Enable OFED/Infiniband support in 11.0-RELEASE by default?

Jeff Roberson jroberson at jroberson.net
Sat Aug 8 06:54:06 UTC 2015

On Fri, 7 Aug 2015, NGie Cooper wrote:

> On Fri, Aug 7, 2015 at 12:29 PM, Mark Johnston <markj at freebsd.org> wrote:
>> On Fri, Aug 07, 2015 at 11:32:00AM -0700, Garrett Cooper wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>>       One of the complaints from engineers at Isilon I?ve received in the past is that Infiniband/OFED stack support isn?t enabled by default in GENERIC. I would like to enable it by default in GENERIC to improve test coverage by a general audience and ensure that bugs introduced elsewhere (build bugs, network interface, kernel interface bugs) aren?t ignored by accident when running make tinderbox builds as it?s not built by default.
>> make tinderbox will build LINT kernels, which for amd64 will include the
>> OFED stack.
>> As Jason pointed out, all of the IB stack (including the Linux compat
>> shims) can already be built as a KLD. Why not just make WITH_OFED the
>> default on amd64 instead? That way the KLDs and userland tools will be
>> built by default, and the size of the kernel needn't grow.
> There are a few issues with just doing WITH_OFED, instead of building
> both the sys/ofed and contrib/ofed separately:
> 1. sys/ofed by itself isn't incredibly useful (as we've seen
> internally). Yes, not building opensm can be done if you're running it
> on an IB switch, but the diagnostic tools are pretty helpful..
> 2. contrib/ofed has seen its fair share of bugs in the past
> compilation wise (either due to interfaces or general header
> compilation issues). I'd rather nip these in the bud ASAP instead of
> delay them.
> 3. Building it just on amd64 might disguise issues with endianness,
> 64-bit issues, etc. Again, I want opensm, etc to be as useful on all
> platforms, if possible.

At least when I originally did the port, architectures other than 
x86/amd64 were not supported because I couldn't find a straightforward way 
to wrap the linux address handling in a way that was compatible with 


> Thanks!
> -NGie

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