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Date:	Wed, 19 Dec 2012 18:52:51 +0200
From:	"Michael S. Tsirkin" <mst@...hat.com>
To:	Paolo Bonzini <pbonzini@...hat.com>
Cc:	Stefan Hajnoczi <stefanha@...hat.com>,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, kvm@...r.kernel.org,
	gaowanlong@...fujitsu.com, hutao@...fujitsu.com,
	linux-scsi@...r.kernel.org,
	virtualization@...ts.linux-foundation.org, rusty@...tcorp.com.au,
	asias@...hat.com, nab@...ux-iscsi.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 1/5] virtio: add functions for piecewise addition of
 buffers

On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 06:51:30PM +0200, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 19, 2012 at 01:04:08PM +0100, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> > Il 19/12/2012 11:47, Stefan Hajnoczi ha scritto:
> > > On Tue, Dec 18, 2012 at 01:32:48PM +0100, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> > >> +/**
> > >> + * virtqueue_start_buf - start building buffer for the other end
> > >> + * @vq: the struct virtqueue we're talking about.
> > >> + * @buf: a struct keeping the state of the buffer
> > >> + * @data: the token identifying the buffer.
> > >> + * @count: the number of buffers that will be added
> > > 
> > > Perhaps count should be named count_bufs or num_bufs.
> > 
> > Ok.
> > 
> > >> + * @count_sg: the number of sg lists that will be added
> > > 
> > > What is the purpose of count_sg?
> > 
> > It is needed to decide whether to use an indirect or a direct buffer.
> > The idea is to avoid a memory allocation if the driver is providing us
> > with separate sg elements (under the assumption that they will be few).
> > 
> > Originally I wanted to use a mix of direct and indirect buffer (direct
> > if add_buf received a one-element scatterlist, otherwise indirect).  It
> > would have had the same effect, without having to specify count_sg in
> > advance.  The spec is not clear if that is allowed or not, but in the
> > end they do not work with either QEMU or vhost, so I chose this
> > alternative instead.
> > 
> > Paolo
> 
> Hmm it should work with vhost.

BTW passing in num_in + num_out would be nicer than explicit direction:
closer to the current add_buf.

> > 
> > > Stefan
> > > 
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