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Service Instance Fate Sharing


Contrail Networking supports service instance (SI) fate sharing that prevents a SI failure from causing a null route. In earlier releases, when an SI fails, the service chain continues to forward packets and routes reoriginate on both sides of the service chain. The packets are dropped in the SI or by the vRouter causing a null route.

As part of SI fate sharing in Contrail Networking, a gateway node automatically reroutes traffic to an alternate cluster and stops the service chain. If one or more than one SI in a service chain fails, routes on both sides of the service chain stops reoriginating and routes automatically converge to a backup service chain that is part of another Contrail cluster.

Contrail Networking uses segment-based health check to verify the health of a SI in a service chain. To identify a failure of an SI, segment-based health check is configured either on the egress or ingress interface of the SI. When SI health check fails, the vRouter agent drops an SI route or a connected route. A connected route is also dropped if the vRouter agent restarts due to a software failure, when a compute node reboots, or when long-lived graceful restart (LLGR) is not enabled. You can detect an SI failure by keeping track of corresponding connected routes of the service chain address.


When an SI is scaled out, the connected route for an SI interface goes down only when all associated VMs have failed.

The control node uses the service-chain-id in ServiceChainInfo to link all SIs in a service chain. When the control node detects that any SI of the same service-chain-id is down, it stops reoriginating routes in egress and ingress directions for all SIs. The control node reoriginates routes only when the connected routes of all the SIs are up.