1. Introduction

This document is a user guide for the testpmd example application that is shipped as part of the Data Plane Development Kit.

The testpmd application can be used to test the DPDK in a packet forwarding mode and also to access NIC hardware features such as Flow Director. It also serves as a example of how to build a more fully-featured application using the DPDK SDK.

The guide shows how to build and run the testpmd application and how to configure the application from the command line and the run-time environment.