On 02/22/2018 09:40 AM, Tan, Jianfeng wrote:

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From: Maxime Coquelin [mailto:maxime.coque...@redhat.com]
Sent: Thursday, February 22, 2018 4:26 PM
To: Tan, Jianfeng; dev@dpdk.org
Cc: y...@fridaylinux.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 4/4] vhost: avoid populate guest memory

On 02/22/2018 03:42 AM, Tan, Jianfeng wrote:
Hi Maxime,

-----Original Message-----
From: Maxime Coquelin [mailto:maxime.coque...@redhat.com]
Sent: Tuesday, February 20, 2018 4:45 AM
To: Tan, Jianfeng; dev@dpdk.org
Cc: y...@fridaylinux.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 4/4] vhost: avoid populate guest memory

Hi Jianfeng,

On 02/14/2018 05:01 AM, Jianfeng Tan wrote:
It's not necessary to polulate guest memory from vhost side.

Cc: maxime.coque...@redhat.com
Cc: y...@fridaylinux.org

Signed-off-by: Jianfeng Tan <jianfeng....@intel.com>
    lib/librte_vhost/vhost_user.c | 4 +++-
    1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/lib/librte_vhost/vhost_user.c b/lib/librte_vhost/vhost_user.c
index 90ed211..9bd0391 100644
--- a/lib/librte_vhost/vhost_user.c
+++ b/lib/librte_vhost/vhost_user.c
@@ -644,6 +644,7 @@ vhost_user_set_mem_table(struct virtio_net
struct VhostUserMsg *pmsg)
        uint64_t mmap_offset;
        uint64_t alignment;
        uint32_t i;
+       int populate;
        int fd;

        if (dev->mem && !vhost_memory_changed(&memory, dev->mem))
@@ -714,8 +715,9 @@ vhost_user_set_mem_table(struct virtio_net
struct VhostUserMsg *pmsg)
                mmap_size = RTE_ALIGN_CEIL(mmap_size, alignment);

+               populate = (dev->dequeue_zero_copy) ? MAP_POPULATE :
                mmap_addr = mmap(NULL, mmap_size, PROT_READ |
-                                MAP_SHARED | MAP_POPULATE, fd, 0);
+                                MAP_SHARED | populate, fd, 0);

                if (mmap_addr == MAP_FAILED) {
                        RTE_LOG(ERR, VHOST_CONFIG,

Wouldn't not populating all the guest memory have a bad impact on 0%
acceptable loss use-cases?

Yes, it could affect such use case; but we can address that by warming up
the system a little bit, can't we?

I'm not sure this is a good idea to ask the real user to warm-up the

Also, even with benchmarking, the loss happens when the queues are full,
so it is likely that it happens with buffers not used before, even if
system has been warmed-up.

OK, warm-up is a bad idea here :-)

But if a VM is used for such use case, I think we'd better pre-allocate the 
memory at QEMU side.

  From a good point of view, it could save the memory for VMs without pre-

What could be done is maybe to have an EAL API for mmaping, with an
associated EAL parameter to state whether it want populating or not.
This option would be disabled by default.

Does that sounds reasonable?

If we look for an application-level configuration, it's not necessary to have 
such a parameter. Refer to the 3rd patch in this series, if we make all 
(current/future) memory locked, the mmap() syscall will populate the memory.

OK, but in that case it should be documented.
I see OVS has also a parameter to request the memory to be locked, but it seems not to be the default, so the user could face a change in the
behavior it didn't expect.



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