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vfio: use contiguous mapping for IOVA as VA mode

[ upstream commit 78a6d7ed19353310fc83e75742e9e73ae17c1719 ]

When using IOVA as VA mode, there is no need to map segments
page by page. This normally isn't a problem, but it becomes one
when attempting to use DPDK in no-huge mode, where VFIO subsystem
simply runs out of space to store mappings.

Fix this for x86 by triggering different callbacks based on whether
IOVA as VA mode is enabled.

Fixes: 73a6390 ("vfio: allow to map other memory regions")

Signed-off-by: Anatoly Burakov <>
Tested-by: Andrius Sirvys <>
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anatolyburakov authored and kevintraynor committed Jul 23, 2019
1 parent 4551d9c commit f61b77c388c4f0cdbc7447b6260278344f61a39c
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  1. +20 −0 lib/librte_eal/linuxapp/eal/eal_vfio.c
@@ -1232,6 +1232,19 @@ rte_vfio_get_group_num(const char *sysfs_base,
return 1;

static int
type1_map_contig(const struct rte_memseg_list *msl, const struct rte_memseg *ms,
size_t len, void *arg)
int *vfio_container_fd = arg;

if (msl->external)
return 0;

return vfio_type1_dma_mem_map(*vfio_container_fd, ms->addr_64, ms->iova,
len, 1);

static int
type1_map(const struct rte_memseg_list *msl, const struct rte_memseg *ms,
void *arg)
@@ -1289,6 +1302,13 @@ vfio_type1_dma_mem_map(int vfio_container_fd, uint64_t vaddr, uint64_t iova,
static int
vfio_type1_dma_map(int vfio_container_fd)
if (rte_eal_iova_mode() == RTE_IOVA_VA) {
/* with IOVA as VA mode, we can get away with mapping contiguous
* chunks rather than going page-by-page.
return rte_memseg_contig_walk(type1_map_contig,
return rte_memseg_walk(type1_map, &vfio_container_fd);

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