5. OCTEON TX SSOVF Eventdev Driver

The OCTEON TX SSOVF PMD (librte_pmd_octeontx_ssovf) provides poll mode eventdev driver support for the inbuilt event device found in the Cavium OCTEON TX SoC family as well as their virtual functions (VF) in SR-IOV context.

More information can be found at Cavium, Inc Official Website.

5.1. Features

Features of the OCTEON TX SSOVF PMD are:

  • 64 Event queues
  • 32 Event ports
  • HW event scheduler
  • Supports 1M flows per event queue
  • Flow based event pipelining
  • Flow pinning support in flow based event pipelining
  • Queue based event pipelining
  • Supports ATOMIC, ORDERED, PARALLEL schedule types per flow
  • Event scheduling QoS based on event queue priority
  • Open system with configurable amount of outstanding events
  • HW accelerated dequeue timeout support to enable power management
  • HW managed event timers support through TIMVF, with high precision and time granularity of 1us.
  • Up to 64 event timer adapters.

5.2. Supported OCTEON TX SoCs

  • CN83xx

5.3. Prerequisites

See OCTEON TX Board Support Package for setup information.

5.4. Pre-Installation Configuration

5.4.1. 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 librte_pmd_octeontx_ssovf driver.

5.4.2. Driver Compilation

To compile the OCTEON TX SSOVF PMD for Linux arm64 gcc target, run the following make command:

cd <DPDK-source-directory>
make config T=arm64-thunderx-linux-gcc install

5.5. Initialization

The OCTEON TX eventdev is exposed as a vdev device which consists of a set of SSO group and work-slot PCIe VF devices. On EAL initialization, SSO PCIe VF devices will be probed and then the vdev device can be created from the application code, or from the EAL command line based on the number of probed/bound SSO PCIe VF device to DPDK by

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


./your_eventdev_application --vdev="event_octeontx"

5.6. Selftest

The functionality of OCTEON TX eventdev can be verified using this option, various unit and functional tests are run to verify the sanity. The tests are run once the vdev creation is successfully complete.


5.7. Enable TIMvf stats

TIMvf stats can be enabled by using this option, by default the stats are disabled.


5.8. Limitations

5.8.1. Burst mode support

Burst mode is not supported. Dequeue and Enqueue functions accepts only single event at a time.

5.8.2. Rx adapter support

When eth_octeontx is used as Rx adapter event schedule type RTE_SCHED_TYPE_PARALLEL is not supported.

5.8.3. Event timer adapter support

When timvf is used as Event timer adapter the clock source mapping is as follows:


When timvf is used as Event timer adapter event schedule type RTE_SCHED_TYPE_PARALLEL is not supported.

5.8.4. Max mempool size

Max mempool size when using OCTEON TX Eventdev (SSO) should be limited to 128K. When running dpdk-test-eventdev on OCTEON TX the application can limit the number of mbufs by using the option --pool_sz 131072