Dragonfly Routers

Justin C. Sherrill justin at shiningsilence.com
Sat Feb 23 08:48:02 PST 2008

On Sat, February 23, 2008 1:31 am, Adrian Chadd wrote:

> Thing is, there are people who report doing 10ge (almost) line rate 64
> byte pps on current PC hardware, with the "right" combination of PCIe,
> decent chipsets and crazy tuned forwarding code complete with
> prefetching.
> Its just not being done in open source.
> I've seen a few 10ge PC routers recently, which can do 10ge at 1500
> byte frames with out of the box Linux/FreeBSD. Its not that hard.

What was the hardware?

I'm actually looking at this at my workplace; a Soekris-based firewall
installed by a previous employee is becoming severely overtaxed as we've
added traffic.  I realize hardware-specific firewalls, routers, and
switches can offer better performance for comparable money... but it's not
as _fun_.

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