Re: [PATCH 2/3] iommu/vt-d: Apply per-device dma_ops

From: Lu Baolu
Date: Tue Aug 06 2019 - 23:07:39 EST

Hi Christoph,

On 8/6/19 2:43 PM, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
Hi Lu,

I really do like the switch to the per-device dma_map_ops, but:

On Thu, Aug 01, 2019 at 02:01:55PM +0800, Lu Baolu wrote:
Current Intel IOMMU driver sets the system level dma_ops. This
implementation has at least the following drawbacks: 1) each
dma API will go through the IOMMU driver even the devices are
using identity mapped domains; 2) if user requests to use an
identity mapped domain (a.k.a. bypass iommu translation), the
driver might fall back to dma domain blindly if the device is
not able to address all system memory.

This is very clearly a behavioral regression. The intel-iommu driver
has always used the iommu mapping to provide decent support for
devices that do not have the full 64-bit addressing capability, and
changing this will make a lot of existing setups go slower.

I agree with you that we should keep the capability and avoid possible
performance regression on some setups. But, instead of hard-coding this
in the iommu driver, I prefer a more scalable way.

For example, the concept of per group default domain type [1] seems to
be a good choice. The kernel could be statically compiled as by-default
"pass through" or "translate everything". The per group default domain
type API could then be used by the privileged user to tweak some of the
groups for better performance, either by 1) bypassing iommu translation
for the trusted super-speed devices, or 2) applying iommu translation to
access the system memory which is beyond the device's address capability
(without the necessary of using bounce buffer).


I don't think having to use swiotlb for these devices helps anyone.

Best regards,