[openstack-dev] [Neutron][os-vif] Expanding vif capability for wiring trunk ports

Daniel P. Berrange berrange at redhat.com
Mon Jun 13 08:35:21 UTC 2016

On Thu, Jun 09, 2016 at 05:31:13PM -0600, Carl Baldwin wrote:
> Hi,
> You may or may not be aware of the vlan-aware-vms effort [1] in
> Neutron.  If not, there is a spec and a fair number of patches in
> progress for this.  Essentially, the goal is to allow a VM to connect
> to multiple Neutron networks by tagging traffic on a single port with
> VLAN tags.
> This effort will have some effect on vif plugging because the datapath
> will include some changes that will effect how vif plugging is done
> today.
> The design proposal for trunk ports with OVS adds a new bridge for
> each trunk port.  This bridge will demux the traffic and then connect
> to br-int with patch ports for each of the networks.  Rawlin Peters
> has some ideas for expanding the vif capability to include this
> wiring.
> There is also a proposal for connecting to linux bridges by using
> kernel vlan interfaces.
> This effort is pretty important to Neutron in the Newton timeframe.  I
> wanted to send this out to start rounding up the reviewers and other
> participants we need to see how we can start putting together a plan
> for nova integration of this feature (via os-vif?).

I've not taken a look at the proposal, but on the timing side of things
it is really way to late to start this email thread asking for design
input from os-vif or nova. We're way past the spec proposal deadline
for Nova in the Newton cycle, so nothing is going to happen until the
Ocata cycle no matter what Neutron want  in Newton. For os-vif our
focus right now is exclusively on getting existing functionality ported
over, and integrated into Nova in Newton. So again we're not really looking
to spend time on further os-vif design work right now.

In the Ocata cycle we'll be looking to integrate os-vif into Neutron to
let it directly serialize VIF objects and send them over to Nova, instead
of using the ad-hoc port-binding dicts.  From the Nova side, we're not
likely to want to support any new functionality that affects port-binding
data until after Neutron is converted to os-vif. So Ocata at the earliest,
but probably more like Pxxxx, unless the Neutron conversion to os-vif gets
completed unexpectedly quickly.

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