Talos Secure Workstation

The world's first ATX-compatible, workstation-class mainboard for the IBM POWER8 processor.

Nov 01, 2016

Project update 6 of 15

GPU Passthrough Demo

This video demonstrates effective use of virtual machines with direct GPU access to get the most out of your Talos™ machine.

OpenPOWER fully supports advanced virtualization technologies, including PCI device passthrough when used with a PowerNV system, KVM, and the HV module. We demonstrate the power of this virtualization support below by launching two separate virtual machines, each with its own dedicated AMD Radeon GPU attached, and putting both virtual machines and GPUs under moderate load simultaneously.


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System Configuration

VFIO Configuration and QEMU Launch

The following commands will isolate the GPU at PCI bus location 0000:01:00 (GPU core [1002:67b0], HDMI audio [1002:aac8]), then prepare it for attachment to a virtual machine:

modprobe vfio-pci
echo "1002 67b0" > /sys/bus/pci/drivers/vfio-pci/new_id
echo "1002 aac8" > /sys/bus/pci/drivers/vfio-pci/new_id
echo 0000:01:00.0 > /sys/bus/pci/devices/0000\:00\:00.0/0000\:01\:00.0/driver/unbind
echo 0000:01:00.1 > /sys/bus/pci/devices/0000\:00\:00.0/0000\:01\:00.1/driver/unbind
echo 0000:01:00.0 > /sys/bus/pci/drivers/vfio-pci/bind
echo 0000:01:00.1 > /sys/bus/pci/drivers/vfio-pci/bind
echo "1002 67b0" > /sys/bus/pci/drivers/vfio-pci/remove_id
echo "1002 aac8" > /sys/bus/pci/drivers/vfio-pci/remove_id

Once the GPU has been prepared, it can be attached to a newly started virtual machine via the "-device vfio-pci" arguments to QEMU:

qemu-system-ppc64 --enable-kvm -M pseries -cpu host -m 32G -device vfio-pci,host=0000:01:00.0 -device vfio-pci,host=0000:01:00.1 qemu-pcie-passthrough-vm-1.qcow2

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