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Re: [Xen-devel] HVM PCI passthrough NON VT-d

> folks, is PCI passthrough available on non vt-d machines for hvm
> guests?

PCI passthrough without any hardware support is being worked on by Neocleus, I 
believe.  I'm not aware of it being checked into xen-unstable yet but you 
should be able to see the patches online in the mailing list archives.

This won't give the safety guarantees that vt-d would give you - you have to 
trust the guest.

I don't know whether their implementation has any other restrictions or 

> am i right in thinking that the PCI passthrough feature on non 
> vt-d machines will make a hvm guest directly access a physical device
> and recv corresponding external interrupts from xen as events? thanks.

Yes, but I think it wouldn't see them as Xen events, they would be emulated to 
look like real device interrupts (because the guest is not Xen aware).


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