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Date:   Tue, 12 Mar 2019 13:56:28 -0700
From:   Jakub Kicinski <jakub.kicinski@...ronome.com>
To:     Jiri Pirko <jiri@...nulli.us>
Cc:     davem@...emloft.net, netdev@...r.kernel.org,
        oss-drivers@...ronome.com
Subject: Re: [PATCH net-next v2 4/7] devlink: allow subports on devlink PCI
 ports

On Tue, 12 Mar 2019 15:02:39 +0100, Jiri Pirko wrote:
> Tue, Mar 12, 2019 at 03:10:54AM CET, wrote:
> >On Mon, 11 Mar 2019 09:52:04 +0100, Jiri Pirko wrote:  
> >> Fri, Mar 08, 2019 at 08:09:43PM CET, wrote:  
> >> >If the switchport is in the hypervisor then only the hypervisor can
> >> >control switching/forwarding, correct?    
> >> 
> >> Correct.
> >>   
> >> >The primary use case for partitioning within a VM (of a VF) would be
> >> >containers (and DPDK)?    
> >> 
> >> Makes sense.
> >>   
> >> >SR-IOV makes things harder.  Splitting a PF is reasonably easy to grasp.
> >> >I'm trying to get a sense of is how would we control an SR-IOV
> >> >environment as a whole.    
> >> 
> >> You mean orchestration?   
> >
> >Right, orchestration.
> >
> >To be clear on where I'm going with this - if we want to allow VFs 
> >to partition themselves then they have to control what is effectively 
> >a "nested" switch.  A per-VF set of rules which would the get  
> 
> Wait. If you allow to make VF subports (I believe that is what you ment
> by VFs partition themselves), that does not mean they will have a
> separate nested switch. They would still belong under the same one.

But that existing switch is administered by the hypervisor, how would
the VF owners install forwarding rules in a switch they don't control?

> >"flattened" into the main eswitch rule set.  If I was to choose I'd
> >really rather have this "flattening" be done on the (Linux) hypervisor
> >and not in the vendor driver and firmware.  
> 
> Agreed. Driver should provide one big switch. User should configure it.

Cool, when you say user - is it the tenant or the provider?

> >I'd much rather have the VM make a "give me another NIC" orchestration
> >call via some high level REST API than devlink.  This makes the
> >configuration strictly high level to low level:
> >
> >  VM -> cloud net REST API -> cloud agent -> devlink/Linux -> FW -> HW
> >
> >Without round trips via firmware.    
> 
> Okay. So the "devlink/Linux -> FW" part is going to happen on baremetal.
> Makes sense.
> 
> >This allows for easy policy enforcement, common code to be maintained
> >in user space, in high level languages (no 0.5M LoC drivers and 10M LoC
> >firmware for every driver).  It can also be used with software paths
> >like VirtIO..  
> 
> Agreed.
> 
> >Modelling and debugging a nested switch would be a nightmare.  What
> >follows is that we probably shouldn't deal with partitioning of VFs,
> >but rather only partition via the PF devlink instance, and reassign 
> >the partitions to VMs.  
> 
> Agreed. That must be misunderstanding, I never suggested nested
> switches.

Cool, yes, I was making sure we weren't going in that direction :)

> >> I originally planned to implement sriov orchestration api in devlink too.  
> >
> >Interesting, would you mind elaborating?  
> 
> I have to think about it. But something like this:
> [...]

I see thanks for the examples, they makes things clear!

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