Discussion in ' Processors and Motherboards ' started by BytalesSep 24, ServeTheHome and ServeThe. Biz Forums. Bytales New Member. Joined: Jan 31, Messages: 24 Likes Received: 5. I want to make me two independent computer from my 32 core cpu computer. However one must have IOMMU enable to be able to pass the pci express devices, the gpu, to each instance. I have seen no setting in bios, according to other motherboards, supermicro, it should be as a setting in Northbridge, but it isnt there.
I cant believe a server grade cpu in a server grade motherboard, doesnt have the option to enable IOMMU. BytalesSep 24, WANg Active Member. Joined: Jun 10, Messages: Likes Received: Page 12 and 40 in the BIOS guide.
Last edited: Sep 25, WANgSep 24, Ill check it out, will post here to confirm if it worked or not. Ill try once ill be home again, and see what that yields me. Many thanks for the answer, much appreciated, i stayed there all day tinkering about it, and didnt managed to find anything. That didnt work. The first settings at page 12 are settings for the built in network cards, and the setting at page 40 was allread enabled in bios.
So it didnt work. BytalesSep 25, I have found it. It was a Setting within a Setting within a Setting. Very hidden. I have taken every menu inside the Bios manually by Hand, which i had done before, and had the Feeling ive been there, but obviously i missed it. I must say, its a very bad thought out BIOS. No proper work was done to put the selections in their proper places.
Instead of systool I initially wanted to use sudo rdmsr 0x3Abut it didn't work for me. It always reports:. And to be used requires the msr kenel module to be loaded sudo modprobe msr first. The easiest way to find this is to look in dmesg for DMAR entries. If you don't see errors, then VT-d is enabled.
I just found another way that seems to work even if the iommu kernel parameters have not been set:. Learn more. Asked 1 year, 9 months ago. Active 1 year, 9 months ago. Viewed 11k times. Forivin Forivin Active Oldest Votes. On a system with VT-d disabled, you will either see an error message, or nothing at all.
Michael Hampton Michael Hampton 8, 3 3 gold badges 36 36 silver badges 75 75 bronze badges. Forivin I don't have an AMD processor handy.
Ehsan Tadayon Ehsan Tadayon 9 2 2 bronze badges. I'm using Fedora. In fact it only seems to exist on Ubuntu. I also couldn't find another package for Fedora that would provide kvm-ok.
I also don't understand what you mean by "Building on Jo-Erlend Schinstad's answer". You are the only person who answered so far. Forivin you don't mention your os type. This is not relevant to VT-d.
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However there are some special devices that need extra cares. These devices are:. Some introduction below. The above example assigned the host PCI device Let's consider a generic PCI device above, which is a real hardware attached to host system. The host can use generic kernel drivers to drive the device.
The protected DMAs are shown in green arrow. The PCI device can also be assigned to a guest. In the guest with assigned device, we should be able to see exactly the same device just like in the host as shown in the imaginary line. Here, the hypervisor is capable of modifying the device information, like capability bits, etc. But that's out of the scope of this page. By assigning the device to a guest, we can have merely the same performance in guest comparing to in the host. On the other hand, when the device is assigned to the guest, guest memory address space is totally exposed to the hardware PCI device.
So there would have no protection when the device do DMAs to the guest system, especially writes. Malicious writes can corrupt the guest in no time. Those unsafe DMAs are shown with a red arrow. Then the picture will be like:.
With that, guest DMAs are safe now. Here, our use case targets at the guests that are using kernel drivers. One thing to mention is that, currently, this use case can have significant performance impact on the assigned device.
The dynamic allocation of guest IOVA mapping will cause lots of work in the hypervisor in order to sync the shadow page table with the real hardware. However, in cases where the memory mapping is static, there should not have a significant impact on the performance DPDK is one use case, which I'll mention specifically in the next chapter.Some units also provide memory protection from faulty or malicious devices.
The disadvantages of having an IOMMU, compared to direct physical addressing of the memory, include: . When an operating system is running inside a virtual machineincluding systems that use paravirtualizationsuch as Xenit does not usually know the host-physical addresses of memory that it accesses.
This makes providing direct access to the computer hardware difficult, because if the guest OS tried to instruct the hardware to perform a direct memory access DMA using guest-physical addresses, it would likely corrupt the memory, as the hardware does not know about the mapping between the guest-physical and host-physical addresses for the given virtual machine.
An IOMMU solves this problem by re-mapping the addresses accessed by the hardware according to the same or a compatible translation table that is used to map guest-physical address to host-physical addresses. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Archived from the original on Retrieved Microsoft Windows Hardware Development Central.
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Adding to Anonymouslemming's answer: There seems to be a bug in Ubuntu You seem to have the hardware requirements because another module is using it IOAPIC In this case you need to simply setup the software end. It looks like you need to make sure you have all the prerequisites installed to support the detachment of the appropriate device.
It sounds like you don't have them installed, or they are not set up. You need to have the appropriate libraries and kernel modules installed and initialized before you attempt to use them in a case like this.
These will be various "host" system utilities and kernel modules for your KVM setup. You need to read the section of the manual on how to appropriately set up your appropriate KVM solution, and follow those steps, before you attempt to just run the utilities.
They don't simply setup on first launch just because the necessary packages are installed. Please note, that if the device in question is embedded in the motherboard, it may not technically be a PCI device, but a PCI-Mapped device. They may or may not be compatible with device detachment, depending on various aspects of how they are attached to the system.
Additionally, you may not be able to detach sub-devices without detaching parent devices, if their drivers are interdependent. You can only detach devices with absolute certainity who's parent device is the PCI controller, PCI Bridge, or some other supported Bus controller or bridge. Sign up to join this community. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top. Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered.
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My Motherboard's chipset supports this feature IOMMUi've read but not really understand that it improves the VM performance by letting the VM make use of the actual physical hardware instead of the Virtual hardware. Does this really bring a performance improvement in the VM? Just having it doesn't make things faster.
In which case I don't think you can multiplex devices, it's a lot like PCI passthrough before all these fancy virtualization instructions existed :. SR-IOV is different, the peripheral itself must carry the support. Getting closer to the HW does have limitations however, it makes your VMs less portable for deployments that require live migration for example. Default virtualized Linux deployments usually use VirtIO which is pretty fast to begin with.
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Uri Herrera Uri Herrera Active Oldest Votes. I read that from the User guide of my Motherboard, saying that if the Chipset supports it it could provide some sort of physical access to the Host hardware. Actually this Wikipedia article explains this pretty well: en. Before we had to specify a range of devices in the kernel arg list and only those peripherals were eligible for passthrough.
IOMMU lets you remap devices as you see fit. Again this is exclusive access, either your host is using it, or one of the VMs is. This is really a server centric feature.
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