blob: c7d25483fedb20c049c645835ec13ad7600acfce [file] [log] [blame]
.. SPDX-License-Identifier: GPL-2.0+
Linux* Base Driver for the Intel(R) Ethernet 10 Gigabit PCI Express Adapters
Intel 10 Gigabit Linux driver.
Copyright(c) 1999-2018 Intel Corporation.
- Identifying Your Adapter
- Command Line Parameters
- Additional Configurations
- Known Issues
- Support
Identifying Your Adapter
The driver is compatible with devices based on the following:
* Intel(R) Ethernet Controller 82598
* Intel(R) Ethernet Controller 82599
* Intel(R) Ethernet Controller X520
* Intel(R) Ethernet Controller X540
* Intel(R) Ethernet Controller x550
* Intel(R) Ethernet Controller X552
* Intel(R) Ethernet Controller X553
For information on how to identify your adapter, and for the latest Intel
network drivers, refer to the Intel Support website:
SFP+ Devices with Pluggable Optics
- If your 82599-based Intel(R) Network Adapter came with Intel optics or is an
Intel(R) Ethernet Server Adapter X520-2, then it only supports Intel optics
and/or the direct attach cables listed below.
- When 82599-based SFP+ devices are connected back to back, they should be set
to the same Speed setting via ethtool. Results may vary if you mix speed
| Supplier | Type | Part Numbers |
| SR Modules |
| Intel | DUAL RATE 1G/10G SFP+ SR (bailed) | FTLX8571D3BCV-IT |
| Intel | DUAL RATE 1G/10G SFP+ SR (bailed) | AFBR-703SDZ-IN2 |
| Intel | DUAL RATE 1G/10G SFP+ SR (bailed) | AFBR-703SDDZ-IN1 |
| LR Modules |
| Intel | DUAL RATE 1G/10G SFP+ LR (bailed) | FTLX1471D3BCV-IT |
| Intel | DUAL RATE 1G/10G SFP+ LR (bailed) | AFCT-701SDZ-IN2 |
| Intel | DUAL RATE 1G/10G SFP+ LR (bailed) | AFCT-701SDDZ-IN1 |
The following is a list of 3rd party SFP+ modules that have received some
testing. Not all modules are applicable to all devices.
| Supplier | Type | Part Numbers |
| Finisar | SFP+ SR bailed, 10g single rate | FTLX8571D3BCL |
| Avago | SFP+ SR bailed, 10g single rate | AFBR-700SDZ |
| Finisar | SFP+ LR bailed, 10g single rate | FTLX1471D3BCL |
| Finisar | DUAL RATE 1G/10G SFP+ SR (No Bail) | FTLX8571D3QCV-IT |
| Avago | DUAL RATE 1G/10G SFP+ SR (No Bail) | AFBR-703SDZ-IN1 |
| Finisar | DUAL RATE 1G/10G SFP+ LR (No Bail) | FTLX1471D3QCV-IT |
| Avago | DUAL RATE 1G/10G SFP+ LR (No Bail) | AFCT-701SDZ-IN1 |
| Finisar | 1000BASE-T SFP | FCLF8522P2BTL |
| Avago | 1000BASE-T | ABCU-5710RZ |
| HP | 1000BASE-SX SFP | 453153-001 |
82599-based adapters support all passive and active limiting direct attach
cables that comply with SFF-8431 v4.1 and SFF-8472 v10.4 specifications.
Laser turns off for SFP+ when ifconfig ethX down
"ifconfig ethX down" turns off the laser for 82599-based SFP+ fiber adapters.
"ifconfig ethX up" turns on the laser.
Alternatively, you can use "ip link set [down/up] dev ethX" to turn the
laser off and on.
82599-based QSFP+ Adapters
- If your 82599-based Intel(R) Network Adapter came with Intel optics, it only
supports Intel optics.
- 82599-based QSFP+ adapters only support 4x10 Gbps connections. 1x40 Gbps
connections are not supported. QSFP+ link partners must be configured for
4x10 Gbps.
- 82599-based QSFP+ adapters do not support automatic link speed detection.
The link speed must be configured to either 10 Gbps or 1 Gbps to match the link
partners speed capabilities. Incorrect speed configurations will result in
failure to link.
- Intel(R) Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X520-Q1 only supports the optics
and direct attach cables listed below.
| Supplier | Type | Part Numbers |
| Intel | DUAL RATE 1G/10G QSFP+ SRL (bailed) | E10GQSFPSR |
82599-based QSFP+ adapters support all passive and active limiting QSFP+
direct attach cables that comply with SFF-8436 v4.1 specifications.
- Intel(r) Ethernet Network Adapters that support removable optical modules
only support their original module type (for example, the Intel(R) 10 Gigabit
SR Dual Port Express Module only supports SR optical modules). If you plug in
a different type of module, the driver will not load.
- Hot Swapping/hot plugging optical modules is not supported.
- Only single speed, 10 gigabit modules are supported.
- LAN on Motherboard (LOMs) may support DA, SR, or LR modules. Other module
types are not supported. Please see your system documentation for details.
The following is a list of SFP+ modules and direct attach cables that have
received some testing. Not all modules are applicable to all devices.
| Supplier | Type | Part Numbers |
| Finisar | SFP+ SR bailed, 10g single rate | FTLX8571D3BCL |
| Avago | SFP+ SR bailed, 10g single rate | AFBR-700SDZ |
| Finisar | SFP+ LR bailed, 10g single rate | FTLX1471D3BCL |
82598-based adapters support all passive direct attach cables that comply with
SFF-8431 v4.1 and SFF-8472 v10.4 specifications. Active direct attach cables
are not supported.
Third party optic modules and cables referred to above are listed only for the
purpose of highlighting third party specifications and potential
compatibility, and are not recommendations or endorsements or sponsorship of
any third party's product by Intel. Intel is not endorsing or promoting
products made by any third party and the third party reference is provided
only to share information regarding certain optic modules and cables with the
above specifications. There may be other manufacturers or suppliers, producing
or supplying optic modules and cables with similar or matching descriptions.
Customers must use their own discretion and diligence to purchase optic
modules and cables from any third party of their choice. Customers are solely
responsible for assessing the suitability of the product and/or devices and
for the selection of the vendor for purchasing any product. THE OPTIC MODULES
Command Line Parameters
:Valid Range: 1-63
This parameter adds support for SR-IOV. It causes the driver to spawn up to
max_vfs worth of virtual functions.
If the value is greater than 0 it will also force the VMDq parameter to be 1 or
NOTE: This parameter is only used on kernel 3.7.x and below. On kernel 3.8.x
and above, use sysfs to enable VFs. Also, for Red Hat distributions, this
parameter is only used on version 6.6 and older. For version 6.7 and newer, use
sysfs. For example::
#echo $num_vf_enabled > /sys/class/net/$dev/device/sriov_numvfs // enable VFs
#echo 0 > /sys/class/net/$dev/device/sriov_numvfs //disable VFs
The parameters for the driver are referenced by position. Thus, if you have a
dual port adapter, or more than one adapter in your system, and want N virtual
functions per port, you must specify a number for each port with each parameter
separated by a comma. For example::
modprobe ixgbe max_vfs=4
This will spawn 4 VFs on the first port.
modprobe ixgbe max_vfs=2,4
This will spawn 2 VFs on the first port and 4 VFs on the second port.
NOTE: Caution must be used in loading the driver with these parameters.
Depending on your system configuration, number of slots, etc., it is impossible
to predict in all cases where the positions would be on the command line.
NOTE: Neither the device nor the driver control how VFs are mapped into config
space. Bus layout will vary by operating system. On operating systems that
support it, you can check sysfs to find the mapping.
NOTE: When either SR-IOV mode or VMDq mode is enabled, hardware VLAN filtering
and VLAN tag stripping/insertion will remain enabled. Please remove the old
VLAN filter before the new VLAN filter is added. For example,
ip link set eth0 vf 0 vlan 100 // set VLAN 100 for VF 0
ip link set eth0 vf 0 vlan 0 // Delete VLAN 100
ip link set eth0 vf 0 vlan 200 // set a new VLAN 200 for VF 0
With kernel 3.6, the driver supports the simultaneous usage of max_vfs and DCB
features, subject to the constraints described below. Prior to kernel 3.6, the
driver did not support the simultaneous operation of max_vfs greater than 0 and
the DCB features (multiple traffic classes utilizing Priority Flow Control and
Extended Transmission Selection).
When DCB is enabled, network traffic is transmitted and received through
multiple traffic classes (packet buffers in the NIC). The traffic is associated
with a specific class based on priority, which has a value of 0 through 7 used
in the VLAN tag. When SR-IOV is not enabled, each traffic class is associated
with a set of receive/transmit descriptor queue pairs. The number of queue
pairs for a given traffic class depends on the hardware configuration. When
SR-IOV is enabled, the descriptor queue pairs are grouped into pools. The
Physical Function (PF) and each Virtual Function (VF) is allocated a pool of
receive/transmit descriptor queue pairs. When multiple traffic classes are
configured (for example, DCB is enabled), each pool contains a queue pair from
each traffic class. When a single traffic class is configured in the hardware,
the pools contain multiple queue pairs from the single traffic class.
The number of VFs that can be allocated depends on the number of traffic
classes that can be enabled. The configurable number of traffic classes for
each enabled VF is as follows:
0 - 15 VFs = Up to 8 traffic classes, depending on device support
16 - 31 VFs = Up to 4 traffic classes
32 - 63 VFs = 1 traffic class
When VFs are configured, the PF is allocated one pool as well. The PF supports
the DCB features with the constraint that each traffic class will only use a
single queue pair. When zero VFs are configured, the PF can support multiple
queue pairs per traffic class.
:Valid Range: 0,1
:Default Value: 0 (disabled)
This parameter allows unsupported and untested SFP+ modules on 82599-based
adapters, as long as the type of module is known to the driver.
:Valid Range: 0-16 (0=none,...,16=all)
:Default Value: 0
This parameter adjusts the level of debug messages displayed in the system
Additional Features and Configurations
Flow Control
Ethernet Flow Control (IEEE 802.3x) can be configured with ethtool to enable
receiving and transmitting pause frames for ixgbe. When transmit is enabled,
pause frames are generated when the receive packet buffer crosses a predefined
threshold. When receive is enabled, the transmit unit will halt for the time
delay specified when a pause frame is received.
NOTE: You must have a flow control capable link partner.
Flow Control is enabled by default.
Use ethtool to change the flow control settings. To enable or disable Rx or
Tx Flow Control::
ethtool -A eth? rx <on|off> tx <on|off>
Note: This command only enables or disables Flow Control if auto-negotiation is
disabled. If auto-negotiation is enabled, this command changes the parameters
used for auto-negotiation with the link partner.
To enable or disable auto-negotiation::
ethtool -s eth? autoneg <on|off>
Note: Flow Control auto-negotiation is part of link auto-negotiation. Depending
on your device, you may not be able to change the auto-negotiation setting.
NOTE: For 82598 backplane cards entering 1 gigabit mode, flow control default
behavior is changed to off. Flow control in 1 gigabit mode on these devices can
lead to transmit hangs.
Intel(R) Ethernet Flow Director
The Intel Ethernet Flow Director performs the following tasks:
- Directs receive packets according to their flows to different queues.
- Enables tight control on routing a flow in the platform.
- Matches flows and CPU cores for flow affinity.
- Supports multiple parameters for flexible flow classification and load
balancing (in SFP mode only).
NOTE: Intel Ethernet Flow Director masking works in the opposite manner from
subnet masking. In the following command::
#ethtool -N eth11 flow-type ip4 src-ip m dst-ip \ m action 31
The src-ip value that is written to the filter will be, not
as might be expected. Similarly, the dst-ip value written to the filter will be, not
To enable or disable the Intel Ethernet Flow Director::
# ethtool -K ethX ntuple <on|off>
When disabling ntuple filters, all the user programmed filters are flushed from
the driver cache and hardware. All needed filters must be re-added when ntuple
is re-enabled.
To add a filter that directs packet to queue 2, use -U or -N switch::
# ethtool -N ethX flow-type tcp4 src-ip dst-ip \ src-port 2000 dst-port 2001 action 2 [loc 1]
To see the list of filters currently present::
# ethtool <-u|-n> ethX
Sideband Perfect Filters
Sideband Perfect Filters are used to direct traffic that matches specified
characteristics. They are enabled through ethtool's ntuple interface. To add a
new filter use the following command::
ethtool -U <device> flow-type <type> src-ip <ip> dst-ip <ip> src-port <port> \
dst-port <port> action <queue>
<device> - the ethernet device to program
<type> - can be ip4, tcp4, udp4, or sctp4
<ip> - the IP address to match on
<port> - the port number to match on
<queue> - the queue to direct traffic towards (-1 discards the matched traffic)
Use the following command to delete a filter::
ethtool -U <device> delete <N>
Where <N> is the filter id displayed when printing all the active filters, and
may also have been specified using "loc <N>" when adding the filter.
The following example matches TCP traffic sent from, port 5300,
directed to, port 80, and sends it to queue 7::
ethtool -U enp130s0 flow-type tcp4 src-ip dst-ip \
src-port 5300 dst-port 80 action 7
For each flow-type, the programmed filters must all have the same matching
input set. For example, issuing the following two commands is acceptable::
ethtool -U enp130s0 flow-type ip4 src-ip src-port 5300 action 7
ethtool -U enp130s0 flow-type ip4 src-ip src-port 55 action 10
Issuing the next two commands, however, is not acceptable, since the first
specifies src-ip and the second specifies dst-ip::
ethtool -U enp130s0 flow-type ip4 src-ip src-port 5300 action 7
ethtool -U enp130s0 flow-type ip4 dst-ip src-port 55 action 10
The second command will fail with an error. You may program multiple filters
with the same fields, using different values, but, on one device, you may not
program two TCP4 filters with different matching fields.
Matching on a sub-portion of a field is not supported by the ixgbe driver, thus
partial mask fields are not supported.
To create filters that direct traffic to a specific Virtual Function, use the
"user-def" parameter. Specify the user-def as a 64 bit value, where the lower 32
bits represents the queue number, while the next 8 bits represent which VF.
Note that 0 is the PF, so the VF identifier is offset by 1. For example::
... user-def 0x800000002 ...
specifies to direct traffic to Virtual Function 7 (8 minus 1) into queue 2 of
that VF.
Note that these filters will not break internal routing rules, and will not
route traffic that otherwise would not have been sent to the specified Virtual
Jumbo Frames
Jumbo Frames support is enabled by changing the Maximum Transmission Unit (MTU)
to a value larger than the default value of 1500.
Use the ifconfig command to increase the MTU size. For example, enter the
following where <x> is the interface number::
ifconfig eth<x> mtu 9000 up
Alternatively, you can use the ip command as follows::
ip link set mtu 9000 dev eth<x>
ip link set up dev eth<x>
This setting is not saved across reboots. The setting change can be made
permanent by adding 'MTU=9000' to the file::
/etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth<x> // for RHEL
/etc/sysconfig/network/<config_file> // for SLES
NOTE: The maximum MTU setting for Jumbo Frames is 9710. This value coincides
with the maximum Jumbo Frames size of 9728 bytes.
NOTE: This driver will attempt to use multiple page sized buffers to receive
each jumbo packet. This should help to avoid buffer starvation issues when
allocating receive packets.
NOTE: For 82599-based network connections, if you are enabling jumbo frames in
a virtual function (VF), jumbo frames must first be enabled in the physical
function (PF). The VF MTU setting cannot be larger than the PF MTU.
Generic Receive Offload, aka GRO
The driver supports the in-kernel software implementation of GRO. GRO has
shown that by coalescing Rx traffic into larger chunks of data, CPU
utilization can be significantly reduced when under large Rx load. GRO is an
evolution of the previously-used LRO interface. GRO is able to coalesce
other protocols besides TCP. It's also safe to use with configurations that
are problematic for LRO, namely bridging and iSCSI.
Data Center Bridging (DCB)
The kernel assumes that TC0 is available, and will disable Priority Flow
Control (PFC) on the device if TC0 is not available. To fix this, ensure TC0 is
enabled when setting up DCB on your switch.
DCB is a configuration Quality of Service implementation in hardware. It uses
the VLAN priority tag (802.1p) to filter traffic. That means that there are 8
different priorities that traffic can be filtered into. It also enables
priority flow control (802.1Qbb) which can limit or eliminate the number of
dropped packets during network stress. Bandwidth can be allocated to each of
these priorities, which is enforced at the hardware level (802.1Qaz).
Adapter firmware implements LLDP and DCBX protocol agents as per 802.1AB and
802.1Qaz respectively. The firmware based DCBX agent runs in willing mode only
and can accept settings from a DCBX capable peer. Software configuration of
DCBX parameters via dcbtool/lldptool are not supported.
The ixgbe driver implements the DCB netlink interface layer to allow user-space
to communicate with the driver and query DCB configuration for the port.
The driver utilizes the ethtool interface for driver configuration and
diagnostics, as well as displaying statistical information. The latest ethtool
version is required for this functionality. Download it at:
The ixgbe driver supports Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) and Data Center
Bridging (DCB). This code has no default effect on the regular driver
operation. Configuring DCB and FCoE is outside the scope of this README. Refer
to for FCoE project information and contact for DCB information.
MAC and VLAN anti-spoofing feature
When a malicious driver attempts to send a spoofed packet, it is dropped by the
hardware and not transmitted.
An interrupt is sent to the PF driver notifying it of the spoof attempt. When a
spoofed packet is detected, the PF driver will send the following message to
the system log (displayed by the "dmesg" command)::
ixgbe ethX: ixgbe_spoof_check: n spoofed packets detected
where "x" is the PF interface number; and "n" is number of spoofed packets.
NOTE: This feature can be disabled for a specific Virtual Function (VF)::
ip link set <pf dev> vf <vf id> spoofchk {off|on}
IPsec Offload
The ixgbe driver supports IPsec Hardware Offload. When creating Security
Associations with "ip xfrm ..." the 'offload' tag option can be used to
register the IPsec SA with the driver in order to get higher throughput in
the secure communications.
The offload is also supported for ixgbe's VFs, but the VF must be set as
'trusted' and the support must be enabled with::
ethtool --set-priv-flags eth<x> vf-ipsec on
ip link set eth<x> vf <y> trust on
Known Issues/Troubleshooting
Enabling SR-IOV in a 64-bit Microsoft* Windows Server* 2012/R2 guest OS
Linux KVM Hypervisor/VMM supports direct assignment of a PCIe device to a VM.
This includes traditional PCIe devices, as well as SR-IOV-capable devices based
on the Intel Ethernet Controller XL710.
For general information, go to the Intel support website at:
or the Intel Wired Networking project hosted by Sourceforge at:
If an issue is identified with the released source code on a supported kernel
with a supported adapter, email the specific information related to the issue