedel
2018-08-09  1:09     ` Kenneth Lee
2018-08-01 10:22 ` [RFC PATCH 3/7] vfio: add spimdev support Kenneth Lee
2018-08-01 16:23   ` Randy Dunlap
2018-08-02  3:07     ` Kenneth Lee
2018-08-02  3:21   ` Tian, Kevin
2018-08-02  3:47     ` Kenneth Lee
2018-08-02  4:24       ` Tian, Kevin
2018-08-02  7:34         ` Kenneth Lee
     [not found]           ` <20180802103528.0b863030.cohuck@redhat.com>
     [not found]             ` <20180802124327.403b10ab@t450s.home>
2018-08-06  1:40               ` Kenneth Lee
2018-08-06 15:49                 ` Alex Williamson
2018-08-06 16:34                   ` Raj, Ashok [this message]
2018-08-06 17:05                     ` Alex Williamson
2018-08-08  1:32                       ` Kenneth Lee
2018-08-01 10:22 ` [RFC PATCH 4/7] crypto: add hisilicon Queue Manager driver Kenneth Lee
2018-08-01 10:22 ` [RFC PATCH 5/7] crypto: Add Hisilicon Zip driver Kenneth Lee
2018-08-01 10:22 ` [RFC PATCH 6/7] crypto: add spimdev support to Hisilicon QM Kenneth Lee
2018-08-01 10:22 ` [RFC PATCH 7/7] vfio/spimdev: add user sample for spimdev Kenneth Lee
2018-08-01 16:56 ` [RFC PATCH 0/7] A General Accelerator Framework, WarpDrive Jerome Glisse
2018-08-02  2:33   ` Tian, Kevin
2018-08-02  4:05     ` Kenneth Lee
2018-08-02 14:22       ` Jerome Glisse
2018-08-03  3:47         ` Kenneth Lee
2018-08-03 14:39           ` Jerome Glisse
2018-08-06  3:12             ` Kenneth Lee
2018-08-06 15:32               ` Jerome Glisse
2018-08-08  1:08                 ` Kenneth Lee
2018-08-08 15:18                   ` Jerome Glisse
2018-08-09  8:03                     ` Kenneth Lee
2018-08-09  8:31                       ` Tian, Kevin
2018-08-10  1:37                         ` Kenneth Lee
2018-08-09 14:46                       ` Jerome Glisse
2018-08-10  3:39                         ` Kenneth Lee
2018-08-10 13:12                           ` Jean-Philippe Brucker
2018-08-11 15:26                             ` Kenneth Lee
2018-08-13  9:29                               ` Kenneth Lee
2018-08-13 19:23                                 ` Jerome Glisse
2018-08-14  3:46                                   ` Kenneth Lee
2018-08-10 14:32                           ` Jerome Glisse
2018-08-11 14:44                             ` Kenneth Lee
2018-08-02 10:10     ` Alan Cox
2018-08-02 12:24       ` Xu Zaibo
2018-08-02 14:46       ` Jerome Glisse
2018-08-03 14:20         ` Alan Cox
2018-08-03 14:55           ` Jerome Glisse
2018-08-06  1:26           ` Kenneth Lee
2018-08-02  2:59 ` Tian, Kevin
2018-08-02  3:40   ` Kenneth Lee
2018-08-02  4:36     ` Tian, Kevin
2018-08-02  5:35       ` Kenneth Lee

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