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Re: [Xen-devel] [RFC] Support of non-indirect grant backend on 64KB guest

El 18/08/15 a les 20.45, Julien Grall ha escrit:
> Hi Roger,
> On 18/08/2015 00:09, Roger Pau Monnà wrote:
>> Hello,
>> El 18/08/15 a les 8.29, Julien Grall ha escrit:
>>> Hi,
>>> Firstly, this patch is not ready at all and mostly here for
>>> collecting comment about the way to do it. It's not clean so no need
>>> to complain about the coding style.
>>> The qdisk backend in QEMU is not supporting indirect grant, this is
>>> means that a request can only support 11 * 4KB = 44KB.
>>> When using 64KB page, a Linux block request (struct *request) may
>>> contain up to 64KB of data. This is because the block segment size
>>> must at least be the size of a Linux page.
>>> So when indirect is not supported by the backend, we are not able to
>>> fitall the data in a single request. We therefore need to create a
>>> second request to copy the rest of the data.
>>> I've wrote a patch last week which make 64KB guest booting with
>>> qdisk. Although, I'm not sure this is the right way to do it. I would
>>> appreciate ifone of the block maintainers give me insight about it.
>> Maybe I'm missing some key data, but I see two ways to solve this, the
>> first one is the one you describe above, and consists in allowing
>> blkfront to split a request into multiple ring slots. The other solution
>> would be to add indirect descriptors support to Qdisk, has this been
>> looked into?
>> AFAICT it looks more interesting, and x86 can also benefit from it.
>> Since I would like to prevent adding more cruft to blkfront, I rather
>> prefer 64KB guests to require indirect descriptors in order to run.
> Actually supporting indirect in Qdisk was one of our idea. While I agree
> this is a good improvement in general we put aside this idea for various
> reasons.
> The first one is openStack is using by default Qdisk backend, so Linux
> 64KB guest wouldn't be able to boot on current version of Xen. This is
> the only blocker in order use 64KB guests, everything else is working.
> Having the indirect grant support in QEMU for Xen 4.6 is not realistic,
> there is only a month left and we are already in feature.

Linux 64KB is already not able to boot on OpenStack from what you said,
users will need to either update their kernels or their Qemu (depending
on what we end up patching).

> That would mean that any new distribution using Linux 64KB would not
> work out-of-box on Xen.
> Furthermore, not supporting non-indirect grant in the frontend means
> that any userspace backend won't be supported for Linux 64KB guests.
> Overall, I think we have to support non-indirect with Linux 64KB guests.
> Many (but not all) distribution will only support 64KB pages, so we
> can't wait until Xen 4.7 to get something running. Not that I rule out
> the requirement for the user to upgrade the QEMU version in order to run
> 64KB guests.

Why can this be fixed in the Qemu side and the fix backported to 4.6.1?
If you want to fix it in Linux you will also have to wait for the next
release anyway, and then asks users to use a specific kernel version
(because distros won't pick the change that fast).

Overall I still think this should be fixed in Qemu, as said above users
will have to update anyway, either their kernels or their Qemu version.


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