Deploying with OVS DPDK Support

TripleO can deploy Overcloud nodes with OVS DPDK support. A new role ComputeOvsDpdk has been added to create a custom roles_data.yaml with composable OVS DPDK role.

Execute below command to create the roles_data.yaml:

openstack overcloud roles generate -o roles_data.yaml Controller ComputeOvsDpdk

Once a roles file is created, the following changes are required:

  • Deploy Command

  • Parameters

  • Network Config

Deploy Command

Deploy command should include the generated roles data file from the above command.

Deploy command should also include the OVS DPDK environment file to override the default neutron-ovs-agent service with neutron-ovs-dpdk-agent service. All the required parameters are specified in this environment file as commented. The parameters has to be configured according to the baremetal on which OVS DPDK is enabled.

Also, OVS-DPDK requires mandatory kernel parameters to be set before configuring the DPDK driver, like intel_iommu=on on Intel machines. In order to enable the configuration of kernel parameters to the host, host- config-pre-network environment file has to be added for the deploy command.

Adding the following arguments to the openstack overcloud deploy command will do the trick:

openstack overcloud deploy --templates \
  -r roles_data.yaml \
  -e /usr/share/openstack-tripleo-heat-templates/environments/services/neutron-ovs-dpdk.yaml \


Following are the list of parameters which need to be provided for deploying with OVS DPDK support.

  • OvsPmdCoreList: List of Logical CPUs to be allocated for Poll Mode Driver

  • OvsDpdkCoreList: List of Logical CPUs to be allocated for the openvswitch host process (lcore list)

  • OvsDpdkMemoryChannels: Number of memory channels

  • OvsDpdkSocketMemory: Socket memory list per NUMA node


  OvsPmdCoreList: "2,3,18,19"
  OvsDpdkCoreList: "0,1,16,17"
  OvsDpdkMemoryChannels: "4"
  OvsDpdkSocketMemory: "1024,1024"

The parameter KernelArgs should be provided in the deployment environment file, with the set of kernel boot parameters to be applied on the ComputeOvsDpdk role where OVS DPDK is enabled:

    KernelArgs: "default_hugepagesz=1GB hugepagesz=1G hugepages=64 intel_iommu=on iommu=pt"

Network Config

DPDK supported network interfaces should be specified in the network config templates to configure OVS DPDK on the node. The following new network config types have been added to support DPDK.

  • ovs_user_bridge

  • ovs_dpdk_port

  • ovs_dpdk_bond


    type: ovs_user_bridge
    name: br-link
    use_dhcp: false
        type: ovs_dpdk_port
        name: dpdk0
        mtu: 2000
        rx_queue: 2
            type: interface
            name: nic3