[dpdk-dev] [PATCH 4/5] doc: add mlx5 design details

Thomas Monjalon thomas at monjalon.net
Mon Aug 5 17:32:21 CEST 2019

Some details about libibverbs were missing:
- automatic detection by meson
- main ways to access the device

Signed-off-by: Thomas Monjalon <thomas at monjalon.net>
 doc/guides/nics/mlx5.rst | 20 +++++++++++++++-----
 1 file changed, 15 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

diff --git a/doc/guides/nics/mlx5.rst b/doc/guides/nics/mlx5.rst
index dcefc65ec..b9cabfe96 100644
--- a/doc/guides/nics/mlx5.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/nics/mlx5.rst
@@ -20,12 +20,12 @@ There is also a `section dedicated to this poll mode driver
 .. note::
-   Due to external dependencies, this driver is disabled by default. It must
-   be enabled manually by setting ``CONFIG_RTE_LIBRTE_MLX5_PMD=y`` and
-   recompiling DPDK.
+   Due to external dependencies, this driver is disabled in default configuration
+   of the "make" build. It can be enabled with ``CONFIG_RTE_LIBRTE_MLX5_PMD=y``
+   or by using "meson" build system which will detect dependencies.
-Implementation details
 Besides its dependency on libibverbs (that implies libmlx5 and associated
 kernel support), librte_pmd_mlx5 relies heavily on system calls for control
@@ -44,6 +44,16 @@ This means legacy linux control tools (for example: ethtool, ifconfig and
 more) can operate on the same network interfaces that owned by the DPDK
+The PMD can use libibverbs and libmlx5 to access the device firmware
+or directly the hardware components.
+There are different levels of objects and bypassing abilities
+to get the best performances:
+- Verbs is a complete high-level generic API
+- Direct Verbs is a device-specific API
+- DevX allows to access firmware objects
+- Direct Rules manages flow steering at low-level hardware layer
 Enabling librte_pmd_mlx5 causes DPDK applications to be linked against

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