Wls Lib Overview

The Wls_lib is a Wireless Service library that supports shared memory and buffer management used by applications implementing a gNb or eNb. This library uses DPDK, libhugetlbfs and pthreads to provide memcpy less data exchange between an L2 application, API Translator Module and a L1 application by sharing the same memory zone from the DPDK perspective.

Project Resources

The source code is avalable from the Linux Foundation Gerrit server:
The build (CI) jobs will be in the Linux Foundation Jenkins server:
Issues are tracked in the Linux Foundation Jira server:
Project information is available in the Linux Foundation Wiki:

Library Functions

  • WLS_Open() and WLS_Open_Dual() that open a single or dual wls instance interface and registers the instance with the kernel space driver.
  • WLS_Close(), WLS_Close1() closes the wls instance and deregisters it from the kernel space driver.
  • WLS_Ready(), WLS_Ready1() checks state of remote peer of WLS interface and returns 1 if remote peer is available.
  • WLS_Alloc() allocates a memory block for data exchange shared memory. This block uses hugepages.
  • WLS_Free() frees memory block for data exchange shared memory.
  • WLS_Put(), WLS_Put1() puts memory block (or group of blocks) allocated from WLS memory into the interface for transfer to remote peer.
  • WLS_Check(), WLS_Check1() checks if there are memory blocks with data from remote peer and returns number of blocks available for “get” operation.
  • WLS_Get(), WLS_Get1() gets memory block from interface received from remote peer. Function is a non-blocking operation and returns NULL if no blocks available.
  • WLS_Wait(), WLS_Wait1() waits for new memory block from remote peer. This Function is a blocking call and returns number of blocks received.
  • WLS_WakeUp(), WLS_WakeUp1() performs “wakeup” notification to remote peer to unblock “wait” operations pending.
  • WLS_Get(), WLS_Get1() gets a memory block from the interface received from remote peer. This Function is blocking operation and waits till next memory block from remote peer.
  • WLS_VA2PA() converts virtual address (VA) to physical address (PA).
  • WLS_PA2VA() converts physical address (PA) to virtual address (VA).
  • WLS_EnqueueBlock(), WLS_EnqueueBlock1() This function is used by a master or secondary master to provide memory blocks to a slave for next slave to master (sec master) transfer of data.
  • WLS_NumBlocks() returns number of current available blocks provided by master for a new transfer of data from the slave.

The _1() functions are only needed when using the WLS_Open_Dual().

The source code and documentation will be updated in the next release to use inclusive engineering terms.