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Re: [Qemu-devel] vhost-user graceful connect/disconnect

From: Michael S. Tsirkin
Subject: Re: [Qemu-devel] vhost-user graceful connect/disconnect
Date: Thu, 4 Jan 2018 18:53:07 +0200

On Tue, Dec 19, 2017 at 04:21:51PM +0000, Stefan Hajnoczi wrote:
> Hi,
> Vhost-user implementations assume the slave is already running before
> the master starts.  The slave is required during virtio device
> initialization (e.g. feature bit negotiation) and so it is simplest to
> assume that the master is already available and will respond immediately
> to the VHOST_USER_GET_FEATURES message.
> I have thought about how to let master and slave start in any order.
> Some approaches involve changes to the VIRTIO specification so that
> guest drivers can wait until the vhost-user connection is established.
> We can avoid spec changes using PCI hotplug:
> 1. Introduce a new vhost-user object that manages a connection:
>    -chardev ...
>    -object vhost-user,id=vhost-user0,chardev=chr0
>    Note this object is *not* a NetClient.  It's a resource for managing
>    a vhost-user connection and can be used with any device type (net,
>    scsi, blk, etc).
>    This object tries to establish a connection.  When a connection is
>    established it sends vhost-user protocol messages to fetch
>    information needed for virtio device initialization (like the number
>    of virtqueues supported, features bits, etc).  This information is
>    stashed so that vhost_*() calls later on do not require synchronous
>    communication with the vhost-user slave.

I'm not sure how important or feasible this last part is.

> 2. When the vhost-user connection is established the object emits a QMP
>    event so management software can hotplug the virtio device:
>    VHOST_USER_CONNECTED source=vhost-user0
> 3. The management software hotplugs the virtio device:
>    (qmp) netdev_add vhost-user,id=netdev0,vhost-user=vhost-user0
>    (qmp) device_add virtio-net-pci,netdev=netdev0
> Advantages of this approach:
>  * Does not require spec changes.
>  * Can be implemented without vhost-user.c qemu_chr_fe_read/write_all()
>    calls that hang QEMU until the slave sends data.
>  * Allows slave to set the number of queues, feature bits, etc via the
>    vhost-user socket.  It is not necessary to manually specify feature
>    bitmasks and other slave-specific information on the QEMU
>    command-line.
> I haven't thought through disconnection but I imagine the vhost-user
> object would emit a VHOST_USER_DISCONNECTED event so the management
> software can hot unplug the device.
> Thoughts?
> Stefan

This sounds like an interesting set of ideas to me.
Something to keep in mind for the future.



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