13. ABI and API Deprecation

See the guidelines document for details of the ABI policy. API and ABI deprecation notices are to be posted here.

13.1. Deprecation Notices

  • eal: the following functions are deprecated starting from 17.05 and will be removed in 17.08:

    • rte_set_log_level, replaced by rte_log_set_global_level
    • rte_get_log_level, replaced by rte_log_get_global_level
    • rte_set_log_type, replaced by rte_log_set_level
    • rte_get_log_type, replaced by rte_log_get_level
  • devargs: An ABI change is planned for 17.08 for the structure rte_devargs. The current version is dependent on bus-specific device identifier, which will be made generic and abstracted, in order to make the EAL bus-agnostic.

    Accompanying this evolution, device command line parameters will thus support explicit bus definition in a device declaration.

  • igb_uio: iomem mapping and sysfs files created for iomem and ioport in igb_uio will be removed, because we are able to detect these from what Linux has exposed, like the way we have done with uio-pci-generic. This change targets release 17.05.

  • The VDEV subsystem will be converted as driver of the new bus model. It may imply some EAL API changes in 17.08.

  • The struct rte_pci_driver is planned to be removed from rte_cryptodev_driver and rte_eventdev_driver in 17.08.

  • ethdev: An API change is planned for 17.08 for the function _rte_eth_dev_callback_process. In 17.08 the function will return an int instead of void and a fourth parameter void *ret_param will be added.

  • ethdev: for 17.08 it is planned to deprecate the following nine rte_eth_dev_* functions and move them into the ixgbe PMD:

    rte_eth_dev_bypass_init, rte_eth_dev_bypass_state_set, rte_eth_dev_bypass_state_show, rte_eth_dev_bypass_event_store, rte_eth_dev_bypass_event_show, rte_eth_dev_wd_timeout_store, rte_eth_dev_bypass_wd_timeout_show, rte_eth_dev_bypass_ver_show, rte_eth_dev_bypass_wd_reset.

    The following fields will be removed from struct eth_dev_ops:

    bypass_init_t, bypass_state_set_t, bypass_state_show_t, bypass_event_set_t, bypass_event_show_t, bypass_wd_timeout_set_t, bypass_wd_timeout_show_t, bypass_ver_show_t, bypass_wd_reset_t.

    The functions will be renamed to the following, and moved to the ixgbe PMD:

    rte_pmd_ixgbe_bypass_init, rte_pmd_ixgbe_bypass_state_set, rte_pmd_ixgbe_bypass_state_show, rte_pmd_ixgbe_bypass_event_set, rte_pmd_ixgbe_bypass_event_show, rte_pmd_ixgbe_bypass_wd_timeout_set, rte_pmd_ixgbe_bypass_wd_timeout_show, rte_pmd_ixgbe_bypass_ver_show, rte_pmd_ixgbe_bypass_wd_reset.

  • The mbuf flags PKT_RX_VLAN_PKT and PKT_RX_QINQ_PKT are deprecated and are respectively replaced by PKT_RX_VLAN_STRIPPED and PKT_RX_QINQ_STRIPPED, that are better described. The old flags and their behavior will be kept until 17.05 and will be removed in 17.08.

  • ethdev: Tx offloads will no longer be enabled by default in 17.08. Instead, the rte_eth_txmode structure will be extended with bit field to enable each Tx offload. Besides of making the Rx/Tx configuration API more consistent for the application, PMDs will be able to provide a better out of the box performance. As part of the work, ETH_TXQ_FLAGS_NO* will be superseded as well.

  • ethdev: the legacy filter API, including rte_eth_dev_filter_supported(), rte_eth_dev_filter_ctrl() as well as filter types MACVLAN, ETHERTYPE, FLEXIBLE, SYN, NTUPLE, TUNNEL, FDIR, HASH and L2_TUNNEL, is superseded by the generic flow API (rte_flow) in PMDs that implement the latter. Target release for removal of the legacy API will be defined once most PMDs have switched to rte_flow.

  • cryptodev: All PMD names definitions will be moved to the individual PMDs in 17.08.

  • cryptodev: The following changes will be done in in 17.08:

    • the device type enumeration rte_cryptodev_type will be removed
    • the following structures will be changed: rte_cryptodev_session, rte_cryptodev_sym_session, rte_cryptodev_info, rte_cryptodev
    • the function rte_cryptodev_count_devtype will be replaced by rte_cryptodev_device_count_by_driver
  • cryptodev: API changes are planned for 17.08 for the sessions management to make it agnostic to the underlying devices, removing coupling with crypto PMDs, so a single session can be used on multiple devices.

    • struct rte_cryptodev_sym_session, dev_id, dev_type will be removed, _private field changed to the indirect array of private data pointers of all supported devices

    An API of followed functions will be changed to allow operate on multiple devices with one session:

    • rte_cryptodev_sym_session_create
    • rte_cryptodev_sym_session_free
    • rte_cryptodev_sym_session_pool_create

    While dev_id will not be stored in the struct rte_cryptodev_sym_session, directly, the change of followed API is required:

    • rte_cryptodev_queue_pair_attach_sym_session
    • rte_cryptodev_queue_pair_detach_sym_session
  • cryptodev: the structures rte_crypto_op, rte_crypto_sym_op and rte_crypto_sym_xform will be restructured in 17.08, for correctness and improvement.

  • crypto/scheduler: the following two functions are deprecated starting from 17.05 and will be removed in 17.08:

    • rte_crpytodev_scheduler_mode_get, replaced by rte_cryptodev_scheduler_mode_get
    • rte_crpytodev_scheduler_mode_set, replaced by rte_cryptodev_scheduler_mode_set
  • librte_table: The key_mask parameter will be added to all the hash tables that currently do not have it, as well as to the hash compute function prototype. The non-“do-sig” versions of the hash tables will be removed (including the signature_offset parameter) and the “do-sig” versions renamed accordingly.