[PATCH v13 16/35] KVM: Add KVM_CREATE_GUEST_MEMFD ioctl() for guest-specific backing memory

David Matlack dmatlack at google.com
Wed Nov 1 09:39:42 AEDT 2023

On Tue, Oct 31, 2023 at 2:36 PM Sean Christopherson <seanjc at google.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 31, 2023, David Matlack wrote:
> > On 2023-10-27 11:21 AM, Sean Christopherson wrote:
> > > Introduce an ioctl(), KVM_CREATE_GUEST_MEMFD, to allow creating file-based
> > > memory that is tied to a specific KVM virtual machine and whose primary
> > > purpose is to serve guest memory.
> > Maybe can you sketch out how you see this proposal being extensible to
> > using guest_memfd for shared mappings?
> For in-place conversions, e.g. pKVM, no additional guest_memfd is needed.  What's
> missing there is the ability to (safely) mmap() guest_memfd, e.g. KVM needs to
> ensure there are no outstanding references when converting back to private.
> For TDX/SNP, assuming we don't find a performant and robust way to do in-place
> conversions, a second fd+offset pair would be needed.

Is there a way to support non-in-place conversions within a single guest_memfd?

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