[dpdk-users] Reg PMD & NIC

Nikhil Nanal nanal at usc.edu
Wed Mar 8 08:11:43 CET 2017


I guess DPDK works only for Intel NICs. Also, there are a variety of NIC cards from Intel. 
The drivers are generally specific to a NIC card or a family of NIC cards. The DPDK, replaces the existing NIC drivers with its PMD drivers, , but these PMDs are
only compatible with some specified class of Intel NIC cards and so there are only some supported NICs but not all. 


> On Mar 7, 2017, at 11:05 PM, raman geetha gopalakrishnan <glowingsun at gmail.com> wrote:
> Hi All,
> I have the following basic question. Hope to get an answer / link where i
> can get myself clear.
> 1. In DPDK PMD is optimized driver for an given NIC to get maximum
> performance.
>    That being the case why we are talking about DPDK supported NICs.
>     A) My assumption is that NIC interface is standardized so that PMD
> should actually work with any NIC (barring some NIC specific performance
> tweaks)
>          is that correct?
>     B) if #A is correct , how can i make changes to PMD to support any NIC
> ?
> Thanks
> Raman

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