Marker PDU Aligned Framing (iWARP-MPA)

MPA is designed to work as an adaptation layer between TCP and the Direct Data Placement Protocol (iWARP-DDP). It preserves the reliable in-order delivery of (TCP), while adding the preservation of higher-level protocol record boundaries that (iWARP-DDP) requires.


This protocol has been defined in RFC 5044 in October 2007.

Protocol dependencies

Example traffic

Frame 4 (93 bytes on wire, 93 bytes captured)
    Arrival Time: Mar 26, 2008 18:13:03.752331000
    [Time delta from previous captured frame: 0.000040000 seconds]
    [Time delta from previous displayed frame: 0.000040000 seconds]
    [Time since reference or first frame: 0.000147000 seconds]
    Frame Number: 4
    Frame Length: 93 bytes
    Capture Length: 93 bytes
    [Frame is marked: False]
    [Protocols in frame: eth:ip:tcp:iwarp_mpa]
    [Coloring Rule Name: TCP]
    [Coloring Rule String: tcp]
Ethernet II, Src: Ibm_8d:3c:cd (00:11:25:8d:3c:cd), Dst: Ibm_8d:3b:73 (00:11:25:8d:3b:73)
    Destination: Ibm_8d:3b:73 (00:11:25:8d:3b:73)
    Source: Ibm_8d:3c:cd (00:11:25:8d:3c:cd)
    Type: IP (0x0800)
Internet Protocol, Src: (, Dst: (
    Version: 4
    Header length: 20 bytes
    Differentiated Services Field: 0x00 (DSCP 0x00: Default; ECN: 0x00)
    Total Length: 79
    Identification: 0xbc5a (48218)
    Flags: 0x04 (Don't Fragment)
    Fragment offset: 0
    Time to live: 64
    Protocol: TCP (0x06)
    Header checksum: 0x6a2a [correct]
    Source: (
    Destination: (
Transmission Control Protocol, Src Port: 35959 (35959), Dst Port: 4210 (4210), Seq: 1, Ack: 1, Len: 27
    Source port: 35959 (35959)
    Destination port: 4210 (4210)
    Sequence number: 1    (relative sequence number)
    [Next sequence number: 28    (relative sequence number)]
    Acknowledgement number: 1    (relative ack number)
    Header length: 32 bytes
    Flags: 0x18 (PSH, ACK)
    Window size: 5888 (scaled)
    Checksum: 0xb9af [correct]
    Options: (12 bytes)
iWARP Marker Protocol data unit Aligned framing
    Request frame header
        ID Req frame: 4D504120494420526571204672616D65
        0... .... = Marker flag: False
        .0.. .... = CRC flag: False
        ..0. .... = Connection rejected flag: False
        ...0 0000 = Reserved: 0x00
        Revision: 1
        Private data length: 7 bytes
        Private data: 61637469766500


The iWARP-MPA dissector is fully functional with some assumptions on the traffic which we have found to hold in all the recorded traffic so far. According to the RFC 5044 it does not always have to be like that.

Preference Settings

No preference settings.

Example capture file


Display Filter

A complete list of iWARP-MPA display filter fields can be found in the display filter reference

Show only the PROTO based traffic:


Capture Filter

You cannot directly filter iWARP-MPA protocols while capturing. However, if you know the TCP port used (see above), you can filter on that one.

Capture only the iWARP-MPA traffic over port 4711:

 tcp.port == 4711

External links


Imported from https://wiki.wireshark.org/iWARP-MPA on 2020-08-11 23:15:34 UTC