I looked at the documentation written in C...
ixgbe will first parse the rule as a 5-tuple filter. If parsing works,
then it will install it as a 5-tuple filter. Then it will try ethertype
filters, then syn filters, and if any of those "specific" filters did
not work, then it will use fdir.
As far as I see, there is no way to prevent using 5-tuple/ntuple filters
if the filter can match.
So currently one is limited to 128 5-tuple flows, while actually 8K
could be used... Maybe a flag could be added to select the underlying
hardware, but given ixgbe is getting old and the lack of answer, I doubt
Intel will help on this...
PS: If some fields are missing (eg. no dst port), then it seems the
ntuple will not be used and the parsing will continue. Maybe that can be
used as a trick ? But it leads to potential collisions...
On 2018-12-11 15:31, Tom Barbette wrote:
De : Georgios Katsikas <katsikas...@gmail.com>
Envoyé : mardi 4 décembre 2018 11:41
À : email@example.com
Cc : Tom Barbette
Objet : Flow Director vs. 5-tuple filters on a 10GbE Intel 82599 ES NIC
I am performing rule installation/deletion benchmarks on a dual port 10 GbE
Intel 82599 ES NIC using DPDK 18.11.
The benchmark installs increasing number of rules (5 to 8000), measures the
rule installation rate and latency and then deletes the rules (measuring again
the rule deletion rate/latency).
The rule sets comprise of rules with exact matches (no masks involved) as
flow create 0 ingress pattern eth / ipv4 dst is 188.8.131.52 / end actions
queue index 0 / end
More complicated rule
flow create 0 ingress pattern eth / ipv4 dst is 184.108.40.206 src is
220.127.116.11 proto is 17 / udp dst is 26561 src is 7242 / end actions queue
index 0 / end
No matter how simple or complicated the rules are, I am not able to install
more than 128 rules on this NIC.
Here comes my question
According to the
this NIC can accommodate up to 128 5-tuple filters, which very well agrees with my
However, the same document states that this NIC can also accommodate up to 8000
Flow Director filters.
What is the practical difference between a 5-tuple and a Flow Director rule in
this case? How can I exploit these 8k filters using DPDK 18.11?
Thanks in advance,