Network performance monitoring
Telemetry is the Art Behind Capturing Network Packet Data
In this context telemetry is remotely collecting data on a given network packet. That data can be where a given packet was at a specific point in time along with the abstracted metadata that represents the network flow the data belongs to. Knowing everything about your network data can enable you to tune application performance while also securing your network. Solarflare provides several different methods for capturing network packet telemetry directly from the card itself or through a performance SolarCapture Pro driver.
SolarCapture Pro Libpcap Driver
Solarflare’s SolarCapture Pro (SCP) is a kernel bypass performance tuned replacement for Libpcap. It is designed to provide a high rate of packet capture to memory, in the 10s of millions of packets per second. SCP supports three operating modes: sniff, steal or both. In sniff mode packets are delivered normally to applications or the network, but a clone of each packet, both transmitted and received packets, is sent to SCP for processing. In steal mode SCP receives all the packets coming into an interface. Finally, both modes can be engaged so that two parallel applications can analyze the same packet streams. To facilitate this SCP has a feature called clustering, which enables the creation of clusters of cores that can then be attached to capture instances for processing. SCP supports Berkley Packet Filter (BPF) which can be applied to capture so that SCP only receives the packets requested while all others follow their normal path.