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Subject: Re: [virtio-dev] RE: [PATCH v3 6/6] vhost-user: support registering external host notifiers

On Thu, Apr 19, 2018 at 06:59:39PM +0200, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> On 19/04/2018 18:52, Liang, Cunming wrote:
> >>> Oh you are right.
> >>> 
> >>> So it's only needed for non-intel platforms or when packets are
> >>> in WC memory then. And I don't know whether dpdk ever puts
> >>> packets in WC memory.
> >>> 
> >>> I guess we'll cross this bridge when we get to it.
> >> Non-TSO architectures seem important...
> >
> > I'm not familiar with Non-TSO, trying to understand the difference
> > according to the feature set. Let's say non-TSO architectures do not
> > set 'weak_barriers'. Then mandatory barrier is used for software. HW
> > offload on that platform would choose different feature set against
> > software? If it's not, essentially we're worried about live migration
> > from a TSO to a non-TSO architectures platform?
> I'm worried about live migration from software virtio to hardware virtio
> on non-TSO architectures.  For example, on ARM you would have a "dmb
> ishst" (smp_wmb) for software virtio and a "dsb st" (wmb) or "dmb oshst"
> (dma_wmb) for hardware virtio.
> For this to work, you would have to set up the VM so that it uses the
> heavier barriers from the beginning, even when backed by software virtio.
> Paolo

Right. Or disallow hardware to software migrations.

But generally the mandatory and even dma barriers in Linux are often an overkill.

See ARM for example: 

#define mb()            __arm_heavy_mb()
#define rmb()           dsb()
#define wmb()           __arm_heavy_mb(st)
#define dma_rmb()       dmb(osh)
#define dma_wmb()       dmb(oshst)
#define mb()            barrier()
#define rmb()           barrier()
#define wmb()           barrier()
#define dma_rmb()       barrier()
#define dma_wmb()       barrier()

That CONFIG_SMP here is clearly wrong but I don't really know what
to set it to. Also, we probably should switch virtio_wmb to dma_XX

That's actually easy. Will try to do.


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