Part VII/A — NVIDIA Mellanox Bluefield-2 SmartNIC Hands-On Tutorial: To Offload or Not To Offload?

Levente Csikor
CodeX
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8 min readMay 3, 2021

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Is it beneficial to offload OvS datapath to the hardware? Does it matter if the kernel or DPDK datapath is offloaded? In this episode, I dig a bit deeper into the OvS offloading matters, and I also explain how the packet processing is done with OvS running on the SmartNIC.

[UPDATE 08/2023]: I…

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Levente Csikor
CodeX
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Researcher with a PhD degree in Computer Science. He writes about tools and experiences to boost your research, and occasionally orthogonal stuff. (cslev.vip)