[RFC PATCH v11 12/29] KVM: Add KVM_CREATE_GUEST_MEMFD ioctl() for guest-specific backing memory

Sean Christopherson seanjc at google.com
Thu Jul 27 05:28:11 AEST 2023

On Wed, Jul 26, 2023, Elliot Berman wrote:
> On 7/18/2023 4:44 PM, Sean Christopherson wrote:
> > TODO
>  <snip>
> > diff --git a/include/uapi/linux/magic.h b/include/uapi/linux/magic.h
> > index 6325d1d0e90f..15041aa7d9ae 100644
> > --- a/include/uapi/linux/magic.h
> > +++ b/include/uapi/linux/magic.h
> > @@ -101,5 +101,6 @@
> >   #define DMA_BUF_MAGIC		0x444d4142	/* "DMAB" */
> >   #define DEVMEM_MAGIC		0x454d444d	/* "DMEM" */
> >   #define SECRETMEM_MAGIC		0x5345434d	/* "SECM" */
> > +#define GUEST_MEMORY_MAGIC	0x474d454d	/* "GMEM" */
> Should this be:
> BALLOON_KVM_MAGIC is KVM-specific few lines above.

Ah, good point.  My preference would be either KVM_GUEST_MEMORY_MAGIC or
KVM_GUEST_MEMFD_MAGIC.  Though hopefully we don't actually need a dedicated
filesystem, I _think_ it's unnecessary if we don't try to support userspace

> ---
> Originally, I was planning to use the generic guest memfd infrastructure to
> support Gunyah hypervisor, however I see that's probably not going to be
> possible now that the guest memfd implementation is KVM-specific. I think
> this is good for both KVM and Gunyah as there will be some Gunyah specifics
> and some KVM specifics in each of implementation, as you mentioned in the
> previous series.

Yeah, that's where my headspace is at too.  Sharing the actual uAPI, and even
internal APIs to some extent, doesn't save all that much, e.g. wiring up an ioctl()
is the easy part.  Whereas I strongly suspect each hypervisor use case will want
different semantics for the uAPI.

> I'll go through series over next week or so and I'll try to find how much
> similar Gunyah guest mem fd implementation would be and we can see if it's
> better to pull whatever that ends up being into a common implementation?

That would be awesome!  

> We could also agree to have completely divergent fd implementations like we
> do for the UAPI. Thoughts?

I'd like to avoid _completely_ divergent implementations, e.g. the majority of
kvm_gmem_allocate() and __kvm_gmem_create() isn't KVM specific.  I think there
would be value in sharing the core allocation logic, even if the other details
are different.  Especially if we fully commit to not supporting migration or
swap, and decide to use xarray directly to manage folios instead of bouncing
through the filemap APIs.


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