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authorThomas Graf <tgraf@suug.ch>2015-07-21 10:43:58 +0200
committerDavid S. Miller <davem@davemloft.net>2015-07-21 10:39:06 -0700
commitee122c79d4227f6ec642157834b6a90fcffa4382 (patch)
treec70e570367668c4f9f4314c076e8afffb300117e /include/net/flow.h
parentarp: Inherit metadata dst when creating ARP requests (diff)
vxlan: Flow based tunneling
Allows putting a VXLAN device into a new flow-based mode in which skbs with a ip_tunnel_info dst metadata attached will be encapsulated according to the instructions stored in there with the VXLAN device defaults taken into consideration. Similar on the receive side, if the VXLAN_F_COLLECT_METADATA flag is set, the packet processing will populate a ip_tunnel_info struct for each packet received and attach it to the skb using the new metadata dst. The metadata structure will contain the outer header and tunnel header fields which have been stripped off. Layers further up in the stack such as routing, tc or netfitler can later match on these fields and perform forwarding. It is the responsibility of upper layers to ensure that the flag is set if the metadata is needed. The flag limits the additional cost of metadata collecting based on demand. This prepares the VXLAN device to be steered by the routing and other subsystems which allows to support encapsulation for a large number of tunnel endpoints and tunnel ids through a single net_device which improves the scalability. It also allows for OVS to leverage this mode which in turn allows for the removal of the OVS specific VXLAN code. Because the skb is currently scrubed in vxlan_rcv(), the attachment of the new dst metadata is postponed until after scrubing which requires the temporary addition of a new member to vxlan_metadata. This member is removed again in a later commit after the indirect VXLAN receive API has been removed. Signed-off-by: Thomas Graf <tgraf@suug.ch> Signed-off-by: Pravin B Shelar <pshelar@nicira.com> Signed-off-by: David S. Miller <davem@davemloft.net>
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