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From: Thomas Monjalon <>
To: Anoob Joseph <>
Cc: "Mattias Rönnblom" <>,
	"Bruce Richardson" <>,
	"Jerin Jacob Kollanukkaran" <>,
	"" <>,
	"Nikhil Rao" <>,
	"Erik Gabriel Carrillo" <>,
	"Abhinandan Gujjar" <>,
	"Pablo de Lara" <>,
	"Narayana Prasad Raju Athreya" <>,
	"Lukas Bartosik" <>,
	"Pavan Nikhilesh Bhagavatula" <>,
	"Hemant Agrawal" <>,
	"Nipun Gupta" <>,
	"Harry van Haaren" <>,
	"Liang Ma" <>,
	"" <>
Subject: Re: [dpdk-dev] [EXT] Re: [PATCH 00/39] adding eventmode helper library
Date: Wed, 03 Jul 2019 10:51:24 +0200	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <1729509.9S1lrLiWIz@xps> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>

03/07/2019 03:35, Anoob Joseph:
> From: Mattias Rönnblom <>
> > On 2019-07-02 18:18, Anoob Joseph wrote:
> > >> For what exactly is being proposed, is there a short version of the suggested
> > approach and the logic behind it?
> > >> I think eventdev should be simple to use and could be added to any
> > >> example like l2fwd. The idea of forking an example, where we should
> > >> be able to have an unified API, is a proof of failure.
> > >
> > > As Mattias had mentioned earlier, eventdev is complicated because of a
> > reason. It exposes lot of configuration which can be used to dynamically load-
> > balance real world traffic. With various adapters like, Rx adapter, Tx adapter,
> > crypto adapter etc getting implemented, applications can better utilize
> > capabilities of event device. But all the existing example applications in DPDK is
> > designed around mbufs and polling of cores on various devices. If an application
> > has to fully leverage capabilities of an event device, it has to setup all these
> > adapters and devices. And, as Mattias had mentioned, this involves lot of
> > configuration. This configuration would be repeated for every application which
> > would need to run in eventmode. Eventmode helper abstracts this.
> > 
> > A question I asked myself when I had a look at the patch set is: does eventmode
> > really abstract processing pipeline configuration, or is it merely making a bunch
> > of assumptions and hard-coding a bunch of configuration parameters.
> > 
> > Merely reducing flexibility doesn't qualify as abstraction, I would say.
> [Anoob] The idea is not to remove flexibility.
> All options of adapters would be exposed as command line
> args/ config file. For the first version, I didn't add it
> because it would exponentially increase the code.

You neither added it, nor explained it will come.
That's the main issue here: we are missing the big picture
because you did not write a clear explanation in the cover letter.

> >  > For an existing application to be moved to eventmode, all it would take is
> > couple of function calls and fine-tuned worker thread.
> > 
> > If you want to use eventdev as a very complex implementation of software RSS,
> > sure.
> > 
> > If you have a problem which solution requires a multi-stage pipeline, going from
> > a run-to-completion model to a scheduled pipeline is going to have a big impact
> > on your code base, and eventdev configuration will be a relatively minor part of
> > the work, in the typical case, I would expect.
> [Anoob] Why do you say this approach cannot work in multi stage
> environment? You need to increase the number of event ports & queues
> as required (using command line args). Few ports & queues would be
> used by Rx adapter & Tx adapter. Rest will be available for the
> application to do the multi-stage pipeline.
> Also, for some applications, this complexity is not needed.
> Say, for l2fwd, none of this complexity is needed.
> When we attempt ipsec-secgw, multi-stage might come into picture.

Again, we need to get the big picture.

If you are trying to achieve a processing pipeline,
why not using Packet Framework (librte_pipeline)?

> > > Just to remind, this is the 3rd iteration of submitting patches. The first set of
> > patches were submitted by Sunil Kori from NXP and that involved additions in
> > l3fwd application. It involved addition of lot of code, and Bruce wanted to make
> > the additions common. Jerin suggested to add these in event dev library.
> > >
> > > The second iteration involved additions in l2fwd and introduced eventmode in
> > eventdev library. Then it was up for discussions again and it was decided that for
> > l2fwd, a new application for eventmode would be drafted, but for l3fwd & ipsec-
> > secgw, the original application would get additions. L2fwd-event will be used to
> > finalize the event-mode library before extending to other applications.
> > >
> > > Now this is the third iteration.
> > 
> > What is your point?
> [Anoob] We had been doing back and forth regarding approaches.
> If applications like l2fwd, l3fwd, ipsec-secgw etc shouldn't deal
> with events, it could've been decided in the first submission itself.

You cannot blame us.
Yes we want this model to be demonstrated in examples.
And we try to understand how it can be efficient for the user,
but we are missing the big picture.
At every iteration we get parts of the explanations, so we give
some recommendations based on what we understand.

> > >> About the helper, I see some command line processing and other things
> > which have nothing to do in a library.
> > >> Actually I fail to understand the global idea of this helper.
> > >> There is no description of what this helper is, and even no name for it.
> > >
> > > All the eventmode configuration need to be user defined. So either every
> > > application would need the code duplicated (how the code for lcore-port-queue
> > > conf required for eth devs is repeated in every app) or be kept common. Again,
> > > that can be kept as a separate header and can be copied around. I don't see any
> > > issue, if you are fine with it.

User configuration may be defined differently in every applications.
If something is *really* common to all applications, why it is not
in eventdev library from the beginning?

> > OK, so in real-world applications, duplicating eventdev configuration is not a
> > major concern. You will have very few applications, and if they have a similar
> > structure, you can reuse your proprietary framework. If they don't, no big deal.
> > Just an additional 1% of application code to maintain.
> > 
> > For the DPDK example applications, the situation is very different. Many trivial
> > applications with a similar structure. I'm sure solving the framework problem for
> > this subset of applications is easier, but I would expect such a library would have
> > limited value outside the realm of the example directory. Although it might make
> > the DPDK example code base more maintainable, my fear is that it'll just confuse
> > the reader of the example applications. Now they have to understand a
> > framework *and* an application, and not only the example application. Add to
> > this that the framework you just spent time understanding will also not provide -
> > at least not in its current form - a good foundation for non-trivial applications.
> > 
> > The DPDK APIs shouldn't be optimized for example applications.
> [Anoob] Initially the target would be only DPDK applications.
> As I had mentioned earlier, I'm dropping the idea of making
> this a library/common code. My proposal is to have all the code
> in l2fwd-event application itself.
> In that case, would you have any problem?

No I think that's fine to do whatever you want in this forked example.
But remind that you won't be allowed to fork one more example
until things are settled down and approved by the technical board.

> None of the DPDK APIs would be modified in this effort.
> When Bruce looked at the patches I had submitted to l2fwd,
> his opinion was, there is lot of code to just do initialization
> & configuration. But here you are saying, that code is very minimal
> compared to the applications.
> These are all perspectives and I would like to get a consensus.

  reply	other threads:[~2019-07-03  8:55 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 21+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-06-25 10:33 [dpdk-dev] " Jerin Jacob Kollanukkaran
2019-06-27  5:28 ` Anoob Joseph
2019-06-28  3:37   ` Jerin Jacob Kollanukkaran
2019-06-28  8:02     ` Mattias Rönnblom
2019-06-28  8:40     ` Thomas Monjalon
2019-06-28  9:07       ` Mattias Rönnblom
2019-06-28 11:34       ` [dpdk-dev] [EXT] " Anoob Joseph
2019-07-02 14:17         ` Anoob Joseph
2019-07-02 14:26           ` Jerin Jacob Kollanukkaran
2019-07-02 14:49             ` Bruce Richardson
2019-07-02 14:57             ` Thomas Monjalon
2019-07-02 16:18               ` Anoob Joseph
2019-07-02 17:38                 ` Mattias Rönnblom
2019-07-03  1:35                   ` Anoob Joseph
2019-07-03  8:51                     ` Thomas Monjalon [this message]
2019-07-03  9:37                       ` Anoob Joseph
2019-07-03 16:30                         ` Thomas Monjalon
2019-07-04  3:34                           ` Anoob Joseph
  -- strict thread matches above, loose matches on Subject: below --
2019-06-03 17:32 [dpdk-dev] " Anoob Joseph
2019-06-07  9:48 ` Jerin Jacob Kollanukkaran
2019-06-11 10:44   ` Mattias Rönnblom
2019-06-14  9:18     ` [dpdk-dev] [EXT] " Anoob Joseph
2019-06-17 13:23       ` Mattias Rönnblom
2019-06-20  3:44         ` Anoob Joseph

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