Re: [PATCH v2 0/2] vhost-scsi: Fix IO hangs when using windows

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On 7/12/23 9:26 AM, Stefan Hajnoczi wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 11, 2023 at 04:01:22PM -0500, Mike Christie wrote:
>> On 7/11/23 1:34 PM, Stefan Hajnoczi wrote:
>>> On Sun, Jul 09, 2023 at 03:28:57PM -0500, Mike Christie wrote:
>>>> The following patches were made over Linus's tree and fix an issue
>>>> where windows guests will send iovecs with offset/lengths that result
>>>> in IOs that are not aligned to 512. The LIO layer will then send them
>>>> to Linux's FS/block layer but it requires 512 byte alignment, so
>>>> depending on the FS/block driver being used we will get IO errors or
>>>> hung IO.
>>>> The following patches have vhost-scsi detect when windows sends these
>>>> IOs and copy them to a bounce buffer. It then does some cleanup in
>>>> the related code.
>>> Hang on, virtio-scsi is a SCSI HBA and READs/WRITEs submitted must
>>> follow the usual constraints on SCSI block limits. Would Windows send
>>> mis-aligned I/O to a non-virtio-scsi SCSI HBA?
>> It's like linux where you can config settings like that.
>>>> Are you sure this is not a bug in the Windows guest driver where block
>>> limits are being misconfigured?
>> From what our windows dev told us the guest drivers like here:
>> don't set the windows AlignmentMask to 512. They tried that and it
>> resulted in windows crash dump crashing because it doesn't like the
>> hard alignment requirement.
>> We thought other apps would have trouble as well, so we tried to add
>> bounce buffer support to the windows driver, but I think people thought
>> it was going to be uglier than this patch and in the normal alignment
>> case might also affect performance. There was some windows driver/layering
>> and buffer/cmd details that I don't fully understand and took their word
>> for because I don't know a lot about windows.
>> In the end we still have to add checks to vhost-scsi to protect against
>> bad drivers, so we thought we might as well just add bounce buffer support
>> to vhost-scsi.
> CCing virtio-win developers so they can confirm how the vioscsi driver
> is supposed to handle request alignment.
> My expectation is that the virtio-scsi device will fail mis-aligned I/O
> requests.

I don't think you can just change the driver's behavior to fail now,
because apps send mis-aligned IO and its working as long as they have less
than 256 bio vecs.

We see mis-aligned IOs during boot and also from random non window's apps.
If we just start to fail then it would be a regression when the app no
longer works or the OS fails to start up.

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