General Support in MLNX_OFED

1.0

Operating System

Platform

Default Kernel Version

RHEL/CentOS 7.6

x86_64

3.10.0-957.el7.x86_64

RHEL/CentOS 7.7

x86_64

3.10.0-1062.el7.x86_64

RHEL/CentOS 7.8

x86_64

3.10.0-1127.el7.x86_64

RHEL/CentOS 7.9

x86_64

3.10.0-1160.el7.x86_64

RHEL/CentOS 8.1

x86_64

4.18.0-147.el8.x86_64

RHEL/CentOS 8.2

x86_64

4.18.0-193.el8.x86_64

Ubuntu 18.04

x86_64

4.15.0-20-generic

Ubuntu 20.04

x86_64

5.4.0-26-generic

Kernel 5.5

x86_64

5.5

Notes:

  • 32 bit platforms are no longer supported in MLNX_OFED.

  • For RPM based distributions, if you wish to install OFED on a different kernel, you need to create a new ISO image, using mlnx_add_kernel_support.sh script. See the MLNX_OFED User Manual for instructions.

  • Upgrading MLNX_OFED on your cluster requires upgrading all of its nodes to the newest version as well.

  • All OSs listed above are fully supported in Paravirtualized and SR-IOV Environments with Linux KVM Hypervisor.

The following are the supported non-Linux Virtual Machines in this current MLNX_OFED version:

NIC

Windows Virtual Machine Type

WinOF version

Protocol

ConnectX-3

Windows 2012 R2 DC

MLNX_VPI 5.50

IPoIB, ETH

ConnectX-3 Pro

Windows 2016 DC

MLNX_VPI 5.50

IPoIB, ETH

ConnectX-4

Windows 2012 R2 DC

MLNX_WinOF2 2.40

IB, IPoIB, ETH

ConnectX-4 Lx

Windows 2016 DC

MLNX_WinOF2 2.40

IB, IPoIB, ETH

Warning

Accelerated Switch and Packet Processing (ASAP2) is not supported in this MLNX_OFED version.

Below is a list of all the OSs on which NFSoRDMA is supported.

  • SLES12 SP4

  • SLES12 SP5

  • SLES15 SP1

  • Ubuntu 18.04.3

  • RedHat 7.5

  • RedHat 7.6

  • RedHat 7.7

  • RedHat 7.8

  • RedHat 8.0

  • RedHat 8.1

  • Lustre 2.12.3

  • Lustre 2.13.0

The following are the hardware and software requirements of the current MLNX_OFED version.

  • Linux operating system

  • Administrator privileges on your machine(s)

  • Disk Space: 1GB

For the OFED Distribution to compile on your machine, some software packages of your operating
system (OS) distribution are required.
To install the additional packages, run the following commands per OS:

Operating System

Required Packages Installation Command

RHEL/OL/Fedora

yum install perl pciutils python gcc-gfortran libxml2-python tcsh libnl.i686 libnl expat glib2 tcl libstdc++ bc tk gtk2 atk cairo numactl pkgconfig ethtool lsof

XenServer

yum install perl pciutils python libxml2-python libnl expat glib2 tcl bc libstdc++ tk pkgconfig ethtool

SLES 12

zypper install pkg-config expat libstdc++6 libglib-2_0-0 lib- gtk-2_0-0 tcl libcairo2 tcsh python bc pciutils libatk-1_0-0 tk python-libxml2 lsof libnl3-200 ethtool lsof

SLESS 15

python ethtool libatk-1_0-0 python2-libxml2-python tcsh lib- stdc++6-devel-gcc7 libgtk-2_0-0 tcl libopenssl1_1 libnl3-200 make libcairo2 expat libmnl0 insserv-compat pciutils lsof lib- glib-2_0-0 pkg-config tk

Ubuntu/Debian

apt-get install perl dpkg autotools-dev autoconf libtool auto- make1.10 automake m4 dkms debhelper tcl tcl8.4 chrpath swig graphviz tcl-dev tcl8.4-dev tk-dev tk8.4-dev bison flex dpatch zlib1g-dev curl libcurl4-gnutls-dev python-libxml2 libvirt-bin libvirt0 libnl-dev libglib2.0-dev libgfortran3 automake m4

pkg-config libnuma logrotate ethtool lsof

Warning

This MLNX_OFED version provides long term support (LTS) for customers who wish to utilize ConnectX-3, ConnectX-3 Pro and Connect-IB, as well as RDMA experimental verbs library (mlnx_lib). Any MLNX_OFED version starting from v5.1 and above does not support any of the adapter cards mentioned.

This current MLNX_OFED version supports the following Mellanox network adapter cards firmware versions:

NIC

Recommended Firmware Rev.

Additional Firmware Rev. Supported

ConnectX®-3/ConnectX®-3 Pro

2.42.5000

2.40.7000

ConnectX®-4

12.28.2006

12.27.4000

ConnectX®-4 Lx

14.28.2006

14.27.1016

ConnectX®-5/ConnectX®-5 Ex

16.28.2006

16.27.2008

ConnectX®-6

20.28.2006

20.27.2008

ConnectX®-6 Dx

22.28.2006

N/A

Innova IPsec EN

16.28.2006

16.27.2008

Connect-IB®

10.16.1200

10.16.1020

For the official firmware versions, please see:
https://www.mellanox.com/support/firmware/firmware-downloads

RoCE Modes Matrix

Software Stack / Inbox Distribution

RoCEv1 (IP Based GIDs) Supported as of Version

RoCEv2 Supported as of Version

RoCEv1 & RoCEv2 (RoCE per GID)

Supported as of Version

ConnectX-3/ ConnectX-3 Pro

ConnectX-4/ ConnectX-4 Lx/ ConnectX-5/

ConnectX-5 Ex

ConnectX-3 Pro

ConnectX-4/ ConnectX-4 Lx/

ConnectX-5/ ConnectX-5 Ex

ConnectX-3 Pro/ConnectX-4/ConnectX-4 Lx/

ConnectX-5/ConnectX-5 Ex

MLNX_OFED

2.1-x.x.x

3.0-x.x.x

2.3-x.x.x

3.0-x.x.x

3.0-x.x.x

Kernel.org

3.14

4.4

4.4

4.4

4.4

RHEL

6.6, 7.0

-

-

-

-

SLES

12

-

-

-

-

Ubuntu

14.04.4,

16.04, 15.10

-

-

-

-

Note: Support for ConnectX-5 and ConnectX-5 Ex adapter cards in MLNX_OFED starts from v4.0.

RDMA CM Default RoCE Mode

The default RoCE mode on which RDMA CM runs is RoCEv2 instead of RoCEv1, starting from MLNX_OFED v4.1. RDMA_CM session requires both the client and server sides to support the same RoCE mode. Otherwise, the client will fail to connect to the server.
For further information, refer to RDMA CM and RoCE Version Defaults Community post.

The following are the unsupported functionalities/features/NICs in MLNX_OFED:

  • ConnectX®-2 Adapter Card

  • Relational Database Service (RDS)

  • Ethernet over InfiniBand (EoIB) - mlx4_vnic

  • mthca InfiniBand driver

  • Ethernet IPoIB (eIPoIB)

  • Soft-RoCE

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