[dpdk-dev] Memory allocation in dpdk at basic level

Avinash Chaurasia avinash.aviank2003 at gmail.com
Thu Oct 25 12:57:53 CEST 2018

Thanks a lot!

Avinash Kumar Chaurasia

On Tue, Oct 23, 2018 at 3:26 PM Burakov, Anatoly <anatoly.burakov at intel.com>

> On 22-Oct-18 10:08 PM, Avinash Chaurasia wrote:
> > Hello,
> > I am not sure whether this is right list for posting this problem. I am
> > trying to understand how dpdk allocate memory. I tried digging code to
> > understand memory allocation of DPDK. So far I understood that memory is
> > allocated from a heap that dpdk maintains. However, this heap must be
> > allocated at some place. I failed to traceback any function (called from
> > heap_alloc()) that calls mmap to allocate memory. Please let me know when
> > this heap is created, which function call does that.
> > Thanks
> > Avinash
> >
> Hi Avinash,
> Here's a very high level overview.
> At initialization, we mmap() anonymous memory regions (eal_memory.c
> contains the code - both for legacy and non-legacy mode). Then, we map
> actual pages into that space either at init (in legacy mode) or as
> needed (in non-legacy mode).
> In legacy mode, pages are mapped into anonymous memory straight away
> (see legacy init code in eal_memory.c). For non-legacy, page allocation
> happens in eal_memalloc.c on request from malloc (see malloc_heap.c). In
> both cases, newly allocated pages are added to DPDK heap, and from there
> they can be used by the rest of DPDK using rte_malloc or
> rte_memzone_reserve API's.
> --
> Thanks,
> Anatoly

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