PacketMMAP and DPDK Drivers on VM-Series Firewalls

PacketMMAP and DPDK drivers on VM-Series firewall deployments.
The VM-Series firewall supports the PacketMMAP and Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) drivers listed in the tables below. VM-Series firewalls use their own drivers to communicate with the drivers on the host. You should install host-driver versions that are equal to or later than the driver versions on your VM-Series firewall.
To choose host drivers for SR-IOV:
  • KVM
    —On your KVM host, install a physical function (PF) driver version that is equal to or later than the virtual function (VF) native driver version listed below.
  • ESXi
    —Refer to the VMware Compatibility Matrix and install the latest driver for the firmware version (PF=i40e, VF=i40evf).
For more on communication between VF drivers on the VM-Series firewall, and PF drivers on the host (the hypervisor), see PacketMMAP and DPDK Drivers on VM-Series Firewalls in the VM-Series Deployment Guide.

SR-IOV Access Mode

VM-Series firewalls support SR-IOV Access Mode on KVM and ESXi hypervisors. To enable single root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) access mode, you can include the bootstrap parameter
plugin-op-commands=sriov-access-mode-on
in the
initcfg.txt
file.
  • KVM
    —Requires PAN-OS 9.1.5 or a later PAN-OS release with VM-Series plugin 2.0.1 or a later plugin version.
  • ESXi
    —Requires PAN-OS 9.1.5 or a later PAN-OS 9.1 release or PAN-OS 10.0.1 or a later PAN-OS release—with VM-Series plugin 2.0.5 or a later plugin version.

PacketMMAP Driver Versions

VM-Series firewalls use their virtual function (VF) drivers to communicate with the host's physical function (PF) drivers during SR-IOV. For example, i40e is a PF driver and i40evf is a VF driver.
PAN-OS Version
Driver Filename
Virtual Firewall Native Drivers (Linux Version)
Comment
8.1
bnx2x
1.713.36-0
igb
5.2.15
igbvf
2.0.2
9.0
bnx2x
1.713.36-0
i40/i40e
1.3.49
i40evf
1.2.25
igb
5.2.15
igbvf
2.0.2
ixgbe
4.2.0.4.1
ixgbevf
2.14.2
9.1
bnx2x
1.713.36-0
i40e
2.3.2
i40evf
3.2.2
Compatible with i40en host driver.
igb
5.4.0
igbvf
2.4.0
ixgbe
5.1.0
The minimum version for multiple queues is 4.2.5
ixgbevf
4.1.0
10.0
bnx2x
1.713.36-0
i40e
2.3.2
i40evf
3.2.2
Compatible with i40en host driver.
igb
5.4.0
igbvf
2.4.0
ixgbe
5.1.0
The minimum version for multiple queues is 4.2.5
ixgbevf
4.1.0
mlnx-en
4.6
10.1
bnx2x
1.712.30-0
i40e
2.13.10
iavf
3.2.3
i40evf renamed to iavf; still compatible with i40en host driver.
igb
5.4.0
igbvf
2.4.0
ixgbe
5.1.0
The minimum version for multiple queues is 4.2.5
ixgbevf
4.1.0
mlnx-en
4.9

DPDK Driver Versions

When the firewall is in DPDK mode, it uses DPDK drivers. Please check the official DPDK release notes for more information.
By default DPDK is enabled on VM-Series firewalls as stated below. If the VM-Series firewall detects an unsupported driver, the firewall reverts to PacketMMap mode.
Hypervisor
Virtual Driver
NIC Drivers
KVM
virtio
ixgbe, ixgbevf, i40e, i40evf, and mlnx-en (PAN-OS 10.0 and later)
ESXi
VMXNET3
ixgbe, ixgbevf, i40e, i40evf
See VM-Series for KVM and VM-Series for VMWare vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) for PAN-OS versions that support DPDK, DPDK with SR-IOV, or DPDK with Virtio.
PAN-OS Version
DPDK Version
Comment
8.1
16.07
9.0
16.07
9.1
18.11
10.0
18.11.2
10.1
19.11.3

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