Nov 13 – 15, 2023
America/New_York timezone

VFIO/IOMMU/PCI MC

Not scheduled
20m
LPC Microconference Proposals

Description

The PCI interconnect specification, the devices that implement it, and the system IOMMUs that provide memory and access control to them are nowadays a de-facto standard for connecting high-speed components, incorporating more and more features such as:

These features are aimed at high-performance systems, server and desktop computing, embedded and SoC platforms, virtualisation, and ubiquitous IoT devices.

The kernel code that enables these new system features focuses on coordination between the PCI devices, the IOMMUs they are connected to, and the VFIO layer used to manage them (for userspace access and device passthrough) with related kernel interfaces and userspace APIs to be designed in-sync and in a clean way for all three sub-systems.

The VFIO/IOMMU/PCI MC focuses on the kernel code that enables these new system features, often requiring coordination between the VFIO, IOMMU and PCI sub-systems.

Following the success of LPC 2017, 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022 VFIO/IOMMU/PCI MC, the Linux Plumbers Conference 2023 VFIO/IOMMU/PCI track will focus on promoting discussions on the PCI core but also current kernel patches aimed at VFIO/IOMMU/PCI sub-systems with specific sessions targeting discussions requiring the three sub-systems coordination.

See the following video recordings from 2022: LPC 2022 - VFIO/IOMMU/PCI MC

Older recordings can be accessed through our official YouTube channel at @linux-pci and the archived LPC 2017 VFIO/IOMMU/PCI MC web page at Linux Plumbers Conference 2017, where the audio recordings from the MC track and links to presentation materials are available.

The tentative schedule will provide an update on the current state of VFIO/IOMMU/PCI kernel sub-systems, followed by a discussion of current issues in the proposed topics.

The following was a result of last year's successful Linux Plumbers MC:

Tentative topics that are under consideration for this year include (but are not limited to):

  • PCI
  • VFIO
    • Write-combine on non-x86 architectures
    • I/O Page Fault (IOPF) for passthrough devices
    • Shared Virtual Addressing (SVA) interface
    • Single-root I/O Virtualization(SRIOV)/Process Address Space ID (PASID) integration
    • PASID in SRIOV virtual functions
    • Device assignment/sub-assignment
  • IOMMU
    • /dev/iommufd development
    • IOMMU virtualisation
    • IOMMU drivers SVA interface
    • DMA-API layer interactions and the move towards generic dma-ops for IOMMU drivers
    • Possible IOMMU core changes (e.g., better integration with the device-driver core, etc.)

If you are interested in participating in this MC and have topics to propose, please use the Call for Proposals (CfP) process. More topics might be added based on CfP for this MC.

Otherwise, join us to discuss helping Linux keep up with the new features added to the PCI interconnect specification. We hope to see you there!

Key Attendees:

  • Alex Williamson
  • Arnd Bergmann
  • Ashok Raj
  • Benjamin Herrenschmidt
  • Bjorn Helgaas
  • Dan Williams
  • Eric Auger
  • Jacob Pan
  • Jason Gunthorpe
  • Jean-Philippe Brucker
  • Jonathan Cameron
  • Jörg Rödel
  • Kevin Tian
  • Lorenzo Pieralisi
  • Lu Baolu
  • Marc Zyngier
  • Pali Rohár
  • Peter Zijlstra
  • Thomas Gleixner

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