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Subject: Re: Can we increase vring size over 1024?

On Fri, Sep 02, 2016 at 06:55:35AM +0000, Gonglei (Arei) wrote:
> Hi Michael & all,
> Michael, you made a presentation about the virto 1.1's new features in KVM Forum last week.
> That's wonderful!
> And I'd like to know can we increase vring size over 1024, such as 4096 or 8192?
> My colleage had asked the same question in 2014, but she didn't get a definite answare,
> So, I want to rewake up the dissusstion about this. Becase for the virtio-crypto device,
> I also need to increase the vring size to get better performance and thoughput, but the Qemu
> side limit the thought as VIRTQUEUE_MAX_SIZE is 1024.
>  [QA-virtio]:Why vring size is limited to 1024?
> http://qemu.11.n7.nabble.com/QA-virtio-Why-vring-size-is-limited-to-1024-td292450.html
> Avi Kivity said that google cloud exposed the vring size to 16k.
> Regards,
> -Gonglei

Fundamentally, the reason is that the ring size
currently also sets the max s/g list length, and linux
hosts can't support bigger lists.

We should fix that in 1.1.


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