2. NXP DPAA2 QDMA Driver

The DPAA2 QDMA is an implementation of the rawdev API, that provide means to initiate a DMA transaction from CPU. The initiated DMA is performed without CPU being involved in the actual DMA transaction. This is achieved via using the DPDMAI device exposed by MC.

More information can be found at NXP Official Website.

2.1. Features

The DPAA2 QDMA implements following features in the rawdev API;

  • Supports issuing DMA of data within memory without hogging CPU while performing DMA operation.
  • Supports configuring to optionally get status of the DMA translation on per DMA operation basis.

2.2. Supported DPAA2 SoCs

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

2.3. Prerequisites

There are three main pre-requisities for executing DPAA2 QDMA 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 QDMA 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 LSDK 17.12+.
  • MC Firmware version 10.3.0 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.


    Toggle compilation of the lrte_pmd_dpaa2_qdma driver.

2.5. Enabling logs

For enabling logs, use the following EAL parameter:

./your_qdma_application <EAL args> --log-level=pmd.raw.dpaa2.qdma,<level>

Using pmd.raw.dpaa2.qdma as log matching criteria, all Event PMD logs can be enabled which are lower than logging level.

2.5.1. Driver Compilation

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

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

2.6. Initialization

The DPAA2 QDMA is exposed as a vdev device which consists of dpdmai devices. On EAL initialization, dpdmai devices will be probed and populated into the rawdevices. The rawdev ID of the device can be obtained using

  • Invoking rte_rawdev_get_dev_id("dpdmai.x") from the application where x is the object ID of the DPDMAI object created by MC. Use can use this index for further rawdev function calls.

2.6.1. Platform Requirement

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