4. Silicom/Fiberblaze Support

4.1. Prerequisites

Install the Fiberblaze package:

mkdir /opt/fiberblaze && tar xvzf fbcapture_<OS>_release_<version>.tar.gz -C /opt/fiberblaze

Load the driver:

echo 34359738368 > /proc/sys/kernel/shmmax
echo 34359738368 > /proc/sys/kernel/shmall
echo 2048 > /sys/kernel/mm/hugepages/hugepages-2048kB/nr_hugepages
export PATH=/opt/fiberblaze/bin:$PATH
echo "/opt/fiberblaze/lib" > /etc/ld.so.conf.d/fiberblaze.conf; ldconfig
cd /opt/fiberblaze/driver; make; ./load_driver.sh hugepages='2G'
cd /opt/fiberblaze/bin; ./configurecard --device fbcard0 --configuration ../fbcard.cfg

4.2. Receive Traffic

The naming convention for RX is fbcard:CARD_ID:GROUP_NAME:GROUP_RING_ID where CARD_ID is the id of the card we want to open, GROUP_NAME is the name of the group specified in the configuration file fbcard.cfg used by configurecard, and RING_ID (in case of traffic hashing, i.e. Fiberblaze’s RSS) if the id of the PRBs.

For example, if you have the following configuration in /opt/fiberblaze/fbcard.cfg:

prbGroup "b"
    noPrbs 8
    hash HashPacket
    filter "hash"

the device names are:


Example receiving packets from card 0, group “b, ring 0:

pfcount -i fbcard:0:b:0

If you want to open a single port instead of all oprts on a card, you can specify input = PORT_ID in the filter section:

prbGroup "a"
    noPrbs 1
    filter "input = 0"

4.3. Transmit Traffic

The naming convention for TX is fbcard:CARD_ID:PORT_ID. If you have a 4 port NIC, the PORT_ID will be 0 to 3.

Example (send packets from port 1 of cardId 0):

pfsend -i fbcard:0:1