By default, the Logical Domains Manager would assign LDC channels in the following manner:
An LDC channel would be assigned between the virtual network devices and the virtual switch device.
An LDC channel would be assigned between each pair of virtual network devices that are connected to the same virtual switch device (inter-vnet).
The inter-vnet LDC channels are configured so that virtual network devices can communicate directly to achieve high guest-to-guest communications performance. However, as the number of virtual network devices in a virtual switch device increases, the number of required LDC channels for inter-vnet communications increases exponentially.
You can choose to enable or disable inter-vnet LDC channel allocation for all virtual network devices attached to a given virtual switch device. By disabling this allocation, you can reduce the consumption of LDC channels, which are limited in number.
Disabling this allocation is useful in the following situations:
When guest-to-guest communications performance is not of primary importance
When a large number of virtual network devices are required in a virtual switch device
By not assigning inter-vnet channels, more LDC channels are available for use to add more virtual I/O devices to a guest domain.
You can use the ldm add-vsw and the ldm set-vsw commands to specify a value of on or off for the inter-vnet-link property.
The following figure shows a typical virtual switch that has three virtual network devices. The inter-vnet-link property is set to on, which means that inter-vnet LDC channels are allocated. The guest-to-guest communications between vnet1 and vnet2 is performed directly without going through the virtual switch.
Figure 8-3 Virtual Switch Configuration That Uses Inter-Vnet Channels
The following figure shows the same virtual switch configuration with the inter-vnet-link property set to off. The inter-vnet LDC channels are not allocated. Fewer LDC channels are used than when the inter-vnet-link property is set to on. In this configuration, guest-to-guest communications between vnet1 and vnet2 must go through vsw1.
Figure 8-4 Virtual Switch Configuration That Does Not Use Inter-Vnet Channels