On digging further found some more data.

On the host where everything works fine, I can see 'txq->nb_tx_free' getting 
reduced to 31 from 1024. After reaching at 31, i40e_tx_free_bufs() function 
gets called, which frees the buffer and nb_tx_free reaches to 63.

Also in the function i40e_tx_free_bufs(), this if condition never evaluates to 
true as whatsoever be the value of the index txq->tx_next_dd , the value of 
'cmd_type_offset_bsz' is always 15. Hence this if condition is always false and 
the code works fine.
        if ((txq->tx_ring[txq->tx_next_dd].cmd_type_offset_bsz &
                             rte_cpu_to_le_64(I40E_TXD_QW1_DTYPE_MASK)) !=
                             rte_cpu_to_le_64(I40E_TX_DESC_DTYPE_DESC_DONE)) {
                    return 0;

However, on the hosts where we are seeing the issue, after some calls of the  
i40e_tx_free_bufs(), value for 
'txq->tx_ring[txq->tx_next_dd].cmd_type_offset_bsz' becomes really weird like 
1099511627888, 1030792151152. Because of these weird values the 'if condition' 
becomes true( if((1099511627888 & 15) != 15). Hence function returns from there 
itself and nb_tx_free doesn't get increased and eventually reaches '0'

Are these values expected or there is some memory corruption happening 
somewhere in our code?

As far as I can understand this if condition its purpose is to check whether 
the buffers to be freed are still transmitting or not. 

Can someone help us out here.

On 1/14/19, 9:54 AM, "Soni, Shivam" <shivs...@amazon.com> wrote:

    I doubled the mempool size to 65535 but the issue is not resolved.
    On 1/11/19, 4:27 PM, "dev on behalf of Soni, Shivam" <dev-boun...@dpdk.org 
on behalf of shivs...@amazon.com> wrote:
        Hi Stephen,
        Thanks for the reply.
        Our mbuf pool is big enough. We have 2 RX cores, 2 TX cores and 8 
worker cores.
        NTxd and NRxd is 1024 each and we have 16 Rx rings (shared between Rx 
and workers) and 8 Tx rings (between Tx and workers)
        Mempool cache size is 256 and burst size is 32.
        So overall calculation comes out to be 
                                  (WORKER_RX_RING_SIZE * RX_LCORES * 
                                  ((MBUF_ARRAY_SIZE + CACHE_SIZE) * (RX_LCORES 
        With this the  mbuf pool size should be 32128. To round off as power of 
2 we have kept mbuf pool size as 32767.
        Also the incoming packet rate Is pretty low.
        For testing I have doubled the pool size for now. Not sure whether this 
will solve the issue.
        On 1/11/19, 3:38 PM, "Stephen Hemminger" <step...@networkplumber.org> 
            On Fri, 11 Jan 2019 22:10:39 +0000
            "Soni, Shivam" <shivs...@amazon.com> wrote:
            > Hi All,
            > We are trying to debug and fix an issue. After the deployment, in 
few of the hosts we see an issue where TX is unable to enqueue packets to NIC. 
On rebouncing or restarting our packet processor daemon, issue gets resolved.
            > We are using IntelDPDK version 17.11.4 and i40e drivers.
            > On looking into driver’s code, we found that whenever the issue 
is happening the value for nb_tx_free is ‘0’. And then it tries to free the 
buffer by calling function ‘i40e_tx_free_bufs’.
            > This method returns early as the buffer its trying to free says 
it hasn’t finished transmitting yet. The method returns at this if condition:
            > /* check DD bits on threshold descriptor */
            > if ((txq->tx_ring[txq->tx_next_dd].cmd_type_offset_bsz &
            >                 rte_cpu_to_le_64(I40E_TXD_QW1_DTYPE_MASK)) !=
            >                 rte_cpu_to_le_64(I40E_TX_DESC_DTYPE_DESC_DONE)) {
            > return 0;
            > }
            > Hence nb_tx_free remains 0.
            > Our tx descriptor count is 1024.
            > How can we fix this issue.  Can someone help us out here please
            Use bigger mbuf pool.  For safety the mbuf pool has to be big enough
            for Nports * (NRxd + NTxd) + NCore * (mbuf_pool_cache_size + 
            Each NIC might get full receive ring and full transmit ring
            and each active core might be processing a burst of packets and have
            free buffers sitting in the mbuf pool cache. This doesn't account 
for additional
            mbuf's created if doing things like reassembly, encryption, 
re-encapsulation, or compression
            Anything smaller and your application is relying on statistical 
            to never see resource exhaustion; overcommitment

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