Re: [RFC PATCH v3 1/8] iommu: Evolve the device fault reporting framework

From: Alex Williamson
Date: Tue May 18 2021 - 14:59:14 EST

On Fri, 9 Apr 2021 11:44:13 +0800
Shenming Lu <lushenming@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> This patch follows the discussion here:
> Besides SVA/vSVA, such as VFIO may also enable (2nd level) IOPF to remove
> pinning restriction. In order to better support more scenarios of using
> device faults, we extend iommu_register_fault_handler() with flags and
> introduce FAULT_REPORT_ to describe the device fault reporting capability
> under a specific configuration.
> Note that we don't further distinguish recoverable and unrecoverable faults
> by flags in the fault reporting cap, having PAGE_FAULT_REPORT_ +
> UNRECOV_FAULT_REPORT_ seems not a clean way.
> In addition, still take VFIO as an example, in nested mode, the 1st level
> and 2nd level fault reporting may be configured separately and currently
> each device can only register one iommu dev fault handler, so we add a
> handler update interface for this.

IIUC, you're introducing flags for the fault handler callout, which
essentially allows the IOMMU layer to filter which types of faults the
handler can receive. You then need an update function to modify those
flags. Why can't the handler itself perform this filtering? For
instance in your vfio example, the handler registered by the type1
backend could itself return fault until the fault transfer path to the
device driver is established. Thanks,