7. dpdk-test-compress-perf Tool

The dpdk-test-compress-perf tool is a Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) utility that allows measuring performance parameters of PMDs available in the compress tree. User can use multiple cores to run tests on but only one type of compression PMD can be measured during single application execution. The tool reads the data from a file (–input-file), dumps all the file into a buffer and fills out the data of input mbufs, which are passed to compress device with compression operations. Then, the output buffers are fed into the decompression stage, and the resulting data is compared against the original data (verification phase). After that, a number of iterations are performed, compressing first and decompressing later, to check the throughput rate (showing cycles/iteration, cycles/Byte and Gbps, for compression and decompression).


if the max-num-sgl-segs x seg_sz > input size then segments number in the chain will be lower than value passed into max-num-sgl-segs.

7.1. Limitations

  • Stateful operation is not supported in this version.

7.2. EAL Options

The following are the EAL command-line options that can be used in conjunction with the dpdk-test-compress-perf application. See the DPDK Getting Started Guides for more information on these options.

  • -c <COREMASK> or -l <CORELIST>

    Set the hexadecimal bitmask of the cores to run on. The corelist is a list cores to use.


One lcore is needed for process admin, tests are run on all other cores. To run tests on two lcores, three lcores must be passed to the tool.

  • -w <PCI>

    Add a PCI device in white list.

  • --vdev <driver><id>

    Add a virtual device.

7.3. Application Options

--ptest [benchmark/verify]: set test type (default: benchmark)

--driver-name NAME: compress driver to use

--input-file NAME: file to compress and decompress

--extended-input-sz N: extend file data up to this size (default: no extension)

--seg-sz N: size of segment to store the data (default: 2048)

--burst-sz N: compress operation burst size

--pool-sz N: mempool size for compress operations/mbufs (default: 8192)

--max-num-sgl-segs N: maximum number of segments for each mbuf (default: 16)

--num-iter N: number of times the file will be compressed/decompressed (default: 10000)

--operation [comp/decomp/comp_and_decomp]: perform test on compression, decompression or both operations

--huffman-enc [fixed/dynamic/default]: Huffman encoding (default: dynamic)

--compress-level N: compression level, which could be a single value, list or range (default: range between 1 and 9)

--window-sz N: base two log value of compression window size (default: max supported by PMD)

--external-mbufs: allocate and use memzones as external buffers instead of keeping the data directly in mbuf areas

-h: prints this help

7.3.1. Compiling the Tool

Step 1: PMD setting

The dpdk-test-compress-perf tool depends on compression device drivers PMD which can be disabled by default in the build configuration file common_base. The compression device drivers PMD which should be tested can be enabled by setting e.g.:


7.3.2. Running the Tool

The tool has a number of command line options. Here is the sample command line:

./build/app/dpdk-test-compress-perf  -l 4 -- --driver-name compress_qat --input-file test.txt --seg-sz 8192
 --compress-level 1:1:9 --num-iter 10 --extended-input-sz 1048576  --max-num-sgl-segs 16 --huffman-enc fixed