About multicast

With IP multicast, data is broadcast to many IP addresses simultaneously.

At this time, multicast is best used for low-bandwidth coordination or service discovery and not a high-bandwidth solution.

Multicast traffic between OpenShift Container Platform pods is disabled by default. If you are using the OVN-Kubernetes default Container Network Interface (CNI) network provider, you can enable multicast on a per-project basis.

Enabling multicast between pods

You can enable multicast between pods for your project.

Prerequisites
  • Install the OpenShift CLI (oc).

  • You must log in to the cluster with a user that has the cluster-admin role.

Procedure
  • Run the following command to enable multicast for a project. Replace <namespace> with the namespace for the project you want to enable multicast for.

    $ oc annotate namespace <namespace> \
        k8s.ovn.org/multicast-enabled=true
Verification steps

To verify that multicast is enabled for a project, complete the following procedure:

  1. Change your current project to the project that you enabled multicast for. Replace <project> with the project name.

    $ oc project <project>
  2. Create a Pod to act as a multicast receiver:

    $ cat <<EOF| oc create -f -
    apiVersion: v1
    kind: Pod
    metadata:
      name: mlistener
      labels:
        app: multicast-verify
    spec:
      containers:
        - name: mlistener
          image: registry.access.redhat.com/ubi8
          command: ["/bin/sh", "-c"]
          args:
            ["dnf -y install socat hostname && sleep inf"]
          ports:
            - containerPort: 30102
              name: mlistener
              protocol: UDP
    EOF
  3. Create a Pod to act as a multicast sender:

    $ cat <<EOF| oc create -f -
    apiVersion: v1
    kind: Pod
    metadata:
      name: msender
      labels:
        app: multicast-verify
    spec:
      containers:
        - name: msender
          image: registry.access.redhat.com/ubi8
          command: ["/bin/sh", "-c"]
          args:
            ["dnf -y install socat && sleep inf"]
    EOF
  4. Start the multicast listener.

    1. Get the IP address for the Pod:

      $ POD_IP=$(oc get pods mlistener -o jsonpath='{.status.podIP}')
    2. To start the multicast listener, in a new terminal window or tab, enter the following command:

      $ oc exec mlistener -i -t -- \
          socat UDP4-RECVFROM:30102,ip-add-membership=224.1.0.1:$POD_IP,fork EXEC:hostname
  5. Start the multicast transmitter.

    1. Get the Pod network IP address range:

      $ CIDR=$(oc get Network.config.openshift.io cluster \
          -o jsonpath='{.status.clusterNetwork[0].cidr}')
    2. To send a multicast message, enter the following command:

      $ oc exec msender -i -t -- \
          /bin/bash -c "echo | socat STDIO UDP4-DATAGRAM:224.1.0.1:30102,range=$CIDR,ip-multicast-ttl=64"

      If multicast is working, the previous command returns the following output:

      mlistener