Configuring mediated devices (Part 1)

vfio-mdev has become popular over the last few years for assigning certain classes of devices to guests. On the s390x side, vfio-ccw and vfio-ap are using the vfio-mdev framework for making channel devices and crypto adapters accessible to guests.

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s390x changes in QEMU 5.0

QEMU is currently in hardfreeze, with the 5.0 release expected at the end of the month. Here’s a quick list of some notable s390x changes.

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Channel Measurements: A Quick Overview

The s390 channel subsystem can gather some statistics on I/O performance for you, which might be useful if you try to figure out why something is not performing as well as you’d expect it to be. From a QEMU/KVM perspective, this is currently mainly useful on the host.

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A 2019 recap (and a bit of an outlook)

The holiday season for 2019 will soon be upon us, so I decided to do a quick recap of what I consider the highlights for this year, from my perspective, regarding s390x virtualization, and the wider ecosystem.

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