[RFC PATCH 0/4] mdev based hardware virtio offloading support

From: Jason Wang
Date: Tue Sep 10 2019 - 04:20:05 EST

Hi all:

There are hardware that can do virtio datapath offloading while having
its own control path. This path tries to implement a mdev based
unified API to support using kernel virtio driver to drive those
devices. This is done by introducing a new mdev transport for virtio
(virtio_mdev) and register itself as a new kind of mdev driver. Then
it provides a unified way for kernel virtio driver to talk with mdev
device implementation.

Though the series only contain kernel driver support, the goal is to
make the transport generic enough to support userspace drivers. This
means vhost-mdev[1] could be built on top as well by resuing the

A sample driver is also implemented which simulate a virito-net
loopback ethernet device on top of vringh + workqueue. This could be
used as a reference implementation for real hardware driver.


- Some of the key transport command for vhost-mdev(userspace driver)
is not introduced. This includes:
1) set/get virtqueue state (idx etc), this could be simply done by
introducing new transport command
2) dirty pages tracking, could be simply done by introducing new
transport command
3) set/get device internal state, this requires more thought, of
course we can introduce device specific transport command, but it
would be better to have a unified API
- Current mdev_parent_ops assumes all pointers are userspace pointer,
this block the kernel driver, this series just abuse those as kernel
pointer and this could be addressed by inventing new parent_ops.
- For quick POC, mdev transport was just derived from virtio-MMIO,
I'm pretty sure it has lots of space to be optimized, please share
your thought.

Please review.

[1] https://lkml.org/lkml/2019/8/28/35

Jason Wang (4):
vringh: fix copy direction of vringh_iov_push_kern()
mdev: introduce helper to set per device dma ops
virtio: introudce a mdev based transport
docs: Sample driver to demonstrate how to implement virtio-mdev

drivers/vfio/mdev/Kconfig | 7 +
drivers/vfio/mdev/Makefile | 1 +
drivers/vfio/mdev/mdev_core.c | 7 +
drivers/vfio/mdev/virtio_mdev.c | 500 ++++++++++++++++++++
drivers/vhost/vringh.c | 8 +-
include/linux/mdev.h | 2 +
include/uapi/linux/virtio_mdev.h | 131 ++++++
samples/Kconfig | 7 +
samples/vfio-mdev/Makefile | 1 +
samples/vfio-mdev/mvnet.c | 766 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
10 files changed, 1429 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
create mode 100644 drivers/vfio/mdev/virtio_mdev.c
create mode 100644 include/uapi/linux/virtio_mdev.h
create mode 100644 samples/vfio-mdev/mvnet.c