DPDK, Pktgen and Debian 11 with ConnectX5 NIC

Hi. Trying to get Pktgen + DPDK to work with Connect X5 NIC on Debian 11.

Pktgen fails to start and I suspect it’s because the Mellanox EN driver’s DPDK related parts do not support Debian 11 yet.

root@lab-pc mlnx-en-5.4- # ./install --upstream-libs --dpdk

dpkg-query: no packages found matching nvidia-l4t-kernel-headers

Error: The current mlnx-en is intended for debian10.8

Any advice or howto I can follow?

Should I try using the DPKD built-in ConnectX5 support rather?

Is there a way to build the Mellanox DPDK drivers for a later Debian version?

Hello Joe,

Thank you for posting your inquiry on the NVIDIA Networking Community.

Based on the information provided, unfortunate at the moment there is no Debian 11 support for our MLNX_EN/OFED driver.

You can use the rdma-core and the driver which comes with the OS, as long as it is recent. See the following link for the prerequisites → http://doc.dpdk.org/guides/nics/mlx5.html#linux-prerequisites

Thank you and regards,

~NVIDIA Networking Technical Support