The Making of a Router

Ray Soucy rps at
Fri Dec 27 01:29:35 UTC 2013

Chipsets and drivers matter a lot in the 1G+ range.

I've had pretty good luck with the Intel stuff because they offload a lot
in hardware and make open drivers available to the community.

On Thu, Dec 26, 2013 at 7:48 PM, Olivier Cochard-Labbé
<olivier at>wrote:

> Le 26 déc. 2013 22:02, "Nick Cameo" <symack at> a écrit :
> >
> > Any benchmarks of freebsd vs openbsd vs present day linux kern?
> >
> Hi,
> Here are my own benchs using smallest packet size (sorry no Linux):
> My conclusion: building a line-rate gigabit router (or a few rules ipfw
> firewall) is possible on commodity server without problem with FreeBSD.
> Building a 10gigabit router (this mean routing about 14Mpps) will be more
> complex in present day.
> Note: The packet generator used was the high-perf netmap pkg-gen, allowing
> me to generate about 13Mpps on this same hardware (under FreeBSD), but I'm
> not aware of forwarding tools that use netmap: There are only packet
> generator and capture tools available.

Ray Patrick Soucy
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University of Maine System

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