[ovs-discuss] Project Update
jpettit at nicira.com
Sat Sep 5 16:58:12 PDT 2009
I just wanted to give everyone a brief update on the Open vSwitch
project. Our stable branch is nearing what we consider a high quality
beta. For the past couple of days, it has been running through our QA
regression suite. Assuming no show-stoppers appear, early next week,
we will release 0.90.5, which mostly contains bug fixes since 0.90.4.
Development for our next release is underway in our master branch.
These are the items that we hope to have completed within the next
month or two:
- Local ACL configuration. When the switch is not connected to a
centralized controller, the administrator will be able to specify ACL
policies for network traffic. The main development for this has been
completed and its implementation is being actively discussed on the
"dev" mailing list.
- Replace config file with config database. Currently, all
configuration is done through the "ovs-vswitch.conf" file, which is
convenient for very simple environments. When we start having
multiple ways to configure the switch (e.g., CLI, SNMP, NETCONF, the
forthcoming OpenFlow configuration protocol), trying to synchronize a
single file will become a nuisance. The data model we plan to use has
been discussed on the openflow-spec mailing list in the threads with
"Config protocol" in their name:
- Compatibility with VDE. Most of the core development has been
completed, but it needs to be merged into the master branch.
- QoS Traffic Shaping. We will support the OpenFlow 1.0 plan for
queuing, as discussed in the following thread:
Configuration of queue management will be handled through the
- BSD support. A few commits have already been made that were
preventing Open vSwitch from compiling cleanly on NetBSD. Porting our
netdev library to BSD platforms is underway, which will allow user-
- GRE for Tunneling and ERSPAN: This is early in the design phase,
and discussion of the plan will take place on the dev mailing list.
In the next few weeks we plan to move our internal Redmine instance to openvswitch.org
. We use it both for bug tracking and a development wiki. We'll send
out an announcement once the migration is complete.
If anyone would like to discuss their own development plans, please
drop us a note on the dev mailing list.
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