On 07/27/2017 08:54 AM, Dan Williams wrote:
> At that point, would it make sense to expose these special
> virtio-pmem areas to the guest in a slightly different way,
> so the regions that need virtio flushing are not bound by
> the regular driver, and the regular driver can continue to
> work for memory regions that are backed by actual pmem in
> the host?
Hmm, yes that could be feasible especially if it uses the ACPI NFIT
mechanism. It would basically involve defining a new SPA (System
Phyiscal Address) range GUID type, and then teaching libnvdimm to
treat that as a new pmem device type.
I would prefer a new flush mechanism to a new memory type introduced
to NFIT, e.g, in that mechanism we can define request queues and
completion queues and any other features to make virtualization
friendly. That would be much simpler.