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> From: "Mark Wu" <wu...@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
> To: "VDSM Project Development" <vdsm-devel@lists.fedorahosted.org>,
> a...@ovirt.org
> Sent: Wednesday, August 1, 2012 8:59:14 AM
> Subject: Host network management roadmap inquiry

> Sorry for cross-posting!

> I would like to inquiry about the roadmap of host network management
> in oVirt in order to
> make sure the ideas to be worked on are welcomed by community.

> I did some initial investigation on the following topics. I am not
> very familiar with them, so the information may contain some
> inaccuracies or errors.

> netcf:

> It provides cross-platform network configuration library/tool by
> converting the XML definition of an interface into local config
> file. It's already used by libvirt to manage host network
> interfaces.It supports all network entities including bridge, vlan,
> bond, nic. And it also supports configuration rollback. The benefit
> for vdsm is making host network stack configuration easy to port to
> other distros.

> Problems found:
> It doesn't restore interface live state during config transaction
> now. There's a feature request submit for it.
> There're some advanced settings not supported in netcf, like
> 'NM_CONTROLLED' and some less used bonding options.

> It doesn't provide python binding officially. But we can use libvirt
> API to integrate it into vdsm. It shouldn't have any impact on
> engine side.

> IEEE 802.1Qbg(VEPA)

> It can offload network switching from server to external physical
> switch. It makes all VMs' traffic visible to physical switch, and
> therefore the existing switch functions (firewall, QoS etc) can be
> applied to VM immediately. The offload also frees up the server
> resource used by switching.
> Now libvirt supports it by using macvtap as vif and working with
> lldpad, which registers vif's mac/vlan information to the physical
> switch. We can just add a 'virtualport' element to an interface XML
> definition to add a VEPA interface. Probably, to support it in oVirt
> we still need configure lldpad and query available VSI types for
> virtualport profile.

> quantum

> Both the plugins openvswitch and linuxbridge stores abstract network
> entities (network, port) in database and create bridge/vlan via the
> tool ip/brctl or ovs-vsctl on demand. Only one bridge is created on
> one server and one vlan is created for each virtual network. That
> means that only one nic can be configured for vm network. It doesn't
> configure nic or bond even if openvswitch also supports bond. Both
> of traditional network stack configuration and quantum will be
> supported oVirt for different purpose, right?

good place to start : https://fedoraproject.org/wiki/Quantum_and_oVirt

> Any comments? Thanks!

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