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Date:   Sun, 19 Jan 2020 09:07:09 +0000
From:   Shahaf Shuler <shahafs@...lanox.com>
To:     Rob Miller <rob.miller@...adcom.com>,
        Jason Wang <jasowang@...hat.com>
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Subject: RE: [PATCH 3/5] vDPA: introduce vDPA bus

Friday, January 17, 2020 4:13 PM, Rob Miller:
Subject: Re: [PATCH 3/5] vDPA: introduce vDPA bus
>>On 2020/1/17 下午8:13, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
>>> On Thu, Jan 16, 2020 at 08:42:29PM +0800, Jason Wang wrote:

[...]

>>> + * @set_map:                        Set device memory mapping, optional
>>> + *                          and only needed for device that using
>>> + *                          device specific DMA translation
>>> + *                          (on-chip IOMMU)
>>> + *                          @vdev: vdpa device
>>> + *                          @iotlb: vhost memory mapping to be
>>> + *                          used by the vDPA
>>> + *                          Returns integer: success (0) or error (< 0)
>> OK so any change just swaps in a completely new mapping?
>> Wouldn't this make minor changes such as memory hotplug
>> quite expensive?

What is the concern? Traversing the rb tree or fully replace the on-chip IOMMU translations? 
If the latest, then I think we can take such optimization on the driver level (i.e. to update only the diff between the two mapping). 
If the first one, then I think memory hotplug is a heavy flow regardless. Do you think the extra cycles for the tree traverse will be visible in any way? 

>
>My understanding is that the incremental updating of the on chip IOMMU 
>may degrade the  performance. So vendor vDPA drivers may want to know 
>all the mappings at once. 

Yes exact. For Mellanox case for instance many optimization can be performed on a given memory layout.

>Technically, we can keep the incremental API 
>here and let the vendor vDPA drivers to record the full mapping 
>internally which may slightly increase the complexity of vendor driver. 

What will be the trigger for the driver to know it received the last mapping on this series and it can now push it to the on-chip IOMMU?

>We need more inputs from vendors here.
>
>Thanks


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