[5/5] doc: add instructions for enabling WC in ENAv2 PMD
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Message ID 1548403828-31870-6-git-send-email-mk@semihalf.com
State Accepted, archived
Delegated to: Ferruh Yigit
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  • net/ena: minor fixes and docs update
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Michał Krawczyk Jan. 25, 2019, 8:10 a.m. UTC
From: Rafal Kozik <rk@semihalf.com>

ENAv2 hardware provides Low Latency Queue v2 (LLQv2). It needs kernel
PCI driver to support write combining (WC). This patch add information
how to use it with igb_uio and vfio-pci drivers.

Signed-off-by: Rafal Kozik <rk@semihalf.com>
Acked-by: Michal Krawczyk <mk@semihalf.com>
 doc/guides/nics/ena.rst | 16 ++++++++++++++--
 1 file changed, 14 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

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diff --git a/doc/guides/nics/ena.rst b/doc/guides/nics/ena.rst
index 9f0a650..80da4b6 100644
--- a/doc/guides/nics/ena.rst
+++ b/doc/guides/nics/ena.rst
@@ -183,10 +183,22 @@  Prerequisites
 #. Prepare the system as recommended by DPDK suite.  This includes environment
    variables, hugepages configuration, tool-chains and configuration.
-#. ENA PMD can operate with ``vfio-pci`` or ``igb_uio`` driver.
+#. ENA PMD can operate with ``vfio-pci``(*) or ``igb_uio`` driver.
+   (*) ENAv2 hardware supports Low Latency Queue v2 (LLQv2). This feature
+   reduces the latency of the packets by pushing the header directly through
+   the PCI to the device, before the DMA is even triggered. For proper work
+   kernel PCI driver must support write combining (WC). In mainline version of
+   ``igb_uio`` (in DPDK repo) it must be enabled by loding module with
+   ``wc_activate=1`` flag (example below). However, mainline's vfio-pci
+   driver in kernel doesn't have WC support yet (planed to be added).
+   If vfio-pci used user should be either turn off ENAv2 (to avoid performance
+   impact) or recompile vfio-pci driver with patch provided in
+   `amzn-github <https://github.com/amzn/amzn-drivers/tree/master/userspace/dpdk/enav2-vfio-patch>`_.
 #. Insert ``vfio-pci`` or ``igb_uio`` kernel module using the command
-   ``modprobe vfio-pci`` or ``modprobe igb_uio`` respectively.
+   ``modprobe vfio-pci`` or ``modprobe uio; insmod igb_uio.ko wc_activate=1``
+   respectively.
 #. For ``vfio-pci`` users only:
    Please make sure that ``IOMMU`` is enabled in your system,