Custom Open vSwitch Actions

A short tutorial on extending Open vSwitch.

For a project I’ve been working on (reimplementing some past work), being able to easily enable pushback at various points in the network is fairly important. For this, I wanted to try something I’d both learn from and be able to use as a springboard for later development and testing – mininet (and by extension, Open vSwitch) seemed like a good fit. Part of this requires a new feature to be hacked on top of OpenFlow: probabilistic packet dropping. I’ve written this short walkthrough/tutorial on the process for the benefit of anyone looking to make their own modifications.