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* [dpdk-dev] [RFC] lib: introduce traffic mirroring API
@ 2020-07-30  3:23 Patrick Fu
  2020-07-30  6:32 ` Thomas Monjalon
  0 siblings, 1 reply; 5+ messages in thread
From: Patrick Fu @ 2020-07-30  3:23 UTC (permalink / raw)
  To: dev
  Cc: thomas, ferruh.yigit, maxime.coquelin, bruce.richardson,
	zhihong.wang, liang-min.wang, konstantin.ananyev,
	timothy.miskell, cunming.liang, patrick.fu

Network Test Access Point (TAP) is the network monitoring service
commonly adotpted in SDN-based network infrastructures. When VMs are
inter-connected over virtual switches, TAP requires vSwitch to mirror
out network traffics from specific workload VM ports to the TAP
device/VM ports. Classical mirroring impmentations in vSwitch make an
extra copy of the source packets, which results in significant degradation
in the throughput levels vSwitch could normally archieve. Therefore, we
propose a new set of APIs to support high-throughput packet mirroring
through hardware offloading.

The proposal is consisted of three major parts:
 - Mirror registration APIs
 - Mirror offload/customization callbacks
 - Shared mirror data path

In this proposal, mirroring happens between a pair of ethdev ports (one for
the source port and the other for the mirror port), which is configurable
on a per-port per-direction basis. i.e. applications invoke the mirroring
API to register source ports and traffic directions (tx or rx). The
registration API will then attach the mirror data path to the source port
as a standard ethdev tx or rx callback. If any custom mirror offload
functions are specified by applications, the offload function will be
executed within the mirror data path.

The mirror data path intercepts the packets flowing over the registered
source ports and, rather than doing extra packets copy operations, simply
transmits packets to the destination (mirror) port with an incremented 
mbuf reference count. In this way, an identical copy of the packet data is
transmitted to both the mirror port and the original traffic destination.

In addition, with the proposed APIs we can implement even more complicated
mirrorings scenarios. Two examples include flow based mirroring and MAC
address matching, both of which have common usage within the industry. 

Mirror registration API proto-types are defined as follows:
int rte_mirror_register(uint16_t src_port,
	struct rte_mirror_param *param);
int rte_mirror_unregister(uint16_t src_port);

struct rte_mirror_param contains all of the parameters the mirror data
path will use, e.g. the mirror port number, the source traffic direction
to be mirrored, the custom mirroring offload function pointer, the
application context, etc. Notablely, applications should passdown a
spinlock through this structure, which is used to synchronize the packet
data access between application and the mirror data path.

Our prior studies demonstrate that this methedology is capble of doubling
the mirroring performance as compared to the default OVS port mirroring
performance (refer to the paper in IEEE xplore for further details:
https://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/9110293)
An OVS implementation was also suggested to the OVS community for review
and comments (refer to the following OVS RFC patch:
https://patchwork.ozlabs.org/project/openvswitch/patch/
1595596858-78846-2-git-send-email-emma.finn@intel.com/)

We are considering implementing the mirroring APIs as a standalone library
in DPDK, but it's also reasonble to place it inside ethdev layer or within
the vhost-pmd considering the potential usage scenarios.

Signed-off-by: Liang-min Wang <liang-min.wang@intel.com>
Signed-off-by: Patrick Fu <patrick.fu@intel.com>
Signed-off-by: Timothy Miskell <timothy.miskell@intel.com>


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