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Subject: Re: [virtio-dev] Re: [RFC PATCH net-next v2 2/2] virtio_net: Extend virtio to use VF datapath when available

On Fri, Jan 26, 2018 at 8:51 AM, Samudrala, Sridhar
<sridhar.samudrala@intel.com> wrote:
> On 1/26/2018 12:14 AM, Siwei Liu wrote:
>> On Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 2:58 PM, Michael S. Tsirkin <mst@redhat.com>
>> wrote:
>>> On Tue, Jan 23, 2018 at 12:24:47PM -0800, Siwei Liu wrote:
>>>> On Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 1:41 PM, Michael S. Tsirkin <mst@redhat.com>
>>>> wrote:
>>>>> On Mon, Jan 22, 2018 at 12:27:14PM -0800, Siwei Liu wrote:
>>>>>> First off, as mentioned in another thread, the model of stacking up
>>>>>> virt-bond functionality over virtio seems a wrong direction to me.
>>>>>> Essentially the migration process would need to carry over all guest
>>>>>> side configurations previously done on the VF/PT and get them moved to
>>>>>> the new device being it virtio or VF/PT.
>>>>> I might be wrong but I don't see why we should worry about this
>>>>> usecase.
>>>>> Whoever has a bond configured already has working config for migration.
>>>>> We are trying to help people who don't, not convert existig users.
>>>> That has been placed in the view of cloud providers that the imported
>>>> images from the store must be able to run unmodified thus no
>>>> additional setup script is allowed (just as Stephen mentioned in
>>>> another mail). Cloud users don't care about live migration themselves
>>>> but the providers are required to implement such automation mechanism
>>>> to make this process transparent if at all possible. The user does not
>>>> care about the device underneath being VF or not, but they do care
>>>> about consistency all across and the resulting performance
>>>> acceleration in making VF the prefered datapath. It is not quite
>>>> peculiar user cases but IMHO *any* approach proposed for live
>>>> migration should be able to persist the state including network config
>>>> e.g. as simple as MTU. Actually this requirement has nothing to do
>>>> with virtio but our target users are live migration agnostic, being it
>>>> tracking DMA through dirty pages, using virtio as the helper, or
>>>> whatsoever, the goal of persisting configs across remains same.
>>> So the patching being discussed here will mostly do exactly that if your
>>> original config was simply a single virtio net device.
>> True, but I don't see the patch being discussed starts with good
>> foundation of supporting the same for VF/PT device. That is the core
>> of the issue.
>>> What kind of configs do your users have right now?
>> Any configs be it generic or driver specific that the VF/PT device
>> supports and have been enabled/configured. General network configs
>> (MAC, IP address, VLAN, MTU, iptables rules), ethtool settings
>> (hardware offload, # of queues and ring entris, RSC options, rss
>> rxfh-indir table, rx-flow-hash, et al) , bpf/XDP program being run, tc
>> flower offload, just to name a few. As cloud providers we don't limit
>> users from applying driver specific tuning to the NIC/VF, and
>> sometimes this is essential to achieving best performance for their
>> workload. We've seen cases like tuning coalescing parameters for
>> getting low latency, changing rx-flow-hash function for better VXLAN
>> throughput, or even adopting quite advanced NIC features such as flow
>> director or cloud filter. We don't expect users to compromise even a
>> little bit on these. That is once we turn on live migration for the VF
>> or pass through devices in the VM, it all takes place under the hood,
>> users (guest admins, applications) don't have to react upon it or even
>> notice the change. I should note that the majority of live migrations
>> take place between machines with completely identical hardware, it's
>> more critical than necessary to keep the config as-is across the move,
>> stealth while quiet.
> This usecase is much more complicated and different than what this patch is
> trying
> to address.

Yep, it is technically difficult, but as cloud providers we would like
to take actions to address use case for our own if no one else is
willing to do so. However we're not seeking complicated design or
messing up the others such as your use case. As this is the first time
a real patch of the PV failover approach, although having be discussed
for years, posted to the mailing list. All voices suddenly came over,
various parties wish their specific needs added to the todo list, it's
indeed hard to accommodate all at once in the first place. I went
through same tough period of time while I was doing similar work so I
completely understand that. The task is not easy for sure. :)

The attempts I made was trying to consolidate all potential use cases
into one single solution rather than diverge from the very beginning.
It's in the phase of RFC and I don't want to wait expressing our
interest until very late.

>  Also your usecase seems to be assuming that source and
> destination
> hosts are identical and have the same HW.

Not exactly, this will be positioned as an optimization, but it is
crucial to our use case. While for the generic case with non-equal HW,
we can find out the least common denominator and apply those configs
that the new VF or the para virt driver can support without comprising
too much.

> It makes it pretty hard to transparently migrate all these settings with
> live
> migration when we are looking at a solution that unplugs the VF interface
> from
> the host and the VF driver is unloaded.
>> As you see generic bond or bridge cannot suffice the need. That's why
>> we need a new customized virt bond driver, and tailor it for VM live
>> migration specifically. Leveraging para-virtual e.g. virtio net device
>> as the backup path is one thing, tracking through driver config
>> changes in order to re-config as necessary is another. I would think
>> without considering the latter, the proposal being discussed is rather
>> incomplete, and remote to be useful in production.
>>>>>> Without the help of a new
>>>>>> upper layer bond driver that enslaves virtio and VF/PT devices
>>>>>> underneath, virtio will be overloaded with too much specifics being a
>>>>>> VF/PT backup in the future.
>>>>> So this paragraph already includes at least two conflicting
>>>>> proposals. On the one hand you want a separate device for
>>>>> the virtual bond, on the other you are saying a separate
>>>>> driver.
>>>> Just to be crystal clear: separate virtual bond device (netdev ops,
>>>> not necessarily bus device) for VM migration specifically with a
>>>> separate driver.
>>> Okay, but note that any config someone had on a virtio device won't
>>> propagate to that bond.
>>>>> Further, the reason to have a separate *driver* was that
>>>>> some people wanted to share code with netvsc - and that
>>>>> one does not create a separate device, which you can't
>>>>> change without breaking existing configs.
>>>> I'm not sure I understand this statement. netvsc is already another
>>>> netdev being created than the enslaved VF netdev, why it bothers?
>>> Because it shipped, so userspace ABI is frozen.  You can't really add a
>>> netdevice and enslave an existing one without a risk of breaking some
>>> userspace configs.
>> I still don't understand this concern. Like said, before this patch
>> becomes reality, users interact with raw VF interface all the time.
>> Now this patch introduces a virtio net devive and enslave the VF.
>> Users have to interact with two interfaces - IP address and friends
>> configured on the VF will get lost and users have to reconfigure
>> virtio all over again. But some other configs e.g. ethtool needs to
>> remain on the VF. How does it guarantee existing configs won't broken?
>> Appears to me this is nothing different than having both virtio and VF
>> netdevs enslaved and users operates on the virt-bond interface
>> directly.
> Yes. This patch doesn't transparently provide live migration support to
> existing
> network configurations that only use a VF.  In order to get live migration
> support,
> for a VF only image, the network configuration has to change.
> It provides hypervisor controlled VF acceleration to existing virtio_net
> based network
> configurations in a transparent manner.

OK. But will you plan to address the former: transparently provide
support for existing network configuration with separate patches in
future? Say if go with your 2 netdevs approach.

>> One thing I'd like to point out is the configs are mostly done in the
>> control plane. It's entirely possible to separate the data and control
>> paths in the new virt-bond driver: in the data plane, it may bypass
>> the virt-bond layer and quickly fall through to the data path of
>> virtio or VF slave; while in the control plane, the virt-bond may
>> disguise itself as the active slave, delegate the config changes to
>> the real driver, relay and expose driver config/state to the user. By
>> doing that the users and userspace applications just interact with one
>> single interface, the same way they interacted with the VF interface
>> as before. Users don't have to deal with the other two enslaved
>> interfaces directly - those automatically enslaved devices should be
>> made invisible from userspace applications and admins, and/or be
>> masked out from regular access by existing kernel APIs.
>> I don't find it a good reason to reject the idea if we can sort out
>> ways not to break existing ABI or APIs.
>>>> In
>>>> the Azure case, the stock image to be imported does not bind to a
>>>> specific driver but only MAC address.
>>> I'll let netvsc developers decide this, on the surface I don't think
>>> it's reasonable to assume everyone only binds to a MAC.
>> Sure. The point I wanted to make was that cloud providers are super
>> elastic in provisioning images - those driver or device specifics
>> should have been dehydrated from the original images thus make it
>> flexible enough to deploy to machines with vast varieties of hardware.
>> Although it's not necessarily the case everyone binds to a MAC, it's
>> worth taking a look at what the target users are doing and what the
>> pain points really are and understand what could be done to solve core
>> problems. Hyper-V netvsc can also benefit once moved to it, I'd
>> believe.
>>>> And people just deal with the
>>>> new virt-bond netdev rather than the underlying virtio and VF. And
>>>> both these two underlying netdevs should be made invisible to prevent
>>>> userspace script from getting them misconfigured IMHO.
>>>> A separate driver was for code sharing for sure, only just netvsc but
>>>> could be other para-virtual devices floating around: any PV can serve
>>>> as the side channel and the backup path for VF/PT. Once we get the new
>>>> driver working atop virtio we may define ops and/or protocol needed to
>>>> talk to various other PV frontend that may implement the side channel
>>>> of its own for datapath switching (e.g. virtio is one of them, Xen PV
>>>> frontend can be another). I just don't like to limit the function to
>>>> virtio only and we have to duplicate code then it starts to scatter
>>>> around all over the places.
>>>> I understand right now we start it as simple so it may just be fine
>>>> that the initial development activities center around virtio. However,
>>>> from cloud provider/vendor perspective I don't see the proposed scheme
>>>> limits to virtio only. Any other PV driver which has the plan to
>>>> support the same scheme can benefit. The point is that we shouldn't be
>>>> limiting the scheme to virtio specifics so early which is hard to have
>>>> it promoted to a common driver once we get there.
>>> The whole idea has been floating around for years. It would always
>>> get being drowned in this kind of "lets try to cover all use-cases"
>>> discussions, and never make progress.
>>> So let's see some working code merged. If it works fine for virtio
>>> and turns out to be a good fit for netvsc, we can share code.
>> I think we at least should start with a separate netdev other than
>> virtio. That is what we may agree to have to do without comprise I'd
>> hope.
> I think the usecase that you are targeting does require a new para virt bond
> driver
> and a new type of netdevice.
> For the usecase where the host is doing all the guest network
> tuning/optimizations

I'm not particularly sure about this use case for how the host is
capable of doing guest tuning/optimization, since you may be just
passing a pass-through device to the guest. Or are you talking about
VF specifically?

> and the VM is not expected to do any tuning/optimizations on the VF driver
> directly,
> i think the current patch that follows the netvsc model of 2 netdevs(virtio
> and vf) should
> work fine.

OK. For your use case that's fine. But that's too specific scenario
with lots of restrictions IMHO, perhaps very few users will benefit
from it, I'm not sure. If you're unwilling to move towards it, we'd
take this one and come back with a generic solution that is able to
address general use cases for VF/PT live migration .


>>>>> So some people want a fully userspace-configurable switchdev, and that
>>>>> already exists at some level, and maybe it makes sense to add more
>>>>> features for performance.
>>>>> But the point was that some host configurations are very simple,
>>>>> and it probably makes sense to pass this information to the guest
>>>>> and have guest act on it directly. Let's not conflate the two.
>>>> It may be fine to push some of the configurations from host but that
>>>> perhaps doesn't cover all the cases: how is it possible for the host
>>>> to save all network states and configs done by the guest before
>>>> migration. Some of the configs might come from future guest which is
>>>> unknown to host. Anyhow the bottom line is that the guest must be able
>>>> to act on those configuration request changes automatically without
>>>> involving users intervention.
>>>> Regards,
>>>> -Siwei
>>> All use-cases are *already* covered by existing kernel APIs.  Just use a
>>> bond, or a bridge, or whatever. It's just that they are so generic and
>>> hard to use, that userspace to do it never surfaced.
>> As mentioned earlier, for which I cannot stress enough, the existing
>> generic bond or bridge doesn't work. We need a new net device that
>> works for live migration specifically and fits it well.
>>> So I am interested in some code that handles some simple use-cases
>>> in the kernel, with a simple kernel API.
>> It should be fine, I like simple stuffs too and wouldn't like to make
>> complications. The concept of hiding auto-managed interfaces is not
>> new and has even been implemented by other operating systems already.
>> Not sure if that is your compatibility concern. We start with simple
>> for sure, but simple != in-expandable then make potential users
>> impossible to use at all.
>> Thanks,
>> -Siwei
>>>>> --
>>>>> MST
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