145. L2fwd Jobstats Test

The L2 Forwarding sample application, which can operate in real and virtualized environments, performs L2 forwarding for each packet that is received. The destination port is the adjacent port from the enabled portmask, that is, if the first four ports are enabled (portmask 0x3), ports 0 and 1 forward into each other. Also, the MAC addresses are affected as follows:

  • The source MAC address is replaced by the TX port MAC address
  • The destination MAC address is replaced by 02:00:00:00:00:TX_PORT_ID

145.1. Prerequisites

Use the following commands to load the dpdk driver and bind it to the device under test:

modprobe DPDK-Drivername
usertools/dpdk-devbind.py --bind=DPDK-Drivername device_bus_id

e.g. if DPDK-Drivername is vfio-pci:

modprobe vfio
modprobe vfio-pci
usertools/dpdk-devbind.py --bind=vfio-pci device_bus_id

note: If using vfio the kernel must be >= 3.6+ and VT-d must be enabled in bios.

The application requires a number of command line options:

./build/l2fwd-jobstats [EAL options] -- -p PORTMASK [-q NQ] [-l]

The l2fwd-jobstats application is run with EAL parameters and parameters for the application itself. For details about the EAL parameters, see the relevant DPDK Getting Started Guide. This application supports three parameters for itself.

  • p PORTMASK: A hexadecimal bitmask of the ports to configure
  • q NQ: A number of queues (=ports) per lcore (default is 1)
  • l: Use locale thousands separator when formatting big numbers.

145.2. Test Case: L2fwd jobstats check

Assume port 0 and 1 are connected to the traffic generator, to run the test application in linuxapp environment with 2 lcores, 2 ports and 2 RX queues per lcore:

./examples/l2fwd-jobstats/build/l2fwd-jobstats -c 0x03 -n 4  -- -q 2 -p 0x03 -l

Then send 100, 000 packet to port 0 and 100, 000 packets to port 1, check the NIC packets number reported by sample is the same with what we set at the packet generator side.