Configure DPDK mode

Trend Micro supports this feature on NSX-T Data Center 3.x only.

Intel Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) is a collection of open-source libraries that have been integrated into VMware to speed up packet processing for services that use VMware Network Introspection. In the case of Deep Security, these services are Firewall, Intrusion Prevention, and Web Reputation.

To take advantage of the performance improvements offered by DPDK, you can configure the Deep Security Virtual Appliance in DPDK mode, as follows.

Before you begin:

  1. Review Deep Security Virtual Appliance requirements. There are specific requirements for DPDK mode.
  2. Make sure you have configured DPDK in VMware. See this VMWare DPDK document for an overview.
  3. Understand that DPDK mode is configured during the appliance deployment. If you already have an appliance up and running, you'll need to redeploy it.

Configure DPDK mode:

  1. Start the appliance deployment (see Deploy the appliance (NSX-T 3.x)) and stop when you get to Configure and start the service deployment under Install the appliance on NSX-T 3.x.
  2. Click Configure Attributes.

    The Configure Attributes dialog box appears.

  3. Find the dpdkMode field and modify the value according to the size of Deep Security Virtual Appliance. The possible values are:
    • -1: Deep Security Virtual Appliance determines the optimal CPU usage for DPDK mode. Specifically:
      • If the appliance OVF has > = 8 CPUs allocated, then in DPDK mode, it will have 4 CPUs allocated.
      • If the appliance OVF has 4 - 7 CPUs allocated, then in DPDK mode, it will have 2 CPUs allocated.
      • If the appliance OVF has 2 - 3 CPUs allocated, then in DPDK mode, it will have 1 CPU allocated.
    • 0 (default): Disables DPDK mode. Deep Security Virtual Appliance uses the RAW Socket mode for Network Introspection.
  4. Click SAVE to start the appliance deployment.
  5. Monitor and verify your deployment following the instructions in Monitor and verify the deployment