RE: [PATCH v9 5/5] virtio-balloon: VIRTIO_BALLOON_F_MISC_VQ
From: Wang, Wei W
Date: Sun May 07 2017 - 17:43:01 EST
On 05/06/2017 06:21 AM, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 27, 2017 at 02:33:44PM +0800, Wei Wang wrote:
> > On 04/14/2017 01:08 AM, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > > On Thu, Apr 13, 2017 at 05:35:08PM +0800, Wei Wang wrote:
> > > > Add a new vq, miscq, to handle miscellaneous requests between the
> > > > device and the driver.
> > > >
> > > > This patch implemnts the
> > > implements
> > >
> > > > request sent from the device.
> > > Commands are sent from host and handled on guest.
> > > In fact how is this so different from stats?
> > > How about reusing the stats vq then? You can use one buffer for
> > > stats and one buffer for commands.
> > >
> > The meaning of the two vqs is a little different. statq is used for
> > reporting statistics, while miscq is intended to be used to handle
> > miscellaneous requests from the guest or host
> misc just means "anything goes". If you want it to mean "commands" name it so.
Ok, will change it.
> > (I think it can
> > also be used the other way around in the future when other new
> > features are added which need the guest to send requests and the host
> > to provide responses).
> > I would prefer to have them separate, because:
> > If we plan to combine them, we need to put the previous statq related
> > implementation under miscq with a new command (I think we can't
> > combine them without using commands to distinguish the two features).
> > In this way, an old driver won't work with a new QEMU or a new driver
> > won't work with an old QEMU. Would this be considered as an issue
> > here?
> Compatibility is and should always be handled using feature flags. There's a
> feature flag for this, isn't it?
The negotiation of the existing feature flag, VIRTIO_BALLOON_F_STATS_VQ
only indicates the support of the old statq implementation. To move the statq
implementation under cmdq, I think we would need a new feature flag for the
new statq implementation:
#define VIRTIO_BALLOON_F_CMDQ_STATS 5
What do you think?