[dpdk-dev] [patch v3] doc: announce API change in ethdev offload flags

pbhagavatula at marvell.com pbhagavatula at marvell.com
Thu Aug 8 10:58:58 CEST 2019

From: Pavan Nikhilesh <pbhagavatula at marvell.com>

Add new offload flags ``DEV_RX_OFFLOAD_PTYPE``, ``DEV_RX_OFFLOAD_RSS``

Signed-off-by: Pavan Nikhilesh <pbhagavatula at marvell.com>
Acked-by: Andrew Rybchenko <arybchenko at solarflare.com>
Acked-by: Jerin Jacob <jerinj at marvell.com>
 v3 Changes:

 v2 Changes:
 - Reword for clarity.

 doc/guides/rel_notes/deprecation.rst | 13 +++++++++++++
 1 file changed, 13 insertions(+)

diff --git a/doc/guides/rel_notes/deprecation.rst b/doc/guides/rel_notes/deprecation.rst
index 37b8592b6..056c5709f 100644
--- a/doc/guides/rel_notes/deprecation.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/rel_notes/deprecation.rst
@@ -78,3 +78,16 @@ Deprecation Notices
   to set new power environment if power environment was already initialized.
   In this case the function will return -1 unless the environment is unset first
   (using ``rte_power_unset_env``). Other function usage scenarios will not change.
+* ethdev: New offload flags ``DEV_RX_OFFLOAD_PTYPE``, ``DEV_RX_OFFLOAD_RSS_HASH``
+  and ``DEV_RX_OFFLOAD_FLOW_MARK`` will be added in 19.11.
+  This will allow application to enable or disable PMDs from updating
+  ``rte_mbuf`` fields ``rte_mbuf::packet_type``, ``rte_mbuf::hash::rss`` and
+  ``rte_mbuf::hash::fdir`` respectively.
+  This scheme will allow PMDs to avoid writes to ``rte_mbuf`` fields on Rx and
+  thereby improve Rx performance if application wishes do so.
+  In 19.11 PMDs will still update the fields even when the offloads are not
+  enabled.
+  The exact semantics of the flags will be worked out later either by making
+  them negative offloads to avoid application change or positive offload to
+  align with existing offload flag semantics.

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