On Linux, the FIX Engine uses Solarflare Onload Extensions API to support additional features of Solarflare network cards. If you use such network cards, in your system, you can get an additional benefit from advanced features of such network cards. FIX Engine automatically detects if the corresponding Onload library installed in your system and if so, then loads it in run-time and provides an ability to use additional features. In this case, there should be the record, in the FIX Engine log, that the corresponding version of the Onload extension library is used.
EF_TCP_SERVER_LOOPBACKparameters should be used, e.g. :
EF_TCP_CLIENT_LOOPBACK=2 EF_TCP_SERVER_LOOPBACK=2 onload ..
Please see the "Onload User Guide".
Currently, the FIX Engine supports the following Onload features:
When you use the OnixS::FIX::Session::warmUp method, the FIX Engine automatically enables this feature if possible. As a result, you can get the maximal warmup effect including the complete warm-up of the sending path of the TCP stack.
onload_stackdump utility could be used to monitor the usage of this feature.
onload_stackdump lots | grep warm
In order to use this feature you need to use the overloaded OnixS::FIX::Session::send(OnixS::FIX::FlatMessage * msg, SessionSendMode::Enum mode) method with the OnixS::FIX::SessionSendMode::OnloadZeroCopy mode. As a result, you can avoid the additional data copying from an application allocated buffer to the network adapter buffer and can decrease the sending latency.