Hardware requirements for BIRD

Michael McConnell michael at winkstreaming.com
Tue Mar 7 15:14:48 CET 2017

Hello Clement, even the most entry level server these days will meet your requirements. Bird is very lean, a system with 2 cores and 4 gbps of ram is plenty for what you described. 

The only thing I would suggest is you look at Intel NIC’s like the i340 or i350 which will help a great deal if you approach anywhere near 1 gbps or a high number of small packets. 


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> On Mar 7, 2017, at 7:57 AM, 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 ?
> Thanks.
> Regards,
> Clément Guivy

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