[dpdk-dev] [PATCH v6 0/3] new API to free consumed buffers in Tx ring

Billy McFall bmcfall at redhat.com
Thu Mar 9 21:51:16 CET 2017

See request from 11/21/2016:

Add a new API to free consumed buffers on TX ring. This addresses two
1) Flooding a packet and want to reuse existing mbuf to avoid a packet
copy. Increment the reference count of the packet and poll new API until
reference count is decremented.
2) Application runs out of mbufs, or resets and is preparing for
additional run, call API to free consumed packets so processing can

API will return the number of packets freed (0-n) or error code if
feature not supported (-ENOTSUP) or input invalid (-ENODEV).

API for e1000 igb driver and vHost driver have been implemented. Other
drivers can be implemented over time. Some drivers implement a Tx done
flush routine that should be reused where possible. e1000 igb driver
and vHost driver do not have such functions.

* Removed rte_eth_tx_buffer_flush() call and associated parameters
  from new rte_eth_tx_done_cleanup() API.

* Remaining open issue is whether this should be a new API or overload 
  existing rte_eth_tx_buffer() API with input parameter nb_pkts set to
  0. My concern is that overloading existing API will not provided
  enough feedback to application. Application needs to know if feature
  is supported and driver is attempting to free mbufs or not.

* If new API is supported, second open issue is if parameter free_cnt
  should be included. It was in the original feature request.

* Removed extra white space in rte_ethdev.h.
* Removed inline of new API function in rte_ethdev.h.

* Added new API to documentation of per nic supported features.

* Added documentation to the Programmer's Guide.

* Rebase to master.
* Added Release Note.
* Addressed comments on documentation to the Programmer's Guide.
* Renamed feature string to "Free Tx mbuf on demand" and modified
  feature string processing code to extend the maximum string length
  from 20 characters to 25 characters.
* Reworded the commit log for PATCH 2/3 to attempt to clearify that the
  API is independent of tx_rs_thresh.  
* Will address the rte_errno comment in a separate merge.

Billy McFall (3):
  ethdev: new API to free consumed buffers in Tx ring
  net/e1000: e1000 igb support to free consumed buffers
  net/vhost: vHost support to free consumed buffers

 doc/guides/conf.py                     |   7 +-
 doc/guides/nics/features/default.ini   |   4 +-
 doc/guides/nics/features/e1000.ini     |   1 +
 doc/guides/nics/features/vhost.ini     |   1 +
 doc/guides/prog_guide/mempool_lib.rst  |  26 +++++++
 doc/guides/rel_notes/release_17_05.rst |   7 +-
 drivers/net/e1000/e1000_ethdev.h       |   2 +
 drivers/net/e1000/igb_ethdev.c         |   1 +
 drivers/net/e1000/igb_rxtx.c           | 126 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
 drivers/net/vhost/rte_eth_vhost.c      |  11 +++
 lib/librte_ether/rte_ethdev.c          |  14 ++++
 lib/librte_ether/rte_ethdev.h          |  31 ++++++++
 12 files changed, 227 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)


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