[dpdk-dev] [RFC 0/5] use WFE for locks and ring on aarch64

Gavin Hu gavin.hu at arm.com
Sun Jun 30 18:21:11 CEST 2019

DPDK has multiple use cases where the core repeatedly polls a location in
memory. This polling results in many cache and memory transactions.

Arm architecture provides WFE (Wait For Event) instruction, which allows
the cpu core to enter a low power state until woken up by the update to the
memory location being polled. Thus reducing the cache and memory

x86 has the PAUSE hint instruction to reduce such overhead.

The rte_wait_until_equal_xxx APIs abstract the functionality of 'polling
for a memory location to become equal to a given value'.

For non-Arm platforms, these APIs are just wrappers around do-while loop
with rte_pause, so there are no performance differences.

For Arm platforms, use of WFE can be configured using CONFIG_RTE_USE_WFE
option. It is disabled by default.

Currently, use of WFE is supported only for aarch64 platforms. armv7
platforms do support the WFE instruction, but they require explicit wake up
events(sev) and are less performannt.

Testing shows that, performance varies across different platforms, with
some showing degradation.

CONFIG_RTE_USE_WFE should be enabled depending on the performance on the
target platforms.

Gavin Hu (5):
  eal: add the APIs to wait until equal
  ticketlock: use new API to reduce contention on aarch64
  ring: use wfe to wait for ring tail update on aarch64
  spinlock: use wfe to reduce contention on aarch64
  config: add WFE config entry for aarch64

 config/arm/meson.build                             |   1 +
 config/common_armv8a_linux                         |   6 +
 .../common/include/arch/arm/rte_pause_64.h         | 143 +++++++++++++++++++++
 .../common/include/arch/arm/rte_spinlock.h         |  25 ++++
 lib/librte_eal/common/include/generic/rte_pause.h  |  20 +++
 .../common/include/generic/rte_spinlock.h          |   2 +-
 .../common/include/generic/rte_ticketlock.h        |   4 +-
 lib/librte_ring/rte_ring_c11_mem.h                 |   5 +-
 lib/librte_ring/rte_ring_generic.h                 |   4 +-
 9 files changed, 203 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)


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