Re: [Patch v4 0/3] Introduce a driver to support host accelerated access to Microsoft Azure Blob
Date: Tue Jul 20 2021 - 14:17:37 EST
On Tue, Jul 20, 2021 at 05:33:47PM +0000, Long Li wrote:
> > Subject: Re: [Patch v4 0/3] Introduce a driver to support host accelerated
> > access to Microsoft Azure Blob
> > On 7/20/21 12:05 AM, Long Li wrote:
> > >> Subject: Re: [Patch v4 0/3] Introduce a driver to support host
> > >> accelerated access to Microsoft Azure Blob
> > >>
> > >> On Mon, Jul 19, 2021 at 09:37:56PM -0700, Bart Van Assche wrote:
> > >>> such that this object storage driver can be implemented as a
> > >>> user-space library instead of as a kernel driver? As you may know
> > >>> vfio users can either use eventfds for completion notifications or polling.
> > >>> An interface like io_uring can be built easily on top of vfio.
> > >>
> > >> Yes. Similar to say the NVMe K/V command set this does not look like
> > >> a candidate for a kernel driver.
> > >
> > > The driver is modeled to support multiple processes/users over a VMBUS
> > > channel. I don't see a way that this can be implemented through VFIO?
> > >
> > > Even if it can be done, this exposes a security risk as the same VMBUS
> > > channel is shared by multiple processes in user-mode.
> > Sharing a VMBUS channel among processes is not necessary. I propose to
> > assign one VMBUS channel to each process and to multiplex I/O submitted to
> > channels associated with the same blob storage object inside e.g. the
> > hypervisor. This is not a new idea. In the NVMe specification there is a
> > diagram that shows that multiple NVMe controllers can provide access to the
> > same NVMe namespace. See also diagram "Figure 416: NVM Subsystem with
> > Three I/O Controllers" in version 1.4 of the NVMe specification.
> > Bart.
> Currently, the Hyper-V is not designed to have one VMBUS channel for each process.
So it's a slow interface :(
> In Hyper-V, a channel is offered from the host to the guest VM. The host doesn't
> know in advance how many processes are going to use this service so it can't
> offer those channels in advance. There is no mechanism to offer dynamic
> per-process allocated channels based on guest needs. Some devices (e.g.
> network and storage) use multiple channels for scalability but they are not
> for serving individual processes.
> Assigning one VMBUS channel per process needs significant change on the Hyper-V side.
What is the throughput of a single channel as-is? You provided no
benchmarks or numbers at all in this patchset which would justify this
new kernel driver :(