How to configure SR-IOV ports

How to configure SR-IOV ports

Current approach of SR-IOV relies on sriov-device-plugin 2. While creating pods with SR-IOV, sriov-device-plugin should be turned on on all nodes. To use a SR-IOV port on a baremetal installation the 3 following steps should be done:

1. Create OpenStack network and subnet for SR-IOV. Following steps should be done with admin rights.

neutron net-create vlan-sriov-net --shared --provider:physical_network physnet10_4 --provider:network_type vlan --provider:segmentation_id 3501
neutron subnet-create vlan-sriov-net --name vlan-sriov-subnet --gateway

Subnet id <UUID of vlan-sriov-net> will be used later in NetworkAttachmentDefinition.

  1. Add sriov section into kuryr.conf.

physical_device_mappings = physnet1:ens4f0
default_physnet_subnets = physnet1:<UUID of vlan-sriov-net>

This mapping is required for ability to find appropriate PF/VF functions at binding phase. physnet1 is just an identifier for subnet <UUID of vlan-sriov-net>. Such kind of transition is necessary to support many-to-many relation.

3. Prepare NetworkAttachmentDefinition object. Apply NetworkAttachmentDefinition with “sriov” driverType inside, as described in 1.

apiVersion: ""
kind: NetworkAttachmentDefinition
    name: "sriov-net1"
    annotations: '{
        "subnetId": "UUID of vlan-sriov-net",
        "driverType": "sriov"

Then add and request/limits for SR-IOV into the pod’s yaml.

kind: Pod
  name: my-pod
  namespace: my-namespace
  annotations: sriov-net1,sriov-net2
  - name: containerName
    image: containerImage
    imagePullPolicy: IfNotPresent
    command: ["tail", "-f", "/dev/null"]
      requests: '2'
      limits: '2'

In the above example two SR-IOV devices will be attached to pod. First one is described in sriov-net1 NetworkAttachmentDefinition, second one in sriov-net2. They may have different subnetId.

  1. Specify resource names

The resource name, which used in the above example is the default resource name. This name was used in SR-IOV network device plugin in version 1 (release-v1 branch). But since latest version the device plugin can use any arbitrary name of the resources 3. This name should match “^[a-zA-Z0-9_]+$” regular expression. To be able to work with arbitrary resource names physnet_resource_mappings and device_plugin_resource_prefix in [sriov] section of kuryr-controller configuration file should be filled. The default value for device_plugin_resource_prefix is, the same as in SR-IOV network device plugin, in case of SR-IOV network device plugin was started with value of -resource-prefix option different from, than value should be set to device_plugin_resource_prefix, otherwise kuryr-kubernetes will not work with resource.

Assume we have following SR-IOV network device plugin (defined by -config-file option)

              "resourceName": "numa0",
              "rootDevices": ["0000:02:00.0"],
              "sriovMode": true,
              "deviceType": "netdevice"

We defined numa0 resource name, also assume we started sriovdp with -resource-prefix value. The PCI address of ens4f0 interface is “0000:02:00.0”. If we assigned 8 VF to ens4f0 and launch SR-IOV network device plugin, we can see following state of kubernetes

$ kubectl get node node1 -o json | jq '.status.allocatable'
  "cpu": "4",
  "ephemeral-storage": "269986638772",
  "hugepages-1Gi": "8Gi",
  "hugepages-2Mi": "0Gi",
  "": "8",
  "memory": "7880620Ki",
  "pods": "1k"

We have to add to the sriov section following mapping:

device_plugin_resource_prefix =
physnet_resource_mappings = physnet1:numa0
  1. Use privileged user

To make neutron ports active kuryr-k8s makes requests to neutron API to update ports with binding:profile information. Due to this it is necessary to make actions with privileged user with admin rights.

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