DPDK is the Data Plane Development Kit that consists of libraries to accelerate packet processing workloads running on a wide variety of CPU architectures.
Designed to run on x86, POWER and ARM processors, it runs mostly in Linux userland, with a FreeBSD port available for a subset of DPDK features. DPDK is licensed under the Open Source BSD License. The most recent patches and enhancements are available for download.
DPDK Library Features
Receive and Send Packets Within the Minimum Number of CPU Cycles
Develop Fast Packet Capture Algorithms (tcpdump-like)
Run Third-Party Fast Path Stacks
Some packet processing functions have been benchmarked up to hundreds million frames per second, using 64-byte packets with a PCIe NIC.
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