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authorRasesh Mody <>2019-08-05 02:24:26 -0700
committerKevin Traynor <>2019-09-13 10:37:20 +0100
commitd456297eb723327112bcfc0dc82a285e52bc2a9b (patch)
parentc614f8cb4bc2d57b0be321a18f3a6b10cb1b3912 (diff)
doc: add co-existence consideration for bnx2x
[ upstream commit 2efba79b1950053b86ec05a83af2a5f96d511ac9 ] Add and update co-existence considerations for bnx2x PMD Signed-off-by: Rasesh Mody <>
1 files changed, 21 insertions, 9 deletions
diff --git a/doc/guides/nics/bnx2x.rst b/doc/guides/nics/bnx2x.rst
index cecbfc2..8577c1a 100644
--- a/doc/guides/nics/bnx2x.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/nics/bnx2x.rst
@@ -34,7 +34,7 @@ BNX2X Poll Mode Driver
The BNX2X poll mode driver library (**librte_pmd_bnx2x**) implements support
for **QLogic 578xx** 10/20 Gbps family of adapters as well as their virtual
functions (VF) in SR-IOV context. It is supported on several standard Linux
-distros like Red Hat 7.x and SLES12 OS. It is compile-tested under FreeBSD OS.
+distros like RHEL and SLES. It is compile-tested under FreeBSD OS.
More information can be found at `QLogic Corporation's Official Website
@@ -65,14 +65,26 @@ The features not yet supported include:
Co-existence considerations
-- BCM578xx being a CNA can have both NIC and Storage personalities.
- However, coexistence with storage protocol drivers (cnic, bnx2fc and
- bnx2fi) is not supported on the same adapter. So storage personality
- has to be disabled on that adapter when used in DPDK applications.
-- For SR-IOV case, bnx2x PMD will be used to bind to SR-IOV VF device and
- Linux native kernel driver (bnx2x) will be attached to SR-IOV PF.
+- QLogic 578xx CNAs support Ethernet, iSCSI and FCoE functionalities.
+ These functionalities are supported using QLogic Linux kernel
+ drivers bnx2x, cnic, bnx2i and bnx2fc. DPDK is supported on these
+ adapters using bnx2x PMD.
+- When SR-IOV is not enabled on the adapter,
+ QLogic Linux kernel drivers (bnx2x, cnic, bnx2i and bnx2fc) and bnx2x
+ PMD can’t be attached to different PFs on a given QLogic 578xx
+ adapter.
+ A given adapter needs to be completely used by DPDK or Linux drivers.
+ Before binding DPDK driver to one or more PFs on the adapter,
+ please make sure to unbind Linux drivers from all PFs of the adapter.
+ If there are multiple adapters on the system, one or more adapters
+ can be used by DPDK driver completely and other adapters can be used
+ by Linux drivers completely.
+- When SR-IOV is enabled on the adapter,
+ Linux kernel drivers (bnx2x, cnic, bnx2i and bnx2fc) can be bound
+ to the PFs of a given adapter and either bnx2x PMD or Linux drivers
+ bnx2x can be bound to the VFs of the adapter.
Supported QLogic NICs