Building Open vSwitch with DPDK support


Intel has released a video which shows how to build Open vSwtich with DPDK and launch it.

Intel has prepared a tutorial video which talks about the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), as well as shows how to build it, then build an Open vSwitch with DPDK support, and prepare the host system to run Open Switch.

The 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 and is licensed under the Open Source BSD License.

With containers using fewer system resources than virtual machines, the DPDK improves packet processing throughput when there is a lot of small packets in the network traffic, like for example in telecommunication environments.

The Open vSwitch is a production quality, multilayer virtual switch licensed under the open source Apache 2.0 license. Its design allows massive network automation through programmatic extension while still supporting standard management interfaces and protocols, like NetFlow, sFlow, IPFIX, RSPAN, CLI, LACP, 802.1ag.

The video, which you can see above, is the first of four videos published by Intel Software, focusing on Open vSwitch and the DPDK.


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