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VIRTIO_F_IN_ORDER support for virtio devices

Summary: Implement VIRTIO_F_IN_ORDER in QEMU and Linux (vhost and virtio drivers)

The VIRTIO specification defines a feature bit (VIRTIO_F_IN_ORDER) that devices and drivers can negotiate when the device uses descriptors in the same order in which they were made available by the driver.

This feature can simplify device and driver implementations and increase performance. For example, when VIRTIO_F_IN_ORDER is negotiated, it may be easier to create a batch of buffers and reduce DMA transactions when the device uses a batch of buffers.

Currently the devices and drivers available in Linux and QEMU do not support this feature. An implementation is available in DPDK for the virtio-net driver.


  • Implement VIRTIO_F_IN_ORDER for a single device/driver in QEMU and Linux (virtio-net or virtio-serial are good starting points).
  • Generalize your approach to the common virtio core code for split and packed virtqueue layouts.
  • If time allows, support for the packed virtqueue layout can be added to Linux vhost, QEMU's libvhost-user, and/or QEMU's virtio qtest code.



  • Project size: 350 hours
  • Difficulty: intermediate
  • Required skills: C programming
  • Mentors: Stefano Garzarella <>, Eugenio Perez Martin <>
    • IRC/Matrix nicks: sgarzare, eperezma
  • Suggested by: Jason Wang <>