Stateful Flow Management

Napatech SmartNIC
User Guide

There are a number of benefits of using Stateful Flow Management.

Benefits for packet processing

When using Stateful Flow Management, all packets belonging to the same flow are:
  • Handled in the same way
  • Sent to the same queue, process or thread
  • Have the same flow ID included in the metadata, which enables application acceleration

Benefits for flow processing

When using Stateful Flow Management, flows have these features:
  • Metadata and metrics can be collected in hardware
  • Flow Info records can be delivered to the software at flow termination
  • There is one Flow Info record for each bidirectional flow with metadata and metrics in each direction
  • NetFlow/IPFIX support