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Re: [libvirt] Host device assignment driver name vfio/ kvm



On 03/29/2016 07:45 AM, Moshe Levi wrote:

Hi,

 

I was  testing Host device assignment  in OpenStack environment where the driver name is vfio or kvm.

 

My setup is as follow:

1.       Fedora 21

2.       Libvirt 1.3.0 which I compiled

3.       OpenStack master

 

I have also other setups with older Libvirt version and the same OpenStack environment.

 

I notice that on my fedora environment the driver name is vfio were in my old environment the driver name is kvm.

 

According to Libvirt documentation default is "vfio" on systems where the VFIO driver is available and loaded, see [1]

I remove the vfio modules by removing vfio, vfio_iommu_type1, vfio_pci but when I boot a vm the drive name is vfio

How can change the driver name to be kvm?


libvirt tries very hard to use vfio rather than legacy kvm, because legacy kvm is old, deprecated, and "declared bad" :-). But it won't changed it to vfio if you've explicitly said that you want to use kvm. If you really want to use legacy kvm device assignment, manually set that in the config. When you do that, if the system you're running on doesn't support it, it will error out rather than switching.

 

Another thing that I encounter is an error when suspending VM (in OpenStack environment)  when the driver name is  vfio.

In such case I am getting  the following error from Libvirt:

2016-03-28 11:42:59.527 1966 ERROR oslo_messaging.rpc.dispatcher   File "/usr/lib64/python2.7/site-packages/libvirt.py", line 560, in attachDeviceFlags

2016-03-28 11:42:59.527 1966 ERROR oslo_messaging.rpc.dispatcher     if ret == -1: raise libvirtError ('virDomainAttachDeviceFlags() failed', dom=self)

2016-03-28 11:42:59.527 1966 ERROR oslo_messaging.rpc.dispatcher libvirtError: internal error: unable to execute QEMU command 'device_add': Device initialization failed.

 

I would appreciate for some pointers on what can cause this issue.


Assuming that openstack uses libvirt's virDomainSave API I would expect suspending a guest to fail if it had an assigned device (since libvirt implements this by "migrating to disk", and qemu doesn't allow migration of a guest with an assigned device. But your problem is that it's trying to *attach* a device, which I wouldn't consider to be a part of a save or suspend or whatever operation. Is it possible to get more information about what leads up to this?




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