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Ixia-c Prerequisites

System Prerequisites


The minimum memory and cpu requirements for a basic use-case are as follows:

  • keng-controller: Each instance requires at least 10m CPU core and 25Mi RAM.
  • ixia-c-traffic-engine: Each instance requires 200m CPU core per test port, plus one shared CPU core and 60Mi RAM. Generic formula for CPU cores is 1 + 2 * number_of_ports.
  • ixia-c-protocol-engine: Each instance requires 200m CPU core and 350Mi RAM per port.

For more granularity on resource requirements for advanced deployments, see Resource requirements.

OS and Software

  • x86_64 Linux Distribution (Centos 7+ or Ubuntu 18+ have been tested)
  • Docker 19+ (as distributed by
  • For test-environment,
    • Python 3.6+ (with pip) or
    • Go 1.17+

Software Prerequisites


  • Docker Engine (Community Edition)


  • Ensure that you have python and pip installed on your system.

    You may have to use python3 or absolute path to python executable depending on the Python Installation on your system.

    python -m pip --help

    If you do not see a help message, see pip installation guide, .

  • It is recommended that you use a python virtual environment for development.

    python -m pip install --upgrade virtualenv
    # create virtual environment inside `env/` and activate it.
    python -m virtualenv env
    # on linux
    source env/bin/activate
    # on windows
    env\Scripts\activate on Windows

If you do not want to activate the virtual env, use env/bin/python (or env\scripts\python on Windows) instead of python.

Network Interface Prerequisites

In order for ixia-c-traffic-engine to function, several settings need to be tuned on the host system. They are as follows:

  1. Ensure that all the existing network interfaces are Up and have Promiscuous mode enabled.

  2. The following example illustrates a sample configured interface eth1

    # check interface details
    ip addr
    # configure as required
    ip link set eth1 up
    ip link set eth1 promisc on
  3. (Optional) You need to create the veth interface pairs, to deploy the ixia-c-traffic-engine against them.

    # create veth pair veth1 and veth2
    ip link add veth1 type veth peer name veth2
    ip link set veth1 up
    ip link set veth2 up