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

  • LX2160A
  • LS2084A/LS2044A
  • LS2088A/LS2048A
  • LS1088A/LS1048A

2.3. Prerequisites

See NXP QorIQ DPAA2 Board Support Package for setup information

Currently supported by DPDK:

  • NXP SDK 19.09+.
  • MC Firmware version 10.18.0 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-dpaa-linux-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. Enabling logs

For enabling logs, use the following EAL parameter:

./your_eventdev_application <EAL args> --log-level=pmd.event.dpaa2,<level>

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

2.7. Limitations

2.7.1. Platform Requirement

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

2.7.2. Port-core binding

DPAA2 EVENTDEV can support only one eventport per core.