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[libvirt] Re: Supporting vhost-net and macvtap in libvirt for QEMU

Arnd Bergmann wrote:
On Thursday 17 December 2009, Daniel P. Berrange wrote:
On Wed, Dec 16, 2009 at 07:48:08PM -0600, Anthony Liguori wrote:

The more interesting invocation of vhost-net though is one where the vhost-net device backs directly to a physical network card. In this mode, vhost should get considerably better performance than the current implementation. I don't know the syntax yet, but I think it's reasonable to assume that it will look something like -net tap,dev=eth0. The effect will be that eth0 is dedicated to the guest.
Ok, so in this model you have to create a dedicated ethXX device for
every guest, no sharing ?

I think so, but it could be any of
* a physical NIC dedicated to the guest, e.g. if you want to run a firewall
  on that guest and provide connectivity to all other guests to that, or if
  you have lots of real NICs
* an IOV adapter with separate physical or virtual functions
* a VMDq adapter that shows multiple queues on the same PCI function
  as separate network interfaces
* a macvlan device in VEPA or bridge mode

I don't think a macvlan device is quite the same thing (mainly because there is not finite number of them). I think <source vepa="on" dev="eth0"/> probably would make more sense as a UI.

But then libvirt needs to be able to create/destroy macvlan devices on demand.


Anthony Liguori

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