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ovn-controller - Open Virtual Network local controller

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NAME

ovn-controller - Open Virtual Network local controller

SYNOPSIS

ovn-controller [options] [ovs-database]

DESCRIPTION

ovn-controller is the local controller daemon for OVN, the Open Virtual Network It connects up to the OVN Southbound database (see ovn-sb(5)) over the OVSDB protocol, and down to the Open vSwitch database (see ovs-vswitchdconfdb(5)) over the OVSDB protocol and to ovs-vswitchd(8) via OpenFlow Each hypervisor and software gateway in an OVN deployment runs its own independent copy of ovn-controller; thus, ovn-controller’s downward connections are machine-local and do not run over a physical network

CONFIGURATION

ovn-controller retrieves most of its configuration information from the local Open vSwitch’s ovsdb-server instance The default location is dbsock in the local Open vSwitch’s "run" directory It may be overridden by specifying the ovs-database argument in one of the following forms:
ssl:ip:port
The specified SSL port on the host at the given ip, which must be expressed as an IP address (not a DNS name) in IPv4 or IPv6 address format If ip is an IPv6 address, then wrap ip with square brackets, eg: ssl:[::1]:6640 The --private-key, --certificate and either of --ca-cert or --bootstrap-ca-cert options are mandatory when this form is used
tcp:ip:port
Connect to the given TCP port on ip, where ip can be IPv4 or IPv6 address If ip is an IPv6 address, then wrap ip with square brackets, eg: tcp:[::1]:6640
unix:file
On POSIX, connect to the Unix domain server socket named file
On Windows, connect to a localhost TCP port whose value is written in file
ovn-controller assumes it gets configuration information from the following keys in the Open_vSwitch table of the local OVS instance:
external_ids:system-id
The chassis name to use in the Chassis table
external_ids:hostname
The hostname to use in the Chassis table
external_ids:ovn-bridge
The integration bridge to which logical ports are attached The default is br-int If this bridge does not exist when ovn-controller starts, it will be created automatically with the default configuration suggested in ovn-architecture(7)
external_ids:ovn-remote
The OVN database that this system should connect to for its configuration
Currently, ovn-controller does not support changing this setting mid-run If the value needs to change, the daemon must be restarted (This behavior should be improved)
external_ids:ovn-remote-probe-interval
The inactivity probe interval of the connection to the OVN database, in milliseconds If the value is zero, it disables the connection keepalive feature
If the value is nonzero, then it will be forced to a value of at least 1000 ms
external_ids:ovn-encap-type
The encapsulation type that a chassis should use to connect to this node Multiple encapsulation types may be specified with a comma-separated list Each listed encapsulation type will be paired with ovn-encap-ip
Supported tunnel types for connecting hypervisors are geneve and stt Gateways may use geneve, vxlan, or stt
Due to the limited amount of metadata in vxlan, the capabilities and performance of connected gateways will be reduced versus other tunnel formats
external_ids:ovn-encap-ip
The IP address that a chassis should use to connect to this node using encapsulation types specified by external_ids:ovn-encap-type
external_ids:ovn-bridge-mappings
A list of key-value pairs that map a physical network name to a local ovs bridge that provides connectivity to that network An example value mapping two physical network names to two ovs bridges would be: physnet1:br-eth0,physnet2:br-eth1
ovn-controller reads the following values from the Open_vSwitch database of the local OVS instance:
datapath-type from Bridge table
This value is read from local OVS integration bridge row of Bridge table and populated in external_ids:datapath-type of the Chassis table in the OVN_Southbound database
iface-types from Open_vSwitch table
This value is populated in external_ids:iface-types of the Chassis table in the OVN_Southbound database

OPEN VSWITCH DATABASE USAGE

ovn-controller uses a number of external_ids keys in the Open vSwitch database to keep track of ports and interfaces For proper operation, users should not change or clear these keys:
external_ids:ovn-chassis-id in the Port table
The presence of this key identifies a tunnel port within the integration bridge as one created by ovn-controller to reach a remote chassis Its value is the chassis ID of the remote chassis
external_ids:ct-zone-* in the Bridge table
Logical ports and gateway routers are assigned a connection tracking zone by ovn-controller for stateful services To keep state across restarts of ovn-controller, these keys are stored in the integration bridge’s Bridge table The name contains a prefix of ct-zone- followed by the name of the logical port or gateway router’s zone key The value for this key identifies the zone used for this port
external_ids:ovn-localnet-port in the Port
table The presence of this key identifies a patch port as one created by ovn-controller to connect the integration bridge and another bridge to implement a localnet logical port Its value is the name of the logical port with type set to localnet that the port implements See external_ids:ovn-bridge-mappings, above, for more information
Each localnet logical port is implemented as a pair of patch ports, one in the integration bridge, one in a different bridge, with the same external_ids:ovn-localnet-port value
external_ids:ovn-l2gateway-port in the Port
table The presence of this key identifies a patch port as one created by ovn-controller to connect the integration bridge and another bridge to implement a l2gateway logical port Its value is the name of the logical port with type set to l2gateway that the port implements See external_ids:ovn-bridge-mappings, above, for more information
Each l2gateway logical port is implemented as a pair of patch ports, one in the integration bridge, one in a different bridge, with the same external_ids:ovn-l2gateway-port value
external-ids:ovn-l3gateway-port in the Port
table This key identifies a patch port as one created by ovn-controller to implement a l3gateway logical port Its value is the name of the logical port with type set to l3gateway This patch port is similar to the OVN logical patch port, except that l3gateway port can only be bound to a paticular chassis
external-ids:ovn-logical-patch-port in the
Port table This key identifies a patch port as one created by ovn-controller to implement an OVN logical patch port within the integration bridge Its value is the name of the OVN logical patch port that it implements

RUNTIME MANAGEMENT COMMANDS

ovs-appctl can send commands to a running ovn-controller process The currently supported commands are described below
exit
Causes ovn-controller to gracefully terminate
ct-zone-list
Lists each local logical port and its connection tracking zone
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