OVS in OPNFV - OVS Conference 2015





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Published on Nov 20, 2015

Presented by: Mark D. Gray and Maryam Tahhan, Intel; Thomas F. Herbert, Red Hat

This talk is about Open vSwitch with a software accelerated data plane (DPDK) and the OPNFV project. OVS for OPNFV is not a development project. It is a new project in OPNFV to deploy OVS with software accelerated data plane for NFV deployments for telcos and similar users.

We will begin by introducing Open Platform for NFV (OPNFV). The focus will be on the the goals for the OVS in OPNFV and how we hope to generate feedback to upstream DPDK and OVS projects. We will discuss the usability of OVS/DPDK in real-world deployment environments. Also, we will discuss both the short-term goals for the OVS for OPNFV project in the next release of OPNFV, Brahmaputra and the goals beyond this first release.

The OVS for OPNFV project provides specific deployments of OVS/DPDK utilizing complex Cloud and NFV high performance networking environments. Included will be packaging challenges, and specifics of how we plan to deploy OVS/DPDK as an alternate OVS package.

It is crucial to be able to characterize the performance of a virtual switch to determine its capabilities and suitability for deployment in Telco NFV environments, so we will look at the work undertaken by the OPNFV VSPERF project to define a test suite for characterizing the performance of the virtual switch and any considerations that must be taken into account when doing so.

Finally, the talk will conclude with our experience so far with OVS for OPNFV and the outlook for the future of NFV including needed improvements in OVS/DPDK needed by NFV and SFC.

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