2. NXP DPAA2 Eventdev Driver

The dpaa2 eventdev is an implementation of the eventdev API, that provides a wide range of the eventdev features. The eventdev relies on a dpaa2 hw to perform event scheduling.

More information can be found at NXP Official Website.

2.1. Features

The DPAA2 EVENTDEV implements many features in the eventdev API;

  • Hardware based event scheduler
  • 8 event ports
  • 8 event queues
  • Parallel flows
  • Atomic flows

2.2. Supported DPAA2 SoCs

  • LS2080A/LS2040A
  • LS2084A/LS2044A
  • LS2088A/LS2048A
  • LS1088A/LS1048A

2.3. Prerequisites

There are three main pre-requisities for executing DPAA2 EVENTDEV on a DPAA2 compatible board:

  1. ARM 64 Tool Chain

    For example, the *aarch64* Linaro Toolchain.

  2. Linux Kernel

    It can be obtained from NXP’s Github hosting.

  3. Rootfile system

    Any aarch64 supporting filesystem can be used. For example, Ubuntu 15.10 (Wily) or 16.04 LTS (Xenial) userland which can be obtained from here.

As an alternative method, DPAA2 EVENTDEV can also be executed using images provided as part of SDK from NXP. The SDK includes all the above prerequisites necessary to bring up a DPAA2 board.

The following dependencies are not part of DPDK and must be installed separately:

  • NXP Linux SDK

    NXP Linux software development kit (SDK) includes support for family of QorIQ® ARM-Architecture-based system on chip (SoC) processors and corresponding boards.

    It includes the Linux board support packages (BSPs) for NXP SoCs, a fully operational tool chain, kernel and board specific modules.

    SDK and related information can be obtained from: NXP QorIQ SDK.

  • DPDK Extra Scripts

    DPAA2 based resources can be configured easily with the help of ready scripts as provided in the DPDK Extra repository.

    DPDK Extras Scripts.

Currently supported by DPDK:

  • NXP SDK 2.0+.
  • MC Firmware version 10.0.0 and higher.
  • Supported architectures: arm64 LE.
  • Follow the DPDK Getting Started Guide for Linux to setup the basic DPDK environment.


Some part of fslmc bus code (mc flib - object library) routines are dual licensed (BSD & GPLv2).

2.4. Pre-Installation Configuration

2.4.1. Config File Options

The following options can be modified in the config file. Please note that enabling debugging options may affect system performance.


    Toggle compilation of the lrte_pmd_dpaa2_event driver.

2.4.2. Driver Compilation

To compile the DPAA2 EVENTDEV PMD for Linux arm64 gcc target, run the following make command:

cd <DPDK-source-directory>
make config T=arm64-dpaa2-linuxapp-gcc install

2.5. Initialization

The dpaa2 eventdev is exposed as a vdev device which consists of a set of dpcon devices and dpci devices. On EAL initialization, dpcon and dpci devices will be probed and then vdev device can be created from the application code by

  • Invoking rte_vdev_init("event_dpaa2") from the application
  • Using --vdev="event_dpaa2" in the EAL options, which will call rte_vdev_init() internally


./your_eventdev_application --vdev="event_dpaa2"

2.6. Limitations

2.6.1. Platform Requirement

DPAA2 drivers for DPDK can only work on NXP SoCs as listed in the Supported DPAA2 SoCs.

2.6.2. Port-core binding

DPAA2 EVENTDEV driver requires event port ‘x’ to be used on core ‘x’.