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* [dpdk-users] high latency detected in IP pipeline example
@ 2020-02-07  9:19 Victor Huertas
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From: Victor Huertas @ 2020-02-07  9:19 UTC (permalink / raw)
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Hi all,

I am developing my own DPDK application basing it in the dpdk-stable ip
pipeline example.
At this moment I am using the 17.11 LTS version of DPDK and I amb observing
some extrange behaviour. Maybe it is an old issue that can be solved
quickly so I would appreciate it if some expert can shade a light on this.

The pipeline example allows you to develop Pipelines that perform specific
packet processing functions (ROUTING, FLOW_CLASSIFYING, etc...). The thing
is that I am extending some of this pipelines with my own.
However I want to take advantage of the ip pipeline capability of
arbitrarily assigning the core where the pipeline (f_run() function) must
be executed so that i can adapt the packet processing power to the amount
of the number of cores available.
Taking this into account I have observed something strange. I show you this
simple example below.

Case 1:
[PIPELINE 1 core=1] --- SWQ1--->[PIPELINE 2 core=2] -----SWQ2---->
[PIPELINE 3 core=3]

Case 2:
[PIPELINE 1 core=1] --- SWQ1--->[PIPELINE 2 core=1] -----SWQ2---->
[PIPELINE 3 core=1]

I send a ping between two hosts connected at both sides of the pipeline
model which allows these pings to cross all the pipelines (from 1 to 3).
What I observe in Case 1 (each pipeline has its own thread in different
core) is that the reported RTT is less than 1 ms, whereas in Case 2 (all
pipelines except MASTER are run in the same thread) is 20 ms. Furthermore,
in Case 2, if I increase a lot (hundreds of Mbps) the packet rate this RTT
decreases to 3 or 4 ms.

Has somebody observed this behaviour in the past? Can it be solved somehow?

Thanks a lot for your attention

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