[3/3] doc: add NB stack comment to EAL "known issues"

Message ID 20190110205538.24435-4-gage.eads@intel.com
State Superseded, archived
Delegated to: Thomas Monjalon
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  • Add non-blocking stack mempool handler
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ci/checkpatch success coding style OK

Commit Message

Gage Eads Jan. 10, 2019, 8:55 p.m.
This comment makes users aware of the non-blocking stack option and its

Signed-off-by: Gage Eads <gage.eads@intel.com>
 doc/guides/prog_guide/env_abstraction_layer.rst | 5 +++++
 1 file changed, 5 insertions(+)


diff --git a/doc/guides/prog_guide/env_abstraction_layer.rst b/doc/guides/prog_guide/env_abstraction_layer.rst
index 929d76dba..9497b879c 100644
--- a/doc/guides/prog_guide/env_abstraction_layer.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/prog_guide/env_abstraction_layer.rst
@@ -541,6 +541,11 @@  Known Issues
   5. It MUST not be used by multi-producer/consumer pthreads, whose scheduling policies are SCHED_FIFO or SCHED_RR.
+  Alternatively, x86_64 applications can use the non-blocking stack mempool handler. When considering this handler, note that:
+  - it is limited to the x86_64 platform, because it uses an instruction (16-byte compare-and-swap) that is not available on other platforms.
+  - it has worse average-case performance than the non-preemptive rte_ring, but software caching (e.g. the mempool cache) can mitigate this by reducing the number of handler operations.
 + rte_timer
   Running  ``rte_timer_manage()`` on a non-EAL pthread is not allowed. However, resetting/stopping the timer from a non-EAL pthread is allowed.