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Re: [libvirt] support for configuring all ports of a multiport SRIOV VF when assigning to guest



Another think I forgot is that driver should be configured with probe_vf [1] to work in a single port vf for ConnectX-3/PRO.

For example if my driver configuration is as follows:
options mlx4_core port_type_array=2,2 num_vfs=4,4,0 probe_vf=4,4,0
I will have 4 VF on port 1 and 4 VF on port 2, but ip link show you will see each PF with 8  VF. VF 0-3 will be used for the first PF (enp6s0 ) and VF 4-7 will be used for the second PF (enp6s0d1)

15: enp6s0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc mq master ovs-system state UP mode DEFAULT group default qlen 1000                                    
    link/ether 00:02:c9:e9:c2:11 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff                                                                                                              
    vf 0 MAC 00:00:00:00:00:00, vlan 4095, spoof checking off, link-state auto                                                                                     
    vf 1 MAC 00:00:00:00:00:00, vlan 4095, spoof checking off, link-state auto                                                                                     
    vf 2 MAC 00:00:00:00:00:00, vlan 4095, spoof checking off, link-state auto                                                                                
    vf 3 MAC fa:16:3e:c4:61:14, vlan 128, spoof checking on, link-state enable                                                                                     
    vf 4 MAC 00:00:00:00:00:00, vlan 4095, spoof checking off, link-state auto                                                                                     
    vf 5 MAC 00:00:00:00:00:00, vlan 4095, spoof checking off, link-state auto                                                                                      
    vf 6 MAC 00:00:00:00:00:00, vlan 4095, spoof checking off, link-state auto                                                                                     
    vf 7 MAC 00:00:00:00:00:00, vlan 4095, spoof checking off, link-state auto                                                                                     
16: enp6s0d1: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc mq state UP mode DEFAULT group default qlen 1000                                                    
    link/ether 00:02:c9:e9:c2:12 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff                                                                                                             
    vf 0 MAC 00:00:00:00:00:00, vlan 4095, spoof checking off, link-state auto                                                                                      
    vf 1 MAC 00:00:00:00:00:00, vlan 4095, spoof checking off, link-state auto                                                                                     
    vf 2 MAC 00:00:00:00:00:00, vlan 4095, spoof checking off, link-state auto                                                                                     
    vf 3 MAC 00:00:00:00:00:00, vlan 4095, spoof checking off, link-state auto                                                                                      
    vf 4 MAC 00:00:00:00:00:00, vlan 4095, spoof checking off, link-state auto                                                                                     
    vf 5 MAC 00:00:00:00:00:00, vlan 4095, spoof checking off, link-state auto                                                                                     
    vf 6 MAC fa:16:3e:e2:93:37, vlan 3, spoof checking off, link-state auto                                                                                         
    vf 7 MAC 00:00:00:00:00:00, vlan 4095, spoof checking off, link-state auto

 [1] - https://community.mellanox.com/docs/DOC-1484#jive_content_id_Configuring_8_VFs_on_a_dual_port_NIC_while_4_VFs_are_probed_on_port_1_and_4_VFs_are_probed_on_port_2 

-----Original Message-----
From: Moshe Levi 
Sent: Thursday, August 3, 2017 9:34 AM
To: Laine Stump <laine laine org>; Libvirt <libvir-list redhat com>
Cc: Doug Ledford <dledford redhat com>; Daniel P. Berrange <berrange redhat com>
Subject: RE: support for configuring all ports of a multiport SRIOV VF when assigning to guest

Hi Laine,

I have a few question before I can give my opinion.
I the Mellanox Card Dual Port that support one PCI with 2 PF is  ConnectX-3 and ConnectX-3 Pro. (maybe others cards  I will check this) The ConnectX-4 Dual Port and above is implemented with 2 PCI devices per 2 PF.
I can check with our driver architect why it was done like this in the past.

The pci address in the xml below is VF pci which is different between all VF so I am not sure why it causing problems with libvirt for setting mac? 
<source>
             <address type='pci' slot='0x08' function='0x4'/> </source>


I will do a little shift to openstack with SR-IOV mechanism driver.
I remember with try to enable support on the second port for such  cards in openstack I remember we tested Mellanox ConnectX-3  Pro Dual Port  with openstack to allow boot a vm on both ports.
I implemented the pci-passthrough-whitelist-regex  to allow a flexibly way to whitelist pci device.
And we also had a patch in neutron for the SR-IOV to allow the agent to allow mapping of multiple PFs to a PCI device, but the community didn't like it especially intel. 

[1] - https://specs.openstack.org/openstack/nova-specs/specs/liberty/approved/pci-passthrough-whitelist-regex.html
[2] - https://review.openstack.org/#/c/409526/




-----Original Message-----
From: sendmail [mailto:justsendmailnothingelse gmail com] On Behalf Of Laine Stump
Sent: Thursday, August 3, 2017 7:09 AM
To: Libvirt <libvir-list redhat com>
Cc: Doug Ledford <dledford redhat com>; Moshe Levi <moshele mellanox com>; Daniel P. Berrange <berrange redhat com>
Subject: RFC: support for configuring all ports of a multiport SRIOV VF when assigning to guest

("No matter how far you've gone down the wrong road, turn back." - paraphrase of a Turkish proverb that is apropos to this discussion)

Several years ago, when I was apparently naive and narrow in my thinking and someone wanted us support setting the MAC address and vlan tag for SRIOV VFs when assigning them to a guest with PCI device assignment (this was before VFIO existed), I had the idea to do this by creating a new type of <interface> device:

   <interface type='hostdev'>
    ....

My thinking was that <interface> already had elements for mac address, 802.11Qb[gh] virtualport config, and vlan tag (or maybe it was that we were *going to add* support for vlan tag), so by just adding a <source> that was a PCI address, we would have everything we needed. Basically, there is some amount of config that needs to be applied to the device before it's assigned to the guest, and since the device ends up being a netdev in the guest, all that config is already present in an <interface>. As a bonus, because it was an <interface> we could easily re-use the recently added "pool of devices" network type (with some minor adjustment) to avoid needing to hardcode the host-side PCI address of the VF.

At the time Dan Berrange countered (I think - correct me if I'm wrong!) that we should instead do this with modifications to <hostdev>, but somehow I managed to either convince him, or maybe he just finally tired of my stubbornness and decided it was easier to deal with the after effects of giving in rather than continuing to debate with me :-)

So right now if you want to assign an SRIOV VF network device to a guest with VFIO, you need something like this (ignoring network device pools for the moment):

    <interface type='hostdev'>
      <source>
        <address type='pci' slot='0x08' function='0x4'/>
      </source>
      <mac address='52:54:00:01:01:01'/>
      <vlan>
        <tag id='42'/>
      </vlan>
    </interface>

(or in place of <vlan>, you could have a <virtualport> element for 802.11Qb[gh]).


The SRIOV cards that we had around when we were doing this work had multiple physical ports on them (either 2 or 4), but each physical port was associated with its own PCI Physical Function (PF), and each of the PCI Virtual Functions associated with a PF was tied to a single netdev, i.e. in all cases there was always a 1:1 correspondence between a netdev and a PCI device. All of libvirt's code dealing with SRIOV VFs and PFs assumes this 1:1 relationship.

And then came Mellanox "dual port" SRIOV cards....

A Mellanox SRIOV NIC doesn't necessarily do that. Instead, it can operate in "dual port" mode, where it has a single PCI PF device for both physical ports; the single PF PCI device has 2 separate netdevs associated with it (so when you look in the "net" subdirectory for the PCI device, you'll see two netdevs listed, and when you look in the "device" subdirectory of those two netdevs in sysfs, they both point back to the same PCI device). VFs associated with that PF will also each have two netdevs associated with them. This means that when you assign a VF to a guest, the guest is getting a single PCI device, but it's getting two netdevs. (I've been told that the advantage of doing both ports with a single PCI device is that each Mellanox PCI device uses a huge amount of MMIO space, two ports on each device cuts the MMIO usage in half).

In order for this to be useful, libvirt needs to set the mac address and vlan tag of *both* netdevs prior to starting the guest. But we have no way to represent that in our configuration. In the past it's been suggested that we just do something like this:

   <interface type='hostdev'>
     <mac address='blah'/>
     <mac2 address='blah'/>
     ...
   </interface>

but I have two problems with that:

1) <interface> is supposed to represent a single network device, but this is trying to make it represent 2 network devices (and what if someone else comes up with a card that puts *4* netdevs on the same PCI
device?)

2) We would need to do the same thing for <vlan> tag. It starts to get ugly.

Alternately we could add a new <port number='2'> subelement, like this:


    <interface type='hostdev'>
      <source>
        <address type='pci' slot='0x08' function='0x4'/>
      </source>
      <mac address='52:54:00:01:01:01'/>
      <vlan>
        <tag id='42'/>
      </vlan>
      <port number='2'>
        <mac address='52:54:00:01:01:01'/>
        <vlan>
          <tag id='42'/>
        </vlan>
      </port>
    </interface>

(or some variation of that) just so that all the stuff for the 2nd port is grouped together. But I don't like that the config for port 1 is at a different level in the hierarchy than the config for port 2, and we still have the problem that we're trying to describe *2* netdevs with a single <interface> element, which just feels wrong.

- OR -

what if we admit that <interface type='hostdev'> was a bad idea, and try doing it all with <hostdev>, something like this:

  <hostdev mode='subsystem' type='pci' managed='yes'>
    <source>
      <address domain='0x0000' bus='0x06' slot='0x02' function='0x0'/>
    </source>
    <netdev port='1'>
      <mac address='52:54:00:01:02:03'/>
      <vlan>
        <tag id='42'/>
      </vlan>
    </netdev>
    <netdev port='2'>
      <mac address='52:54:00:01:02:03'/>
      <vlan>
        <tag id='43'/>
      </vlan>
    </netdev>
  </hostdev>

The downsides are:

1) It's providing a 2nd way of describing single port VFs, which could confuse people (my recommendation would be to deprecate usage of <interface type='hostdev'> in the documentation, while still allowing it; i.e. we'd still have to maintain that code while discouraging its use).

2) This wouldn't be able to take advantage of the pools of devices maintained by libvirt networks. (This isn't a problem for Openstack, since they don't use that anyway, but ovirt does use it).

3) It's an explicit admission that I made a bad decision in 2011 :-P

The upsides?

1) it models the hardware more correctly. (it really is a PCI device that has two subordinate netdevs, *not* a netdev that is part of a PCI device, "oh and that PCI device also has another netdev")

2) it could be more logically and easily expanded if there were more ports, or if there were other types of PCI devices that had different kinds of device-type-specific config that needed to be setup.

3) we could eliminate "downside (2)" by enhancing the nodedevice driver to provide and manage more generalized pools of devices (if desired by anyone - Openstack's opinion seems to be that libvirt shouldn't be doing this anyway).


So does anyone have an opinion about this? An alternate proposal? (e.g.
Should we instead just tell everyone to run their Mellanox cards in single port mode and ignore/avoid all this complexity?)



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