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diff --git a/MAINTAINERS b/MAINTAINERS
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--- a/MAINTAINERS
+++ b/MAINTAINERS
@@ -750,6 +750,8 @@ Softnic PMD
M: Jasvinder Singh <jasvinder.singh@intel.com>
M: Cristian Dumitrescu <cristian.dumitrescu@intel.com>
F: drivers/net/softnic/
+F: doc/guides/nics/features/softnic.ini
+F: doc/guides/nics/softnic.rst
Crypto Drivers
diff --git a/doc/guides/nics/features/softnic.ini b/doc/guides/nics/features/softnic.ini
new file mode 100644
index 0000000..0583381
--- /dev/null
+++ b/doc/guides/nics/features/softnic.ini
@@ -0,0 +1,9 @@
+;
+; Supported features of the 'softnic' poll mode driver.
+;
+; Refer to default.ini for the full list of available PMD features.
+;
+[Features]
+x86-32 = Y
+x86-64 = Y
+Usage doc = Y
diff --git a/doc/guides/nics/index.rst b/doc/guides/nics/index.rst
index e9e7f74..59f6063 100644
--- a/doc/guides/nics/index.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/nics/index.rst
@@ -38,6 +38,7 @@ Network Interface Controller Drivers
octeontx
qede
sfc_efx
+ softnic
szedata2
tap
thunderx
diff --git a/doc/guides/nics/softnic.rst b/doc/guides/nics/softnic.rst
new file mode 100644
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@@ -0,0 +1,250 @@
+.. SPDX-License-Identifier: BSD-3-Clause
+ Copyright(c) 2018 Intel Corporation.
+
+Soft NIC Poll Mode Driver
+=========================
+
+The Soft NIC allows building custom NIC pipelines in software. The Soft NIC pipeline
+is DIY and reconfigurable through ``firmware`` (DPDK Packet Framework script).
+
+The Soft NIC leverages the DPDK Packet Framework libraries (librte_port,
+librte_table and librte_pipeline) to make it modular, flexible and extensible
+with new functionality. Please refer to DPDK Programmer's Guide, Chapter
+``Packet Framework`` and DPDK Sample Application User Guide,
+Chapter ``IP Pipeline Application`` for more details.
+
+The Soft NIC is configured through the standard DPDK ethdev API (ethdev, flow,
+QoS, security). The internal framework is not externally visible.
+
+Key benefits:
+ - Can be used to augment missing features to HW NICs.
+ - Allows consumption of advanced DPDK features without application redesign.
+ - Allows out-of-the-box performance boost of DPDK consumers applications simply by
+ instantiating this type of Ethernet device.
+
+Flow
+----
+* ``Device creation``: Each Soft NIC instance is a virtual device.
+
+* ``Device start``: The Soft NIC firmware script is executed every time the device
+ is started. The firmware script typically creates several internal objects,
+ such as: memory pools, SW queues, traffic manager, action profiles, pipelines,
+ etc.
+
+* ``Device stop``: All the internal objects that were previously created by the
+ firmware script during device start are now destroyed.
+
+* ``Device run``: Each Soft NIC device needs one or several CPU cores to run.
+ The firmware script maps each internal pipeline to a CPU core. Multiple
+ pipelines can be mapped to the same CPU core. In order for a given pipeline
+ assigned to CPU core X to run, the application needs to periodically call on
+ CPU core X the `rte_pmd_softnic_run()` function for the current Soft NIC
+ device.
+
+* ``Application run``: The application reads packets from the Soft NIC device RX
+ queues and writes packets to the Soft NIC device TX queues.
+
+Supported Operating Systems
+---------------------------
+
+Any Linux distribution fulfilling the conditions described in ``System Requirements``
+section of :ref:`the DPDK documentation <linux_gsg>` or refer to *DPDK
+Release Notes*.
+
+Build options
+-------------
+
+The default PMD configuration available in the common_linuxapp configuration file:
+
+CONFIG_RTE_LIBRTE_PMD_SOFTNIC=y
+
+Once the DPDK is built, all the DPDK applications include support for the
+Soft NIC PMD.
+
+Soft NIC PMD arguments
+----------------------
+
+The user can specify below arguments in EAL ``--vdev`` options to create the
+Soft NIC device instance:
+
+ --vdev "net_softnic0,firmware=firmware.cli,conn_port=8086"
+
+#. ``firmware``: path to the firmware script used for Soft NIC configuration.
+ The example "firmware" script is provided at `drivers/net/softnic/`.
+ (Optional: No, Default = NA)
+
+#. ``conn_port``: tcp connection port (non-zero value) used by remote client
+ (for examples- telnet, netcat, etc.) to connect and configure Soft NIC device in run-time.
+ (Optional: yes, Default value: 0, no connection with external client)
+
+#. ``cpu_id``: numa node id. (Optional: yes, Default value: 0)
+
+#. ``tm_n_queues``: number of traffic manager's scheduler queues. The traffic manager
+ is based on DPDK *librte_sched* library. (Optional: yes, Default value: 65,536 queues)
+
+#. ``tm_qsize0``: size of scheduler queue 0 per traffic class of the pipes/subscribers.
+ (Optional: yes, Default: 64)
+
+#. ``tm_qsize1``: size of scheduler queue 1 per traffic class of the pipes/subscribers.
+ (Optional: yes, Default: 64)
+
+#. ``tm_qsize2``: size of scheduler queue 2 per traffic class of the pipes/subscribers.
+ (Optional: yes, Default: 64)
+
+#. ``tm_qsize3``: size of scheduler queue 3 per traffic class of the pipes/subscribers.
+ (Optional: yes, Default: 64)
+
+
+Soft NIC testing
+----------------
+
+* Run testpmd application in Soft NIC forwarding mode with loopback feature
+ enabled on Soft NIC port:
+
+ .. code-block:: console
+
+ ./testpmd -c 0x3 --vdev 'net_softnic0,firmware=<script path>/firmware.cli,cpu_id=0,conn_port=8086' -- -i
+ --forward-mode=softnic --portmask=0x2
+
+ .. code-block:: console
+
+ ...
+ Interactive-mode selected
+ Set softnic packet forwarding mode
+ ...
+ Configuring Port 0 (socket 0)
+ Port 0: 90:E2:BA:37:9D:DC
+ Configuring Port 1 (socket 0)
+
+ ; SPDX-License-Identifier: BSD-3-Clause
+ ; Copyright(c) 2018 Intel Corporation
+
+ link LINK dev 0000:02:00.0
+
+ pipeline RX period 10 offset_port_id 0
+ pipeline RX port in bsz 32 link LINK rxq 0
+ pipeline RX port out bsz 32 swq RXQ0
+ pipeline RX table match stub
+ pipeline RX port in 0 table 0
+
+ pipeline TX period 10 offset_port_id 0
+ pipeline TX port in bsz 32 swq TXQ0
+ pipeline TX port out bsz 32 link LINK txq 0
+ pipeline TX table match stub
+ pipeline TX port in 0 table 0
+
+ thread 1 pipeline RX enable
+ thread 1 pipeline TX enable
+ Port 1: 00:00:00:00:00:00
+ Checking link statuses...
+ Done
+ testpmd>
+
+* Start forwarding
+
+ .. code-block:: console
+
+ testpmd> start
+ softnic packet forwarding - ports=1 - cores=1 - streams=1 - NUMA support enabled, MP over anonymous pages disabled
+ Logical Core 1 (socket 0) forwards packets on 1 streams:
+ RX P=2/Q=0 (socket 0) -> TX P=2/Q=0 (socket 0) peer=02:00:00:00:00:02
+
+ softnic packet forwarding packets/burst=32
+ nb forwarding cores=1 - nb forwarding ports=1
+ port 0: RX queue number: 1 Tx queue number: 1
+ Rx offloads=0x1000 Tx offloads=0x0
+ RX queue: 0
+ RX desc=512 - RX free threshold=32
+ RX threshold registers: pthresh=8 hthresh=8 wthresh=0
+ RX Offloads=0x0
+ TX queue: 0
+ TX desc=512 - TX free threshold=32
+ TX threshold registers: pthresh=32 hthresh=0 wthresh=0
+ TX offloads=0x0 - TX RS bit threshold=32
+ port 1: RX queue number: 1 Tx queue number: 1
+ Rx offloads=0x0 Tx offloads=0x0
+ RX queue: 0
+ RX desc=0 - RX free threshold=0
+ RX threshold registers: pthresh=0 hthresh=0 wthresh=0
+ RX Offloads=0x0
+ TX queue: 0
+ TX desc=0 - TX free threshold=0
+ TX threshold registers: pthresh=0 hthresh=0 wthresh=0
+ TX offloads=0x0 - TX RS bit threshold=0
+
+* Start remote client (e.g. telnet) to communicate with the softnic device:
+
+ .. code-block:: console
+
+ $ telnet 127.0.0.1 8086
+ Trying 127.0.0.1...
+ Connected to 127.0.0.1.
+ Escape character is '^]'.
+
+ Welcome to Soft NIC!
+
+ softnic>
+
+* Add/update Soft NIC pipeline table match-action entries from telnet client:
+
+ .. code-block:: console
+
+ softnic> pipeline RX table 0 rule add match default action fwd port 0
+ softnic> pipeline TX table 0 rule add match default action fwd port 0
+
+Soft NIC Firmware
+-----------------
+
+The Soft NIC firmware, for example- `softnic/firmware.cli`, consists of following CLI commands
+for creating and managing software based NIC pipelines. For more details, please refer to CLI
+command description provided in `softnic/rte_eth_softnic_cli.c`.
+
+* Physical port for packets send/receive:
+
+ .. code-block:: console
+
+ link LINK dev 0000:02:00.0
+
+* Pipeline create:
+
+ .. code-block:: console
+
+ pipeline RX period 10 offset_port_id 0 (Soft NIC rx-path pipeline)
+ pipeline TX period 10 offset_port_id 0 (Soft NIC tx-path pipeline)
+
+* Pipeline input/output port create
+
+ .. code-block:: console
+
+ pipeline RX port in bsz 32 link LINK rxq 0 (Soft NIC rx pipeline input port)
+ pipeline RX port out bsz 32 swq RXQ0 (Soft NIC rx pipeline output port)
+ pipeline TX port in bsz 32 swq TXQ0 (Soft NIC tx pipeline input port)
+ pipeline TX port out bsz 32 link LINK txq 0 (Soft NIC tx pipeline output port)
+
+* Pipeline table create
+
+ .. code-block:: console
+
+ pipeline RX table match stub (Soft NIC rx pipeline match-action table)
+ pipeline TX table match stub (Soft NIC tx pipeline match-action table)
+
+* Pipeline input port connection with table
+
+ .. code-block:: console
+
+ pipeline RX port in 0 table 0 (Soft NIC rx pipeline input port 0 connection with table 0)
+ pipeline TX port in 0 table 0 (Soft NIC tx pipeline input port 0 connection with table 0)
+
+* Pipeline table match-action rules add
+
+ .. code-block:: console
+
+ pipeline RX table 0 rule add match default action fwd port 0 (Soft NIC rx pipeline table 0 rule)
+ pipeline TX table 0 rule add match default action fwd port 0 (Soft NIC tx pipeline table 0 rule)
+
+* Enable pipeline on CPU thread
+
+ .. code-block:: console
+
+ thread 1 pipeline RX enable (Soft NIC rx pipeline enable on cpu thread id 1)
+ thread 1 pipeline TX enable (Soft NIC tx pipeline enable on cpu thread id 1)
diff --git a/doc/guides/rel_notes/release_18_08.rst b/doc/guides/rel_notes/release_18_08.rst
index 607845f..655e8a8 100644
--- a/doc/guides/rel_notes/release_18_08.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/rel_notes/release_18_08.rst
@@ -76,6 +76,12 @@ New Features
* Add handlers to add/delete VxLAN port number.
* Add devarg to specify ingress VLAN rewrite mode.
+* **SoftNIC PMD rework.**
+
+ The SoftNIC PMD infrastructure is restructured to use the Packet Framework,
+ which makes it more flexible, modular and easier to add new functionality
+ in future.
+
* **Updated the AESNI MB PMD.**
The AESNI MB PMD has been updated with additional support for: