[dpdk-dev] [ovs-dev] [PATCH RFC] dpif-netdev: Add support Intel DPDK based ports.

Stephen Hemminger stephen at networkplumber.org
Wed Jan 29 19:42:18 CET 2014

On Wed, 29 Jan 2014 18:14:01 +0100
Thomas Graf <tgraf at redhat.com> wrote:

> On 01/29/2014 05:34 PM, Vincent JARDIN wrote:
> > Thomas,
> >
> > First and easy answer: it is open source, so anyone can recompile. So,
> > what's the issue?
> I'm talking from a pure distribution perspective here: Requiring to
> recompile all DPDK based applications to distribute a bugfix or to
> add support for a new PMD is not ideal.
> So ideally OVS would have the possibility to link against the shared
> library long term.
> > I get lost: do you mean ABI + API toward the PMDs or towards the
> > applications using the librte ?
> Towards the PMDs is more straight forward at first so it seems logical
> to focus on that first.
> A stable API and ABI for librte seems required as well long term as
> DPDK does offer shared libraries but I realize that this is a stretch
> goal in the initial phase.

I would hate to see the API/ABI nailed down. We have lots of bug fixes
and new drivers that are ready to contribute, but most of them have some
change to existing ABI.

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