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Version: 3.19 (latest)

Enabling TCP socket stats in flow logs

Big picture

Configure Calico Enterprise to collect additional TCP socket statistics. While this feature is available in both iptables and eBPF dataplane modes, it uses eBPF to collect the statistics. Therefore it requires a recent Linux kernel (at least v5.3.0/v4.18.0-193 for RHEL).

Value

Get visibility into the network activity at the socket level using Calico Enterprise flow logs.

Concepts

eBPF TC programs

eBPF is a Linux kernel technology that allows safe mini-programs to be attached to various hooks inside the kernel. This feature leverages eBPF to look up the TCP socket associated with packets flowing through an interface and sends them to userspace for addition to flow logs.

Before you begin

Ensure that your kernel contains support for eBPF that Calico Enterprise uses. The minimum supported kernel for tcp socket stats is: v5.3.0. For distros based on RHEL, the minimum kernel version is v4.18.0-193.

How to

Enable tcp stats collection

Calico Enterprise can be configured to enable tcp socket stats collection on supported Linux kernels using the command:

 kubectl patch felixconfiguration default -p '{"spec":{"flowLogsCollectTcpStats":true}}'

View tcp stats in flow logs using Kibana.

Navigate to the Kibana Flow logs dashboard to view tcp stats associated with a flow log entry.

The additional fields collected are tcp_mean_send_congestion_window, tcp_min_send_congestion_window, tcp_mean_smooth_rtt, tcp_max_smooth_rtt, tcp_mean_min_rtt, tcp_max_min_rtt, tcp_mean_mss, tcp_min_mss, tcp_total_retransmissions, tcp_lost_packets, tcp_unrecovered_to. Information about these fields are described in the Flow log datatype document