Bonding - Link Aggregation
Linux bonding provides a method for aggregating multiple network interfaces (slaves) into a single logical bonded interface (bond). Cumulus Linux supports two bonding modes:
- IEEE 802.3ad link aggregation mode, which allows one or more links to be aggregated together to form a link aggregation group (LAG), so that a media access control (MAC) client can treat the link aggregation group as if it were a single link. IEEE 802.3ad link aggregation is the default mode.
- Balance-xor mode, where the bonding of slave interfaces are static and all slave interfaces are active for load balancing and fault tolerance purposes. This is useful for MLAG deployments.
The benefits of link aggregation include:
- Linear scaling of bandwidth as links are added to LAG
- Load balancing
- Failover protection
Cumulus Linux uses version 1 of the LAG control protocol (LACP).
To temporarily bring up a bond even when there is no LACP partner, use LACP Bypass.
Egress traffic through a bond is distributed to a slave based on a packet hash calculation, providing load balancing over the slaves; many conversation flows are distributed over all available slaves to load balance the total traffic. Traffic for a single conversation flow always hashes to the same slave.
The hash calculation uses packet header data to choose to which slave to transmit the packet:
- For IP traffic, IP header source and destination fields are used in the calculation.
- For IP + TCP/UDP traffic, source and destination ports are included in the hash calculation.
In a failover event, the hash calculation is adjusted to steer traffic over available slaves.
LAG Custom Hashing
LAG custom hashing is supported on Mellanox switches.
In Cumulus Linux 3.7.11 and later, you can configure which fields are used in the LAG hash calculation. For example, if you do not want to use source or destination port numbers in the hash calculation, you can disable the source port and destination port fields.
You can configure the following fields:
- Source MAC
- Source IP
- Destination IP
- Ether type
- VLAN ID
- Source port
- Destination port
- Layer 3 protocol
To configure custom hash, edit the
To enable custom hashing, uncomment the
lag_hash_config.enable = trueline.
To enable a field, set the field to
true. To disable a field, set the field to
cumulus@switch:~$ sudo systemctl restart switchd.service
switchdservice causes all network ports to reset, interrupting network services, in addition to resetting the switch hardware configuration.
The following shows an example
cumulus@switch:~$ sudo nano /usr/lib/python2.7/dist-packages/cumulus/__chip_config/mlx/datapath.conf ... #LAG HASH config #HASH config for LACP to enable custom fields #Fields will be applicable for LAG hash #calculation #Uncomment to enable custom fields configured below lag_hash_config.enable = true lag_hash_config.smac = true lag_hash_config.dmac = true lag_hash_config.sip = true lag_hash_config.dip = true lag_hash_config.ether_type = true lag_hash_config.vlan_id = true lag_hash_config.sport = false lag_hash_config.dport = false lag_hash_config.ip_prot = true ...
Symmetric hashing is enabled by default on Mellanox switches running Cumulus Linux 3.7.11 and later. Make sure that the settings for the source IP (
lag_hash_config.sip) and destination IP (
lag_hash_config.dip) fields match, and that the settings for the source port (
lag_hash_config.sport) and destination port (
lag_hash_config.dport) fields match; otherwise symmetric hashing is disabled automatically. You can disable symmetric hashing manually in the
/etc/cumulus/datapath/traffic.conf file by setting
symmetric_hash_enable = FALSE.
You can set a unique hash seed for each switch to help avoid hash polarization. See Configure a Hash Seed to Avoid Hash Polarization.
Create a Bond
You can create and configure a bond with the Network Command Line Utility (NCLU). Follow the steps below to create a new bond:
SSH into the switch.
Add a bond using the
net add bondcommand, replacing
[bond-name]with the name of the bond, and
[slaves]with the list of slaves:
cumulus@switch:~$ net add bond [bond-name] bond slaves [slaves] cumulus@switch:~$ net pending cumulus@switch:~$ net commit
The bond is configured by default in IEEE 802.3ad link aggregation mode. To configure the bond in balance-xor mode, see bond mode below.
- The name of the bond must be compliant with Linux interface naming conventions and unique within the switch.
- Do not use a dash (-) in the bond name.
The configuration options and their default values are listed in the table below.
Each bond configuration option, except for
bond slaves, is set to the
recommended value by default in Cumulus Linux. Only configure an option
if a different setting is needed. For more information on configuration
values, refer to the Related Information section below.
NCLU Configuration Option
The bonding mode. Cumulus Linux supports IEEE 802.3ad link aggregation mode and balance-xor mode. IEEE 802.3ad link aggregation is the default mode.
You can change the bond mode using NCLU. The following example changes bond1 to balance-xor mode.
Note: Use balance-xor mode only if you cannot use LACP. See below for more information.
The following example changes bond1 to IEEE 802.3ad link aggregation mode:
The list of slaves in the bond.
Defines how often the link state of each slave is inspected for failures.
Determines the link state.
The hash method used to select the slave for a given packet.
Do not change this setting.
Enables LACP bypass.
Sets the rate to ask the link partner to transmit LACP control packets.
You can set the LACP rate to slow using NCLU:
Defines the minimum number of links that must be active before the bond is put into service.
A value greater than
Enable balance-xor Mode
When you enable balance-xor mode, the bonding of slave interfaces are
static and all slave interfaces are active for load balancing and fault
tolerance purposes. Packet transmission on the bond is based on the hash
policy specified by
When using balance-xor mode to dual-connect host-facing bonds in an
environment, you must configure the
clag-id parameter on the MLAG
bonds and it must be the same on both MLAG switches. Otherwise, the
bonds are treated by the MLAG switch pair as single-connected.
Use balance-xor mode only if you cannot use LACP; LACP can detect mismatched link attributes between bond members and can even detect misconnections.
To change the mode of an existing bond to balance-xor, run the
net add bond <bond-name> bond mode balance-xor command. The following example
commands change bond1 to balance-xor mode:
cumulus@switch:~$ net add bond bond1 bond mode balance-xor cumulus@switch:~$ net pending cumulus@switch:~$ net commit
To create a new bond and configure the bond to use balance-xor mode, create the bond, then configure the bond mode. The following example commands create a bond called bond1 and configure bond mode to be balance-xor:
cumulus@switch:~$ net add bond bond1 bond slaves swp3,4 cumulus@switch:~$ net add bond bond1 bond mode balance-xor cumulus@switch:~$ net pending cumulus@switch:~$ net commit
These commands create the following configuration in the
auto bond1 iface bond1 bond-mode balance-xor bond-slaves swp3 swp4
To view the bond, use NCLU:
cumulus@switch:~$ net show interface bond1 Name MAC Speed MTU Mode -- ------ ----------------- ------- ----- ------ UP bond1 00:02:00:00:00:12 20G 1500 Bond Bond Details --------------- ------------- Bond Mode: Balance-XOR Load Balancing: Layer3+4 Minimum Links: 1 In CLAG: CLAG Inactive Port Speed TX RX Err Link Failures -- ------- ------- ---- ---- ----- --------------- UP swp3(P) 10G 0 0 0 0 UP swp4(P) 10G 0 0 0 0 LLDP ------- ---- ------------ swp3(P) ==== swp1(p1c1h1) swp4(P) ==== swp2(p1c1h1)Routing ------- Interface bond1 is up, line protocol is up Link ups: 3 last: 2017/04/26 21:00:38.26 Link downs: 2 last: 2017/04/26 20:59:56.78 PTM status: disabled vrf: Default-IP-Routing-Table index 31 metric 0 mtu 1500 flags: <UP,BROADCAST,RUNNING,MULTICAST> Type: Ethernet HWaddr: 00:02:00:00:00:12 inet6 fe80::202:ff:fe00:12/64 Interface Type Other
Example Configuration: Bonding 4 Slaves
In the following example, the front panel port interfaces swp1 thru swp4 are slaves in bond0, while swp5 and swp6 are not part of bond0.
Example Bond Configuration
The following commands create a bond with four slaves:
cumulus@switch:~$ net add bond bond0 address 10.0.0.1/30 cumulus@switch:~$ net add bond bond0 bond slaves swp1-4 cumulus@switch:~$ net pending cumulus@switch:~$ net commit
These commands create this code snippet in the
auto bond0 iface bond0 address 10.0.0.1/30 bond-slaves swp1 swp2 swp3 swp4
If the bond is going to become part of a bridge, you do not need to specify an IP address.
When networking is started on the switch, bond0 is created as MASTER and
interfaces swp1 thru swp4 come up in SLAVE mode, as seen in the
ip link show command:
cumulus@switch:~$ ip link show ... 3: swp1: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,SLAVE,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast master bond0 state UP mode DEFAULT qlen 500 link/ether 44:38:39:00:03:c1 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff 4: swp2: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,SLAVE,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast master bond0 state UP mode DEFAULT qlen 500 link/ether 44:38:39:00:03:c1 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff 5: swp3: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,SLAVE,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast master bond0 state UP mode DEFAULT qlen 500 link/ether 44:38:39:00:03:c1 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff 6: swp4: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,SLAVE,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc pfifo_fast master bond0 state UP mode DEFAULT qlen 500 link/ether 44:38:39:00:03:c1 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff ... 55: bond0: <BROADCAST,MULTICAST,MASTER,UP,LOWER_UP> mtu 1500 qdisc noqueue state UP mode DEFAULT link/ether 44:38:39:00:03:c1 brd ff:ff:ff:ff:ff:ff
All slave interfaces within a bond have the same MAC address as the bond. Typically, the first slave you add to the bond donates its MAC address as the bond MAC address, whereas the MAC addresses of the other slaves are the bond MAC address. The bond MAC address is the source MAC address for all traffic leaving the bond and provides a single destination MAC address to address traffic to the bond.
Removing a bond slave interface from which a bond derives its MAC address affects traffic when the bond interface flaps to update the MAC address.
Caveats and Errata
An interface cannot belong to multiple bonds.
A bond can have subinterfaces, but subinterfaces cannot have a bond.
A bond cannot enslave VLAN subinterfaces.
Set all slave ports within a bond to the same speed/duplex and make sure they match the link partner’s slave ports.
The detailed output in
/proc/net/bonding/<filename>includes the actor/partner LACP information. This information is not necessary and requires you to use
sudoto view the file.
On a Cumulus RMP switch, if you create a bond with multiple 10G member ports, traffic gets dropped when the bond uses members of the same unit listed in the
/var/lib/cumulus/porttabfile. For example, traffic gets dropped if both swp49 and swp52 are in the bond because they both are in the xe0 unit (or if both swp50 and swp51 are in the same bond because they are both in xe1):
swp49 xe0 0 0 -1 0
swp50 xe1 0 0 -1 0
swp51 xe1 1 0 -1 0
swp52 xe0 1 0 -1 0
Single port member bonds, bonds with different units (xe0 or xe1, as above), or layer 3 bonds do not have this issue.
On Cumulus RMP switches, which are built with two Hurricane2 ASICs, you cannot form an LACP bond on links that terminate on different Hurricane2 ASICs.