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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.

Recent Events

DPDK Summit North America · November 12-13, 2019
Mountain View, California

The agenda covered the latest developments to the DPDK framework and other related projects, including plans for future releases, and provided an opportunity to hear from DPDK users who have used the framework in their applications.

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DPDK Userspace · Sept. 19-20, 2019
Bordeaux, France

The Userspace Summit gathers both users and developers; it is IDPDK’s main event, dedicated to community discussions, architects and maintainers.

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Join the Organizations Supporting DPDK

The work of developing libraries for fast packet processing could not happen without the generous support of our members. Learn more about becoming a DPDK member.

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Participate in the Growing DPDK Developer Community

Development of DPDK is led by a diverse group of technical, open source contributors. We are always looking for help. Learn how you can participate.

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