DPDK is packaged by various distributions for multiple platforms and architectures. Popular distributions with packages for DPDK include:

Open Source Projects Consuming DPDK

DPDK’s growing and robust community of member organizations and cross-industry partners spans hardware vendors, physical and virtual network drivers, and other open source organizations that consume DPDK. See below for a full list of up and down-stream open source projects that consume DPDK.
  • Packet-journey – Userland router

  • Pktgen-dpdk – Packet generator

  • PcapPlusPlus – C++ packet parsing framework
  • Ruru – Real-time TCP latency monitoring

  • Seastar – open-source C++ framework

  • SPDK – Storage Performance Development Kit

  • TRex – Stateful Traffic Generator

  • WARP17 – Stateful Traffic Generator

  • YANFF –  NFF-Go -Network Function Framework for GO (former YANFF)

  • YAStack –  DPDK with L7 Envoy Proxy

Support, Service & Training For DPDK

The DPDK ecosystem includes organizations that provide services, support, and instructor-led training courses for DPDK environments.

Instructor-Led Training

Supported Hardware

DPDK supports a broad range of Network Interface Controllers (NICs) and various other device drivers and configurations. Click on individual manufacturer below for supported device list.

Supported Drivers

The supported drivers may be classified in two categories: Physical for Real Devices and Virtual for Emulated Devices.

Some physical devices may be shaped through a virtual layer as for SR-IOV. The interface seen in the virtual environment is a VF (Virtual Function). The ethdev layer exposes an API to use the networking functions of these devices. The bottom half part of ethdev is implemented by the drivers. Thus some features may not be implemented. There are more differences between drivers regarding some internal properties, portability or even documentation availability. Most of these differences are summarized below.


Hardware and software drivers for wireless baseband accelerators.

  • null
  • turbo_sw


Bus drivers for identifying and configuring hardware for DPDK.

  • dpaa
  • fslmc
  • ifpga
  • pci
  • vdev


Hardware and software drivers for compression.

  • isa-l
  • Octeontx Zip
  • Intel(R) Quick Assist (QAT)
  • ZLIB


Hardware and software drivers for crypto.

  • aesni-gcm
  • aesni-mb
  • armv8
  • ccp
  • dpaa2_sec
  • dpaa_sec
  • kasumi
  • mvsam
  • null
  • openssl
  • qat
  • scheduler
  • snow3g
  • virtio
  • zuc


Hardware and software drivers that support an event-driven model in DPDK.

  • dpaa
  • dpaa2
  • octeontx
  • opdl
  • skeleton
  • sw


Memory pool drivers.

  • bucket
  • dpaa
  • dpaa2
  • octeontx
  • ring
  • stack


Network interface controller drivers.

  • af_packet
  • ark
  • avf
  • avp
  • axgbe
  • bnx2x
  • bnxt
  • bonding
  • cxgbe
  • dpaa
  • dpaa2
  • e1000
  • ena
  • enic
  • failsafe
  • fm10k
  • i40e
  • ifc
  • ixgbe
  • kni
  • liquidio
  • mlx4
  • mlx5
  • mvpp2
  • nfp
  • null
  • octeontx
  • pcap
  • qede
  • ring
  • sfc
  • softnic
  • szedata2
  • tap
  • thunderx
  • vdev_netvsc
  • vhost
  • virtio
  • vmxnet3


Drivers for device types that don’t yet have their own specific API in DPDK.

  • dpaa2_cmdif
  • dpaa2_qdma
  • ifpga_rawdev
  • skeleton_rawdev


DPDK is comprised of a robust community of member organizations committed to enabling accessible fast packet processing to help move the networking industry forward.  Join your industry peers in helping build and shape the DPDK ecosystem, its use cases and applications,  as we usher in the next evolution of innovative network solutions.

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