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Release notes for Neterion's (Formerly S2io) Xframe I/II PCI-X 10GbE driver.
- 1. Introduction
- 2. Identifying the adapter/interface
- 3. Features supported
- 4. Command line parameters
- 5. Performance suggestions
- 6. Available Downloads
1. Introduction:
This Linux driver supports Neterion's Xframe I PCI-X 1.0 and
Xframe II PCI-X 2.0 adapters. It supports several features
such as jumbo frames, MSI/MSI-X, checksum offloads, TSO, UFO and so on.
See below for complete list of features.
All features are supported for both IPv4 and IPv6.
2. Identifying the adapter/interface:
a. Insert the adapter(s) in your system.
b. Build and load driver
# insmod s2io.ko
c. View log messages
# dmesg | tail -40
You will see messages similar to:
eth3: Neterion Xframe I 10GbE adapter (rev 3), Version, Intr type INTA
eth4: Neterion Xframe II 10GbE adapter (rev 2), Version, Intr type INTA
eth4: Device is on 64 bit 133MHz PCIX(M1) bus
The above messages identify the adapter type(Xframe I/II), adapter revision,
driver version, interface name(eth3, eth4), Interrupt type(INTA, MSI, MSI-X).
In case of Xframe II, the PCI/PCI-X bus width and frequency are displayed
as well.
To associate an interface with a physical adapter use "ethtool -p <ethX>".
The corresponding adapter's LED will blink multiple times.
3. Features supported:
a. Jumbo frames. Xframe I/II supports MTU upto 9600 bytes,
modifiable using ifconfig command.
b. Offloads. Supports checksum offload(TCP/UDP/IP) on transmit
and receive, TSO.
c. Multi-buffer receive mode. Scattering of packet across multiple
buffers. Currently driver supports 2-buffer mode which yields
significant performance improvement on certain platforms(SGI Altix,
IBM xSeries).
d. MSI/MSI-X. Can be enabled on platforms which support this feature
(IA64, Xeon) resulting in noticeable performance improvement(upto 7%
on certain platforms).
e. Statistics. Comprehensive MAC-level and software statistics displayed
using "ethtool -S" option.
f. Multi-FIFO/Ring. Supports up to 8 transmit queues and receive rings,
with multiple steering options.
4. Command line parameters
a. tx_fifo_num
Number of transmit queues
Valid range: 1-8
Default: 1
b. rx_ring_num
Number of receive rings
Valid range: 1-8
Default: 1
c. tx_fifo_len
Size of each transmit queue
Valid range: Total length of all queues should not exceed 8192
Default: 4096
d. rx_ring_sz
Size of each receive ring(in 4K blocks)
Valid range: Limited by memory on system
Default: 30
e. intr_type
Specifies interrupt type. Possible values 0(INTA), 2(MSI-X)
Valid values: 0, 2
Default: 2
5. Performance suggestions
a. Set MTU to maximum(9000 for switch setup, 9600 in back-to-back configuration)
b. Set TCP windows size to optimal value.
For instance, for MTU=1500 a value of 210K has been observed to result in
good performance.
# sysctl -w net.ipv4.tcp_rmem="210000 210000 210000"
# sysctl -w net.ipv4.tcp_wmem="210000 210000 210000"
For MTU=9000, TCP window size of 10 MB is recommended.
# sysctl -w net.ipv4.tcp_rmem="10000000 10000000 10000000"
# sysctl -w net.ipv4.tcp_wmem="10000000 10000000 10000000"
Transmit performance:
a. By default, the driver respects BIOS settings for PCI bus parameters.
However, you may want to experiment with PCI bus parameters
max-split-transactions(MOST) and MMRBC (use setpci command).
A MOST value of 2 has been found optimal for Opterons and 3 for Itanium.
It could be different for your hardware.
Set MMRBC to 4K**.
For example you can set
For opteron
#setpci -d 17d5:* 62=1d
For Itanium
#setpci -d 17d5:* 62=3d
For detailed description of the PCI registers, please see Xframe User Guide.
b. Ensure Transmit Checksum offload is enabled. Use ethtool to set/verify this
c. Turn on TSO(using "ethtool -K")
# ethtool -K <ethX> tso on
Receive performance:
a. By default, the driver respects BIOS settings for PCI bus parameters.
However, you may want to set PCI latency timer to 248.
#setpci -d 17d5:* LATENCY_TIMER=f8
For detailed description of the PCI registers, please see Xframe User Guide.
b. Use 2-buffer mode. This results in large performance boost on
certain platforms(eg. SGI Altix, IBM xSeries).
c. Ensure Receive Checksum offload is enabled. Use "ethtool -K ethX" command to
set/verify this option.
d. Enable NAPI feature(in kernel configuration Device Drivers ---> Network
device support ---> Ethernet (10000 Mbit) ---> S2IO 10Gbe Xframe NIC) to
bring down CPU utilization.
** For AMD opteron platforms with 8131 chipset, MMRBC=1 and MOST=1 are
recommended as safe parameters.
For more information, please review the AMD8131 errata at
6. Available Downloads
Neterion "s2io" driver in Red Hat and Suse 2.6-based distributions is kept up
to date, also the latest "s2io" code (including support for 2.4 kernels) is
available via "Support" link on the Neterion site:
For Xframe User Guide (Programming manual), visit ftp site,
user: linuxdocs password: HALdocs
7. Support
For further support please contact either your 10GbE Xframe NIC vendor (IBM,
HP, SGI etc.) or click on the "Support" link on the Neterion site: