What is a Logical Table?

sdkrel edited this page Jan 30, 2018 · 1 revision

Device behavior in SDKLT is defined and controlled by Logical Tables (LT). A logical table provides device independent network level controls.

Logical Table Properties

All Logical Tables have one or more columns and rows.

A column represents a field. Fields provide network level status or control for the device. Most Logical Tables consists of one or more fields.

A row represents an entry. Entries are a collection of fields that have the same index within the table.

Logical tables are mapped to a physical table (TCAM, Hash, Index, Register) that controls a functional area in the device.

Logical tables support standard operations of Insert, Update, Lookup, Delete and Traverse on table rows.

Only a few C APIs are required to operate on Logical Tables.

Basic table attributes


All Logical Tables have unique names, such as VLAN.


  • A table field (column) is identified by a name that is unique within the table, such as VLAN_ID.


  • A table entry (row) is a collection of fields which have the same index within the table.
  • Each field is associated with a value and type.
  • Each row is associated with a single unique index.
  • The row index is calculated using the values of one or more key fields.
  • Key fields can be direct indices or can be algorithmically processed (e.g. hashed) to obtain the index.

See example logical table definitions here.

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