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Re: [vfio-users] Can VFIO pin only a specific region of guest mem when use pass through devices?



> From: arjenvanweelden gmail com
> To: vfio-users redhat com
> Subject: Re: [vfio-users] Can VFIO pin only a specific region of guest
> 	mem when use pass through devices?
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> On Sun, 2018-10-28 at 20:11 +0800, Simon Guo wrote:
> > Hi,
> > 
> > I am using network device pass through mode with qemu x86(-device
> > vfio-pci,host=0000:xx:yy.z) 
> > and ?intel_iommu=on? in host kernel command line, and it shows the
> > whole guest memory 
> > were pinned(vfio_pin_pages()), viewed by the ?top? RES memory output.
> > I understand it is due 
> > to device can DMA to any guest memory address and it cannot be
> > swapped.
> > 
> > However can we just pin a rang of address space allowed by iommu on
> > that device, 
> > instead of pin whole address space? I do notice some code like
> > vtd_host_dma_iommu(). 
> > Maybe there is already some way to enable that?
> > 
> > Sorry if I missed some basics. I googled some but no luck to find the
> > answer yet. Please 
> > let me know if any discussion already raised on that.
> > 
> > Any other suggestion will also be appreciated. For example, can we
> > modify the guest network 
> > card driver to allocate only from a specific memory region(zone), and
> > qemu advises guest 
> > kernel to only pin that memory region(zone) accordingly? 
> > 
> > Thanks,
> > - Simon
> > 
> 
> I agree that it would be very convenient to be able to memory-balloon a
> VM with passthrough devices. All I could find was this presentation
> from August 2011 which talks about PPR: 
> https://www.linux-kvm.org/images/b/b1/2011-forum-amd-iommuv2-kvm.pdf
> 
> "Get rid of guest memory pinning when all assigned devices support PPR
> ? DMA may be a bit slower on memory overcommit
> ? But: removes a major disadvantage of direct device assignment"
> 
> It looks like it might be possible for some combinations of CPU and PCI
> devices, sometime in the future?
> 
> hope this helps, Arjen
Arjen,

Got it. Appreciate your help on this.

Thanks,
- Simon


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