[dpdk-users] VLAN tags always stripped on i40evf [VMware SR-IOV]

Iain Barker iain.barker at oracle.com
Tue Oct 10 15:48:36 CEST 2017

I have a problem trying to get VLAN tagged frames to be received at the i40evf PMD.  

Specifically, there is no connectivity on VMware i40e media interface configured as SR-IOV when VLANs are used, but it works fine for non-VLAN tagged frames.  It seems the VLAN headers are being stripped before they reach the DPDK application, but the exact same configuration works fine for native Linux driver with VLANs.

Host is VMware ESXi 6.5, XL710 interfaces (i40e) and SR-IOV enabled at the vswitch PF, configured as VLAN trunking mode (VLAN tags through to guest). An external system sends VLAN 8 tagged frames to the guest VM interface - the trivial testcase is to use ICMP 'ping' across the VLAN from eth1.8 on another Linux system.

With Linux 3.10 native i40evf driver as the guest VM, the VLAN 8 tagged frames are received on i40evf, and the outgoing ICMP reply is tagged correctly as VLAN 8 
(verified with wireshark that the VLAN 8 header is present on the frames)

With DPDK PMD (tried DPDK 16.7, 16.11, 17.8) running testpmd icmpecho, the frames are received without any VLAN tag, so the reply is sent untagged and the 'ping' fails 
(verified using dpdk-pdump that the frames have VLAN stripped)

Switching from i40evf to using vmxnet3 PV interface, testpmd works correctly with VLAN tagged frames.
Also sending the icmp ping without VLAN headers on the i40evf, testpmd works correctly for the untagged case.

So the problem seems to be specific to DPDK i40e PMD when using VLANs in SR-IOV mode.

My first thought was maybe VMware was configuring the PF to forcing VLAN stripping, but as Linux native i40evf driver is able to correctly, the VLANs must be able to pass from PF to the VF.  Maybe DPDK is doing something 'different' compared to Linux for setting up the VF, and breaking VLAN tagging as a result?  But I don't know what that might be.

Any ideas what I am doing wrong?   I've included the test sequence below, which trivially reproduces the difference in behavior.

ps. I also tried different firmware and driver versions on the host interface, including the versions listed in the release note for each DPDK release, with the same exact behavior.


Steps to configure the Linux environment:
ifconfig eth0
vconfig add eth0 8
ifconfig eth0.8
dumpcap -i eth0

Ping to the and IP addresses from the far-end device
Observe that packets in the pcap (view using wireshark) are untagged for and tagged vlan 8, for both the icmp echo and reply

Steps to configure the DPDK environment:
ifconfig eth0 down
dpdk-devbind.py --bind=igb_uio eth0
testpmd --log-level=8 --pci-whitelist 0000:03:00.0 -- --interactive --forward-mode=icmpecho
set verbose 1
set promisc 0 off
set fwd icmpecho
vlan set strip off 0
vlan set filter off 0

Note: Verify that vlan strip and vlan filter are both disabled in 'show port info all'.

>From another session of the Linux host, run the dpdk-pdump tool to capture the trace:
dpdk-pdump - --pdump 'port=0,queue=*,rx-dev=/tmp/capture.pcap,tx-dev=/tmp/capture.pcap'

Ping to the and IP addresses from the far-end device
Observe that all packets in the pcap appear as untagged for both icmp echo and reply



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