Learning DPDK : Java support



DPDK framework is written in C with a purpose to be fast and be able to use HW optimization technics. But there are many languages that people use to write a software. And one of the most popular languages is Java.

So we had a project with a goal to develop a packet capturing Java library. To marry DPDK with JAVA we have chosen JNI.

Building blocks

We have chosen the following approach to create a library that could be linked to Java application.

  1. Build DPDK as a set of dynamic libraries.
    You need to enable CONFIG_RTE_BUILD_SHARED_LIB in the configuration.
  2. Generate C headers using JNI.
  3. Build own dynamic library using DPDK build system.
    You need to include rte.extshared.mk in the library Makefile

Communication between DPDK and JAVA

There are two directions of communication, i.e. from JAVA application to DPDK and the opposite.

Here you need to follow JNI guidelines with the following exceptions.

  1. Do not use DPDK native thread for communication with JAVA but create a dedicated thread using pthread. Otherwise, we observed a crash.
  2. Use JAVA static methods. It is not clear why, but we could not use the regular JAVA methods.


6 thoughts on “Learning DPDK : Java support

  1. Thanks for the nice post, Denys. We are looking for DPDK library for Java to use it in our sip3.io project. Do you have an open source version of this or maybe do you plan to have it?


    • We did not use JAVA in the datapath so there was no impact on performance. Our use case required to capture packets for some time using DPDK, stop the capture and provide access to the captured data from JAVA application.


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