Software Installation for Linux

Intel® PAC
Napatech SmartNIC
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Software Installation Guide

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This document contains information about SW installation for Linux related to SmartNICs with Napatech Link™ Software.

Napatech Link™ Software provides a kernel mode driver, a user mode service (ntservice), an API (NTAPI), tools for configuring and monitoring SmartNICs, and tools for capturing and generating network traffic using SmartNICs.
Note: SmartNICs with Napatech Link™ Software do not show up as standard network interfaces when you run standard network tools such as ifconfig or ip. You must use Napatech-specific tools to configure and monitor the SmartNICs. In this installation guide, the tools imgctrl (only applies to Napatech SmartNICs) and adapterinfo are used to verify steps in the installation process.
Note: You must install libpcap with Napatech extensions in order to use PCAP applications with SmartNICs running Napatech Link™ Software. This installation guide includes installation of libpcap with Napatech extensions. Please refer to DN-0428 for information about configuration of libpcap with Napatech extensions.
Refer to these documents for information on how to install a Napatech SmartNIC in a server:


In this document the term NT100E3-1-PTP does not include NT100E3-1-PTP-NEBS SmartNICs, the term NT80E3-2-PTP does not include NT80E3-2-PTP-NEBS SmartNICs, the term NT80E3-2-PTP-8×10/2×40 does not include NT80E3-2-PTP-NEBS-8×10/2×40 SmartNICs, the term NT40E3-4-PTP does not include NT40E3-4-PTP-NEBS SmartNICs, and the term NT20E3-2-PTP does not include NT20E3-2-PTP-NEBS SmartNICs. However, the term NT80E3-2-PTP includes NT80E3-2-PTP-8×10/2×40 SmartNICs, except in contexts where the NT80E3-2-PTP-8×10/2×40 SmartNICs are also mentioned specifically, and the term NT80E3-2-PTP-NEBS includes NT80E3-2-PTP-NEBS-8×10/2×40 SmartNICs, except in contexts where the NT80E3-2-PTP-NEBS-8×10/2×40 SmartNICs are also mentioned specifically.