It is an exciting time to be a software developer in the networking space and as the roles of engineer are changing so too are the rules.
The Intel® Developer Forum 2015 took place August 18–20 in San Francisco. Intel® also sponsored a day-long Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) and Network Builders Summit on August 17, 2015. There were several interesting sessions at the conference relating to Network Functions Virtualization (NFV). In this blog post, we look at some of the highlights and share pointers to session slides or...
Enhanced Platform Awareness (EPA) relies on a set of OpenStack Nova* features called Host Aggregates and Availability Zones. The Nova scheduler uses these objects to determine which host a guest should be launched on based on the capabilities of the host and the requested features of the virtual machine (VM). This article demonstrate how EPA can be used by the operator in OpenStack deployments...
This article walks you through configuration of OVS with DPDK for inter-VM application use cases. Create an OVS vSwitch bridge with two DPDK vhost-user ports, each connected to a separate VM, then use a simple iperf3 throughput test to evaluate performance.
Learn about Open Platform for Network Functions Virtualization* (OPNFV*), how it relates to Intel® Open Network Platform (Intel® ONP), and how Intel is contributing to OPNFV.
This article presents a firewall for OpenStack’s Neutron project that is based entirely on Open vSwitch rules. The firewall is based on "learn action" and uses the same public API to talk to the Neutron agent as the existing Linux Bridge firewall implementation, making it a straight swap for people already using OVS.
The networking world is rife with buzz words like SDN, NFVs, Cloud, and Virtualized everything for network switches, routers, firewalls, load balancers, web servers, and other communication functions. Commodity NICs can replace expensive, specialized hardware devices for much less cost and can easily be reconfigured as requirements change. When you are ready for SDN/NFV, where to start, what to...
This article steps you through getting started with the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), including building and testing a sample application, l2fwd. It then introduces you to the Data Plane Performance Demonstrator.
Learn how to configure an egress policer Quality-of-Service (QoS) instance for a Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) interface on Open vSwitch* (OvS). This article was written with network admin users in mind who wish to use QoS to guarantee performance for DPDK port types in their OvS server deployment.