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RE: [Xen-devel] Isolated Device Domain and I/O Spaces in Xen 3

> I've read thoroughly the document entitled "Safe Hardware Access with
> the Xen Virtual Machine Monitor" [1].
> - Regarding IDD:
> According to slide 49 in [2], Isolated Driver Domain (IDD) have only
> been implemented experimentaly but is not used at all in the current
> official releases of Xen 3.  Are there any plans about this?

Xen has long had the capability to map h/w devices through to other
domains, and plenty of folk use this. Some users then run backend
drivers to virtualize the device to other guests, hence effectively
making them IDDs. To make them true IDDs you'd have to write scripts to
restart the domain on failure etc and have the devices rebind. The
latter path is not well tested, but since its close to live relo it may
just work.

> - Regarding I/O Spaces:
> Currently, Virtual Block Devices (VBD) and Virtual (Network)
> (VIF) are the most common way to provide storage and network devices
> within Xen PV guests.  It is yet possible to assign exclusively a PCI
> device to any one DomU, in which case the DomU's driver talks to the
> hardware through the "Safe Hardware Interface" (see figure 1 in [1]),
> enforced by I/O Spaces, as described in [1] section 4.  Am I right?

Yes. There's even provisional support for passing PCI devices through to
HVM domains on VT-d equipped hosts.


> I have a few more questions coming up, if no one cares about me using
> this list for such purpose.
> Thank you.
> Best regards,
> [1] http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/netos/papers/2004-oasis-ngio.pdf
> [2] http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/netos/papers/2005-xen-ols.ppt
> --
> Jeremie Le Hen
> < jeremie at le-hen dot org >< ttz at chchile dot org >
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