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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH v4 0/4] virtio: Clean up scatterlists and use the DMA API

On Mon, Sep 1, 2014 at 10:39 AM, Andy Lutomirski <luto@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> This fixes virtio on Xen guests as well as on any other platform
> that uses virtio_pci on which physical addresses don't match bus
> addresses.
> This can be tested with:
>     virtme-run --xen xen --kimg arch/x86/boot/bzImage --console
> using virtme from here:
>     https://git.kernel.org/cgit/utils/kernel/virtme/virtme.git
> Without these patches, the guest hangs forever.  With these patches,
> everything works.

Dusting off an ancient thread.

Now that the dust has accumulated^Wsettled, is it worth pursuing this?
 I think the situation is considerably worse than it was when I
originally wrote these patches: I think that QEMU now supports a nasty
mode in which the guest's PCI bus appears to be behind an IOMMU but
the virtio devices on that bus punch straight through that IOMMU.

I have a half-hearted port to modern kernels here:


I didn't implement DMA API access for virtio_pci_modern, and I have no
idea what to do about detecting whether a given virtio device honors
its IOMMU or not.


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