Could you help with that odd network behavior?

asked 2013-03-25 10:49:51 -0600

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updated 2013-04-10 18:05:44 -0600

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Hello everyone,

I use Openstack Quantum for my network management and set up an deployment accordingly to this guide: OpenStackFolsomInstallGuideWebVersion.rst from github. (Not allowed to post links)

Everything is working well except the network. I can ping the VMs over the associated floating IPs and also connect via SSH. Put the results of the ping are very odd. They start at 200ms and went down to 100ms. Each ping takes 1ms less than the previous. After reaching a ping of 100ms it goes up to 200ms again. The output of an ping can be found at the end of the question.

I pinged the Floating IP from another VM with the floating IP Also the data rate of an download into this VM is very slow. Although the network hardware between the web server and the VM provides at least 100Mb/s the download proceeds with 600KB/s.

Could you give me some hints, where to tweak my installation?

Regards, Hikhvar

The ping output, since I have not enough karma to post links:

PING ( 56(84) bytes of data. 
64 bytes from icmp_req=1 ttl=63 time=168 ms
64 bytes from icmp_req=2 ttl=63 time=155 ms
64 bytes from icmp_req=3 ttl=63 time=154 ms 
64 bytes from icmp_req=4 ttl=63 time=153 ms 
64 bytes from icmp_req=5 ttl=63 time=152 ms 
64 bytes from icmp_req=6 ttl=63 time=151 ms 
64 bytes from icmp_req=7 ttl=63 time=150 ms 
64 bytes from icmp_req=8 ttl=63 time=149 ms 
64 bytes from icmp_req=9 ttl=63 time=148 ms 
64 bytes from icmp_req=10 ttl=63 time=146 ms 
64 bytes from icmp_req=11 ttl=63 time=145 ms 
64 bytes from icmp_req=12 ttl=63 time=144 ms 
64 bytes from icmp_req=13 ttl=63 time=143 ms 
64 bytes from icmp_req=14 ttl=63 time=142 ms 
64 bytes from icmp_req=15 ttl=63 time=141 ms 
64 bytes from icmp_req=16 ttl=63 time=140 ms 
64 bytes from icmp_req=17 ttl=63 time=139 ms 
64 bytes from icmp_req=18 ttl=63 time=138 ms 
64 bytes from icmp_req=19 ttl=63 time=137 ms 
64 bytes from icmp_req=20 ttl=63 time=136 ms
64 bytes from icmp_req=21 ttl=63 time=134 ms 
64 ...
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Please rephrase the title as a question see

chmouel gravatar imagechmouel ( 2013-03-26 03:45:58 -0600 )edit

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answered 2013-03-27 10:39:32 -0600

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Hi Hikhvar,

Thanks for using! I think there's more than just Quantum in understanding the dynamics you are reporting; beyond the Quantum plugin, the hypervisor, and possibly also the rest of the network infrastructure might play a role. One thing that might explain the sudden increase you are observing on ping (which goes from 100ms to 199ms in your post) is the fact that the ARP cache on the guest VM expires, and so a new ARP request is sent out.

On the slowness in bandwidth you are reporting, that is extremely hard to explain if we don't know something more about your setup. Are you using libvirt/KVM with the OVS plugin, or something else? GRE encapsulation imposes a 3% overhead; on top of this another factor impacting performance if that with GRE encapsulation, the NIC is not able to leverage TSO. It might also be good to know how you are measuring the performance.

Finally, I am sorry but I have no answer at the moment for the slowly decreasing RTT times you are observing.

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Hey, we are using libvirt/KVM with the OVS plugin. Our setup is based on this . We have merged the ControlNode and the NetworkNode since we run a small testbed. Could this be the reason?

Hikhvar gravatar imageHikhvar ( 2013-04-04 05:46:51 -0600 )edit

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