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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.

Event Update

DPDK Userspace Summit ⋅ September 22-23 ⋅ Virtual Experience

DPDK Userspace Summit is a community event focused on software developers who contribute to or use DPDK. The event will include presentations on the latest developments in DPDK, as well as in-depth discussions on the topics that are of most interest to the DPDK open source community. The CFP is now open – enter today!

Due to the global situation with COVID-19, DPDK Userspace 2020 will be a virtual experience.

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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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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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