Efficient and Flexible Virtual Machine Networking Through eBPF – Jason Wang, Red Hat

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Efficient and Flexible Virtual Machine Networking Through eBPF – Jason Wang, Red Hat

Join us for KubeCon + CloudNativeCon in San Diego November 18 – 21. Learn more at bit.ly/2XTN3ho. The conference features presentations from developers and end users of Kubernetes, Prometheus, Envoy and all of the other CNCF-hosted projects.

This talk will seek the method to build VM networking infrastructure through eBPF. Traditional networking datapath and several limitations of it will be reviewed first . Then eBPF based method will be introduced: eBPF based filtering allows a user configurable high speed packet filtering solution like virtio-net filter for vhost; eBPF based packet steering allows userspace to inject its own steering policy like RSS; eBPF/XDP based host datapth acceleration allow userspace to build a flexible and efficient datapath on host; eBPF offloading allow guest to offload eBPF tasks like XDP and tc_cls to host for a native packet processing on host. At the end, the performance numbers, challenges and future work will be also discussed.

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