DPDK and energy efficiency

William Herrin bill at herrin.us
Tue Feb 23 22:37:42 UTC 2021

On Tue, Feb 23, 2021 at 2:22 PM Etienne-Victor Depasquale
<edepa at ieee.org> wrote:
>> DPDK doesn't inherently do much in the way of power management.
> I agree - it doesn't. That's not what it was made for.
>>  Note that DPDK applications are usually intended to run in very-high
> data rate environments where no gains are likely to be realized by
> avoiding a busy-wait loop.
> That's not what research shows.
> Use of LPI states is proposed for power management under high data rate conditions in [5] and
> in [6], use of the low-power instruction halt  is investigated and found to save power under such conditions.


This is way too deep in the weeds of developing with the DPDK
libraries for your audience here to have much in the way of useful
comment.  This is an operators group.

If anyone is interested, the techniques DPDK offers application
authors to manage power on the dataplane cores are described here:


The main thing devs do, since it's easy, is add a call to rte_pause()
in any empty polling loop. IIRC, that just calls the CPU PAUSE
instruction which doesn't actually pause anything but saves a little
power by de-pipelining and, if hyperthreading is enabled, releasing
the core to run the alternate thread.

Bill Herrin

William Herrin
bill at herrin.us

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