[arin-ppml] Policy Proposal: A Modest Proposal for an Alternate IPv6 Allocation Process
gdolley at arpnetworks.com
Fri Jun 5 17:21:32 EDT 2009
On Fri, Jun 05, 2009 at 11:06:32AM -0700, Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:
> I have a comment/question on this..
> It appears the central rationale for this policy assumes that most people
> are going to want to filter incoming BGP announcements, presumably because
> the BGP table is going to grow rapidly and they will otherwise run out of
> ram in their routers. Is this assumption realistic?
> VISA and MasterCard corporation have devised systems that can handle
> hundreds of millions of non-contiguous credit card numbers coming in for
> approvals, from every corner of the globe. I therefore have an extremely
> difficult time believing that it is impossible to build a router that
> cannot handle, say, 10 or 20 million BGP routes. I also have a difficult
> time believing that this cannot be done for the $50K to
> $100K that Cisco and Juniper seem to think they can charge for a
> fully-optioned BGP router.
I have no data on the number of credit card transactions that get
processed per second.
But on modern Cisco hardware, we expect forwarding rates of at *least*
15 Mpps. SUP720-3BXL advertises 400 Mpps in a 6509 chassis and a
720 Gbps backplane.
Software algorithms (that use regular RAM) can't achieve these
numbers. The most I've seen is around 2-3 Mpps using very modern
hardware with FreeBSD.
> Today I can walk into the discount store and by a brand new PC with 2GB of
> ram for under $350. Yet, Cisco and Juniper are still including as
> standard ram amounts, miserable, paltry amounts far smaller than that.
Yes, but when we talk about # of routes supported in BGP on Cisco
hardware, we want those routes to be hardware accelerated. This
requires TCAM, not RAM.
This link was recently posted and is quite good:
You can see why TCAM is much more expensive than RAM.
I can easily do millions of routes on my OpenBSD software router,
but the performance of this router is not sufficient for the core of
my network. I need a hardware router.
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