[dpdk-dev] [PATCH] eal: fix 64bit address alignment in 32-bit builds

Bruce Richardson bruce.richardson at intel.com
Fri Apr 28 11:03:06 CEST 2017

On Fri, Apr 28, 2017 at 10:56:56AM +0200, Thomas Monjalon wrote:
> 28/04/2017 10:15, Bruce Richardson:
> > On i686 builds, the uint64_t type is 64-bits in size but is aligned to
> > 32-bits only. This causes mbuf fields for rearm_data to not be 16-byte
> > aligned on 32-bit builds, which causes errors with some vector PMDs which
> > expect the rearm data to be aligned as on 64-bit.
> > 
> > Given that we cannot use the extra space in the data structures anyway, as
> > it's already used on 64-bit builds, we can just force alignment of physical
> > address structure members to 8-bytes in all cases. This has no effect on
> > 64-bit systems, but fixes the updated PMDs on 32-bit.
> I agree to align on 64-bit in mbuf.
> > Fixes: f4356d7ca168 ("net/i40e: eliminate mbuf write on rearm")
> > Fixes: f160666a1073 ("net/ixgbe: eliminate mbuf write on rearm")
> [...]
> > --- a/lib/librte_eal/common/include/rte_memory.h
> > +++ b/lib/librte_eal/common/include/rte_memory.h
> > -typedef uint64_t phys_addr_t; /**< Physical address definition. */
> > +/** Physical address definition. */
> > +typedef uint64_t phys_addr_t __rte_aligned(sizeof(uint64_t));
> Why setting this constraint for everyone?
Well, it only has an effect on 32-bit builds, and unless there is a
problem, I don't see why not always align them to the extra 8 bytes. If
this does cause an issue, I'm happy enough to use #ifdefs, but in the
absense of a confirmed problem, I'd rather keep the code clean.


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