Hardware requirements for BIRD
david at zeromail.us
Tue Mar 7 15:08:44 CET 2017
Here is my x86 router configuration:
OS: FreeBSD 10.2 64bit
CPU Intel E5-2609v2
Here is top result for bird:
27 processes: 1 running, 26 sleeping
CPU: 13.0% user, 0.0% nice, 1.8% system, 1.7% interrupt, 83.6% idle
Mem: 504M Active, 112M Inact, 875M Wired, 518M Buf, 14G Free
Swap: 3852M Total, 3852M Free
PID USERNAME THR PRI NICE SIZE RES STATE C TIME WCPU
6278 root 1 52 0 455M 440M select 3 1:23 20.65% bird
6294 root 1 20 0 60124K 48616K select 0 0:24 0.10% bird6
bird> show route count
1356504 of 1356504 routes for 633512 networks <<-- still updating the
routing table after restarting protocols
Your hardware is more than enough but if you consider to handle high
traffic or packets per second it's a different.
e. david at zeromail.us
On Tue, Mar 7, 2017 at 8:57 PM, Clément Guivy <clement at guivy.fr> wrote:
> Hello, I am considering the setup of BIRD as a router to handle our
> internet traffic. One information I fail to find is hardware requirements.
> My use case is as follows :
> - Two transit providers, each sending a full internet view
> - Two peerings on an IXP (less than 100k routes each)
> - One iBGP session between the two BIRD routers
> - One eBGP session to our internal network (advertising a
> default route and receiving less than 500 internal routes)
> - Traffic would be less than 1Gbps but as I understand it, this
> is relevant to forwarding plane and therefore out of the scope of BIRD.
> Which kind of hardware would be fit for that ? especially regarding CPU
> and RAM. I was considering an entry-level server with low-end Xeon CPU
> (E5-2603, 1.7Ghz 6 cores) and 8GB RAM, does that look sufficient,
> insufficient, or overkill ? I can’t really tell. By the way, is BIRD able
> to use multiple cores ? and are there hardware requirements to be careful
> of, disregard CPU and RAM ?
> Clément Guivy
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