256. Sample Application Tests: Netmap Compatibility¶
The Netmap compatibility library provides a minimal set of APIs to give programs written against the Netmap APIs the ability to be run, with minimal changes to their source code, using the DPDK to perform the actual packet I/O.
Since Netmap applications use regular system calls, like
mmap() to communicate with the Netmap kernel module performing the packet I/O,
compat_netmap library provides a set of similar APIs to use in place of those system calls,
effectively turning a Netmap application into a DPDK application.
The provided library is currently minimal and doesn’t support all the features that Netmap supports, but is enough to run simple applications, such as the bridge example detailed below.
Knowledge of Netmap is required to understand the rest of this section. Please refer to the Netmap distribution for details about Netmap.
256.2. Running the “bridge” Sample Application¶
The application requires a single command line option:
./build/bridge [EAL options] -- -i INTERFACE_A [-i INTERFACE_B]
-i INTERFACE: Interface (DPDK port number) to use.
If a single
-iparameter is given, the interface will send back all the traffic it receives. If two
-iparameters are given, the two interfaces form a bridge, where traffic received on one interface is replicated and sent to the other interface.
For example, to run the application in a linuxapp environment using port 0 and 2:
./build/bridge [EAL options] -- -i 0 -i 2
Refer to the DPDK Getting Started Guide for Linux for general information on running applications and the Environment Abstraction Layer (EAL) options.
256.3. Test Case1: netmap compat with one port¶
Run bridge with one port:
./examples/netmap_compat/build/bridge -c 0x1e -n 4 -- -i 0
Port 0 now in Netmap mode Bridge up and running!
Send one packet on Port0,check this port receive packet. It receive one packet that it send.
256.4. Test Case2: netmap compat with two port¶
Run bridge with two ports:
./examples/netmap_compat/build/bridge -c 0x1e -n 4 -- -i 0 -i 1
Port 0 now in Netmap mode Port 1 now in Netmap mode Bridge up and running!
Send one packet on Port0,check the port1 receive packet. It receive one packet that the port0 send.