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Subject: Re: [virtio-dev] Re: [RFC PATCH 2/3] netdev: kernel-only IFF_HIDDEN netdevice

On Wed, Apr 18, 2018 at 04:33:34PM -0700, Samudrala, Sridhar wrote:
> On 4/17/2018 5:26 PM, Siwei Liu wrote:
> > I ran this with a few folks offline and gathered some good feedbacks
> > that I'd like to share thus revive the discussion.
> > 
> > First of all, as illustrated in the reply below, cloud service
> > providers require transparent live migration. Specifically, the main
> > target of our case is to support SR-IOV live migration via kernel
> > upgrade while keeping the userspace of old distros unmodified. If it's
> > because this use case is not appealing enough for the mainline to
> > adopt, I will shut up and not continue discussing, although
> > technically it's entirely possible (and there's precedent in other
> > implementation) to do so to benefit any cloud service providers.
> > 
> > If it's just the implementation of hiding netdev itself needs to be
> > improved, such as implementing it as attribute flag or adding linkdump
> > API, that's completely fine and we can look into that. However, the
> > specific issue needs to be undestood beforehand is to make transparent
> > SR-IOV to be able to take over the name (so inherit all the configs)
> > from the lower netdev, which needs some games with uevents and name
> > space reservation. So far I don't think it's been well discussed.
> > 
> > One thing in particular I'd like to point out is that the 3-netdev
> > model currently missed to address the core problem of live migration:
> > migration of hardware specific feature/state, for e.g. ethtool configs
> > and hardware offloading states. Only general network state (IP
> > address, gateway, for eg.) associated with the bypass interface can be
> > migrated. As a follow-up work, bypass driver can/should be enhanced to
> > save and apply those hardware specific configs before or after
> > migration as needed. The transparent 1-netdev model being proposed as
> > part of this patch series will be able to solve that problem naturally
> > by making all hardware specific configurations go through the central
> > bypass driver, such that hardware configurations can be replayed when
> > new VF or passthrough gets plugged back in. Although that
> > corresponding function hasn't been implemented today, I'd like to
> > refresh everyone's mind that is the core problem any live migration
> > proposal should have addressed.
> > 
> > If it would make things more clear to defer netdev hiding until all
> > functionalities regarding centralizing and replay are implemented,
> > we'd take advices like that and move on to implementing those features
> > as follow-up patches. Once all needed features get done, we'd resume
> > the work for hiding lower netdev at that point. Think it would be the
> > best to make everyone understand the big picture in advance before
> > going too far.
> I think we should get the 3-netdev model integrated and add any additional
> ndo_ops/ethool ops that we would like to support/migrate before looking into
> hiding the lower netdevs.

Once they are exposed, I don't think we'll be able to hide them -
they will be a kernel ABI.

Do you think everyone needs to hide the SRIOV device?
Or that only some users need this?


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