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Re: device compatibility interface for live migration with assigned devices



On Tue, Aug 18, 2020 at 11:24:30AM +0800, Jason Wang wrote:
> 
> On 2020/8/14 下午1:16, Yan Zhao wrote:
> > On Thu, Aug 13, 2020 at 12:24:50PM +0800, Jason Wang wrote:
> > > On 2020/8/10 下午3:46, Yan Zhao wrote:
> > > > > driver is it handled by?
> > > > It looks that the devlink is for network device specific, and in
> > > > devlink.h, it says
> > > > include/uapi/linux/devlink.h - Network physical device Netlink
> > > > interface,
> > > 
> > > Actually not, I think there used to have some discussion last year and the
> > > conclusion is to remove this comment.
> > > 
> > > It supports IB and probably vDPA in the future.
> > > 
> > hmm... sorry, I didn't find the referred discussion. only below discussion
> > regarding to why to add devlink.
> > 
> > https://www.mail-archive.com/netdev vger kernel org/msg95801.html
> > 	>This doesn't seem to be too much related to networking? Why can't something
> > 	>like this be in sysfs?
> > 	
> > 	It is related to networking quite bit. There has been couple of
> > 	iteration of this, including sysfs and configfs implementations. There
> > 	has been a consensus reached that this should be done by netlink. I
> > 	believe netlink is really the best for this purpose. Sysfs is not a good
> > 	idea
> 
> 
> See the discussion here:
> 
> https://patchwork.ozlabs.org/project/netdev/patch/20191115223355 1277139-1-jeffrey t kirsher intel com/
> 
> 
> > 
> > https://www.mail-archive.com/netdev vger kernel org/msg96102.html
> > 	>there is already a way to change eth/ib via
> > 	>echo 'eth' > /sys/bus/pci/drivers/mlx4_core/0000:02:00.0/mlx4_port1
> > 	>
> > 	>sounds like this is another way to achieve the same?
> > 	
> > 	It is. However the current way is driver-specific, not correct.
> > 	For mlx5, we need the same, it cannot be done in this way. Do devlink is
> > 	the correct way to go.
> > 
> > https://lwn.net/Articles/674867/
> > 	There a is need for some userspace API that would allow to expose things
> > 	that are not directly related to any device class like net_device of
> > 	ib_device, but rather chip-wide/switch-ASIC-wide stuff.
> > 
> > 	Use cases:
> > 	1) get/set of port type (Ethernet/InfiniBand)
> > 	2) monitoring of hardware messages to and from chip
> > 	3) setting up port splitters - split port into multiple ones and squash again,
> > 	   enables usage of splitter cable
> > 	4) setting up shared buffers - shared among multiple ports within one chip
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > we actually can also retrieve the same information through sysfs, .e.g
> > 
> > |- [path to device]
> >    |--- migration
> >    |     |--- self
> >    |     |   |---device_api
> >    |	|   |---mdev_type
> >    |	|   |---software_version
> >    |	|   |---device_id
> >    |	|   |---aggregator
> >    |     |--- compatible
> >    |     |   |---device_api
> >    |	|   |---mdev_type
> >    |	|   |---software_version
> >    |	|   |---device_id
> >    |	|   |---aggregator
> > 
> 
> Yes but:
> 
> - You need one file per attribute (one syscall for one attribute)
> - Attribute is coupled with kobject
> 
> All of above seems unnecessary.
> 
> Another point, as we discussed in another thread, it's really hard to make
> sure the above API work for all types of devices and frameworks. So having a
> vendor specific API looks much better.

>From the POV of userspace mgmt apps doing device compat checking / migration,
we certainly do NOT want to use different vendor specific APIs. We want to
have an API that can be used / controlled in a standard manner across vendors.



Regards,
Daniel
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