[dpdk-dev] [PATCH] doc: announce ABI change for cloud filter

Lu, Wenzhuo wenzhuo.lu at intel.com
Fri Jan 20 03:14:49 CET 2017

Hi Adrien, Thomas, Yong,

> -----Original Message-----
> From: dev [mailto:dev-bounces at dpdk.org] On Behalf Of Adrien Mazarguil
> Sent: Friday, January 20, 2017 2:46 AM
> To: Thomas Monjalon
> Cc: Liu, Yong; dev at dpdk.org
> Subject: Re: [dpdk-dev] [PATCH] doc: announce ABI change for cloud filter
> On Thu, Jan 19, 2017 at 10:06:34AM +0100, Thomas Monjalon wrote:
> > 2017-01-19 13:34, Yong Liu:
> > > +* ABI changes are planned for 17.05: structure
> > > +``rte_eth_tunnel_filter_conf``
> > > +  will be extended with a new member ``vf_id`` in order to enable
> > > +cloud filter
> > > +  on VF device.
> >
> > I think we should stop rely on this API, and migrate to rte_flow instead.
> > Adrien any thought?
> I'm all for using rte_flow in any case. I've already documented an approach to
> convert TUNNEL filter rules to rte_flow rules [1], although it may be
> incomplete due to my limited experience with this filter type. We already
> know several tunnel item types must be added (currently only VXLAN is
> defined).
> I understand ixgbe/i40e currently map rte_flow on top of the legacy
> framework, therefore extending this structure might still be needed in the
> meantime. Not sure we should prevent this change as long as such rules can be
> configured through rte_flow as well.
> [1] http://dpdk.org/doc/guides/prog_guide/rte_flow.html#tunnel-to-eth-ipv4-
> ipv6-vxlan-or-other-queue
The problem is we haven't finished transferring all the functions from the regular filters to the generic filters. 
For example, igb, fm10k and enic haven't support generic filters yet. Ixgbe and i40e have supported the basic functions, but some advance features are not transferred to generic filters yet.
Seems it's not the time to remove the regular filters. Yong, I suggest to support both generic filter and regular filter in parallel.
So, we need to announce ABI change for the regular filter, until someday we remove the regular filter API. 

> --
> Adrien Mazarguil

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