Deep packet inspection software PACE 2 by ipoque

R&S®PACE 2

Advanced protocol and application
classification with metadata extraction
for reliable network visibility

OEM deep packet inspection software R&S®PACE 2

R&S®PACE 2 is ipoque's state-of-the-art deep packet inspection (DPI) engine offering advanced protocol and application classification with metadata extraction thus providing real-time application awareness and complete IP traffic visibility up to layer 7 for network equipment and software vendors.

R&S®PACE 2 is a critical enabler for a more secure, reliable, and efficient network. The software library uses DPI, including advanced techniques such as behavioral and statistical analysis and machine learning, to classify network protocols and applications reliably, even in encrypted traffic.

When our market-leading OEM deep packet inspection software is embedded into network and security solutions, vendors can concentrate on their core competencies and clients benefit from reduced cybersecurity risks, data-driven decision-making and increased productivity.

Features & benefits of R&S®PACE 2

Protocol and application classification, metadata extraction and encrypted traffic intelligence

  • Real-time IP traffic classification including several thousands of protocols, applications and their service types, such as video, audio, file transfer, etc.
  • Metadata parameters such as bandwidth usage, traffic volume, connection duration or attachment types and quality of service /quality of experience indicators such as jitter, throughput or packet loss
  • Encrypted traffic intelligence by combining advanced techniques and behavioral and statistical analysis as well as machine learning (ML) to classify applications and protocols despite encryption and obfuscation


We use highly automated testing frameworks and setups to detect any application change and to ensure that R&S®PACE 2 is always up-to-date.

This short video on YouTube gives a brief introduction to our DPI software R&S®PACE 2 and its functionality.

  • NAT plug-in: detection of devices behind routers using network address translation (NAT), including smartphones using mobile tethering
  • Dynamic Upgrade: R&S®PACE 2 offers live updates without interruptions integrating weekly software releases during runtime
  • Extension Interface: R&S®PACE 2 customers can implement their own code, such as traffic identifiers (own classifications), during the packet processing and produce customized events
  • Multiprocessing: R&S®PACE 2 is designed for symmetric multiprocessing systems and supports uniform (UMA) and non-uniform memory access (NUMA)
  • Fastpath: If no additional processing is necessary, the Fastpath feature drops all upcoming packets of a flow after the flow has been classified
  • Client-Server Indication: enables targeted tracking of internal network users to significantly reduce memory requirements
  • Memory Management: memory usage can be optimized in an individual way
  • Configuration Dictionary: provides a string-based and binary-compatible way to configure R&S®PACE 2 to handle options unknown to a specific software version
  • Processing States: reveals the relative amount of time spent on processing during runtime
  • Time-to-market and cost savings: reduced development time and capex/opex
  • Easy and fast integration: highly flexible API for integration, platform-agnostic software, no external dependencies
  • Superior service and support: adaptable to individual needs with designated support engineers
  • Fast performance and linear scalability: throughput of 14 Gbps per core, on average
  • High efficiency: most efficient memory usage and easiest CPU integration on the market
  • Accuracy and reliability: classifies over 95 % of network traffic with a time resolution down to nanoseconds
  • Coverage: real-time classification of protocols and applications for all verticals and regions across diverse operating systems, application versions and service types
  • Metadata extraction: detailed insights into application-centric statistics for QoS/QoE, for example, KPIs on network performance for applications such as
    VoIP and video streaming
  • Always up to date: weekly signature updates, including additions to the classification library
  • Dynamic upgrades: No downtimes thanks to dynamic upgrades
  • Future-proof: prepared for network automation and optimized to run in virtual environments (supports KVM, VMware, Hyper-V and Xen)

R&S®PACE 2 can be deployed in a variety of network analytics and security solutions. The multitude of use cases and deployments reflects the adaptability, flexibility and scalability of R&S®PACE 2 and the benefits of licensing DPI software. The following list mentions some reference use cases for deep packet inspection in telco and cybersecurity solutions.

  • Digitial experience monitoring (DEM)/ Application performance monitoring (APM)/ Network performance management (NPM): DPI enables insights into customer behavior and bandwidth demand to diagnose application performance issues and bottlenecks in the network
  • SD-WAN: only intelligent or application-aware SD-WAN solutions can ensure advanced security, optimize user experience, enable real-time business decisions, improve customer service, and increase business productivity
  • Virtual evolved packet core (vEPC): extensive coverage of VPNs and anonymizer signatures and detection of DNS tunneling of R&S®PACE 2 allows vEPC vendors to prevent policy bypassing and zero-rating fraud
  • Wireless access points (WAP): DPI contributes to the smooth running of critical business operations strengthening network security and efficiency by limiting potential threats and prioritizing key business traffic
  • Next-generation firewalls (NGFW): granular insights provided by R&S®PACE 2 enable next-generation firewalls to protect their users from rapidly evolving new cyber threats arising from the cloud era, IOT or the ‘bring your own device’ (BYOD) trend
  • Web application firewalls (WAF): real-time insights into network traffic help to efficiently trace and identify malicious activities to ensure that cyber attacks are stopped before they reach web servers
  • Security Information and Event Management (SIEM): with DPI SIEMs can typically reduce time to discovery and containment from weeks to days
  • Security and threat intelligence solutions: DPI helps to tackle the latest security breaches with advanced analytics in Intrusion Detection and Intrusion Prevention Systems (IDS/ IPS) or cloud-based security solutions
  • Service assurance and analytics: DPI helps to gain business intelligence from network and subscriber data to unlock value and monetize new services


Follow the links in the text to learn more about how each solution benefits from deep packet inspection technology by R&S®PACE 2.

  • Developed entirely in C to deliver the highest performance
  • Optimized code for high-end multicore technologies
  • Multiprocessing support enables almost linear scalability on multicore systems
  • Market-leading performance of an average throughput of 14 Gbps per core


Detailed R&S®PACE 2 performance values for different scenarios can be found in our R&S®PACE 2 solution guide and Intel performance whitepaper.

    With R&S®PACE 2, we are proud to offer a top-notch service you can trust and that keeps you operative and your projects running at full pace.
    Our approach anticipates issues before they occur. Whenever you need us, we offer reliable, expert-level support.

    • Online ticket tracking system for fast and easy issue reporting
    • Various support channels:
      Web: Customer portal and ticket tracking system
      Email: Customer support email address
      Phone: Customer support hotline
    • Customer portal for software releases and maintenance
    • Emergency and hotline service
    • Adaptable SLAs
    • Integration consulting
    • Remote assistance & technical consulting
    • On-site support
    • Monthly report on support performance
    • Proactive communication and alerts
    • Dedicated support account manager
    • Individual consulting and feature requests


    With ipoque's full range of services, a deep understanding of our clients’ needs and the right tools, we regularly exceed our clients’ expectations. Learn more about our service promise.

    Signature updates DPI software RS PACE 2

    Network traffic classification expertise

    How many protocols and applications can R&S®PACE 2 classify?

    The ipoque DPI engine R&S®PACE 2 classifies a huge amount of protocols and applications covering different regions, areas and verticals across diverse
    operating systems, application versions and service types. Thanks to weekly signature and regular protocol updates, network equipment and software vendors can rely on a classification library that is always up-to-date. Constant attention to new releases of applications and their behavior on different devices, with different operating systems and in different networks, ensures a high level of accurate application classification at any time. Weekly releases can be integrated into the library smoothly during runtime.

    ipoque ensures the highest classification accuracy by using a wide variety of leading-edge classification techniques such as machine learning (ML) or behavioral and statistical analysis. By combining them, R&S®PACE 2 can classify applications and protocols reliably despite encryption and obfuscation.

    Our protocol expertise includes the extensive coverage of VPN, anonymizer and DNS tunneling protocols. The broad classification portfolio also includes machine-to-machine (M2M), IT, IoT and OT protocols and countless business and mobile applications and application service types across all verticals and regions.

    R&S®PACE 2 integration

    The integration of R&S®PACE 2 enhances any networking and cybersecurity solution without much effort.

    The DPI engine is built as a software library ensuring easy and fast integration and updates. R&S®PACE 2 is platform-agnostic, supporting x86, ARM, Cavium Octeon, Power PC, etc. and runs on Unix operating systems, such as Linux, Mac, FreeBSD, etc., using a C interface. Thanks to open APIs, integration examples and superior service and support, R&S®PACE 2 can be swiftly embedded into any new or existing solution. With its flexible design, R&S®PACE 2 can be adapted to solutions from small routers up to large carrier networks.

    The elaborated integration process includes a free proof-of-concept (PoC) phase that enables customers to test R&S®PACE 2 and validate its benefits within their solution. Integration examples and an internal tracking component allow testing the integration of R&S®PACE 2 without much effort. In simple setups, R&S®PACE 2 can be integrated remotely in a couple of hours, with only a few hundred lines of code.

    Protocol and application classification with deep packet inspection (DPI)

    R&S®PACE 2

    Bring actionable intelligence
    to your network solutions
    with state-of-the-art DPI

    Our experience - your benefit

    Why choose R&S®PACE 2?

    Since 2005, ipoque has been shaping the market with advanced DPI. Our DPI software R&S®PACE 2 and its advanced features incorporate highly sophisticated technologies that support network equipment and software vendors in achieving network visibility and building application-aware network solutions.

    DPI-based packet classification is the core of the library and it is based on a multitude of signatures that are updated on a weekly basis. Advanced DPI technology by ipoque provides granular IP traffic classification including protocols, applications and their service types such as video, audio, file transfer. By embedding the OEM software R&S®PACE 2, solution vendors add real-time application visibility to their products and keep up with the dynamic changes in protocols and applications. Integrating R&S®PACE 2 as a software component helps to save resources for your core business.

    NAT-plug-in by ipoque

    Tethering transparency

    Detect unauthorized NAT devices in a network to uncover mobile tethering fraud and prevent cyberattacks

    Further material to download

    Request R&S®PACE 2 pricing

    Please fill out this contact form to get in touch with us.

    For more details about how we protect your privacy and information, please read our privacy policy.

    Your rights

    This declaration of consent may be withdrawn at any time by sending an email with the subject "Unsubscribe" to news.ipoque@rohde-schwarz.com. Additionally, a link to unsubscribe from future email advertisements is contained in each email sent. Further details on the use of personal data and the withdrawal procedure are set out in the "Statement of Privacy".

    What does this mean in detail?

    I agree that ROHDE & SCHWARZ GmbH & Co. KG and ipoque GmbH, a ROHDE & SCHWARZ company may contact me via the chosen channel (email or postal mail) for marketing and advertising purposes (e.g. information on special offers and discount promotions) related to, but not limited to, products and solutions in the fields of test and measurement, secure communications, monitoring and network testing, broadcast and media, and cybersecurity.