- Project Page Templates
- Proposing a new Project
- Modules and Components
- TF Operator Framework
A Project is a collection of work undertaken to deliver a well-defined goal. The goal can be anything, it could be a feature enhancement or a big bug, support activity. Anything of significance that requires a well-defined goal can be a project. Projects transcend modules and components. A project is generally associated with a timeframe, a plan, and a collection of people. A technical leader/manager (PTL) for a project MUST be defined.
Project PTLs should update this page with the name of the Project (Module), the PTL, and a brief project description. Once that is done, approved projects should please create a Project Page based on the Template instructions. If you do not yet have an approved project, please follow the instructions for Proposing a new Project (Module). If you still have questions, please reach out to Casey Cain.
If you want to enrich the TF Product with a new piece of functionality/improvement in regard to a particular module which is currently covered by an existing project, please refer to a Blueprint approval process
Marketing Representative - Adam Grochowski
|Project||PTL contact||Modules||Short Description|
The Tungsten Fabric Core project intends to be an umbrella project for all TF activities related to the mentioned modules. Goals are defined within the Release process for each Release based on registered blueprints (see the scope of particular release).
|TF Operator Framework|
|CI/CD||TF CI (Jenkins) + devtools (tf-dev-env, tf-devstack, tf-dev-test)|
|Documentation & Training|
The goal of this project is to provide documentation for Tungsten Fabric open source project.
The documentation should cover topics as:
Initial Core Team
Deployment & Packaging
Containers and deployers layers for TF. Includes:
Withdrawn or frozen
previous proposals - replaced by TF Core project during the discussion.
|Project||PTL contact||Modules||Short Description|
|Fabric & Device Management|
|Orchestration||Tungsten Fabric integration with supported Orchestration systems (Kubernetes, OpenStack)|
The general purpose is to deliver Tungsten Fabric Controller functionality
A set of software services that maintain a model of networks and network policies, typically running on several servers for high availability.
The Tungsten Fabric controller integrates with cloud management systems such as OpenStack or Kubernetes. Its function is to ensure that when a virtual machine (VM) or container is created, it is provided with network connectivity according to the network and security policies specified in the controller or orchestrator.
Collection and Analytics
TF monitoring Project. Tungsten Fabric collects information from the cloud infrastructure (compute, network and storage) and the workloads running on it in order to facilitate operational monitoring, troubleshooting and capacity planning. The data is collected in a variety of formats such as syslogs, structured messages (known as Sandesh), Ipfix, Sflow and SNMP. Objects such as vRouters, physical hosts, virtual machines, interfaces, virtual networks and policies are modeled as User Visible Entities (UVEs) and the attributes for a UVE may come from a variety of sources in different formats.
|WebUI||vacant||Need to identify a community representative|
|Dataplane (vRouter projects)|
The default deployment option today is for the vRouter forwarder to be implemented in a module that runs in the Linux kernel. The vRouter implements networking functionality that would otherwise be performed using iptables or Open vSwitch. Running in the kernel gives the forwarder direct access to network traffic as it passes through the network stack of KVM, and provides a significant performance improvement over what can be achieved if the forwarder ran as a process in userspace.
1) Flow setup rate improvements:
The Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK), from Intel, is a set of libraries and drivers that allow applications running in user space to have direct access to a NIC without going through the KVM network stack. A version of the vRouter forwarder is available that runs in user space and supports DPDK. The DPDK vRouter provides accelerated packet throughput compared to the kernel module with unmodified VMs, and even better performance can be achieved if the guest VMs also have DPDK enabled.
The DPDK vRouter works by dedicating CPU cores to packet forwarding which loop continuously waiting for packets. Not only are these cores not available for running guest VMs, as they are running at 100% continuously, and this can be an issue in some environments.
1) QoS support for DPDK vRouter:
2) IPSec support for DPDK vRouter:
SR-IOV (Single Root – Input/Output Virtualization)
isn’t strictly a deployment option for vRouter itself, but can be used with vRouter in some applications. SR-IOV allows the hardware resources of a NIC to be shared among multiple clients as if each has sole access, much like a hypervisor does for CPU. It gives a VM interface direct access to the NIC, so the data path bypasses the hypervisor networking stack, which leads to enhanced performance. SR-IOV can be useful when the VM is performing a gateway function between a physical network and virtual networks, but since SR-IOV involves bypassing the vRouter, the interfaces don’t participate in Tungsten Fabric virtual networks and don’t participate in network policies and network services.
Smart NIC Some new NICs are becoming available which are programmable. The Tungsten Fabric vRouter forwarder functionality can be implemented on these new NICs, and this brings substantial benefits in performance, particularly for small packet sizes which are dominant in some environments. Additionally, forwarding is almost completely offloaded from the x86 CPU of the server, so cores can be freed up for more VMs.
Smart NICs look very promising, but obviously require that the Smart NICs are available in production environments, and it will take time for them to become in widespread use.