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Vector Packet Processing
Shared Memory Packet Interface (memif) Library


Shared memory packet interface (memif) provides high performance packet transmit and receive between user application and Vector Packet Processing (VPP) or multiple user applications. Using libmemif, user application can create shared memory interface in master or slave mode and connect to VPP or another application using libmemif. Once the connection is established, user application can receive or transmit packets using libmemif API.



  • [x] Slave mode
    • [x] Connect to VPP over memif
    • [x] ICMP responder example app
  • [x] Transmit/receive packets
  • [x] Interrupt mode support
  • [x] File descriptor event polling in libmemif (optional)
    • [x] Simplify file descriptor event polling (one handler for control and interrupt channel)
  • [x] Multiple connections
  • [x] Multiple queues
    • [x] Multi-thread support
  • [x] Master mode
    • [ ] Multiple regions (TODO)
  • [ ] Performance testing (TODO)


This setup will run libmemif ICMP responder example app in container. Install docker engine. Useful link: Docker documentation.

Pull image:

# docker pull ligato/libmemif-sample-service

Now you should be able to see ligato/libmemif-sample-service image on your local machine (IMAGE ID in this README may be outdated):

# docker images
ligato/libmemif-sample-service latest 32ecc2f9d013 About a minute ago 468MB

Run container:

# docker run -it --rm --name icmp-responder --hostname icmp-responder --privileged -v "/run/vpp/:/run/vpp/" ligato/libmemif-sample-service

Example application will start in debug mode. Output should look like this:

ICMP_Responder:add_epoll_fd:233: fd 0 added to epoll
ICMP_Responder:add_epoll_fd:233: fd 5 added to epoll
libmemif version: 2.0 (debug)
memif version: 512
help - prints this help
exit - exit app
conn <index> <mode> [<interrupt-desc>] - create memif. index is also used as interface id, mode 0 = slave 1 = master, interrupt-desc none = default 0 = if ring is full wait 1 = handle only ARP requests
del <index> - delete memif
show - show connection details
ip-set <index> <ip-addr> - set interface ip address
rx-mode <index> <qid> <polling|interrupt> - set queue rx mode
sh-count - print counters
cl-count - clear counters
send <index> <tx> <ip> <mac> - send icmp

Continue with libmemif_example_setup which contains instructions on how to set up connection between icmpr-epoll example app and VPP-memif.

Next steps