General Information

Linux Kernel Upstream Release Notes v6.5

These are the release notes of Mellanox ConnectX-4 onwards adapter cards for NATIVE ESXi Driver for VMware vSphere 6.5. This driver supports the following uplinks to servers.

Version

OS

Uplink Speed

4.16.70.1

ESXi 6.5

10/25/40/50/100GbE

ESXi 6.5:

MLNX-NATIVE-ESX-ConnectX-4-5_4.16.70.1-10EM-650.0.0.4598673.zip - Hypervisor bundle for ESXi 6.5 contains the following kernel modules:

  • nmlx5_core

  • nmlx5_rdma

MLNX-NATIVE-ESX Rev 4.16.70.1 supports the following Mellanox Ethernet HCA and their corresponding firmware version:

HCAs

Minimal Recommended Firmware Rev.

ConnectX-4

12.27.1016

ConnectX-4 Lx

14.27.1016

ConnectX-5 / ConnectX-5 Ex

16.27.2008

ConnectX-6

20.27.2008

ConnectX-6 Dx

22.27.2008

For the latest firmware versions, visit: https://www.mellanox.com/support/firmware/firmware-downloads

Tested Hypervisors

HCAs

Guest Operating System

SR-IOV

ConnectX-4

ConnectX-4 Lx

ConnectX-5/ConnectX-5 Ex

Windows Server 2012 R2

RedHat 6.5
RedHat 6.6
RedHat 7.1
RedHat 7.2
RedHat 7.3
RedHat 7.5

Paravirtualizeda,b (Ethernet Only)

ConnectX-4

ConnectX-4 Lx

ConnectX-5/ConnectX-5 Ex

RedHat 7.5

a. Paravirtualized RDMA is supported only in Linux Operating Systems and in this release it was tested for RedHat 7.5 only.

b. Paravirtualized RDMA is supported in ESXi 6.5U1 build and above.

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