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

Tobias Hofmann (tohofman) tohofman at cisco.com
Mon Nov 4 19:12:36 UTC 2019

Hi Flavio,

thanks for reaching out.

The DPDK options used in OvS are:


For the dpdk port, we set:


Please let me know if this is what you asked for.

On 04.11.19, 15:50, "Flavio Leitner" <fbl at sysclose.org> wrote:

    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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