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authorDavid Hunt <>2019-05-02 12:18:13 +0100
committerThomas Monjalon <>2019-05-03 22:15:52 +0200
commit561e0301061a364e304367ab0aba6e2ad02a41fe (patch)
tree44733b51c4d922f6417c64f96e8727c30c4c3adb /doc
parentbb8b33b9a6ae491e1d3bb14caaa9ed196dc55038 (diff)
doc: add SST-BF info
In the Power Library, a new bit has been added to the mask returned by rte_power_get_capabilities which indicates whether the core is an Intel SST-BF high frequency core. The distributor sample application has been enhanced to be aware of Intel SST-BF high frequency cores. Docs also contain a link to the Intel SST-BF application note. Signed-off-by: David Hunt <> Acked-by: John McNamara <>
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2 files changed, 30 insertions, 1 deletions
diff --git a/doc/guides/rel_notes/release_19_05.rst b/doc/guides/rel_notes/release_19_05.rst
index 468e325..01a5555 100644
--- a/doc/guides/rel_notes/release_19_05.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/rel_notes/release_19_05.rst
@@ -200,6 +200,17 @@ New Features
Improved testpmd application performance on ARM platform. For ``macswap``
forwarding mode, NEON intrinsics were used to do swap to save CPU cycles.
+* **Updated power management library.**
+ Added support for Intel Speed Select Technology - Base Frequency (SST-BF).
+ ``rte_power_get_capabilities`` now has a bit in it's returned mask
+ indicating it's a high frequency core.
+* **Updated distributor sample application.**
+ Added support for Intel SST-BF feature so that the distributor core is
+ pinned to a high frequency core if available.
Removed Items
diff --git a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/dist_app.rst b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/dist_app.rst
index abfdd2c..90270e3 100644
--- a/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/dist_app.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/sample_app_ug/dist_app.rst
@@ -5,7 +5,9 @@ Distributor Sample Application
The distributor sample application is a simple example of packet distribution
-to cores using the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK).
+to cores using the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK). It also makes use of
+Intel Speed Select Technology - Base Frequency (Intel SST-BF) to pin the
+distributor to the higher frequency core if available.
@@ -101,6 +103,22 @@ final statistics to the user.
Distributor Sample Application Layout
+Intel SST-BF Support
+In DPDK 19.05, support was added to the power management library for
+Intel-SST-BF, a technology that allows some cores to run at a higher
+frequency than others. An application note for Intel SST-BF is available,
+and is entitled
+`Intel Speed Select Technology – Base Frequency - Enhancing Performance <>`_
+The distributor application was also enhanced to be aware of these higher
+frequency SST-BF cores, and when starting the application, if high frequency
+SST-BF cores are present in the core mask, the application will identify these
+cores and pin the workloads appropriately. The distributor core is usually
+the bottleneck, so this is given first choice of the high frequency SST-BF
+cores, followed by the rx core and the tx core.
Debug Logging Support