Re: [virtio-dev] Re: [PATCH v11 6/6] virtio-balloon: VIRTIO_BALLOON_F_CMD_VQ

From: Wei Wang
Date: Tue Jun 20 2017 - 23:26:27 EST

On 06/21/2017 12:18 AM, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
On Fri, Jun 09, 2017 at 06:41:41PM +0800, Wei Wang wrote:
- if (!virtqueue_indirect_desc_table_add(vq, desc, num)) {
+ if (!virtqueue_indirect_desc_table_add(vq, desc, *num)) {
- wait_event(vb->acked, virtqueue_get_buf(vq, &len));
- vb->balloon_page_chunk.chunk_num = 0;
+ if (busy_wait)
+ while (!virtqueue_get_buf(vq, &len) &&
+ !virtqueue_is_broken(vq))
+ cpu_relax();
+ else
+ wait_event(vb->acked, virtqueue_get_buf(vq, &len));

This is something I didn't previously notice.
As you always keep a single buffer in flight, you do not
really need indirect at all. Just add all descriptors
in the ring directly, then kick.



You also want a flag to avoid allocations but there's no need to do it
per descriptor, set it on vq.

Without using the indirect table, I'm thinking about changing to use
the standard sg (i.e. struct scatterlist), instead of vring_desc, so that
we don't need to modify or add any new functions of virtqueue_add().

In this case, we will kmalloc an array of sgs in probe(), and we can add
the sgs one by one to the vq, which won't trigger the allocation of an
indirect table inside virtqueue_add(), and then kick when all are added.