VPP in Azure

Before starting, a few notes:

  • in our configuration we use only DPDK 18.02, since with the newer versions, such as DPDK 18.05, we obtained several problems during VPP installation (mostly related with MLX4 PMD Drivers).

  • Some of the commands are taken from Azure’s DPDK page.

To bring DPDK inside Azure, we perform the following procedure:

Firstly, we install the DPDK dependencies:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:canonical-server/dpdk-azure –y
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install -y librdmacm-dev librdmacm1 build-essential libnuma-dev libmnl-dev

Then, we download DPDK 18.02:

$ sudo wget https://fast.dpdk.org/rel/dpdk-18.02.2.tar.xz
$ tar -xvf dpdk-18.02.2.tar.xz

Finally, we build DPDK, modifying first its configuration files in order to make VPP compatible with MLX4 drivers:

Inside config/common_base, modify:


and then:

$ make config T=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc
$ sed -ri 's,(MLX._PMD=)n,\1y,' build/.config
$ make

Finally we build DPDK:

$ make install T=x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc DESTDIR=/home/ciscotest/test EXTRA_CFLAGS='-fPIC -pie'

And we reboot the instance:

$ reboot instance

After the reboot, we type these commands:

$ echo 1024 | sudo tee /sys/devices/system/node/node*/hugepages/hugepages-2048kB/nr_hugepages
$ mkdir /mnt/huge
$ sudo mount -t hugetlbfs nodev /mnt/huge
$ grep Huge /proc/meminfo
$ modprobe -a ib_uverbs
$ cd x86_64-native-linuxapp-gcc/
$ ls
$ cd lib/
$ ls
$ sudo cp librte_pmd_mlx4_glue.so.18.02.0 /usr/lib

Now we focus on VPP installation:

In our configuration we use VPP 18.07.

We perform this procedure in order to install VPP 18.07 with an external DPDK configuration inside Azure.

Firstly, we download VPP

$ git clone https://gerrit.fd.io/r/vpp
$ git checkout v18.07

Then, we build VPP, using the external DPDK configuration we previously made:

We modify the path inside the vpp.mk file:

$ build-data/platforms/vpp.mk
$ vpp_uses_external_dpdk = yes
$ vpp_dpdk_inc_dir = <PATH_TO_DESTDIR_NAME_FROM_ABOVE>/include/dpdk/
$ vpp_dpdk_lib_dir =<PATH_TO_DESTDIR_NAME_FROM_ABOVE>/lib

<PATH_TO_DESTDIR_NAME_FROM_ABOVE> is whatever the path used when compiling DPDK above. These paths have to be absolute path in order for it to work.

we modify build-data/platforms/vpp.mk to use

vpp_uses_dpdk_mlx4_pmd = yes
$ make build
$ cd build-root/
$ make V=0 PLATFORM=vpp TAG=vpp install-deb
$ sudo dpkg -i *.deb

Finally, we modify the startup.conf file:

$ cd /etc/vpp
$ sudo nano startup.conf

Inside the DPDK block, the following commands:

## Whitelist specific interface by specifying PCI address
dev 000X:00:0X.0
dev 000X:00:0X.0

# Running failsafe
vdev net_vdev_netvsc0,iface=eth1
vdev net_vdev_netvsc1,iface=eth2

Please refer to Azure DPDK document to pick the right iface to use for failsafe vdev.

and finally:

$ sudo service vpp stop
$ sudo service vpp start
$ sudo service vpp status
$ sudo vppctl

Now VPP will work inside Azure!