Solarflare XtremeScale network adapters (X2-series and their predecessors) use
sfc network driver. This is generally available
from three sources:
- Packaged in many Linux distributions such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux.
This is commonly known as ‘in-tree’, ‘in-box’, or ‘boxed’. Depending on the OS version this driver might not support more recent Solarflare XtremeScale adapters, and also does not support any Onload features. You must not use this driver with Onload.
- Downloaded as source RPM from the NIC Software and Drivers web page.
This method for getting the
sfcdriver is recommended when you require the latest driver for non-Onload use.
- Packaged in the OpenOnload/EnterpriseOnload distribution.
sfcdriver is installed along with the other Onload drivers. It supports the specific features of the Onload release. You must always use this bundled driver with Onload.
To ensure the bundled Onload driver
is always loaded following system reboot, any other
drivers can be removed from the OS entirely. See Identifying and Removing Previously Installed Drivers.
Alternatively any Onload startup
script should include the following command to reload the Onload drivers, including the bundled
# onload_tool reload