Mar 112013

Open vSwitch is a multi-layer switch. It is designed to enable network automation through programmatic extension, while still supporting standard management interfaces and protocols.

Openflow is a management protocol that is supported by Open vSwitch. Openflow is has a basic support for MPLS. It features a minimum operation set to enable to configure MPLS correclty. Openflow MPLS support is partially implemented in Open vSwitch but there is some difficulties.

SOme of the operations feature update of L3+ parameter like TTL. They must be updated in same manner in the MPLS header and in the packet header. And this is quite complicated as it supposed to decode the packet below MPLS. But MPLS header does not include the encapsulated ethernet type so it is almost impossible to access correctly to the packet structure.

A possible solution is to reinject the packet after modification to modify layer by layer in each step. This is currently a work in progress.

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