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-Release notes for Neterion's (Formerly S2io) Xframe I/II PCI-X 10GbE driver.
-
-Contents
-=======
-- 1. Introduction
-- 2. Identifying the adapter/interface
-- 3. Features supported
-- 4. Command line parameters
-- 5. Performance suggestions
-- 6. Available Downloads
-
-
-1. Introduction:
-This Linux driver supports Neterion's Xframe I PCI-X 1.0 and
-Xframe II PCI-X 2.0 adapters. It supports several features
-such as jumbo frames, MSI/MSI-X, checksum offloads, TSO, UFO and so on.
-See below for complete list of features.
-All features are supported for both IPv4 and IPv6.
-
-2. Identifying the adapter/interface:
-a. Insert the adapter(s) in your system.
-b. Build and load driver
-# insmod s2io.ko
-c. View log messages
-# dmesg | tail -40
-You will see messages similar to:
-eth3: Neterion Xframe I 10GbE adapter (rev 3), Version 2.0.9.1, Intr type INTA
-eth4: Neterion Xframe II 10GbE adapter (rev 2), Version 2.0.9.1, Intr type INTA
-eth4: Device is on 64 bit 133MHz PCIX(M1) bus
-
-The above messages identify the adapter type(Xframe I/II), adapter revision,
-driver version, interface name(eth3, eth4), Interrupt type(INTA, MSI, MSI-X).
-In case of Xframe II, the PCI/PCI-X bus width and frequency are displayed
-as well.
-
-To associate an interface with a physical adapter use "ethtool -p <ethX>".
-The corresponding adapter's LED will blink multiple times.
-
-3. Features supported:
-a. Jumbo frames. Xframe I/II supports MTU up to 9600 bytes,
-modifiable using ifconfig command.
-
-b. Offloads. Supports checksum offload(TCP/UDP/IP) on transmit
-and receive, TSO.
-
-c. Multi-buffer receive mode. Scattering of packet across multiple
-buffers. Currently driver supports 2-buffer mode which yields
-significant performance improvement on certain platforms(SGI Altix,
-IBM xSeries).
-
-d. MSI/MSI-X. Can be enabled on platforms which support this feature
-(IA64, Xeon) resulting in noticeable performance improvement(up to 7%
-on certain platforms).
-
-e. Statistics. Comprehensive MAC-level and software statistics displayed
-using "ethtool -S" option.
-
-f. Multi-FIFO/Ring. Supports up to 8 transmit queues and receive rings,
-with multiple steering options.
-
-4. Command line parameters
-a. tx_fifo_num
-Number of transmit queues
-Valid range: 1-8
-Default: 1
-
-b. rx_ring_num
-Number of receive rings
-Valid range: 1-8
-Default: 1
-
-c. tx_fifo_len
-Size of each transmit queue
-Valid range: Total length of all queues should not exceed 8192
-Default: 4096
-
-d. rx_ring_sz
-Size of each receive ring(in 4K blocks)
-Valid range: Limited by memory on system
-Default: 30
-
-e. intr_type
-Specifies interrupt type. Possible values 0(INTA), 2(MSI-X)
-Valid values: 0, 2
-Default: 2
-
-5. Performance suggestions
-General:
-a. Set MTU to maximum(9000 for switch setup, 9600 in back-to-back configuration)
-b. Set TCP windows size to optimal value.
-For instance, for MTU=1500 a value of 210K has been observed to result in
-good performance.
-# sysctl -w net.ipv4.tcp_rmem="210000 210000 210000"
-# sysctl -w net.ipv4.tcp_wmem="210000 210000 210000"
-For MTU=9000, TCP window size of 10 MB is recommended.
-# sysctl -w net.ipv4.tcp_rmem="10000000 10000000 10000000"
-# sysctl -w net.ipv4.tcp_wmem="10000000 10000000 10000000"
-
-Transmit performance:
-a. By default, the driver respects BIOS settings for PCI bus parameters.
-However, you may want to experiment with PCI bus parameters
-max-split-transactions(MOST) and MMRBC (use setpci command).
-A MOST value of 2 has been found optimal for Opterons and 3 for Itanium.
-It could be different for your hardware.
-Set MMRBC to 4K**.
-
-For example you can set
-For opteron
-#setpci -d 17d5:* 62=1d
-For Itanium
-#setpci -d 17d5:* 62=3d
-
-For detailed description of the PCI registers, please see Xframe User Guide.
-
-b. Ensure Transmit Checksum offload is enabled. Use ethtool to set/verify this
-parameter.
-c. Turn on TSO(using "ethtool -K")
-# ethtool -K <ethX> tso on
-
-Receive performance:
-a. By default, the driver respects BIOS settings for PCI bus parameters.
-However, you may want to set PCI latency timer to 248.
-#setpci -d 17d5:* LATENCY_TIMER=f8
-For detailed description of the PCI registers, please see Xframe User Guide.
-b. Use 2-buffer mode. This results in large performance boost on
-certain platforms(eg. SGI Altix, IBM xSeries).
-c. Ensure Receive Checksum offload is enabled. Use "ethtool -K ethX" command to
-set/verify this option.
-d. Enable NAPI feature(in kernel configuration Device Drivers ---> Network
-device support ---> Ethernet (10000 Mbit) ---> S2IO 10Gbe Xframe NIC) to
-bring down CPU utilization.
-
-** For AMD opteron platforms with 8131 chipset, MMRBC=1 and MOST=1 are
-recommended as safe parameters.
-For more information, please review the AMD8131 errata at
-http://vip.amd.com/us-en/assets/content_type/white_papers_and_tech_docs/
-26310_AMD-8131_HyperTransport_PCI-X_Tunnel_Revision_Guide_rev_3_18.pdf
-
-6. Available Downloads
-Neterion "s2io" driver in Red Hat and Suse 2.6-based distributions is kept up
-to date, also the latest "s2io" code (including support for 2.4 kernels) is
-available via "Support" link on the Neterion site: http://www.neterion.com.
-
-For Xframe User Guide (Programming manual), visit ftp site ns1.s2io.com,
-user: linuxdocs password: HALdocs
-
-7. Support
-For further support please contact either your 10GbE Xframe NIC vendor (IBM,
-HP, SGI etc.) or click on the "Support" link on the Neterion site:
-http://www.neterion.com.
-