Release Notes

NVIDIA DOCA Release Notes

NVIDIA DOCA SDK release notes containing information on new features, bug fixes, and known issues.

DOCA 2.0.2 is the first DOCA version to support NVIDIA® BlueField®-3 DPU. It also natively supports BlueField-2 DPUs.

With the addition of a data-path acceleration (DPA) engine to BlueField-3, DOCA 2.0.2 supports FlexIO SDK and DPA SDK.

General

  • Added DOCA support for BlueField-3 DPUs
    Note:

    DOCA version 2.0.2 supports both BlueField-3 and BlueField-2 DPUs.

  • Added beta-level support for Data Path Accelerator (DPA) SDK
  • Added support for IPsec library in the DOCA for ConnectX package
  • Added new GPUNetIO DOCA library
  • Added support for VirtIO full emulation with Live Migration on BlueField-3
  • Added DOCA support for openEuler OS on the DPU Arm
  • BlueField official OS is Ubuntu 22.04
  • May 18, 2023 – BlueField-3 tuning update for power and performance
  • June 20, 2023 – BlueField-3 tuning update for power and performance
    Important:

    Make sure to deploy the latest installation files in your environment. Notice the updates to the packages listed under the "Installation Files" section in the NVIDIA DOCA Installation Guide for Linux. Please see the versions of the updated DOCA software components under section Embedded Software Components.

Services

  • New DOCA UCC Service (NGC collection): DPU offload of collective communication to the DPU Arm cores
    Note:

    Contact your NVIDIA representative for details and access.

Enhancements

  • Incorporated DOCA Samples into their respective programming guides

Refer to the NVIDIA DOCA Installation Guide for Linux for information on:

  • Setting up NVIDIA DOCA SDK on your BlueField DPU
  • Supported BlueField platforms

3.1. Embedded Software Components

Component Version
BlueField-3 firmware 32.37.1306
BlueField-2 firmware 24.37.1300
ATF v2.2(release):4.0.3-3-g886241c
UEFI 4.0.3-1-g2162ecf
doca_apps 2.0.2027-1
doca_grpc 2.0.2027-1
doca_libs 2.0.2027-1
doca-base 23.04-0.5.3.0
MFT 4.24.0-72
MLNX_DPDK 22.11.1.4.2
SPDK 23.01-6
mlx-regex 1.2-ubuntu1
virtio-net-controller 1.5.18-1
collectx-clxapi 1.13.2
libvma 9.8.20-1
SNAP 4.1.0
mlnx-libsnap 1.5.2-5
flexio 23.4.1494-0
dpacc 1.4.0
ucx 1.15.0-1.2304052
GPUNetIO 2.0.2027-1
rxp-compiler 23.04.1
rxpbench 23.04.0
Rivermax 1.30.16

3.2. DOCA Packages

Device Component Version Description

Host

DOCA SDK 2.0.2 Software development kit package for developing host software
DOCA Runtime 2.0.2 Runtime libraries required to run DOCA-based software applications on host
DOCA Tools 2.0.2 Tools for developers and administrators on host

Arm emulated (QEMU) development container

4.0.3 Linux-based BlueField Arm emulated container for developers

Target BlueField-2 DPU (Arm)

BlueField BSP 4.0.3 BlueField image and firmware
DOCA SDK 2.0.2 Software development kit packages for developing Arm software
DOCA Runtime 2.0.2 Runtime libraries requied to run DOCA-based software applications on Arm
DOCA Tools 2.0.2 Tools for developers and administrators for Arm target

3.3. Supported Operating System Distributions

The default operating system of the BlueField DPU (Arm) is Ubuntu 22.04.

The supported operating systems on the host machine are the following:

Note:

Only the following generic kernel versions are supported for DOCA local repo package for host installation (whether by SDKM or manually).

Host Operation System Kernel Support Arch Support
CentOS 7.6 4.14.0-115.el7a.aarch64 aarch64
3.10.0-957.el7.x86_64 x86
CentOS 8.0 4.18.0-80.el8.x86_64
CentOS 8.2 4.18.0-193.el8.x86_64
RHEL 7.6 3.10.0-957.el7.x86_64
RHEL 8.0 4.18.0-80.el8.x86_64
RHEL 8.2 4.18.0-193.el8.x86_64
Rocky 8.6 4.18.0-372.41.1.el8.x86_64
Ubuntu 18.04 4.15.0-20-generic
Ubuntu 20.04 5.4.0-26-generic
Ubuntu 22.04 5.15.0-52-generic
Debian 10.8 4.19.0-14-amd64
Windows DOCA support for Windows is on DOCA's future roadmap. For Windows driver support, refer to WinOF-2 Release Notes.

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The following table lists the known issues and limitations for this release of DOCA SDK.
Reference Description
3444073 Description: mlxfwreset is not supported in this release.
Workaround: Power cycle the host.
Keyword: mlxfwreset; support
Reported in version: 2.0.2
3448841 Description: While running CentOS 8.2, switchdev Ethernet DPU runs in "shared" RDMA net namespace mode instead of "exclusive".
Workaround: Use ib_core module parameter netns_mode=0. For example:
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Keyword: RDMA; isolation; Net NS
Reported in version: 2.0.2
3365363 Description: On BlueField-3, when booting virtio-net emulation device using a GRUB2 bootloader, the bootloader may attempt to close and re-open the virtio-net device. This can result in unexpected behavior and possible system failure to boot.
Workaround: N/A
Keyword: BlueField-3; virtio-net; UEFI
Reported in version: 2.0.2
3232444 Description: After live migration of virtio-net devices using the VFE driver, the max_queues_size output from the virtnet list may be wrong. This does not affect the actual value.
Workaround: N/A
Keyword: Virtio-net; live migration
Reported in version: 2.0.2
3454119 Description: When retrieving rdma_read result, the data_len field of the destination buffers may be updated to an incorrect length.
Workaround: To avoid the bug, when constructing the destination buffers, make sure the data segment end is aligned with the end of the buffer. To fix the issue after it has occurred, after the job is complete, reset the data_len of each of the destination buffers to its value before the job was submitted.
Keyword: RDMA
Reported in version: 2.0.2
3259805 Description: Following many power cycles on the BlueField DPU, the virtio-net controller may fail to start with the error failed to register epoll in the log.
Workaround: Restart the controller service.
Keyword: Virtio-net; power cycle; epoll
Reported in version: 2.0.2
3448228 Description: On virtio-net devices with LSO enabled, bogus packets may be captured on the SF representor when running heavy iperf traffic.
Workaround: Disable TSO.
Keyword: Virtio-net; iperf
Reported in version: 2.0.2
3373849 Description: Different OVS-based packages can include their own systemd services which prevents /sbin/mlnx_bf_configure from identifying the right one.
Workaround: Use a specific service name in /sbin/mlnx_bf_configure.
Keyword: OVS; systemd
Reported in version: 2.0.2
2706803 Description: When an NVMe controller, SoC management controller, and DMA controller are configured, the maximum number of VFs is limited to 124.
Workaround: N/A
Keyword: VF; limitation
Reported in version: 2.0.2
3380260 Description: Double encryption (running the script twice to encrypt without destroying in between) causes revert failures.
Workaround: N/A
Keyword: IPsec; east-west-overlay-encryption
Reported in version: 2.0.2
3380586 Description: Public key acceleration is not enabled on OpenEuler BFB due to missing configurations in the openssl.cnf file.
Workaround: N/A
Keyword: PKA; OpenSSL
Reported in version: 2.0.2
3273435 Description: Changing the mode of operation between NIC and DPU modes results in different capabilities for the host driver which might cause unexpected behavior.
Workaround: Reload the host driver or reboot the host.
Keyword: Modes of operation; driver
Reported in version: 2.0.2
3440413 Description: DOCA Graph does not work if the first (root) node is of user-data type.
Workaround: N/A
Keyword: Graph; core; failure
Reported in version: 2.0.2
3438222 Description: On BlueField DPU running Rocky, openEuler or Centos8.2 with default huge page size not equal to 2M, rxpbench fails to initialize as no mounted hugetlbfs is found for the 2M size.
Workaround: N/A
Keyword: rxpbench
Reported in version: 2.0.2
3438248 Description: dev_rep API running on the host side sometimes returns DOCA_ERROR_INVALID_INPUT instead of DOCA_ERROR_NOT_SUPPORTED.
Workaround: N/A
Keyword: dev_rep; API; error
Reported in version: 2.0.2
3377199 Description: After installing OpenEuler 20.03sp1 BFB, the 2nd port may raise configured with legacy mode.
Workaround: Reboot the DPU.
Keyword: OpenEuler; legacy
Reported in version: 2.0.2
3362822 Description: Running the gRPC firewall application in interactive mode and trying to add and remove the same entry leads to a failure on the server side which severs the connection to the server.
Workaround: N/A
Keyword: gRPC; firewall; interactive; connection
Reported in version: 2.0.2
3275690 Description: To install DOCA on an Ubuntu 22.04 host, use the following command:
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apt-get install doca-runtime doca-sdk doca-tools openvswitch-switch -y

Workaround: N/A
Keyword: Installation; Ubuntu 22.04; OVS; openvswitch-switch
Reported in version: 1.5.1
3274589 Description: Comm channel fails to initiated in Rocky Linux.
Workaround: N/A
Keyword: Comm channel; Rocky
Reported in version: 1.5.1
3264749 Description: In Rocky and CentOS 8.2 inbox-kernel BFBs, RegEx requires the following extra huge page configuration for it to function properly:
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sudo hugeadm --pool-pages-min DEFAULT:2048M sudo systemctl start mlx-regex.service systemctl status mlx-regex.service

If these commands have executed successfully you should see active (running) in the last line of the output.

Workaround: N/A
Keyword: RegEx; hugepages
Reported in version: 1.5.1
3240153 Description: DOCA kernel support only works on a non-default kernel.
Workaround: N/A
Keyword: Kernel
Reported in version: 1.5.0
3217627 Description: The doca_devinfo_rep_list_create API returns success on the host instead of Operation not supported.
Workaround: N/A
Keyword: DOCA core; InfiniBand
Reported in version: 1.5.0

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