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From: Neil Horman <nhorman@tuxdriver.com>
To: Olivier MATZ <olivier.matz@6wind.com>
Cc: dev@dpdk.org
Subject: Re: [dpdk-dev] lib: include rte_memory.h for __rte_cache_aligned
Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2014 10:22:04 -0500
Message-ID: <20141209152204.GD28871@hmsreliant.think-freely.org> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <5486B87E.5010404@6wind.com>

On Tue, Dec 09, 2014 at 09:53:18AM +0100, Olivier MATZ wrote:
> Hi Neil,
> 
> On 12/08/2014 04:04 PM, Neil Horman wrote:
> >On Fri, Nov 07, 2014 at 09:28:09AM -0800, Jia Yu wrote:
> >>Include rte_memory.h for lib files that use __rte_cache_aligned
> >>attribute.
> >>
> >>Signed-off-by: Jia Yu <jyu@vmware.com>
> >>
> >Why?  I presume there was a build break or something.  Please repost with a
> >changelog that details what this patch is for.
> >Neil
> 
> I don't know if Yu's issue was the same, but I had a very "fun" issue
> with __rte_cache_aligned in my application. Consider the following code:
> 
> 	struct per_core_foo {
> 		...
> 	} __rte_cache_aligned;
> 
> 	struct global_foo {
> 		struct per_core_foo foo[RTE_MAX_CORE];
> 	};
> 
> If __rte_cache_aligned is not defined (rte_memory.h is not included),
> the code compiles but the structure is not aligned... it defines the
> structure and creates a global variable called __rte_cache_aligned.
> And this can lead to really bad things if this code is in a .h that
> is included by files that may or may not include rte_memory.h
> 
> I have no idea about how we could prevent this issue, except using
> __attribute__((aligned(CACHE_LINE))) instead of __rte_cache_aligned.
> 
> Anyway this could probably explain the willing to include rte_memory.h
> everywhere.
> 
> Regards,
> Olivier
> 
> 

So, that is a great explination, and would be good to have in the changelog.

Also, to avoid the problem that you describe, while its preferred to have it at
the end of a struct, you can also put the alignment attribute right after the
struct keyword in gcc:
https://gcc.gnu.org/onlinedocs/gcc/Attribute-Syntax.html#Attribute-Syntax

That seems like it would solve the problem going forward.

Neil

  parent reply	other threads:[~2014-12-09 15:22 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 13+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2014-11-07 17:28 [dpdk-dev] [PATCH] " Jia Yu
2014-11-10  9:46 ` Thomas Monjalon
2014-11-17 19:07   ` Jia Yu
2014-12-08 15:04 ` [dpdk-dev] " Neil Horman
2014-12-09  8:53   ` Olivier MATZ
2014-12-09  9:11     ` Jia Yu
2014-12-09 15:22     ` Neil Horman [this message]
2014-12-10 19:09       ` Jia Yu
2014-12-11  0:28         ` Neil Horman
2014-12-11  0:36           ` Thomas Monjalon
2014-12-11 14:17             ` Neil Horman
2014-12-11 21:14               ` Thomas Monjalon
2014-12-11  0:51       ` Thomas Monjalon

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