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Add enetc usage document to compile and run the DPDK application on enetc supported platform. This document introduces the enetc driver, supported platforms and supported features. Signed-off-by: Gagandeep Singh <> Acked-by: Shreyansh Jain <> Reviewed-by: Ferruh Yigit <>
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+.. SPDX-License-Identifier: BSD-3-Clause
+ Copyright 2018 NXP
+ENETC Poll Mode Driver
+The ENETC NIC PMD (**librte_pmd_enetc**) provides poll mode driver
+support for the inbuilt NIC found in the **NXP LS1028** SoC.
+More information can be found at `NXP Official Website
+This section provides an overview of the NXP ENETC
+and how it is integrated into the DPDK.
+Contents summary
+- ENETC overview
+- ENETC features
+- PCI bus driver
+- NIC driver
+- Supported ENETC SoCs
+- Prerequisites
+- Driver compilation and testing
+ENETC Overview
+ENETC is a PCI Integrated End Point(IEP). IEP implements
+peripheral devices in an SoC such that software sees them as PCIe device.
+ENETC is an evolution of BDR(Buffer Descriptor Ring) based networking
+This infrastructure simplifies adding support for IEP and facilitates in following:
+- Device discovery and location
+- Resource requirement discovery and allocation (e.g. interrupt assignment,
+ device register address)
+- Event reporting
+ENETC Features
+- Link Status
+- Packet type information
+NIC Driver (PMD)
+ENETC PMD is traditional DPDK PMD which provides necessary interface between
+RTE framework and ENETC internal drivers.
+- Driver registers the device vendor table in PCI subsystem.
+- RTE framework scans the PCI bus for connected devices.
+- This scanning will invoke the probe function of ENETC driver.
+- The probe function will set the basic device registers and also setups BD rings.
+- On packet Rx the respective BD Ring status bit is set which is then used for
+ packet processing.
+- Then Tx is done first followed by Rx.
+Supported ENETC SoCs
+- LS1028
+There are three main pre-requisities for executing ENETC PMD on a ENETC
+compatible board:
+1. **ARM 64 Tool Chain**
+ For example, the `*aarch64* Linaro Toolchain <>`_.
+2. **Linux Kernel**
+ It can be obtained from `NXP's Github hosting <>`_.
+3. **Rootfile system**
+ Any *aarch64* supporting filesystem can be used. For example,
+ Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial) or 18.04 (Bionic) userland which can be obtained
+ from `here <>`_.
+The following dependencies are not part of DPDK and must be installed
+- **NXP Linux LSDK**
+ NXP Layerscape software development kit (LSDK) includes support for family
+ of QorIQ® ARM-Architecture-based system on chip (SoC) processors
+ and corresponding boards.
+ It includes the Linux board support packages (BSPs) for NXP SoCs,
+ a fully operational tool chain, kernel and board specific modules.
+ LSDK and related information can be obtained from: `LSDK <>`_
+Driver compilation and testing
+Follow instructions available in the document
+:ref:`compiling and testing a PMD for a NIC <pmd_build_and_test>`
+to launch **testpmd**
+To compile in performance mode, please set ``CONFIG_RTE_CACHE_LINE_SIZE=64``