[PATCH] vfio powerpc: enabled on powernv platform

Alex Williamson alex.williamson at redhat.com
Thu Dec 13 14:22:36 EST 2012

On Thu, 2012-12-13 at 13:57 +1100, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> On Wed, 2012-12-12 at 16:30 -0700, Alex Williamson wrote:
> > Locked page accounting in this version is very, very broken.  How do
> > powerpc folks feel about seemingly generic kernel iommu interfaces
> > messing with the current task mm?  Besides that, more problems
> > below...
> After a second look & thought...
> This whole accounting business is fucked. First, we simply can't just
> randomly return errors from H_PUT_TCE because the process reached some
> rlimit. This is not a proper failure mode. That means that the guest
> will probably panic() ... possibly right in the middle of some disk
> writeback or god knows what. Not good.
> Also the overhead of doing all that crap on every TCE map/unmap is
> ridiculous.
> Finally, it's just not going to work for real mode which we really want,
> since we can't take the mmap-sem in real mode anyway, so unless we
> convert that counter to an atomic, we can't do it.
> I'd suggest just not bothering, or if you want to bother, check once
> when creating a TCE table that the rlimit is enough to bolt as many
> pages as can be populated in that table and fail to create *that*. The
> failure mode is much better, ie, qemu failing to create a PCI bus due to
> insufficient rlimits.

I agree, we don't seem to be headed in the right direction.  x86 needs
to track rlimits or else a user can exploit the interface to pin all the
memory in the system.  On power, only the iova window can be pinned, so
it's a fixed amount.  I could see it as granting access to a group
implicitly grants access to pinning the iova window.  We can still make
it more explicit by handling the rlimit accounting upfront.  Thanks,


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