[dpdk-dev] [PATCH 2/5] ethdev: add port ownership

Ananyev, Konstantin konstantin.ananyev at intel.com
Tue Dec 5 16:13:33 CET 2017

Hi Thomas,

> Hi,
> I will give my view on locking and synchronization in a different email.
> Let's discuss about the API here.
> 05/12/2017 12:12, Ananyev, Konstantin:
> >> From: Matan Azrad [mailto:matan at mellanox.com]
>> > From: Ananyev, Konstantin [mailto:konstantin.ananyev at intel.com]
> > > > If the goal is just to have an ability to recognize is that device is managed by
> > > > another device (failsafe, bonding, etc.), then I think all we need is a pointer
> > > > to rte_eth_dev_data of the owner (NULL would mean no owner).
> > > 
> > > I think string is better than a pointer from the next reasons:
> > > 1. It is more human friendly than pointers for debug and printing.
> > 
> > We can have a function that would take an owner pointer and produce nice
> > pretty formatted text explanation: "owned by fail-safe device at port X" or so.
> I don't think it is possible or convenient to have such function.

Why do you think it is not possible?

> Keep in mind that the owner can be an application thread.
> If you prefer using a single function pointer (may help for
> atomic implementation), we can allocate an owner structure containing
> a name as a string to identify the owner in human readable format.
> Then we just have to set the pointer of this struct to rte_eth_dev_data.

Basically you'd like to have an ability to set something different then
pointer to rte_eth_dev_data as an owner, right?
I think this is possible too, just not sure it will useful.
> > What I meant - this api to set/get ownership should be sort of internal to ethdev layer.
> > Let say it would be used for failsafe/bonding (any other compound) device that needs
> > to own/manage several low-level devices.
> > So in normal situation user wouldn't need to use that API directly at all.
> Again, the application may use this API to declare its ownership.

Could you explain that a bit: what would mean 'application declares an ownership on device'?
Does it mean that no other application will be allowed to do any control op on that device
till application will clear its ownership?
I.E. make sure that at each moment only one particular thread can modify device configuration?
Or would it be totally informal and second application will be free to ignore it?

If it will be the second one - I personally don't see much point in it.
If it the first one - then simplest and most straightforward way would be -
introduce a mutex (either per device or just per whole rte_eth_dev[]) and force
each control op to grab it at entrance release at exit.

> And anwyway, it may be interesting from an application point of view
> to be able to list every devices and their internal owners.

Yes sure application is free to call 'get' to retrieve information etc.
What I am saying for normal operation - application don't have to call that API.
I.E. - we don't need to change testpmd, etc. apps because that API was introduced.


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