OASIS Mailing List ArchivesView the OASIS mailing list archive below
or browse/search using MarkMail.


Help: OASIS Mailing Lists Help | MarkMail Help

virtio-comment message

[Date Prev] | [Thread Prev] | [Thread Next] | [Date Next] -- [Date Index] | [Thread Index] | [List Home]

Subject: Re: [virtio-comment] [PATCH V2 2/2] virtio: introduce STOP status bit

On Fri, Jul 09, 2021 at 07:23:33PM +0200, Eugenio Perez Martin wrote:
> > >   If I understand correctly, this is all
> > > driven from the driver inside the guest, so for this to work
> > > the guest must be running and already have initialised the driver.
> >
> >
> > Yes.
> >
> As I see it, the feature can be driven entirely by the VMM as long as
> it intercept the relevant configuration space (PCI, MMIO, etc) from
> guest's reads and writes, and present it as coherent and transparent
> for the guest. Some use cases I can imagine with a physical device (or
> vp_vpda device) with VIRTIO_F_STOP:
> 1) The VMM chooses not to pass the feature flag. The guest cannot stop
> the device, so any write to this flag is an error/undefined.
> 2) The VMM passes the flag to the guest. The guest can stop the device.
> 2.1) The VMM stops the device to perform a live migration, and the
> guest does not write to STOP in any moment of the LM. It resets the
> destination device with the state, and then initializes the device.
> 2.2) The guest stops the device and, when STOP(32) is set, the source
> VMM migrates the device status. The destination VMM realizes the bit,
> so it sets the bit in the destination too after device initialization.
> 2.3) The device is not initialized by the guest so it doesn't matter
> what bit has the HW, but the VM can be migrated.
> Am I missing something?
> Thanks!

It's doable like this. It's all a lot of hoops to jump through though.
It's also not easy for devices to implement.
Why don't we design the feature in a way that is useable by VMMs
and implementable by devices in a simple way?


[Date Prev] | [Thread Prev] | [Thread Next] | [Date Next] -- [Date Index] | [Thread Index] | [List Home]