Chapter 5. NVMe over fabrics using FC

The NVMe over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe) transport is fully supported in initiator mode when used with certain Broadcom Emulex and Marvell Qlogic Fibre Channel adapters. As a system administrator, complete the tasks in the following sections to deploy the FC-NVMe setup:

5.1. Overview of NVMe over fabric devices

Non-volatile Memory Express (NVMe) is an interface that allows host software utility to communicate with solid state drives.

Use the following types of fabric transport to configure NVMe over fabric devices:

NVMe over Remote Direct Memory Access (NVMe/RDMA)
For information on how to configure NVMe/RDMA, see NVMe over fabrics using RDMA.
NVMe over Fibre Channel (FC-NVMe)
For information on how to configure FC-NVMe, see NVMe over fabrics using FC.

When using Fibre Channel (FC) and Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA), the solid-state drive does not have to be local to your system; it can be configured remotely through a FC or RDMA controller.

5.2. Configuring the NVMe initiator for Broadcom adapters

Use this procedure to configure the NVMe initiator for Broadcom adapters client using the NVMe management command line interface (nvme-cli) tool.

Procedure

  1. Install the nvme-cli tool:

    # yum install nvme-cli

    This creates the hostnqn file in the /etc/nvme/ directory. The hostnqn file identifies the NVMe host.

    To generate a new hostnqn, use the following command:

    # nvme gen-hostnqn
  2. Find the WWNN and WWPN identifiers of the local and remote ports and use the output to find the subsystem NQN:

    # cat /sys/class/scsi_host/host*/nvme_info
    
    NVME Initiator Enabled
    XRI Dist lpfc0 Total 6144 IO 5894 ELS 250
    NVME LPORT lpfc0 WWPN x10000090fae0b5f5 WWNN x20000090fae0b5f5 DID x010f00 ONLINE
    NVME RPORT       WWPN x204700a098cbcac6 WWNN x204600a098cbcac6 DID x01050e TARGET DISCSRVC ONLINE
    
    NVME Statistics
    LS: Xmt 000000000e Cmpl 000000000e Abort 00000000
    LS XMIT: Err 00000000  CMPL: xb 00000000 Err 00000000
    Total FCP Cmpl 00000000000008ea Issue 00000000000008ec OutIO 0000000000000002
        abort 00000000 noxri 00000000 nondlp 00000000 qdepth 00000000 wqerr 00000000 err 00000000
    FCP CMPL: xb 00000000 Err 00000000
    # nvme discover --transport fc \
                    --traddr nn-0x204600a098cbcac6:pn-0x204700a098cbcac6 \
                    --host-traddr nn-0x20000090fae0b5f5:pn-0x10000090fae0b5f5
    
    Discovery Log Number of Records 2, Generation counter 49530
    =====Discovery Log Entry 0======
    trtype:  fc
    adrfam:  fibre-channel
    subtype: nvme subsystem
    treq:    not specified
    portid:  0
    trsvcid: none
    subnqn:  nqn.1992-08.com.netapp:sn.e18bfca87d5e11e98c0800a098cbcac6:subsystem.st14_nvme_ss_1_1
    traddr:  nn-0x204600a098cbcac6:pn-0x204700a098cbcac6

    Replace nn-0x204600a098cbcac6:pn-0x204700a098cbcac6 with the traddr.

    Replace nn-0x20000090fae0b5f5:pn-0x10000090fae0b5f5 with the host-traddr.

  3. Connect to the NVMe target using the nvme-cli:

    # nvme connect --transport fc \
                   --traddr nn-0x204600a098cbcac6:pn-0x204700a098cbcac6 \
                   --host-traddr nn-0x20000090fae0b5f5:pn-0x10000090fae0b5f5 \
                   -n nqn.1992-08.com.netapp:sn.e18bfca87d5e11e98c0800a098cbcac6:subsystem.st14_nvme_ss_1_1

    Replace nn-0x204600a098cbcac6:pn-0x204700a098cbcac6 with the traddr.

    Replace nn-0x20000090fae0b5f5:pn-0x10000090fae0b5f5 with the host-traddr.

    Replace nqn.1992-08.com.netapp:sn.e18bfca87d5e11e98c0800a098cbcac6:subsystem.st14_nvme_ss_1_1 with the subnqn.

Verification

  • List the NVMe devices that are currently connected:

    # nvme list
    Node             SN                   Model                                    Namespace Usage                      Format           FW Rev
    ---------------- -------------------- ---------------------------------------- --------- -------------------------- ---------------- --------
    /dev/nvme0n1     80BgLFM7xMJbAAAAAAAC NetApp ONTAP Controller                  1         107.37  GB / 107.37  GB      4 KiB +  0 B   FFFFFFFF
    # lsblk |grep nvme
    nvme0n1                     259:0    0   100G  0 disk

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5.3. Configuring the NVMe initiator for QLogic adapters

Use this procedure to configure NVMe initiator for Qlogic adapters client using the NVMe management command line interface (nvme-cli) tool.

Procedure

  1. Install the nvme-cli tool:

    # yum install nvme-cli

    This creates the hostnqn file in the /etc/nvme/ directory. The hostnqn file identifies the NVMe host.

    To generate a new hostnqn, use the following command:

    # nvme gen-hostnqn
  2. Reload the qla2xxx module:

    # rmmod qla2xxx
    # modprobe qla2xxx
  3. Find the WWNN and WWPN identifiers of the local and remote ports:

    # dmesg |grep traddr
    
    [    6.139862] qla2xxx [0000:04:00.0]-ffff:0: register_localport: host-traddr=nn-0x20000024ff19bb62:pn-0x21000024ff19bb62 on portID:10700
    [    6.241762] qla2xxx [0000:04:00.0]-2102:0: qla_nvme_register_remote: traddr=nn-0x203b00a098cbcac6:pn-0x203d00a098cbcac6 PortID:01050d

    Using these host-traddr and traddr values, find the subsystem NQN:

    # nvme discover --transport fc \
                    --traddr nn-0x203b00a098cbcac6:pn-0x203d00a098cbcac6 \
                    --host-traddr nn-0x20000024ff19bb62:pn-0x21000024ff19bb62
    
    Discovery Log Number of Records 2, Generation counter 49530
    =====Discovery Log Entry 0======
    trtype:  fc
    adrfam:  fibre-channel
    subtype: nvme subsystem
    treq:    not specified
    portid:  0
    trsvcid: none
    subnqn:  nqn.1992-08.com.netapp:sn.c9ecc9187b1111e98c0800a098cbcac6:subsystem.vs_nvme_multipath_1_subsystem_468
    traddr:  nn-0x203b00a098cbcac6:pn-0x203d00a098cbcac6

    Replace nn-0x203b00a098cbcac6:pn-0x203d00a098cbcac6 with the traddr.

    Replace nn-0x20000024ff19bb62:pn-0x21000024ff19bb62 with the host-traddr.

  4. Connect to the NVMe target using the nvme-cli tool:

    # nvme connect  --transport fc \
                    --traddr nn-0x203b00a098cbcac6:pn-0x203d00a098cbcac6 \
                    --host-traddr nn-0x20000024ff19bb62:pn-0x21000024ff19bb62 \
                    -n nqn.1992-08.com.netapp:sn.c9ecc9187b1111e98c0800a098cbcac6:subsystem.vs_nvme_multipath_1_subsystem_468

    Replace nn-0x203b00a098cbcac6:pn-0x203d00a098cbcac6 with the traddr.

    Replace nn-0x20000024ff19bb62:pn-0x21000024ff19bb62 with the host-traddr.

    Replace nqn.1992-08.com.netapp:sn.c9ecc9187b1111e98c0800a098cbcac6:subsystem.vs_nvme_multipath_1_subsystem_468 with the subnqn.

Verification

  • List the NVMe devices that are currently connected:

    # nvme list
    Node             SN                   Model                                    Namespace Usage                      Format           FW Rev
    ---------------- -------------------- ---------------------------------------- --------- -------------------------- ---------------- --------
    /dev/nvme0n1     80BgLFM7xMJbAAAAAAAC NetApp ONTAP Controller                  1         107.37  GB / 107.37  GB      4 KiB +  0 B   FFFFFFFF
    
    # lsblk |grep nvme
    nvme0n1                     259:0    0   100G  0 disk

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