fi_fabric man page

fi_fabric — Fabric domain operations

fi_fabric / fi_close : Open / close a fabric domain

fi_tostr : Convert fabric attributes, flags, and capabilities to printable string


#include <rdma/fabric.h>

int fi_fabric(struct fi_fabric_attr *attr,
    struct fid_fabric **fabric, void *context);

int fi_close(struct fid *fabric);

char * fi_tostr(const void *data, enum fi_type datatype);


attr : Attributes of fabric to open.

fabric : Fabric domain

context : User specified context associated with the opened object. This context is returned as part of any associated asynchronous event.


A fabric domain represents a collection of hardware and software resources that access a single physical or virtual network. All network ports on a system that can communicate with each other through their attached networks belong to the same fabric domain. A fabric domain shares network addresses and can span multiple providers.


Opens a fabric provider. The attributes of the fabric provider are specified through the open call, and may be obtained by calling fi_getinfo.


The fi_close call is used to release all resources associated with a fabric domain or interface. All items associated with the opened fabric must be released prior to calling fi_close.


Converts fabric interface attributes, capabilities, flags, and enum values into a printable string. The data parameter accepts a pointer to the attribute or value(s) to display, with the datatype parameter indicating the type of data referenced by the data parameter. Valid values for the datatype are listed below, along with the corresponding datatype or field value.

FI_TYPE_INFO : struct fi_info

FI_TYPE_EP_TYPE : struct fi_info::type field

FI_TYPE_EP_CAP : struct fi_info::ep_cap field

FI_TYPE_OP_FLAGS : struct fi_info::op_flags field, or general uint64_t flags

FI_TYPE_ADDR_FORMAT : struct fi_info::addr_format field

FI_TYPE_TX_ATTR : struct fi_tx_attr

FI_TYPE_RX_ATTR : struct fi_rx_attr

FI_TYPE_EP_ATTR : struct fi_ep_attr

FI_TYPE_DOMAIN_ATTR : struct fi_domain_attr

FI_TYPE_FABRIC_ATTR : struct fi_fabric_attr

FI_TYPE_DOMAIN_CAP : struct fi_info::domain_cap field

FI_TYPE_THREADING : enum fi_threading

FI_TYPE_PROGRESS : enum fi_progress

FI_TYPE_PROTO : struct fi_ep_attr::protocol field

FI_TYPE_MSG_ORDER : struct fi_ep_attr::msg_order field

FI_TYPE_VERSION : Returns the library version of libfabric in string form. The data parameter is ignored.

fi_tostr() will return a pointer to an internal libfabric buffer that should not be modified, and will be overwritten the next time fi_tostr() is invoked. fi_tostr() is not thread safe.


The following resources are associated with fabric domains: access domains, passive endpoints, and CM event queues.

Fabric Attributes

The fi_fabric_attr structure defines the set of attributes associated with a fabric and a fabric provider.

struct fi_fabric_attr {
    struct fid_fabric *fabric;
    char              *name;
    char              *prov_name;
    uint32_t          prov_version;


On input to fi_getinfo, a user may set this to an opened fabric instance to restrict output to the given fabric. On output from fi_getinfo, if no fabric was specified, but the user has an opened instance of the named fabric, this will reference the first opened instance. If no instance has been opened, this field will be NULL.


A fabric identifier.


The name of the underlying fabric provider.

For debugging and administrative purposes, environment variables can be used to control which fabric providers will be registered with libfabric. Specifying "FI_PROVIDER=foo,bar" will allow any providers with the names "foo" or "bar" to be registered. Similarly, specifying "FI_PROVIDER=^foo,bar" will prevent any providers with the names "foo" or "bar" from being registered. Providers which are not registered will not appear in fi_getinfo results. Applications which need a specific set of providers should implement their own filtering of fi_getinfo's results rather than relying on these environment variables in a production setting.


Version information for the fabric provider.

Return Value

Returns FI_SUCCESS on success. On error, a negative value corresponding to fabric errno is returned. Fabric errno values are defined in rdma/fi_errno.h.

See Also

fabric(7), fi_getinfo(3), fi_domain(3), fi_eq(3), fi_endpoint(3)



Referenced By


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fi_tostr(3) is an alias of fi_fabric(3).