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MXGE(4) DragonFly Kernel Interfaces Manual MXGE(4)
mxge -- Myricom Myri10GE 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapter driver
To compile this driver into the kernel, place the following lines in your
kernel configuration file:
Alternatively, to load the driver as a module at boot time, place the
following line in loader.conf(5):
The mxge driver provides support for PCI Express 10 Gigabit Ethernet
adapters based on the Myricom LANai Z8E chip. The driver supports
Transmit/Receive checksum offload, TCP Segmentation Offload (TSO),
multiple reception queues, multiple tranmission queues and multiple
vector MSI-X. Using multiple vector MSI-X requires that Myri10GE NIC be
capable of MSI-X. Older Myri10GE NICs can be field upgraded to add MSI-X
using the "Myri-10G Network Adapter Toolkit" for FreeBSD or Linux which
is available from
For questions related to hardware requirements, refer to the
documentation supplied with your Myri10GE adapter. All hardware
requirements listed apply to use with DragonFly. For further hardware
information, see http://www.myricom.com.
The mxge driver supports the following media options:
rxpause Enable flow control PAUSE reception. Due to hardware
limitation, this will also enable PAUSE transmission.
txpause Enable flow control PAUSE transmission. Due to hardware
limitation, this will also enable PAUSE reception.
forcepause Force flow control PAUSE operation as configured by rxpause
and txpause media options. This media option can't be turned
For more information on configuring this device, see ifconfig(8). The
mxge driver supports polling(4).
The mxge driver supports 10 Gigabit Ethernet adapters based on the
Myricom LANai Z8E chips:
o Myricom 10GBase-CX4 (10G-PCIE-8A-C, 10G-PCIE-8AL-C)
o Myricom 10GBase-R (10G-PCIE-8A-R, 10G-PCIE-8AL-R)
o Myricom 10G XAUI over ribbon fiber (10G-PCIE-8A-Q, 10G-PCIE-8AL-Q)
X is the device unit number.
By default, the driver will use MSI-X if it is supported. This
behaviour can be turned off by setting this tunable to 0.
If MSI-X is disabled and MSI is supported, the driver will use
MSI. This behavior can be turned off by setting this tunable to
If MSI is used, it specifies the MSI's target CPU.
If MSI-X is used, this value determines the maximum number of
slices the driver will attempt to use. Setting this value to 0
allows driver to enable as many slices as allowed by the number
of CPUs. Each slice is comprised of one reception queue and one
transmission queue. The transmission queue of each slice, except
the first slice, could be disabled. The default value is 0.
If more than 1 slice is enabled, this tunable controls whether
the tranmission queue of each slice should be enabled. Setting
this tunable to 0 will only enable the transmission queue on the
first slice. The default value is 1.
This tunable controls whether standard RSS input hash function or
chip private input hash function should be used. Using standard
RSS input hash function degenerates reception performance
significantly. The default value is 0.
This value delays the generation of all interrupts in units of 1
microsecond. The default value is 150.
The default flow control settings. Supported values are: force-
full (forcefully enable PAUSE reception and transmission).
force-none (forcefully disable flow control PAUSE operation).
Default is force-none.
A number of per-interface variables are implemented in the dev.mxge.X
branch of the sysctl(3) MIB.
firmware_version The version string of firmware that is currently loaded
by the driver. It is read-only.
use_rss See tunable hw.mxge.use_rss. Flipping its value will
cause chip reinitialization.
intr_coal_delay See tunable hw.mxge.intr_coal_delay.
For general information and support, go to the Myricom support website
altq(4), arp(4), ifmedia(4), netintro(4), ng_ether(4), ifconfig(8),
The mxge device driver first appeared in FreeBSD 6.3. It was first
ported to DragonFly 2.3.
The mxge driver was written by Andrew Gallatin <gallatin@FreeBSD.org>.
DragonFly 4.9 May 25, 2017 DragonFly 4.9