Previously, the sw PMD would enqueue either all or no events, depending on
if enough inflight credits were available for the new events in the burst.
If a port is enqueueing a large burst (i.e. a multiple of the credit update
quanta), this can result in suboptimal performance, and requires an
understanding of the sw PMD implementation (in particular, its credit
scheme) to tune an application's burst size.

This affects software that enqueues large bursts of new events, such as the
ethernet event adapter which uses a 128-deep event buffer, when the input
packet rate is sufficiently high.

This change makes the sw PMD enqueue as many events as it has credits, if
there are any new events in the burst.

Signed-off-by: Gage Eads <>
v2: fix commit message bug ("sw event adapter" -> "sw PMD")

 drivers/event/sw/sw_evdev_worker.c | 6 ++++--
 1 file changed, 4 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

diff --git a/drivers/event/sw/sw_evdev_worker.c 
index 67151f7..063b919 100644
--- a/drivers/event/sw/sw_evdev_worker.c
+++ b/drivers/event/sw/sw_evdev_worker.c
@@ -77,8 +77,10 @@ sw_event_enqueue_burst(void *port, const struct rte_event 
ev[], uint16_t num)
                rte_atomic32_add(&sw->inflights, credit_update_quanta);
                p->inflight_credits += (credit_update_quanta);
-               if (p->inflight_credits < new)
-                       return 0;
+               /* If there are fewer inflight credits than new events, limit
+                * the number of enqueued events.
+                */
+               num = (p->inflight_credits < new) ? p->inflight_credits : new;
        for (i = 0; i < num; i++) {

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