DPDK Virtual Devices

DPDK provides drivers for both physical and virtual devices. Physical DPDK devices are added to OVS by specifying a valid PCI address in dpdk-devargs. Virtual DPDK devices which do not have PCI addresses can be added using a different format for dpdk-devargs.


To use any DPDK-backed interface, you must ensure your bridge is configured correctly. For more information, refer to DPDK Bridges.


Not all DPDK virtual PMD drivers have been tested and verified to work.

Added in version 2.7.0.

Quick Example

To add a virtual dpdk devices, the dpdk-devargs argument should be of the format eth_<driver_name><x>, where x’ is a unique identifier of your choice for the given port. For example to add a dpdk port that uses the null DPDK PMD driver, run:

$ ovs-vsctl add-port br0 null0 -- set Interface null0 type=dpdk \

Similarly, to add a dpdk port that uses the af_packet DPDK PMD driver, run:

$ ovs-vsctl add-port br0 myeth0 -- set Interface myeth0 type=dpdk \

More information on the different types of virtual DPDK PMDs can be found in the DPDK documentation.