As always before performing anything; check, double check, test and always ensure you have a backup. Magnus Andersson 21 2. Are these drivers necessary for supporting bnx2i? Darren DeHaven 1 1. Now, to use that specific interface to query my NAS, I simply specify the iface name on the iscsiadm commandline:. In the below performance graphs it is clear to see that as soon as the switch from software initiator with jumbo frames to hardware initiator without jumbo frames is made, the difference is clear! This type of adapter presents a standard network management adapter and iSCSI offload function on the same port.

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iSCSI Offload on RHEL6

The adapter driver intelligently adjusts host interrupt frequency based on traffic entxtreme to increase overall application throughput. The bnx2 driver is the networking driver; the bnx2i is the iSCSI offload driver; and the cnic driver is the ‘broker’ that supports the features required by the bnx2i iSCSI offload driver.

Whilst the information provided is correct to the best of my knowledge, I am not reponsible for any issues that may arise using this information, and you do so at your own risk. Below is from the iSCSI config guide: I am using open-iscsi initiator and using bnx2i broadcom offload driver However, there are many related drivers – bnx2, bnx2x and cnic drivers available. Thanks in advance, Lemmy.


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Support for multicast addresses via bits hashing hardware function. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2. Sign up using Facebook. It can be only used as software iSCSI initiator.

But there is one brodcom caveat with this Broadcom Advanced Control Suite 2 BACS2a component of the Broadcom iscdi software, is an integrated utility that provides useful information about each network adapter that is installed in your system.

Jumbo Frames do not work and are not supported on offload HW dependant initiators. E2 Presumably, eth5 already has an IP address assigned to it we are hoping to use it for iSCSI communications, after all, and that gets tough if we have no IP configured. Can someone elaborate on the data flow and dependency when using initiator and bnx2i? I believe “cnic” stands for “converged nic”. Therefore, the adapter’s iSCSI offload architecture is unique as evident by the split between hardware and host processing.

By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service. Are these drivers necessary for supporting bnx2i? They make a good choice, as they have good performance, and are significantly cheaper than a full hardware offolad initiator like a QLogic C. By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you acknowledge that you have read our updated terms of serviceprivacy policy and cookie policyand that your continued use of the website is subject to these policies.


[CentOS] iSCSI offload with Broadcom NetXtreme II BCM5709.

Server Fault works best with JavaScript enabled. Using the Broadcom teaming offloxd, you can split your network into virtual LANs VLANs as well as group multiple network adapters together into teams to provide network load balancing and fault tolerance functionality. I tried to get the bnx2i working with dependant iscsi vmware config, but the bnx2i driver would netxtrdme crash and only some vmhba would show up.

I then changed it to use the Broadcom hardware dependant iSCSI initiator without jumbo frames, continuing to monitor the results.

When traffic is light, the adapter driver interrupts the host for each received packet, minimizing latency. I hope this helps. The TOE support on the adapter significantly reduces the host CPU utilization iscdi preserving the implementation of the operating system stack. Assuming your NIC supports it, of course.

Post as a guest Name. In order to use this iface, we just apply the same IP address to the iface as is assigned to the physical interface. Role of iscsi offload driver bnx2i Ask Question. Posted in Red Hat Linux.