SR-IOV is not just for virtualization anymore!
In my blog posting last week, I pointed you to a video I made discussing and demonstrating Intel Flexible Port Partitioning (FPP). If you haven’t watched the video yet, I think it is worth a view (though I am admittedly biased ).
FPP is a new way to look at using SR-IOV to partition up a single, discrete Intel Ethernet connection into multiple Ethernet devices within an open source Operating System. The quickest and easiest way to understand what I’m talking about is to watch the video.
We have also finished and published a whitepaper that discusses FPP in more details. It discussed what it is, how it works and how it is useful for both Intel 10 Gigabit 1 Gigabit controllers.
The whitepaper: An Introduction to Intel Flexible Port Partitioning Using SR-IOV Technology Technical Brief is intended to be the 1st part of a 2 part series. We are already working in the 2nd part, which will detail the usage of the different tools used to configure FPP and some additional usage models of FPP.
We hope you find the paper of use. Enjoy!