16. ABI and API Deprecation
See the guidelines document for details of the ABI policy. API and ABI deprecation notices are to be posted here.
16.1. Deprecation Notices
eal: both declaring and identifying devices will be streamlined in v18.05. New functions will appear to query a specific port from buses, classes of device and device drivers. Device declaration will be made coherent with the new scheme of device identification. As such,
rte_devargsdevice representation will change.
- removal of
- The enum
rte_devtypewas used to identify a bus and will disappear.
rte_devargs_listwill be made private.
- Functions previously deprecated will change or disappear:
rte_eal_parse_devargs_str, replaced by
rte_eal_devargs_parsewill change its format and use.
rte_devargsrelated functions will be renamed, changing the
- removal of
pci: Several exposed functions are misnamed. The following functions are deprecated starting from v17.11 and are replaced:
eal: The semantics of the return value for the
rte_lcore_has_rolefunction are planned to change in v18.05. The function currently returns 0 and <0 for success and failure, respectively. This will change to 1 and 0 for true and false, respectively, to make use of the function more intuitive.
eal: a new set of mbuf mempool ops name APIs for user, platform and best mempool names have been defined in
rte_mbufin v18.02. The uses of
rte_eal_mbuf_default_mempool_opsshall be replaced by
rte_mbuf_best_mempool_ops. The following function is now redundant and it is target to be deprecated in 18.05:
mempool: several API and ABI changes are planned in v18.05. The following functions, introduced for Xen, which is not supported anymore since v17.11, are hard to use, not used anywhere else in DPDK. Therefore they will be deprecated in v18.05 and removed in v18.08:
The following changes are planned:
- removal of
get_capabilitiesmempool ops and related flags.
- addition of new ops to customize required memory chunk calculation, customize objects population and allocate contiguous block of objects if underlying driver supports it.
mbuf: The opaque
mbuf->hash.schedfield will be updated to support generic definition in line with the ethdev TM and MTR APIs. Currently, this field is defined in librte_sched in a non-generic way. The new generic format will contain: queue ID, traffic class, color. Field size will not change.
ethdev: a new Tx and Rx offload API was introduced on 17.11. In the new API, offloads are divided into per-port and per-queue offloads. Offloads are disabled by default and enabled per application request.
The old ethdev - drivers offload interface will be deprecated on 18.05. This includes: - removal of the conversion in ethdev from new offloading API to old API for drivers.
In later releases the old offloading API will be deprecated, which will include: - removal of
ETH_TXQ_FLAGS_NO*flags. - removal of
rte_eth_txconfstruct. - removal of the offloads bit-field from
ethdev: the legacy filter API, including
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.
ethdev: A new rss level field planned in 18.05. The new API add rss_level field to
rte_eth_rss_confto enable a choice of RSS hash calculation on outer or inner header of tunneled packet.
ethdev: A work is being planned for 18.05 to expose VF port representors as a mean to perform control and data path operation on the different VFs. As VF representor is an ethdev port, new fields are needed in order to map between the VF representor and the VF or the parent PF. Those new fields are to be included in
i40e: The default flexible payload configuration which extracts the first 16 bytes of the payload for RSS will be deprecated starting from 18.02. If required the previous behavior can be configured using existing flow director APIs. There is no ABI/API break. This change will just remove a global configuration setting and require explicit configuration.
pdump: As we changed to use generic IPC, some changes in APIs and structure are expected in subsequent release.
rte_pdump_set_socket_dirwill be removed;
- The parameter,
rte_pdump_initwill be removed;
- The enum
rte_pdump_socktypewill be removed.