[dpdk-dev] Could virtio-net-pmd co-exist with virtio-net.ko?

Matthew Hall mhall at mhcomputing.net
Thu Nov 6 09:21:00 CET 2014

On Thu, Nov 06, 2014 at 10:24:11AM +0800, GongJinrong wrote:
> Hi, Guys
>      When I run virtio-net-pmd in VM, I got "virtio-net device is already
> used by another driver" error message, after I removed the virtio-net.ko, it
> worked, but now I cannot use the virio-net driver for another virtual NIC,
> this cost that normal network performance(non-DPDK application) drops a lot,
> could the virtio-net-pmd co-exist with standard virio-net driver?
> BR
> John Gong

I have no proof it will work perfectly, as I never got to use the virtio PMDs 
because neither works in VirtualBox (developer-friendly / desktop 

But there is a script included in DPDK, dpdk_nic_bind.py, which should let you 
configure this more intelligently on a per-VNIC basis. You could try something 
similar to this:

export RTE_SDK="${build_directory}/external/dpdk"
export RTE_TOOLS="${RTE_SDK}/tools"
export RTE_NIC_BIND="${RTE_TOOLS}/dpdk_nic_bind.py"

"${RTE_NIC_BIND}" --status | fgrep "${PCI_ID}"
"${RTE_NIC_BIND}" -b none          "${PCI_ID}"
"${RTE_NIC_BIND}" -b igb_uio       "${PCI_ID}"
"${RTE_NIC_BIND}" --status | fgrep "${PCI_ID}"

Good Luck!

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