FreeBSD problems and preliminary ways to solve

Lev Serebryakov lev at
Sat Aug 20 06:15:14 UTC 2011

Hello, Gary.
You wrote 19 августа 2011 г., 21:22:52:

>> >> >    The niche for routers & traffic analysis is still ours. It would be
>> >> >    nice to take e.g. pfSense and agree with some vendor (Netgear,
>> >> >    D-Link, etc) to put on sale hardware with FreeBSD inside.
>> >> 
>> >>   What about 10G routing? Here are reports about full-bandwidth 10G routing
>> >> on modern Intel NICs with Linux (and multi-core server), but I didn't see
>> >> any such data for FreeBSD, and somebody says, that Intel drivers and
>> >> network stack is not so good parallel in FreeBSD.
>> > With regards to high speed packet forwarding and routing, check out this work
>> > by Luigi Rizzo:
>> >
>>   Yep, I know this work, but it is rather special, not out-of-box (ok,
>> maybe with some changed tunables) routing solution with routing
>> tables, some firewall, etc.

> I think we need to refocus on what would give the most benefit.  At least
> as far as I can see:

> - port/package management: most users would benefit
> - improved virtualisation support: a lot of users would benefit
> - improved driver support: a lot of users would benefit
> - KMS/GEM for better graphics card support: a lot of users would benefit

> Can you honestly say the same about handling line rate packet forwarding
> for multiple 10G cards?
 I agree with you. I've not say, that 10G routing is very important
 for many users. My comment about 10G was answer to statement, that
 "The niche for routers & traffic analysis is still ours.". I wanted
 to say, that it is so may be now, but not for long.

// Black Lion AKA Lev Serebryakov <lev at>

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