Fixing OpenVSwitch and GRE asymetric performances

OpenStack Havana is configured to use OpenVSwitch 1.10.2 as packaged for Ubuntu precise, with a linux-3.11 kernel.The cluster is connected to a 100Mb/s link. When sending data from an instance to the internet (using iperf), it shows ~90Mb/s. When receiving data from the internet to the instance, it is down to ~1Mb/s. After capturing the packets on the interface used by the default route on the hypervisor running the neutron router with

tcpdump -i eth0 host 91.224.149.132 -w /tmp/bad.cap

wireshark /tmp/bad.cap shows a lot of retransmissions.

A similar problem was reported back in October 2013 and hints that it may be a kernel problem. Upgrading the kernel of the hypervisor running the neutron router to linux-3.13 indeed fixes the problem. The compute nodes running the instances do not need their kernel updated, they can keep using the linux-3.11 kernel with the 1.10.2 version of the OpenVSwitch datapath kernel module. The OpenVSwitch kernel part is in the linux-3.13 tree and the openvswitch-datapath-dkms is not used any longer. It will fail to compile against the linux-3.13 headers but the error can be ignored and the package uninstalled.

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8 Responses to Fixing OpenVSwitch and GRE asymetric performances

  1. It seems like openvswitch 2.0, available in the Ubuntu Cloud Archive repository for precise, has much better performance and is more stable.

  2. stuart stent says:

    Have you tried this test with TSO and GRO turned off on the VMs interfaces?

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