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NFP poll mode driver library
Netronome's sixth generation of flow processors pack 216 programmable
cores and over 100 hardware accelerators that uniquely combine packet,
flow, security and content processing in a single device that scales
up to 400 Gbps.
This document explains how to use DPDK with the Netronome Poll Mode
Driver (PMD) supporting Netronome's Network Flow Processor 6xxx
(NFP-6xxx) and Netronome's Flow Processor 4xxx (NFP-4xxx).
NFP is a SRIOV capable device and the PMD driver supports the physical
function (PF) and virtual functions (VFs).
Before using the Netronome's DPDK PMD some NFP configuration,
which is not related to DPDK, is required. The system requires
installation of **Netronome's BSP (Board Support Package)** along
with some specific NFP firmware application. Netronome's NSP ABI
version should be 0.20 or higher.
If you have a NFP device you should already have the code and
documentation for doing all this configuration. Contact
**email@example.com** to obtain the latest available firmware.
The NFP Linux netdev kernel driver for VFs is part of vanilla kernel
since kernel version 4.5, and support for the PF since kernel version
4.11. Support for older kernels can be obtained on Github at
**https://github.com/Netronome/nfp-drv-kmods** along with build
NFP PMD needs to be used along with UIO ``igb_uio`` or VFIO (``vfio-pci``)
Linux kernel driver.
Building the software
Netronome's PMD code is provided in the **drivers/net/nfp** directory.
Although NFP PMD has Netronome´s BSP dependencies, it is possible to
compile it along with other DPDK PMDs even if no BSP was installed before.
Of course, a DPDK app will require such a BSP installed for using the
NFP PMD, along with a specific NFP firmware application.
Default PMD configuration is at **common_linuxapp configuration** file:
Once DPDK is built all the DPDK apps and examples include support for
the NFP PMD.
Driver compilation and testing
Refer to the document :ref:`compiling and testing a PMD for a NIC <pmd_build_and_test>`
Using the PF
NFP PMD has support for using the NFP PF as another DPDK port, but it does not
have any functionality for controlling VFs. In fact, it is not possible to use
the PMD with the VFs if the PF is being used by DPDK, that is, with the NFP PF
bound to ``igb_uio`` or ``vfio-pci`` kernel drivers. Future DPDK version will
have a PMD able to work with the PF and VFs at the same time and with the PF
implementing VF management along with other PF-only functionalities/offloads.
The PMD PF has extra work to do which will delay the DPDK app initialization
like checking if a firmware is already available in the device, uploading the
firmware if necessary, and configure the Link state properly when starting or
stopping a PF port. Note that firmware upload is not always necessary which is
the main delay for NFP PF PMD initialization.
Depending on the Netronome product installed in the system, firmware files
should be available under ``/lib/firmware/netronome``. DPDK PMD supporting the
PF requires a specific link, ``/lib/firmware/netronome/nic_dpdk_default.nffw``,
which should be created automatically with Netronome's Agilio products
PF multiport support
Some NFP cards support several physical ports with just one single PCI device.
DPDK core is designed with the 1:1 relationship between PCI devices and DPDK
ports, so NFP PMD PF support requires handling the multiport case specifically.
During NFP PF initialization, the PMD will extract the information about the
number of PF ports from the firmware and will create as many DPDK ports as
Because the unusual relationship between a single PCI device and several DPDK
ports, there are some limitations when using more than one PF DPDK ports: there
is no support for RX interrupts and it is not possible either to use those PF
ports with the device hotplug functionality.
#. **Enable SR-IOV on the NFP device:** The current NFP PMD supports the PF and
the VFs on a NFP device. However, it is not possible to work with both at the
same time because the VFs require the PF being bound to the NFP PF Linux
netdev driver. Make sure you are working with a kernel with NFP PF support or
get the drivers from the above Github repository and follow the instructions
for building and installing it.
Virtual Functions need to be enabled before they can be used with the PMD.
Before enabling the VFs it is useful to obtain information about the
current NFP PCI device detected by the system:
.. code-block:: console
Now, for example, configure two virtual functions on a NFP-6xxx device
whose PCI system identity is "0000:03:00.0":
.. code-block:: console
echo 2 > /sys/bus/pci/devices/0000:03:00.0/sriov_numvfs
The result of this command may be shown using lspci again:
.. code-block:: console
lspci -d19ee: -k
Two new PCI devices should appear in the output of the above command. The
-k option shows the device driver, if any, that devices are bound to.
Depending on the modules loaded at this point the new PCI devices may be
bound to nfp_netvf driver.