[dpdk-dev] [PATCH v9 1/8] ethdev: use locks to protect Rx/Tx callback lists
bruce.richardson at intel.com
Wed Jun 15 15:29:29 CEST 2016
On Wed, Jun 15, 2016 at 12:40:16PM +0000, Ananyev, Konstantin wrote:
> Hi Ivan,
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Ivan Boule [mailto:ivan.boule at 6wind.com]
> > Sent: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 1:15 PM
> > To: Thomas Monjalon; Ananyev, Konstantin
> > Cc: Pattan, Reshma; dev at dpdk.org
> > Subject: Re: [dpdk-dev] [PATCH v9 1/8] ethdev: use locks to protect Rx/Tx callback lists
> > On 06/15/2016 10:48 AM, Thomas Monjalon wrote:
> > >>
> > >>> I think the read access would need locking but we do not want it
> > >>> in fast path.
> > >>
> > >> I don't think it would be needed.
> > >> As I said - read/write interaction didn't change from what we have right now.
> > >> But if you have some particular scenario in mind that you believe would cause
> > >> a race condition - please speak up.
> > >
> > > If we add/remove a callback during a burst? Is it possible that the next
> > > pointer would have a wrong value leading to a crash?
> > > Maybe we need a comment to state that we should not alter burst
> > > callbacks while running burst functions.
> > >
> > Hi Reshma,
> > You claim that the "rte_eth_rx_cb_lock" does not need to be hold in the
> > function "rte_eth_rx_burst()" while parsing the "post_rx_burst_cbs" list
> > of RX callbacks associated with the polled RX queue to safely remove RX
> > callback(s) in parallel.
> > The problem is not [only] with the setting and the loading of "cb->next"
> > that you assume to be atomic operations, which is certainly true on most
> > CPUs.
> > I see the 2 important following issues:
> > 1) the "rte_eth_rxtx_callback" data structure associated with a removed
> > RX callback could still be accessed in the callback parsing loop of the
> > function "rte_eth_rx_burst()" after having been freed in parallel.
> > BUT SUCH A BAD SITUATION WILL NOT CURRENTLY HAPPEN, THANKS TO THE NICE
> > MEMORY LEAK BUG in the function "rte_eth_remove_rx_callback()" that
> > does not free the "rte_eth_rxtx_callback" data structure associated with
> > the removed callback !
> Yes, though it is documented behaviour, someone can probably
> refer it as a feature, not a bug ;)
This is definitely not a bug, this is absolutely by design. One may argue with
the design, but it was done for a definite reason, so as to avoid paying the
penalty of having locks. It pushes more responsibility onto the app, but it
does allow the app to choose the best solution for managing the freeing of
memory for its situation. The alternative is to force all apps to pay the cost
of having locks, even if better options for freeing the memory are available.
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