Low Cost 10G Router

Joe Greco jgreco at ns.sol.net
Tue May 19 20:46:16 UTC 2015

> How cheap is cheap and what performance numbers are you looking for?
> About as cheap as you can get:
> For about $3,000 you can build a Supermicro OEM system with an 8-core Xeon
> E5 V3 and 4-port 10G Intel SFP+ NIC with 8G of RAM running VyOS.  The pro
> is that BGP convergence time will be good (better than a 7200 VXR), and
> number of tables likely won't be a concern since RAM is cheap.  The con is
> that you're not doing things in hardware, so you'll have higher latency,
> and your PPS will be lower.

What 8 core Xeon E5 v3 would that be?  The 26xx's are hideously pricey,
and for a router, you're probably better off with something like a
Supermicro X10SRn fsvo "n" with a Xeon E5-1650v3.  Board is typically
around $300, 1650 is around $550, so total cost I'm guessing closer to 
$1500-$2000 that route.

The edge you get there is the higher clock on the CPU.  Only six cores
and only 15M cache, but 3.5GHz.  The E5-2643v3 is three times the cost
for very similar performance specs.  Costwise, E5 single socket is the 
way to go unless you *need* more.

... JG
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