September 9, 2009

Deep Packet Inspection Engine Goes Open Source

Article Source Ars Technica
September 9, 2009, 4:31 am

Deep packet inspection (DPI) hardware can identify an astonishing array of protocols passing across the Internet—up to and including protocols that are rare even to us in the Orbiting HQ (Gadu-Gadu? Manolito? Feidian?). But if you've ever wondered just how this can be done, and done at wire speed, wonder no more: Europe's leading DPI vendor has open-sourced a version of its traffic detection engine.

OpenDPI.org is the new home for ipoque's open source project; anyone interested can take a look at the code or contribute patches. The goal in this case, though, isn't so much about crowdsourcing product development but about easing consumerfears about DPI technology.