[ovs-dev] [PATCH 1/1] daemon-unix: Support OVS-DPDK HW offloads for non-root user

David Marchand david.marchand at redhat.com
Mon Mar 22 14:21:51 UTC 2021

Hello Gaëtan,

On Fri, Mar 19, 2021 at 5:59 PM Gaetan Rivet <gaetanr at nvidia.com> wrote:
> Our rte_flow implementation uses ICM mappings to program our hardware,
> which requires super privileged access. We are looking into ways to avoid it.

Ok, thanks for looking into it.

> In the meantime, we failed to properly communicate this need in the rte_flow API.
> We will improve the documentation and the error path in DPDK.

Without this capa, mlx5 rte_flow full hw offloading errors with logs like:
rte_flow creation failed: 1 ((null)).
Failed flow:   flow create 3 ingress priority 0 group 0 transfer
pattern eth src is 6a:20:8f:82:52:49 dst is 0c:42:a1:00:a8:7c type is
0x0800 / ipv4 / end actions count / port_id original 0 id 2 / end

First log is useless.
This is more bugfixing than enhancement.
Though logs do not need to tell the full story, they can point at the
mlx5 pmd documentation where the full explanation is.

> I can also update OVS documentation if anyone thinks it could help, but it is vendor-specific.
> I would expect it to be more relevant at the DPDK level.

Yes, OVS should be device agnostic.
DPDK is enough for me.

David Marchand

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