On Wed, 2007-10-24 at 09:33, Bernd Schemmer wrote:
> Hi,
> 
> can I use IP instances with every kind of network adapter?

Hey Bernd,

That is actually answered in the crossbow project FAQ.


 Can any NIC be used with IP Instances?  

Only NICs supported by the Generic LAN Driver version 3 (GLDv3) are
supported with IP Instances. The way to determine if a NIC is GLDv3, run
the dladm(1m) command with the 'show-link' subcommand and look for links
that are not of type 'legacy'.

This is how non-GLDv3 interfaces will look.

# dladm show-link
eri0            type: legacy    mtu: 1500       device: eri0
qfe0            type: legacy    mtu: 1500       device: qfe0
qfe1            type: legacy    mtu: 1500       device: qfe1
qfe2            type: legacy    mtu: 1500       device: qfe2
qfe3            type: legacy    mtu: 1500       device: qfe3

And how GLDv3 interfaces look.

dladm show-link
bge0            type: non-vlan  mtu: 1500       device: bge0
bge1            type: non-vlan  mtu: 1500       device: bge1
bge1001         type: vlan 1    mtu: 1500       device: bge1
bge2001         type: vlan 2    mtu: 1500       device: bge1
bge2            type: non-vlan  mtu: 1500       device: bge2
bge3            type: non-vlan  mtu: 1500       device: bge3
aggr1           type: non-vlan  mtu: 1500       aggregation: key 1
      *  Which NICs are known to work with IP Instances?  
              * afe (nv build 73) 
              * bge 
              * dfme (nv build 73) 
              * e1000g 
              * eri (nv build 73) 
              * hme (nv build 73) 
              * iprb (nv build 73) 
              * ixgb 
              * mxfe (nv build 73) 
              * nge 
              * nxge 
              * qfe (nv build 73) 
              * rge 
              * rtls (nv build 73) 
              * xge 
              * ath (nv only)
      *  Which NICs don't work with IP Instances?  
              * ce 
              * dnet 
              * elx 
              * ge 
              * ixge 
              * spwr 
However, a shim is planned as part of Nemu Unification within Project
Clearview that will allow those interfaces to be used together with IP
Instances. (The list is based on most of the NICs for which drivers are
included in Solaris.)


So follow project clearview http://opensolaris.org/os/project/clearview/
for progress reports.  I don't know what the Solaris 10 putback plans
are for this, but one of the fine folks over there might be able to
share
them.


bob

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