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Manual Reference Pages  -  SFXGE (4)

NAME

sfxge - Solarflare 10Gb Ethernet adapter driver

CONTENTS

Synopsis
Description
Hardware
Loader Tunables
Support
See Also
Authors

SYNOPSIS

To compile this driver into the kernel, place the following lines in your kernel configuration file:


.Cd device sfxge

To load the driver as a module at boot time, place the following line in loader.conf(5):

sfxge_load="YES"

DESCRIPTION

The sfxge driver provides support for 10Gb Ethernet adapters based on Solarflare SFC9000 family controllers. The driver supports jumbo frames, transmit/receive checksum offload, TCP Segmentation Offload (TSO), Large Receive Offload (LRO), VLAN checksum offload, VLAN TSO, and Receive Side Scaling (RSS) using MSI-X interrupts.

The driver allocates 1 receive queue, transmit queue, event queue and IRQ per CPU up to a maximum of 64. IRQ affinities should be spread out using cpuset(1). Interrupt moderation may be controlled through the sysctl dev.sfxge.%d.int_mod (units are microseconds).

For more information on configuring this device, see ifconfig(8).

A large number of MAC, PHY and data path statistics are available under the sysctl dev.sfxge.%d.stats. The adapter’s VPD fields including its serial number are available under the sysctl dev.sfxge.%d.vpd.

HARDWARE

The sfxge driver supports all 10Gb Ethernet adapters based on Solarflare SFC9000 family controllers.

LOADER TUNABLES

Tunables can be set at the loader(8) prompt before booting the kernel or stored in loader.conf(5). Actual values can be obtained using sysctl(8).
hw.sfxge.rx_ring
  The maximum number of descriptors in a receive queue ring. Supported values are: 512, 1024, 2048 and 4096.
hw.sfxge.tx_ring
  The maximum number of descriptors in a transmit queue ring. Supported values are: 512, 1024, 2048 and 4096.
hw.sfxge.tx_dpl_get_max
  The maximum length of the deferred packet "get-list" for queued transmit packets (TCP and non-TCP), used only if the transmit queue lock can be acquired. If a packet is dropped, the tx_get_overflow counter is incremented and the local sender receives ENOBUFS. The value must be greater than 0.
hw.sfxge.tx_dpl_get_non_tcp_max
  The maximum number of non-TCP packets in the deferred packet "get-list" , used only if the transmit queue lock can be acquired. If a packet is dropped, the tx_get_non_tcp_overflow counter is incremented and the local sender receives ENOBUFS. The value must be greater than 0.
hw.sfxge.tx_dpl_put_max
  The maximum length of the deferred packet "put-list" for queued transmit packets, used if the transmit queue lock cannot be acquired. If a packet is dropped, the tx_put_overflow counter is incremented and the local sender receives ENOBUFS. The value must be greater than or equal to 0.
hw.sfxge.tso_fw_assisted
  Bitmask to enable/disable usage of FW-assisted TSO version if supported by NIC firmware. FATSOv1 (bit 0) and FATSOv2 (bit 1) are supported. All enabled by default.
hw.sfxge.N.max_rss_channels
  The maximum number of allocated RSS channels for the Nth adapter. If set to 0 or unset, the number of channels is determined by the number of CPU cores.
hw.sfxge.lro.table_size
  Size of the LRO hash table. Must be a power of 2. A larger table means we can accelerate a larger number of streams.
hw.sfxge.lro.chain_max
  The maximum length of a hash chain. If chains get too long then the lookup time increases and may exceed the benefit of LRO.
hw.sfxge.lro.idle_ticks
  The maximum time (in ticks) that a connection can be idle before it’s LRO state is discarded.
hw.sfxge.lro.slow_start_packets
  Number of packets with payload that must arrive in-order before a connection is eligible for LRO. The idea is we should avoid coalescing segments when the sender is in slow-start because reducing the ACK rate can damage performance.
hw.sfxge.lro.loss_packets
  Number of packets with payload that must arrive in-order following loss before a connection is eligible for LRO. The idea is we should avoid coalescing segments when the sender is recovering from loss, because reducing the ACK rate can damage performance.
hw.sfxge.mcdi_logging
  Enable logging of MCDI protocol messages (only available if enabled at compile-time).
hw.sfxge.N.mcdi_logging
  Enable or disable logging of MCDI protocol messages on a per-port basis. The default for each port will be the value of hw.sfxge.mcdi_logging. The logging may also be enabled or disabled after the driver is loaded using the sysctl dev.sfxge.%d.mcdi_logging.

SUPPORT

For general information and support, go to the Solarflare support website at: https://support.solarflare.com.

SEE ALSO

arp(4), netintro(4), ng_ether(4), vlan(4), cpuset(1), ifconfig(8)

AUTHORS

The sfxge driver was written by
.An Philip Paeps and
.An Solarflare Communications, Inc.
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