Intel's Data Plane Development Kit Now a Linux Foundation Project

DPDK has become a defacto standard tool in many SDN efforts and now it's opening up even further.

By Sean Michael Kerner | Posted Apr 4, 2017
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The Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) was first created by Intel back in 2010 as a suite of tools that helps enable the efficient transfer of packets across the virtualized server infrastructure. DPDK opened up further in 2013 at the DPDK.org effort, but that wasn't quite enough, which is why the project is now moving to the Linux Foundation.

According to the DPDK charter, the mission of the project is to "create an open source, production quality, vendor neutral software platform for enabling fast dataplane I/O, upon which users can build and run data plane applications." DPDK today is a foundational element in many other open-source projects, including Open vSwitch, OPNFV and OpenStack.

"An open governance structure will encourage continued growth and investment in the DPDK developer community,” Jim Zemlin, Executive Director of the Linux Foundation, said in a statement. "We believe the vibrant DPDK developer community will quickly grow in their new home and fuel continued rapid innovation in open networking."

As a Linux Foundation Collaborative Project, DPDK will now benefit from the governance, legal assistance and project hosting that the Linux Foundation provides. The new project already has a long list of members including: ARM, AT&T, Cavium, Intel, Mellanox, NXP, Red Hat, ZTE Corporation, 6WIND, Atomic Rules, Huawei, Spirent, Wind River. Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), University of Limerick, University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Tsinghua University.

"We’re seeing the telecom industry become more collaborative, largely because of commitment in open source and other standards-type processes," Chris Rice, Senior Vice President of AT&T Labs, said in a statement. "The Linux Foundation has a history of aligning the open source communities, and DPDK’s transition to The Linux Foundation helps promote more open collaboration for network packet processing."

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at EnterpriseNetworkingPlanet and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

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