[ovs-discuss] OVS DPDK: Failed to create memory pool for netdev

Flavio Leitner fbl at sysclose.org
Mon Nov 4 14:49:54 UTC 2019

It would be nice if you share the DPDK options used in OvS.

On Sat, 2 Nov 2019 15:43:18 +0000
"Tobias Hofmann \(tohofman\) via discuss" <ovs-discuss at openvswitch.org>

> Hello community,
> My team and I observe a strange behavior on our system with the
> creation of dpdk ports in OVS. We have a CentOS 7 system with
> OpenvSwitch and only one single port of type ‘dpdk’ attached to a
> bridge. The MTU size of the DPDK port is 9216 and the reserved
> HugePages for OVS are 512 x 2MB-HugePages, e.g. 1GB of total HugePage
> memory.
> Setting everything up works fine, however after I reboot my box, the
> dpdk port is in error state and I can observe this line in the logs
> (full logs attached to the mail):
> 2019-11-02T14:46:16.914Z|00437|netdev_dpdk|ERR|Failed to create
> memory pool for netdev dpdk-p0, with MTU 9216 on socket 0: Invalid
> argument 2019-11-02T14:46:16.914Z|00438|dpif_netdev|ERR|Failed to set
> interface dpdk-p0 new configuration
> I figured out that by restarting the openvswitch process, the issue
> with the port is resolved and it is back in a working state. However,
> as soon as I reboot the system a second time, the port comes up in
> error state again. Now, we have also observed a couple of other
> workarounds that I can’t really explain why they help:
>   *   When there is also a VM deployed on the system that is using
> ports of type ‘dpdkvhostuserclient’, we never see any issues like
> that. (MTU size of the VM ports is 9216 by the way)
>   *   When we increase the HugePage memory for OVS to 2GB, we also
> don’t see any issues.
>   *   Lowering the MTU size of the ‘dpdk’ type port to 1500 also
> helps to prevent this issue.
> Can anyone explain this?
> We’re using the following versions:
> Openvswitch: 2.9.3
> DPDK: 17.11.5
> Appreciate any help!
> Tobias

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