[dpdk-dev] random pkt generator PMD

Dumitrescu, Cristian cristian.dumitrescu at intel.com
Wed Jun 15 12:43:08 CEST 2016

> -----Original Message-----
> From: dev [mailto:dev-bounces at dpdk.org] On Behalf Of Yerden
> Zhumabekov
> Sent: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 10:44 AM
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> Subject: [dpdk-dev] random pkt generator PMD
> Hello everybody,
> DPDK already got a number of PMDs for various eth devices, it even has
> PMD emulations for backends such as pcap, sw rings etc.
> I've been thinking about the idea of having PMD which would generate
> mbufs on the fly in some randomized fashion. This would serve goals
> like, for example:
> 1) running tests for applications with network processing capabilities
> without additional software packet generators;
> 2) making performance measurements with no hw inteference;
> 3) ability to run without root privileges, --no-pci, --no-huge, for CI
> build, so on.
> Maybe there's no such need, and these goals may be achieved by other
> means and this idea is flawed? Any thoughts?

How about a Perl/Python script to generate a PCAP file with random packets and then feed the PCAP file to the PCAP PMD?

Random can mean different requirements for different users/application, I think it is difficult to fit this  under a simple generic API. Customizing the script for different requirements if a far better option in my opinion.


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