Re: [RFC PATCH] virtio_ring: Use DMA API if guest memory is encrypted

From: Michael S. Tsirkin
Date: Tue Mar 26 2019 - 12:54:06 EST

On Wed, Jan 30, 2019 at 08:44:27AM +0100, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Tue, Jan 29, 2019 at 09:36:08PM -0500, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > This has been discussed ad nauseum. virtio is all about compatibility.
> > Losing a couple of lines of code isn't worth breaking working setups.
> > People that want "just use DMA API no tricks" now have the option.
> > Setting a flag in a feature bit map is literally a single line
> > of code in the hypervisor. So stop pushing for breaking working
> > legacy setups and just fix it in the right place.
> I agree with the legacy aspect. What I am missing is an extremely
> strong wording that says you SHOULD always set this flag for new
> hosts, including an explanation why.

So as far as power is concerned, IIUC the issue they are struggling with is
that some platforms do not support pass-through mode in the emulated IOMMU.
Disabling PLATFORM_ACCESS is so far a way around that, unfortunately just for
virtio devices. I would like virtio-iommu to be able to address that need as