[dpdk-dev] DPDK techboard minutes @18/12/2019

Ananyev, Konstantin konstantin.ananyev at intel.com
Fri Dec 20 17:33:05 CET 2019

Minutes of Technical Board Meeting, 2019-12-18

Members Attending
-Konstantin (Chair)

NOTE: The technical board meetings every second Wednesday on IRC
channel  #dpdk-board, at 3pm UTC. Meetings are public and DPDK community
members are welcome to attend.

NOTE: Next meeting will be on Wednesday 2020-01-15 @3pm UTC, and will be
chaired by Maxime Coquelin

1) drivers/vdpa introduction discussion.
Currently, at dpdk.org we have only IFC vDPA driver available (located in drivers/net),
but more drivers are arriving (Mellanox, Virtio vDPA in v20.02).
Might be some others are expected in later releases.
Mellanox proposal is to introduce a new vDPA subsystem (drivers/vdpa),
and move code common to both net and vdpa PMDs to the drivers/common directory.
drivers/net/ifc will be moved entirely into drivers/vdpa/ifc
While it seems to provide better code layout for drivers in long run,
in short term it probably would need significant code refactoring for both mlx and virtio PMDs,
plus can cause some difficulties for stable release maintainers.

AR to Maxime (virtio) and Matan (mlx) to estimate how big code
refactoring will be required for such move.
AR to stable release maintainers (Kevin and Luca) to estimate impact
on stable releases.
Decision at next TB meeting based on provided estimations/feedback.

2) AR from Thomas to other TB members to submit missing notes for
previous TB meeting. 

3) AR for Thomas to add the approved email IDs to the security pre-release mailing list.
Reply from Thomas: done.

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