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Thanks for you answer. I also found out that Neutron has an API extension to allow administrators and tenants to create "routers" that connect to L2 networks. Known as the "neutron-l3-agent", it uses the Linux IP stack and iptables to perform L3 forwarding and NAT. In order to support multiple routers with potentially overlapping IP addresses, neutron-l3-agent defaults to using Linux network namespaces to provide isolated forwarding contexts. Like the DHCP namespaces that exist for every network defined in Neutron, each router will have its own namespace with a name based on its UUID.