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[Qemu-devel] [RFC 0/2] kvm "fake DAX" device flushing

From: Pankaj Gupta
Subject: [Qemu-devel] [RFC 0/2] kvm "fake DAX" device flushing
Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2018 16:18:31 +0530

We are sharing RFC version of 'fake DAX' flushing
interface for feedback. This is still work in progress
and not yet ready for merging.

Prototype implements two major parts:

- Qemu virtio-pmem device
  It exposes a persistent memory range to KVM guest which at host side is file
  backed memory and works as persistent memory device. In addition to this it
  provides a virtio flushing interface for KVM guest to do a Qemu side sync for
  guest DAX persistent memory range.  

- Guest virtio-pmem driver
  Reads persistent memory range from paravirt device and registers with 
  'nvdimm/pmem' driver uses this information to allocate persistent memory 
  Also, we have implemented guest side of VIRTIO flushing interface.
Changes from previous RFC:

- Reuse existing 'pmem' code instead of creating an entirely new block driver.
- Use VIRTIO driver to register memory information with nvdimm_bus and create
  region_type accordingly. 
- Use VIRTIO flushing interface from existing pmem driver code based on
  registered flushign mechanism.

We have done the implementation based on suggestions here [1]. Previous RFC is
shared here [2]. Details of project idea for 'fake DAX' flushing is shared 
here [3] & [4].

[1] https://marc.info/?l=linux-mm&m=150782346802290&w=2
[2] https://marc.info/?l=kvm&m=151630416506527&w=2
[3] https://www.spinics.net/lists/kvm/msg149761.html
[4] https://www.spinics.net/lists/kvm/msg153095.html

Work yet to be done:

- Qemu RAM address handling independent of PC-DIMM so that memory
  operations(get_free_address) can be used for VIRTIO device type as well. 
  (David Hildenbrand CCed has a prototype for this).
- Qemu device flush functionality trigger with guest fsync on file.
- Qemu live migration work when host page cache is used.
- Multiple virtio-pmem disks support.
- Prepare virtio spec after we get feedback on current approach.

 drivers/nvdimm/region_devs.c     |    7 ++
 drivers/virtio/Kconfig           |   12 +++
 drivers/virtio/Makefile          |    1 
 drivers/virtio/virtio_pmem.c     |  122 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 include/linux/libnvdimm.h        |    2 
 include/uapi/linux/virtio_ids.h  |    1 
 include/uapi/linux/virtio_pmem.h |   61 +++++++++++++++++++
 7 files changed, 206 insertions(+)

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