The SPDK block device layer, often simply called bdev, is a C library intended to be equivalent to the operating system block storage layer that often sits immediately above the device drivers in a traditional kernel storage stack. Specifically, this library provides the following functionality:
Bdev module creates abstraction layer that provides common API for all devices. User can use available bdev modules or create own module with any type of device underneath (please refer to Writing a Custom Block Device Module for details). SPDK provides also vbdev modules which creates block devices on existing bdev. For example Logical volumes or SPDK GPT partition table
This guide assumes that you can already build the standard SPDK distribution on your platform. The block device layer is a C library with a single public header file named bdev.h. All SPDK configuration described in following chapters is done by using JSON-RPC commands. SPDK provides a python-based command line tool for sending RPC commands located at
scripts/rpc.py. User can list available commands by running this script with
--help flag. Additionally user can retrieve currently supported set of RPC commands directly from SPDK application by running
scripts/rpc.py get_rpc_methods. Detailed help for each command can be displayed by adding
-h flag as a command parameter.
List of currently available block devices including detailed information about them can be get by using
get_bdevs RPC command. User can add optional parameter
name to get details about specified by that name bdev.
Users can use the
set_bdev_qos_limit RPC command to enable, adjust, and disable rate limits on an existing bdev. Two types of rate limits are supported: IOPS and bandwidth. The rate limits can be enabled, adjusted, and disabled at any time for the specified bdev. The bdev name is a required parameter for this RPC command and at least one of
rw_mbytes_per_sec must be specified. When both rate limits are enabled, the first met limit will take effect. The value 0 may be specified to disable the corresponding rate limit. Users can run this command with
--help for more information.
To remove previously created bdev user can use
delete_bdev RPC command. Bdev can be deleted at any time and this will be fully handled by any upper layers. As an argument user should provide bdev name. This RPC command should be used only for debugging purpose. To remove a particular bdev please use the delete command specific to its bdev module.
The SPDK RBD bdev driver provides SPDK block layer access to Ceph RADOS block devices (RBD). Ceph RBD devices are accessed via librbd and librados libraries to access the RADOS block device exported by Ceph. To create Ceph bdev RPC command
construct_rbd_bdev should be used.
rpc.py construct_rbd_bdev rbd foo 512
This command will create a bdev that represents the 'foo' image from a pool called 'rbd'.
To remove a block device representation use the delete_rbd_bdev command.
rpc.py delete_rbd_bdev Rbd0
The crypto virtual bdev module can be configured to provide at rest data encryption for any underlying bdev. The module relies on the DPDK CryptoDev Framework to provide all cryptographic functionality. The framework provides support for many different software only cryptographic modules as well hardware assisted support for the Intel QAT board. The framework also provides support for cipher, hash, authentication and AEAD functions. At this time the SPDK virtual bdev module supports cipher only as follows:
In order to support using the bdev block offset (LBA) as the initialization vector (IV), the crypto module break up all I/O into crypto operations of a size equal to the block size of the underlying bdev. For example, a 4K I/O to a bdev with a 512B block size, would result in 8 cryptographic operations.
For reads, the buffer provided to the crypto module will be used as the destination buffer for unencrypted data. For writes, however, a temporary scratch buffer is used as the destination buffer for encryption which is then passed on to the underlying bdev as the write buffer. This is done to avoid encrypting the data in the original source buffer which may cause problems in some use cases.
rpc.py construct_crypto_bdev -b NVMe1n1 -c CryNvmeA -d crypto_aesni_mb -k 0123456789123456
This command will create a crypto vbdev called 'CryNvmeA' on top of the NVMe bdev 'NVMe1n1' and will use the DPDK software driver 'crypto_aesni_mb' and the key '0123456789123456'.
To remove the vbdev use the delete_crypto_bdev command.
rpc.py delete_crypto_bdev CryNvmeA
The GPT virtual bdev driver is enabled by default and does not require any configuration. It will automatically detect SPDK GPT partition table on any attached bdev and will create possibly multiple virtual bdevs.
The SPDK partition type GUID is
7c5222bd-8f5d-4087-9c00-bf9843c7b58c. Existing SPDK bdevs can be exposed as Linux block devices via NBD and then ca be partitioned with standard partitioning tools. After partitioning, the bdevs will need to be deleted and attached again for the GPT bdev module to see any changes. NBD kernel module must be loaded first. To create NBD bdev user should use
start_nbd_disk RPC command.
rpc.py start_nbd_disk Malloc0 /dev/nbd0
This will expose an SPDK bdev
Malloc0 under the
/dev/nbd0 block device.
To remove NBD device user should use
stop_nbd_disk RPC command.
rpc.py stop_nbd_disk /dev/nbd0
To display full or specified nbd device list user should use
get_nbd_disks RPC command.
rpc.py stop_nbd_disk -n /dev/nbd0
The SPDK iSCSI bdev driver depends on libiscsi and hence is not enabled by default. In order to use it, build SPDK with an extra
--with-iscsi-initiator configure option.
The following command creates an
iSCSI0 bdev from a single LUN exposed at given iSCSI URL with
iqn.2016-06.io.spdk:init as the reported initiator IQN.
rpc.py construct_iscsi_bdev -b iSCSI0 -i iqn.2016-06.io.spdk:init --url iscsi://127.0.0.1/iqn.2016-06.io.spdk:disk1/0
The URL is in the following format:
The SPDK AIO bdev driver provides SPDK block layer access to Linux kernel block devices or a file on a Linux filesystem via Linux AIO. Note that O_DIRECT is used and thus bypasses the Linux page cache. This mode is probably as close to a typical kernel based target as a user space target can get without using a user-space driver. To create AIO bdev RPC command
construct_aio_bdev should be used.
rpc.py construct_aio_bdev /dev/sda aio0
This command will create
aio0 device from /dev/sda.
rpc.py construct_aio_bdev /tmp/file file 8192
This command will create
file device with block size 8192 from /tmp/file.
To delete an aio bdev use the delete_aio_bdev command.
rpc.py delete_aio_bdev aio0
Malloc bdevs are ramdisks. Because of its nature they are volatile. They are created from hugepage memory given to SPDK application.
The SPDK null bdev driver is a dummy block I/O target that discards all writes and returns undefined data for reads. It is useful for benchmarking the rest of the bdev I/O stack with minimal block device overhead and for testing configurations that can't easily be created with the Malloc bdev. To create Null bdev RPC command
construct_null_bdev should be used.
rpc.py construct_null_bdev Null0 8589934592 4096
This command will create an 8 petabyte
Null0 device with block size 4096.
To delete a null bdev use the delete_null_bdev command.
rpc.py delete_null_bdev Null0
There are two ways to create block device based on NVMe device in SPDK. First way is to connect local PCIe drive and second one is to connect NVMe-oF device. In both cases user should use
construct_nvme_bdev RPC command to achieve that.
rpc.py construct_nvme_bdev -b NVMe1 -t PCIe -a 0000:01:00.0
This command will create NVMe bdev of physical device in the system.
rpc.py construct_nvme_bdev -b Nvme0 -t RDMA -a 192.168.100.1 -f IPv4 -s 4420 -n nqn.2016-06.io.spdk:cnode1
This command will create NVMe bdev of NVMe-oF resource.
To remove a NVMe controller use the delete_nvme_controller command.
rpc.py delete_nvme_controller Nvme0
This command will remove NVMe controller named Nvme0.
The Logical Volumes library is a flexible storage space management system. It allows creating and managing virtual block devices with variable size on top of other bdevs. The SPDK Logical Volume library is built on top of Blobstore Programmer's Guide. For detailed description please refer to Logical volume.
Before creating any logical volumes (lvols), an lvol store has to be created first on selected block device. Lvol store is lvols vessel responsible for managing underlying bdev space assignment to lvol bdevs and storing metadata. To create lvol store user should use using
construct_lvol_store RPC command.
rpc.py construct_lvol_store Malloc2 lvs -c 4096
This will create lvol store named
lvs with cluster size 4096, build on top of
Malloc2 bdev. In response user will be provided with uuid which is unique lvol store identifier.
User can get list of available lvol stores using
get_lvol_stores RPC command (no parameters available).
To delete lvol store user should use
destroy_lvol_store RPC command.
rpc.py destroy_lvol_store -u 330a6ab2-f468-11e7-983e-001e67edf35d
rpc.py destroy_lvol_store -l lvs
To create lvols on existing lvol store user should use
construct_lvol_bdev RPC command. Each created lvol will be represented by new bdev.
rpc.py construct_lvol_bdev lvol1 25 -l lvs
rpc.py construct_lvol_bdev lvol2 25 -u 330a6ab2-f468-11e7-983e-001e67edf35d
The SPDK Passthru virtual block device module serves as an example of how to write a virtual block device module. It implements the required functionality of a vbdev module and demonstrates some other basic features such as the use of per I/O context.
rpc.py construct_passthru_bdev -b aio -p pt
rpc.py delete_passthru_bdev pt
The SPDK pmem bdev driver uses pmemblk pool as the target for block I/O operations. For details on Pmem memory please refer to PMDK documentation on http://pmem.io website. First, user needs to configure SPDK to include PMDK support:
To create pmemblk pool for use with SPDK user should use
create_pmem_pool RPC command.
rpc.py create_pmem_pool /path/to/pmem_pool 25 4096
To get information on created pmem pool file user can use
pmem_pool_info RPC command.
rpc.py pmem_pool_info /path/to/pmem_pool
To remove pmem pool file user can use
delete_pmem_pool RPC command.
rpc.py delete_pmem_pool /path/to/pmem_pool
To create bdev based on pmemblk pool file user should use
construct_pmem_bdev RPC command.
rpc.py construct_pmem_bdev /path/to/pmem_pool -n pmem
To remove a block device representation use the delete_pmem_bdev command.
rpc.py delete_pmem_bdev pmem
The Virtio-Block driver allows creating SPDK bdevs from Virtio-Block devices.
The following command creates a Virtio-Block device named
VirtioBlk0 from a vhost-user socket
/tmp/vhost.0 exposed directly by SPDK vhost Target. Optional
vq-size params specify number of request queues and queue depth to be used.
rpc.py construct_virtio_dev --dev-type blk --trtype user --traddr /tmp/vhost.0 --vq-count 2 --vq-size 512 VirtioBlk0
The driver can be also used inside QEMU-based VMs. The following command creates a Virtio Block device named
VirtioBlk0 from a Virtio PCI device at address
0000:00:01.0. The entire configuration will be read automatically from PCI Configuration Space. It will reflect all parameters passed to QEMU's vhost-user-scsi-pci device.
rpc.py construct_virtio_dev --dev-type blk --trtype pci --traddr 0000:01:00.0 VirtioBlk1
Virtio-Block devices can be removed with the following command
rpc.py remove_virtio_bdev VirtioBlk0
The Virtio-SCSI driver allows creating SPDK block devices from Virtio-SCSI LUNs.
Virtio-SCSI bdevs are constructed the same way as Virtio-Block ones.
rpc.py construct_virtio_dev --dev-type scsi --trtype user --traddr /tmp/vhost.0 --vq-count 2 --vq-size 512 VirtioScsi0
rpc.py construct_virtio_dev --dev-type scsi --trtype pci --traddr 0000:01:00.0 VirtioScsi0
Each Virtio-SCSI device may export up to 64 block devices named VirtioScsi0t0 ~ VirtioScsi0t63, one LUN (LUN0) per SCSI device. The above 2 commands will output names of all exposed bdevs.
Virtio-SCSI devices can be removed with the following command
rpc.py remove_virtio_bdev VirtioScsi0
Removing a Virtio-SCSI device will destroy all its bdevs.