Quality of Service (QoS)

It is possible to apply both ingress and egress limiting when using the DPDK datapath. These are referred to as QoS and Rate Limiting, respectively.

New in version 2.7.0.

QoS (Egress Policing)

Single Queue Policer

Assuming you have a vhost-user port transmitting traffic consisting of packets of size 64 bytes, the following command would limit the egress transmission rate of the port to ~1,000,000 packets per second:

$ ovs-vsctl set port vhost-user0 qos=@newqos -- \
    --id=@newqos create qos type=egress-policer other-config:cir=46000000 \

To examine the QoS configuration of the port, run:

$ ovs-appctl -t ovs-vswitchd qos/show vhost-user0

To clear the QoS configuration from the port and ovsdb, run:

$ ovs-vsctl destroy QoS vhost-user0 -- clear Port vhost-user0 qos

Multi Queue Policer

In addition to the egress-policer OVS-DPDK also has support for a RFC 4115’s Two-Rate, Three-Color marker meter. It’s a two-level hierarchical policer which first does a color-blind marking of the traffic at the queue level, followed by a color-aware marking at the port level. At the end traffic marked as Green or Yellow is forwarded, Red is dropped. For details on how traffic is marked, see RFC 4115.

This egress policer can be used to limit traffic at different rated based on the queues the traffic is in. In addition, it can also be used to prioritize certain traffic over others at a port level.

For example, the following configuration will limit the traffic rate at a port level to a maximum of 2000 packets a second (64 bytes IPv4 packets). 100pps as CIR (Committed Information Rate) and 1000pps as EIR (Excess Information Rate). High priority traffic is routed to queue 10, which marks all traffic as CIR, i.e. Green. All low priority traffic, queue 20, is marked as EIR, i.e. Yellow:

$ ovs-vsctl --timeout=5 set port dpdk1 qos=@myqos -- \
    --id=@myqos create qos type=trtcm-policer \
    other-config:cir=52000 other-config:cbs=2048 \
    other-config:eir=52000 other-config:ebs=2048  \
    queues:10=@dpdk1Q10 queues:20=@dpdk1Q20 -- \
     --id=@dpdk1Q10 create queue \
      other-config:cir=41600000 other-config:cbs=2048 \
      other-config:eir=0 other-config:ebs=0 -- \
     --id=@dpdk1Q20 create queue \
       other-config:cir=0 other-config:cbs=0 \
       other-config:eir=41600000 other-config:ebs=2048 \

This configuration accomplishes that the high priority traffic has a guaranteed bandwidth egressing the ports at CIR (1000pps), but it can also use the EIR, so a total of 2000pps at max. These additional 1000pps is shared with the low priority traffic. The low priority traffic can use at maximum 1000pps.

Refer to vswitch.xml for more details on egress policer.

Rate Limiting (Ingress Policing)

Assuming you have a vhost-user port receiving traffic consisting of packets of size 64 bytes, the following command would limit the reception rate of the port to ~1,000,000 packets per second:

$ ovs-vsctl set interface vhost-user0 ingress_policing_rate=368000 \

To examine the ingress policer configuration of the port:

$ ovs-vsctl list interface vhost-user0

To clear the ingress policer configuration from the port:

$ ovs-vsctl set interface vhost-user0 ingress_policing_rate=0

Refer to vswitch.xml for more details on ingress policer.

Flow Control

Flow control is available for DPDK physical ports. For more information, refer to Flow Control.