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fairly fast packet filter
Last modified: Thursday, February 23, 2006 

Fairly fast packet filter (FFPF), an alternative platform for network monitoring under Linux. It is a stream-based networking subsystem for Linux that spans from hardware to userspace to offer high-speed communication paths to all applications. It transparently supports specialized hardware resources and in-kernel processing through safe functional units. FFPF is licensed under the GNU Lesser General Public License (GPL). [Adapted from FFPF Web site]

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FFPF - Theory & Architecture
Integral to FFPF is the concept of flows. Roughly speaking, a flow is to a network what a process is to a computer. We define a flow as a stream of packets that adheres to the same set of characteristics. Thus, all network packets entering a NIC can be grouped into a flow.

FFPF: Fairly Fast Packet Filters
FFPF is a network monitoring framework designed for three things: speed (handling high link rates), scalability (ability to handle multiple applications) and flexibility.

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