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-.. _os-nosdn-ovs_dpdk-noha:
-.. OPNFV - Open Platform for Network Function Virtualization
-.. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
-User Space Accelerated OVS scenario: os-nosdn-ovs_dpdk-noha Overview and Description
-.. toctree::
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- :maxdepth: 4
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-.. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
-.. (c) <optionally add copywriters name>
-This document provides scenario level details for Euphrates 1.0 of
-deployment with no SDN controller and DPDK enabled Open vSwitch.
-NFV and virtualized high performance applications, such as video processing,
-require Open vSwitch to be accelerated with a fast data plane solution that
-provides both carrier grade forwarding performance, scalability and open
-A key component of any NFV solution is the virtual forwarder, which should
-consist of soft switch that includes an accelerated data plane component. For
-this, any virtual switch should make use of hardware accelerators and optimized
-cache operation to be run in user space.
-Scenario components and composition
-This scenario enables high performance data plan acceleration by utilizing
-DPDK enabled Open vSwitch (OVS). This allows packet switching to be isolated
-to particular hardware resources (CPUs, huge page memory allocation) without
-kernel interrupt or context switching on the data plane CPU.
-Tenant networking leverages Open vSwitch accelerated with a fast user space
-data path such. OVS with the Linux kernel module data path is used for all
-other connectivity, such as connectivity to the external network (i.e. br-ex)
-is performed via non-accelerated OVS.
-Scenario Configuration
-Due to the performance optimization done by this scenario, it is recommended to
-set some performance settings in the deploy settings in order to ensure maximum
-performance. This is not necessary unless doing a baremetal deployment. Note,
-this scenario requires taking the NIC mapped to the tenant network on the
-compute node and binding it to DPDK. This means it will no longer be
-accessible via the kernel. Ensure the NIC that is mapped to the Compute
-Tenant network supports DPDK.
-Make a copy of the deploy settings file, os-nosdn-ovs_dpdk-noha.yaml. Under
-the kernel options for Compute, edit as follows:
- - hugepagesz: the size of hugepages as an integer, followed by unit M
- (megabyte) or G (gigabyte).
- - hugepages: number of hugepages of hugepagesz size. Huge page memory will be
- used for OVS as well as each nova instance spawned. It is a good idea to
- allocate the maximum number possible, while still leaving some non-huge page
- memory available to other processes (nova-compute, etc).
- - isolcpus: comma-separated list of CPUs to isolate from the kernel. Isolated
- CPUs will be used for pinning OVS and libvirtd to.
-Under the performance->Compute->ovs section, edit as follows:
- - socket_memory: the amount of huge page memory in MB to allocate to allocate
- per socket to OVS as a comma-separated list. It is best to allocate the
- memory to the socket which is closest to the PCI-Express bus of the NIC
- to be used with OVS DPDK for tenant traffic.
- - pmd_cores: comma-separated list of cores to pin to the poll-mode driver in
- OVS. OVS DPDK will spawn TX/RX PMD threads to handle forwarding packets.
- This setting identifies which cores to pin these threads to. For best
- performance, dedicate at least 2 isolated cores on the same NUMA node where
- socket_memory was assigned.
- - dpdk_cores: comma-separated list of cores to pin OVS lcore threads to.
- These threads do validation and control handling and it may not have any
- impact on performance to include this setting.
-Under the performance->Compute section. Add a nova subsection and include
-the following setting:
- - libvirtpin: comma-separated list of CPUs to pin libvirt (nova) instances to.
- For best results, set this to be one or more CPUs that are located on the
- same NUMA node where OVS socket memory was dedicated.
-Now deploy with the modified deploy settings file.
-Limitations, Issues and Workarounds
-* _APEX-415 br-phy dpdk interfaces are not brought up by os-net-config
-For more information on the OPNFV Euphrates release, please visit