Kernel Bypass Networking

RDMA (Remote Direct Memory Access), TOE (TCP Offload Engine), and OpenOnload. More recently, DPDK (Data Plane Development Kit) has been used in some applications to bypass the kernel, and then there are new emerging initiatives such as (Fast Data Input Output) based on VPP (Vector Packet Processing). More will likely emerge in the future.

Technologies like RDMA and TOE create a parallel stack in the kernel and solve the first problem (namely, the “kernel is too slow”) while OpenOnload, DPDK and (based on VPP) move networking into Linux user space to address both speed and technology plug-in requirements. When technologies are built in the Linux user space, the need for changes to the kernel is avoided, eliminating the extra effort required to convince the Linux kernel community about the usefulness of the bypass technologies and their adoption via upstreaming into the Linux kernel.