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Friday, October 26 • 11:00 - 11:30
VFIO Device Assignment Quirks, How to use Them and How to Avoid Them - Alex Williamson, Red Hat

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In order to assign a peripheral I/O device to a virtual machine, the device needs to be isolated from the host and aspects of the hardware need to be virtualized for transparency to the guest. Some devices and platforms are better at this than others. Nonobservance to specifications and creative backdoors through hardware can present challenges to device assignment. In this presentation, Alex Williamson will look at some of the common mistakes found in hardware that make device assignment more challenging, how we work around those challenges, and how devices and platforms can better enable device assignment.

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Alex Williamson

Sr Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat
Alex Williamson is a Senior Principal Software Engineer with Red Hat, maintainer of VFIO, Linux’s secure userspace driver framework, for both the kernel and QEMU components, and regular contributor to the Linux kernel IOMMU and PCI subsystems. Alex has given previous talks on VFIO... Read More →

Friday October 26, 2018 11:00 - 11:30 BST
Fintry Auditorium