scaling linux-based router hardware recommendations

Mehmet Akcin mehmet at
Tue Jan 27 00:06:53 UTC 2015

Cumulus Networks has some stuff,

Pretty decent presentation with more details you like. 


> On Jan 26, 2015, at 8:53 PM, micah anderson <micah at> wrote:
> Hi,
> I know that specially programmed ASICs on dedicated hardware like Cisco,
> Juniper, etc. are going to always outperform a general purpose server
> running gnu/linux, *bsd... but I find the idea of trying to use
> proprietary, NSA-backdoored devices difficult to accept, especially when
> I don't have the budget for it.
> I've noticed that even with a relatively modern system (supermicro with
> a 4 core 1265LV2 CPU, with a 9MB cache, Intel E1G44HTBLK Server
> adapters, and 16gig of ram, you still tend to get high percentage of
> time working on softirqs on all the CPUs when pps reaches somewhere
> around 60-70k, and the traffic approaching 600-900mbit/sec (during a
> DDoS, such hardware cannot typically cope).
> It seems like finding hardware more optimized for very high packet per
> second counts would be a good thing to do. I just have no idea what is
> out there that could meet these goals. I'm unsure if faster CPUs, or
> more CPUs is really the problem, or networking cards, or just plain old
> fashioned tuning.
> Any ideas or suggestions would be welcome!
> micah

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