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authorThomas Monjalon <>2019-01-30 12:20:20 +0100
committerThomas Monjalon <>2019-01-31 18:41:07 +0100
commit20789d4dfd4d2393d4ada78ad839fa54a32dd6d3 (patch)
parent0e0fb9431cf351852f6c0f8ae9f46993c8461da5 (diff)
doc: improve Mellanox bifurcated model description
In the howto guide about flow bifurcation, the Mellanox case (which does not require specific details) was missing in the landscape. In the Linux drivers guide, it was not clear that the flow bifurcation is performed in the NIC hardware. References to flow isolated mode are also inserted in those contexts. Signed-off-by: Thomas Monjalon <> Acked-by: Shahaf Shuler <>
2 files changed, 32 insertions, 1 deletions
diff --git a/doc/guides/howto/flow_bifurcation.rst b/doc/guides/howto/flow_bifurcation.rst
index eabf4d7..a361264 100644
--- a/doc/guides/howto/flow_bifurcation.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/howto/flow_bifurcation.rst
@@ -44,6 +44,32 @@ module.
Flow Bifurcation Overview
+Using Flow Bifurcation on Mellanox ConnectX
+The Mellanox devices are :ref:`natively bifurcated <bifurcated_driver>`,
+so there is no need to split into SR-IOV PF/VF
+in order to get the flow bifurcation mechanism.
+The full device is already shared with the kernel driver.
+The DPDK application can setup some flow steering rules,
+and let the rest go to the kernel stack.
+In order to define the filters strictly with flow rules,
+the :ref:`flow_isolated_mode` can be configured.
+There is no specific instructions to follow.
+The recommended reading is the :doc:`../prog_guide/rte_flow` guide.
+Below is an example of testpmd commands
+for receiving VXLAN 42 in 4 queues of the DPDK port 0,
+while all other packets go to the kernel:
+.. code-block:: console
+ testpmd> flow isolate 0 true
+ testpmd> flow create 0 ingress pattern eth / ipv4 / udp / vxlan vni is 42 / end \
+ actions rss queues 0 1 2 3 end / end
Using Flow Bifurcation on IXGBE in Linux
diff --git a/doc/guides/linux_gsg/linux_drivers.rst b/doc/guides/linux_gsg/linux_drivers.rst
index 8da6a31..695edbb 100644
--- a/doc/guides/linux_gsg/linux_drivers.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/linux_gsg/linux_drivers.rst
@@ -85,6 +85,8 @@ This can be done by using the DPDK setup script (called and locate
VFIO can be used without IOMMU. While this is just as unsafe as using UIO, it does make it possible for the user to keep the degree of device access and programming that VFIO has, in situations where IOMMU is not available.
+.. _bifurcated_driver:
Bifurcated Driver
@@ -99,7 +101,10 @@ Such model has the following benefits:
- It enables the user to use legacy linux tools such as ``ethtool`` or
``ifconfig`` while running DPDK application on the same network ports.
- It enables the DPDK application to filter only part of the traffic,
- While the rest will be directed and handled by the kernel driver.
+ while the rest will be directed and handled by the kernel driver.
+ The flow bifurcation is performed by the NIC hardware.
+ As an example, using :ref:`flow_isolated_mode` allows to choose
+ strictly what is received in DPDK.
More about the bifurcated driver can be found in
`Mellanox Bifurcated DPDK PMD