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Re: [Xen-devel] Xen 4.6 Development Update (three months reminder)

On Mon, May 04, 2015 at 08:51:56PM +0800, Yu, Zhang wrote:
> Hi Wei,
> Thanks for your reply.
> On 5/4/2015 5:44 PM, Wei Liu wrote:
> >(Thanks for trimming the CC list before hand)
> >
> >On Mon, May 04, 2015 at 02:05:49PM +0800, Yu, Zhang wrote:
> >>Hi Wei,
> >>
> >
> >Hello.
> >
> >>   This is Zhang Yu from Intel graphic virtualization team. Previously in 
> >> Xen
> >>hackathon, Paul and I mentioned that there're several patch series for XenGT
> >>that need to be tracked on Xen 4.6.
> >>   Here, I'd like to confirm with you about these patchsets:
> >>   1> 16-byte MMIO emulation fix â owned by Paul;
> >
> >Could you explain a bit why this is needed? AIUI it's just a latent
> >bug that discovered by this particular usecase, right? In other words,
> >not really a regression introduced by ioreq server.
> OK. Then we will fix this, but not necessary to track this bug. IIRC, this
> is not a regression. Am I right, Paul? :-)
> >
> >>   2> Ioreq server refactor â owned by Yu;
> >>   3> The PV IOMMU â owned by Malcolm; This one may not be completed in Xen
> >>4.6, but a basic feature(to return a BFN which equals the MFN when IOMMU is
> >>1:1 mapped or is disabled), might be necessary in this release.
> >>   So could we also add separate tracks for these patches(I noticed the 3rd
> >>is already mentioned in your mail)?  :-)
> >>
> >
> >I tend to track only big feature items. Non-blocking bugs and small
> >refactoring are not  tracked.
> Well, by "big feature", I'm not sure if this ioreq server refactor issue
> qualifies this definition. :-) But this is part of the functionalities that
> support the Intel GVT-g solution, which is a big feature from the overall
> POV. However, if we track the Intel GVT-g feature as a whole new feature,
> the patch series would seem too scattered.

As I understand it, Intel GVT-g consists of different components. Xen
component is only one of many components that float around. I can try to
setup a Xen GVT-g item and put this under a subitem if it makes sense.

> Sorry for being unfamiliar with the Xen development schedules, but is there
> any approach we can track ioreq server refactor patches(my mission is to
> upstream this in Xen 4.6)?  :-)

I think this sort of thing happens when it happens. You just need to
follow the usual development process. Note that we need not wait until
everything in this list go in before we can release 4.6. Tracking them
here is more about having an idea what exciting things are going on
within Xen community.


> >
> >The first one needs to be actively tracked if it's a regression.  I
> >already track the third one since it's a big feature.
> >
> >Wei.
> >
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> Thanks
> Yu

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