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Chapter 56. Getting started with DPDK

The data plane development kit (DPDK) provides libraries and network drivers to accelerate package processing in user space.

Administrators use DPDK, for example, in virtual machines to use Single Root I/O Virtualization (SR-IOV) to reduce latencies and increase I/O throughput.


Red Hat does not support experimental DPDK APIs.

56.1. Installing the dpdk package

This section describes how to install the dpdk package.


  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux is installed.
  • A valid subscription is assigned to the host.


  • Use the yum utility to install the dpdk package:

    # yum install dpdk

56.2. Additional resources