On Sun, Nov 22, 2015 at 03:54:21PM +0000, David Woodhouse wrote:
> On Sun, 2015-11-22 at 15:06 +0200, Marcel Apfelbaum wrote:
> > 
> > 
> > I tried to generate a DMAR table that excludes some devices from
> > IOMMU translation, however it does not help.
> > 
> > The reason is, as far as I understand, that Linux kernel does
> > not allow any device being outside an IOMMU scope if the
> > iommu kernel option is activated.
> > 
> > Does anybody know if it is "by design" or is simply an uncommon
> > configuration?
> > (some devices in an IOMMU scope, while others outside *any* IOMMU
> > scope)
> That's a kernel bug in the way it handles per-device DMA operations. Or
> more to the point, in the way it doesn't — the non-translated devices
> end up being pointed to the intel_dma_ops despite the fact they
> shouldn't be. I'm working on that...
> -- 
> dwmw2

Interesting. This seems to imply such configurations aren't
common, so I wonder whether other guest OS-es treat them

If many of them are, we probably shouldn't use this in QEMU:
we care about guests actually working :)

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