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Quantum Floodlight Plugin Setup

This page describes how to configure the BigSwitch Floodlight Quantum plugin. This plugin uses the OpenFlow protocol to manage the virtual switches that connect your virtual machines to your physical network.

Work in progress

This page is currently a work in progress, as the author has not yet been able to get a fully working version. Outstanding questions are:

  • How do you connect physical interfaces to the br-int bridge on the compute hosts? Do you create a separate bridge like with the openvswitch plugin, or do you connect them directly, or something else?
  • How do you connect the external interface on the network node to the br-int bridge?
  • What other configuration is required on the network node?
  • How do you configure for DevStack?

On the physical switch

Your physical switch does not need to support OpenFlow to use this plugin. Your physical switch ports need to be configured in trunk mode to allow the VLANs that will be used by your tenant networks. (The Floodlight plugin does not support VLAN translation like the openvswitch plugin does, so the VLANs used by your tenants will be the same as the VLANs that your switch sees).

If you do have switches that support OpenFlow, you can configure them to be managed by the Floodlight controller, but how to do that isn't currenlty described here.

On the controller node

Run the Floodlight controller

To use the Floodlight plugin, you need to run a Floodlight controller that can reach the compute hosts. It will communicate with the Open vSwitch bridge that you will be setting up on each compute host.

You only need to run a single Floodlight controller in your cloud setup, although the plugin does support specifying multiple controllers if you want to configure for high availability.

If your operating system doesn't have a floodlight package, you'll probably want to roll your own service script for starting and stopping it.

Here we describe how to download, compile, and run it in debug mode form the command-line. Running in debug mode isn't suitable for production, since the controller will terminate as soon as you close your terminal, but it's fine for testing.

Install the prereqs for building floodlight (git, JDK, ant). On Ubuntu, do:

sudo apt-get install git default-jdk ant

Grab the floodlight source from github and switch to the latest stable biuld:

git clone https://github.com/floodlight/floodlight
git checkout fl-last-passed-build

Build floodlight:

cd floodlight; ant

Run floodlight:

java -jar target/floodlight.jar -cf src/main/resources/quantum.properties

By default, floodlight runs on port 8080.

See the Floodlight OpenStack documentation and Floodlight installation guide for more info.

Configure quantum.conf

Edit /etc/quantum/quantum.conf and set core_plugin the variable to use the BigSwitch Floodlight plugin

core_plugin = quantum.plugins.bigswitch.plugin.QuantumRestProxyV2

Configure /etc/quantum/plugins/bigswitch/restproxy.ini

You need to specify the login information of the MySQL database, as well as the location of the Floodlight controller. If you have run the Floodlight controller on the cloud controller, specify localhost:8080 as the location of the controller:

sql_connection = mysql://<user>:<password>@localhost/restproxy_quantum?charset=utf8

On the compute hosts

Configure a Open vSwitch integration bridge called br-int, and configure it to use the Floodlight controller. If the IP address of the controller node is, you would configure the bridge by doing:

sudo ovs-vsctl --no-wait add-br br-int
sudo ovs-vsctl --no-wait br-set-external-id br-int bridge-id br-int
sudo ovs-vsctl --no-wait set-controller br-int tcp:

Note: There is no quantum-*-agent service that runs on the compute hosts when Quantum is configured to use the Floodlight plugin.

On the network node

To be completed. (Author currently has no idea what to do here)

Note: Do not run the quantum-l3-agent service on the network node, since the Floodlight plugin provides its own L3 services through the Open vSwitch managed by the Floodlight controller.

Configuring DevStack

Note: The author has not actually been able to get this working yet

Add the following lines to localrc in DevStack to configure DevStack to use Quantum with the BigSwitch Floodlight:

disable_service n-net
enable_service q-svc
enable_service q-dhcp
enable_service q-meta
enable_service quantum
enable_service bigswitch_floodlight