linux/Documentation/scsi/cxgb3i.txt
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   1Chelsio S3 iSCSI Driver for Linux
   2
   3Introduction
   4============
   5
   6The Chelsio T3 ASIC based Adapters (S310, S320, S302, S304, Mezz cards, etc.
   7series of products) support iSCSI acceleration and iSCSI Direct Data Placement
   8(DDP) where the hardware handles the expensive byte touching operations, such
   9as CRC computation and verification, and direct DMA to the final host memory
  10destination:
  11
  12        - iSCSI PDU digest generation and verification
  13
  14          On transmitting, Chelsio S3 h/w computes and inserts the Header and
  15          Data digest into the PDUs.
  16          On receiving, Chelsio S3 h/w computes and verifies the Header and
  17          Data digest of the PDUs.
  18
  19        - Direct Data Placement (DDP)
  20
  21          S3 h/w can directly place the iSCSI Data-In or Data-Out PDU's
  22          payload into pre-posted final destination host-memory buffers based
  23          on the Initiator Task Tag (ITT) in Data-In or Target Task Tag (TTT)
  24          in Data-Out PDUs.
  25
  26        - PDU Transmit and Recovery
  27
  28          On transmitting, S3 h/w accepts the complete PDU (header + data)
  29          from the host driver, computes and inserts the digests, decomposes
  30          the PDU into multiple TCP segments if necessary, and transmit all
  31          the TCP segments onto the wire. It handles TCP retransmission if
  32          needed.
  33
  34          On receiving, S3 h/w recovers the iSCSI PDU by reassembling TCP
  35          segments, separating the header and data, calculating and verifying
  36          the digests, then forwarding the header to the host. The payload data,
  37          if possible, will be directly placed into the pre-posted host DDP
  38          buffer. Otherwise, the payload data will be sent to the host too.
  39
  40The cxgb3i driver interfaces with open-iscsi initiator and provides the iSCSI
  41acceleration through Chelsio hardware wherever applicable.
  42
  43Using the cxgb3i Driver
  44=======================
  45
  46The following steps need to be taken to accelerates the open-iscsi initiator:
  47
  481. Load the cxgb3i driver: "modprobe cxgb3i"
  49
  50   The cxgb3i module registers a new transport class "cxgb3i" with open-iscsi.
  51
  52   * in the case of recompiling the kernel, the cxgb3i selection is located at
  53        Device Drivers
  54                SCSI device support --->
  55                        [*] SCSI low-level drivers  --->
  56                                <M>   Chelsio S3xx iSCSI support
  57
  582. Create an interface file located under /etc/iscsi/ifaces/ for the new
  59   transport class "cxgb3i".
  60
  61   The content of the file should be in the following format:
  62        iface.transport_name = cxgb3i
  63        iface.net_ifacename = <ethX>
  64        iface.ipaddress = <iscsi ip address>
  65
  66   * if iface.ipaddress is specified, <iscsi ip address> needs to be either the
  67        same as the ethX's ip address or an address on the same subnet. Make
  68        sure the ip address is unique in the network.
  69
  703. edit /etc/iscsi/iscsid.conf
  71   The default setting for MaxRecvDataSegmentLength (131072) is too big;
  72   replace with a value no bigger than 15360 (for example 8192):
  73
  74        node.conn[0].iscsi.MaxRecvDataSegmentLength = 8192
  75
  76   * The login would fail for a normal session if MaxRecvDataSegmentLength is
  77        too big.  A error message in the format of
  78        "cxgb3i: ERR! MaxRecvSegmentLength <X> too big. Need to be <= <Y>."
  79        would be logged to dmesg.
  80
  814. To direct open-iscsi traffic to go through cxgb3i's accelerated path,
  82   "-I <iface file name>" option needs to be specified with most of the
  83   iscsiadm command. <iface file name> is the transport interface file created
  84   in step 2.
  85
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