DPDK: Data Plane Development Kit

DPDK is a Linux Foundation Project, developed by hundreds of contributors, supported by strong leading members, and used in a growing ecosystem.

What it is

DPDK is a set of libraries and drivers for fast packet processing.

It is designed to run on any processors. The first supported CPU was Intel x86 and it is now extended to IBM POWER and ARM.

It runs mostly in Linux userland. A FreeBSD port is available for a subset of DPDK features.

DPDK is an Open Source BSD licensed project. The most recent patches and enhancements, provided by the community, are available in master branch.

Main libraries


These libraries can be used to:

Some packet processing functions have been benchmarked up to hundreds million frames per second, using 64-byte packets with a PCIe NIC.

What it is not

DPDK is not a networking stack and does not provide functions such as Layer-3 forwarding, IPsec, firewalling, etc. Within the tree, however, various application examples are included to help developing such features.

Some support and services are provided by several companies.