[ovs-discuss] "Replace a OF & OVSDB with a network virtualization specific protocol"

Zayats, Michael michael.zayats at hp.com
Sat Nov 8 05:46:08 UTC 2014

Thanks Justin,

Is there a document/sources for that daemon?


On Nov 7, 2014, at 17:31, Justin Pettit <jpettit at nicira.com<mailto:jpettit at nicira.com>> wrote:

On Fri, Nov 7, 2014 at 3:56 PM, Zayats, Michael <michael.zayats at hp.com<mailto:michael.zayats at hp.com>> wrote:

In his April talk at Usenix (https://www.usenix.org/sites/default/files/conference/protected-files/nsdi14_slides_koponen.pdf),
Teemu Koponen mentioned a replacement protocol for OF & OVSDB for network virtualization.

Is there any further information/specification/implementation of the protocol?

Teemu is proposing that there may a application-specific protocol that speaks down to the hypervisor.  There a daemon understands this other protocol and acts as a local controller that speaks directly to the vswitch using OpenFlow and OVSDB.  While there are plenty of fair criticisms of OpenFlow, it actually turns out to be a pretty good way to model a software switch, since caching becomes (relatively) straight-forward.

What does it mean for the roadmap of OVSDB in Open vSwitch?

As I mentioned above, that paper/presentation doesn't assume changes in OVS, and, in fact, leverages OF and OVSDB.


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