[dpdk-dev] [PATCH v2] mem: limit use of address hint

Shahaf Shuler shahafs at mellanox.com
Sun Mar 31 10:43:48 CEST 2019

patch[1] added an address hint as starting address for 64 bit systems in
case an explicit base virtual address was not set by the user.

The justification for such hint was to help devices that work in VA
mode and has a address range limitation to work smoothly with the eal
memory subsystem.

While the base address value selected may work fine for the eal
initialization, it easily breaks when trying to register external memory
using rte_extmem_register API.

Trying to register anonymous memory on RH x86_64 machine took several
minutes, during them the function eal_get_virtual_area repeatedly
scanned for a good VA candidate.

The attempt to guess which VA address will be free for mapping will
always result in not portable, error prone code:
* different application may use different libraries along w/ DPDK. One
  can never guess which library was called first and how much virtual
  memory it consumed.
* external memory can be registered at any time in the application run

In order not to break the existing secondary process design, this patch
only limits the max number of tries that will be done with the
address hint.
When the number of tries exceeds the threshold the code
will use the suggested address from kernel.

Fixes: 1df21702873d ("mem: use address hint for mapping hugepages")
Cc: stable at dpdk.org
Cc: alejandro.lucero at netronome.com

[1] commit 1df21702873d ("mem: use address hint for mapping hugepages")

Signed-off-by: Shahaf Shuler <shahafs at mellanox.com>

On v2:
 * instead of a complete remove of the hint limit the number of tries we allow.
 lib/librte_eal/common/eal_common_memory.c | 13 +++++++++----
 1 file changed, 9 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/lib/librte_eal/common/eal_common_memory.c b/lib/librte_eal/common/eal_common_memory.c
index c9da69b164..5ae8d0124d 100644
--- a/lib/librte_eal/common/eal_common_memory.c
+++ b/lib/librte_eal/common/eal_common_memory.c
@@ -56,6 +56,7 @@ static uint64_t system_page_sz;
 static uint64_t baseaddr = 0x100000000;
 void *
 eal_get_virtual_area(void *requested_addr, size_t *size,
 		size_t page_sz, int flags, int mmap_flags)
@@ -63,6 +64,7 @@ eal_get_virtual_area(void *requested_addr, size_t *size,
 	bool addr_is_hint, allow_shrink, unmap, no_align;
 	uint64_t map_sz;
 	void *mapped_addr, *aligned_addr;
+	uint8_t try = 0;
 	if (system_page_sz == 0)
 		system_page_sz = sysconf(_SC_PAGESIZE);
@@ -118,11 +120,14 @@ eal_get_virtual_area(void *requested_addr, size_t *size,
 		if (mapped_addr != MAP_FAILED && addr_is_hint &&
 		    mapped_addr != requested_addr) {
-			/* hint was not used. Try with another offset */
-			munmap(mapped_addr, map_sz);
-			mapped_addr = MAP_FAILED;
+			try++;
 			next_baseaddr = RTE_PTR_ADD(next_baseaddr, page_sz);
-			requested_addr = next_baseaddr;
+				/* hint was not used. Try with another offset */
+				munmap(mapped_addr, map_sz);
+				mapped_addr = MAP_FAILED;
+				requested_addr = next_baseaddr;
+			}
 	} while ((allow_shrink || addr_is_hint) &&
 		 mapped_addr == MAP_FAILED && *size > 0);

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