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From: Mike Christie <>
To: Jason Wang <>,,,,,,,
Subject: Re: [PATCH 07/17] vhost scsi: support delayed IO vq creation
Date: Tue, 27 Oct 2020 05:47:34 +0000
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On 10/25/20 10:51 PM, Jason Wang wrote:
> On 2020/10/22 上午8:34, Mike Christie wrote:
>> Each vhost-scsi device will need a evt and ctl queue, but the number
>> of IO queues depends on whatever the user has configured in userspace.
>> This patch has vhost-scsi create the evt, ctl and one IO vq at device
>> open time. We then create the other IO vqs when userspace starts to
>> set them up. We still waste some mem on the vq and scsi vq structs,
>> but we don't waste mem on iovec related arrays and for later patches
>> we know which queues are used by the dev->nvqs value.
>> Signed-off-by: Mike Christie <>
>> ---
>>   drivers/vhost/scsi.c | 19 +++++++++++++++----
>>   1 file changed, 15 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)
> Not familiar with SCSI. But I wonder if it could behave like vhost-net.
> E.g userspace should known the number of virtqueues so it can just open 
> and close multiple vhost-scsi file descriptors.

One hiccup I'm hitting is that we might end up creating about 3x more 
vqs than we need. The problem is that for scsi each vhost device has:

vq=0: special control vq
vq=1: event vq
vq=2 and above: SCSI CMD/IO vqs. We want to create N of these.

Today we do:

Uerspace does open(/dev/vhost-scsi)
         vhost_dev_init(create 128 vqs and then later we setup and use N 
of them);

Qemu does ioctl(VHOST_SET_OWNER)

For N vqs userspace does:
         // virtqueue setup related ioctls

         - match LIO/target port to vhost_dev

So we could change that to:

For N IO vqs userspace does
                 vhost_dev_init(create IO, evt, and ctl);

for N IO vqs Qemu does:

for N IO vqs Qemu does:
         // virtqueue setup related ioctls

for N IO vqs Qemu does:
                 - match LIO/target port to vhost_dev and assemble the 
multiple vhost_dev device.

The problem is that we have to setup some of the evt/ctl specific parts 
at open() time when vhost_dev_init does vhost_poll_init for example.

- At open time, we don't know if this vhost_dev is going to be part of a 
multiple vhost_device device or a single one so we need to create at 
least 3 of them
- If it is a multiple device we don't know if its the first device being 
created for the device or the N'th, so we don't know if the dev's vqs 
will be used for IO or ctls/evts, so we have to create all 3.

When we get the first VHOST_SCSI_SET_ENDPOINT call for a new style 
multiple vhost_dev device, we can use that dev's evt/ctl vqs for 
events/controls requests. When we get the other VHOST_SCSI_SET_ENDPOINT 
calls for the multiple vhost_dev device then those dev's evt/ctl vqs 
will be ignored and we will only use their IO vqs. So we end up with a 
lot of extra vqs.

One other question/issue I have is that qemu can open the 
/dev/vhost-scsi device or it allows tools like libvirtd to open the 
device and pass in the fd to use. For the latter case, would we continue 
to have those tools pass in the leading fd, then have qemu do the other 
num_queues - 1 open(/dev/vhost-scsi) calls? Or do these apps that pass 
in the fd need to know about all of the fds for some management reason?

  reply index

Thread overview: 43+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-10-22  0:34 [PATCH 00/17 V3] vhost: fix scsi cmd handling and cgroup support Mike Christie
2020-10-22  0:34 ` [PATCH 01/17] vhost scsi: add lun parser helper Mike Christie
2020-10-26  3:33   ` Jason Wang
2020-10-22  0:34 ` [PATCH 02/17] vhost: remove work arg from vhost_work_flush Mike Christie
2020-10-22  0:51   ` Chaitanya Kulkarni
2020-10-22  0:34 ` [PATCH 03/17] vhost net: use goto error handling in open Mike Christie
2020-10-22  0:45   ` Chaitanya Kulkarni
2020-10-26  3:34   ` Jason Wang
2020-10-22  0:34 ` [PATCH 04/17] vhost: prep vhost_dev_init users to handle failures Mike Christie
2020-10-22  5:22   ` kernel test robot
2020-10-23 16:15   ` Mike Christie
2020-11-02  5:57   ` Jason Wang
2020-11-03 10:04   ` Dan Carpenter
2020-10-22  0:34 ` [PATCH 05/17] vhost: move vq iovec allocation to dev init time Mike Christie
2020-10-22  0:34 ` [PATCH 06/17] vhost: support delayed vq creation Mike Christie
2020-10-22  0:34 ` [PATCH 07/17] vhost scsi: support delayed IO " Mike Christie
2020-10-26  3:51   ` Jason Wang
2020-10-27  5:47     ` Mike Christie [this message]
2020-10-28  1:55       ` Jason Wang
2020-10-30  8:47       ` Michael S. Tsirkin
2020-10-30 16:30         ` Mike Christie
2020-10-30 17:26           ` Mike Christie
2020-11-01 22:06         ` Mike Christie
2020-11-02  6:36         ` Jason Wang
2020-11-02  6:49           ` Jason Wang
2020-11-02 16:19             ` Mike Christie
2020-10-22  0:34 ` [PATCH 08/17] vhost scsi: alloc cmds per vq instead of session Mike Christie
2020-10-22  0:34 ` [PATCH 09/17] vhost scsi: fix cmd completion race Mike Christie
2020-10-27 13:07   ` Maurizio Lombardi
2020-10-30  8:51   ` Michael S. Tsirkin
2020-10-30 16:04     ` Paolo Bonzini
2020-10-22  0:34 ` [PATCH 10/17] vhost scsi: Add support for LUN resets Mike Christie
2020-10-22  0:34 ` [PATCH 11/17] vhost scsi: remove extra flushes Mike Christie
2020-10-22  0:34 ` [PATCH 12/17] vhost poll: fix coding style Mike Christie
2020-10-22  0:39   ` Chaitanya Kulkarni
2020-10-22  0:34 ` [PATCH 13/17] vhost: support multiple worker threads Mike Christie
2020-10-22  0:35 ` [PATCH 14/17] vhost: poll support support multiple workers Mike Christie
2020-10-22  0:35 ` [PATCH 15/17] host: support delayed vq creation Mike Christie
2020-10-22  0:50   ` Mike Christie
2020-10-22  0:35 ` [PATCH 16/17] vhost scsi: multiple worker support Mike Christie
2020-10-22  0:35 ` [PATCH 17/17] vhost scsi: drop submission workqueue Mike Christie
2020-10-29 21:47 ` [PATCH 00/17 V3] vhost: fix scsi cmd handling and cgroup support Michael S. Tsirkin
2020-10-29 22:19   ` Mike Christie

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