Re: [KVM PATCH v4 3/3] kvm: add iosignalfd support

From: Mark McLoughlin
Date: Thu May 28 2009 - 05:09:53 EST

On Wed, 2009-05-27 at 16:45 -0400, Gregory Haskins wrote:
> Mark McLoughlin wrote:
> > The virtio ABI is fixed, so we couldn't e.g. have the guest use a cookie
> > to identify a queue - it's just going to continue using a per-device
> > queue number.
> Actually, I was originally thinking this would be exposed as a virtio
> FEATURE bit anyway, so there were no backwards-compat constraints. That
> said, we can possibly make it work in a backwards compat way, too.
> IIRC, today virtio does a PIO cycle to a specific register with the
> queue-id when it wants to signal guest->host, right? What is the width
> of the write?

It's a 16-bit write.

/* A 16-bit r/w queue notifier */

> > So, if the cookie was also the trigger, we'd need an
> > eventfd per device.
> >
> I'm having trouble parsing this one. The cookie namespace is controlled
> by the userspace component that owns the corresponding IO address, so
> there's no reason you can't make "queue-id = 0" use cookie = 0, or
> whatever. That said, I still think a separation of the cookie and
> trigger as suggested above is a good idea, so its probably moot to
> discuss this point further.

Ah, my mistake - I thought the cookie was returned to userspace when the
eventfd was signalled, but no ... userspace only gets an event counter
value and the cookie is used during de-assignment to distinguish between

Okay, so suppose you do assign multiple times at a given address -
you're presumably going to use a different eventfd for each assignment?
If so, can't we match using both the address and eventfd at
de-assignment and drop the cookie from the interface altogether?

i.e. to replace the virtio queue notify with this, we'd:

1) create an eventfd per queue

2) assign each of those eventfds to the QUEUE_NOTIFY address

3) have only one of the eventfds be triggered, depending on what
value is written by the guest

4) de-assign using the address/eventfd pair to distinguish between


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