[0/5] mempool: avoid objects allocations across pages

Message ID 20191028140122.9592-1-olivier.matz@6wind.com (mailing list archive)


Olivier Matz Oct. 28, 2019, 2:01 p.m. UTC
  KNI supposes that mbufs are contiguous in kernel virtual memory. This
may not be true when using the IOVA=VA mode. To fix this, a possibility
is to ensure that objects do not cross page boundaries in mempool. This
patchset implements this in the last patch (5/5).

The previous patches prepare the job:
- allow to populate with an unaligned virtual area (1/5).
- reduce spaced wasted in the mempool size calculation when not using
  the iova-contiguous allocation (2/5).
- remove the iova-contiguous allocation when populating mempool (3/5):
  a va-contiguous alloc does the job as well if we want to populate
  without crossing page boundaries, so simplify the mempool populate
- export a function to get the minimum page used in a mempool (4/5)

Memory consumption impact when using hugepages:
- worst case: + ~0.1% for a mbuf pool (objsize ~= 2368)
- best case: -50% for if pool size is just above page size

The memory consumption impact with 4K pages in IOVA=VA mode could
however consume up to 75% more memory for mbuf pool, because there will
be only 1 mbuf per page. Not sure how common this usecase is.

Caveat: this changes the behavior of the mempool (calc_mem_size and
populate), and there is a small risk to break things, especially with
alternate mempool drivers.

rfc -> v1

* remove first cleanup patch, it was pushed separately
  a2b5a8722f20 ("mempool: clarify default populate function")
* add missing change in rte_mempool_op_calc_mem_size_default()
* allow unaligned addr/len in populate virt
* better split patches
* try to better explain the change
* use DPDK align macros when relevant

Olivier Matz (5):
  mempool: allow unaligned addr/len in populate virt
  mempool: reduce wasted space on mempool populate
  mempool: remove optimistic IOVA-contiguous allocation
  mempool: introduce function to get mempool page size
  mempool: prevent objects from being across pages

 lib/librte_mempool/rte_mempool.c             | 140 +++++++------------
 lib/librte_mempool/rte_mempool.h             |  12 +-
 lib/librte_mempool/rte_mempool_ops.c         |   4 +-
 lib/librte_mempool/rte_mempool_ops_default.c |  57 ++++++--
 lib/librte_mempool/rte_mempool_version.map   |   1 +
 5 files changed, 114 insertions(+), 100 deletions(-)