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OVS DPDK poor performance

asked 2017-08-07 02:25:14 -0500

alp317 gravatar image

I was experimenting with OVS-DPDK based deployment of OpenStack (using tripleo). In the documentation that I followed they suggested to use different datapaths for control plane networks and tenant (VM) networks. For control plane networks Linux bonds were used. While experimenting I deployed the OpenStack with internal api network (a control plane network) on OVS-DPDK, to my surprise the network was working. But after testing it out I found out it was giving very poor performance, around 150 -250 Mbits/s on a 20 Gbits/s bonded network. While the networks on Linux bond were working fine. Now after reading a lot of questions on forums I couldn’t find the answer to this question. Other than a casual mention that it’s a rule of thumb to not use kernel and dpdk datapath ports on the same bridge. Also using the ethtool I found that the tagged vLAN network that I created over dpdk bridge is showing a link speed of 10 Mb/s. Can someone please explain what’s happening here.

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How are you installing Openstack?

ashu gravatar imageashu ( 2017-10-12 05:04:51 -0500 )edit

RedHat Director RHOSP 10.

alp317 gravatar imagealp317 ( 2017-12-18 08:34:52 -0500 )edit

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answered 2018-11-16 09:19:31 -0500

Lee Ballard gravatar image

(Iwork4Dell) Read through the system setup instructions in ovs_perf https://github.com/chaudron/ovs_perf. You need to use tuned to isolate cores and then pin them to the virtio and NIC PMD. If you use a bond you will want to use a DPDK bond and not a kernel bond. If you are using a 2 socket server you may also want to consider NUMA and pin cores to OVS that are in the same NUMA as the PCI slot the NIC is in.

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