Pfsense sync-traffic exploded after update

  • We have a pretty large pfsense installation.

    After updating to 2.3.4 the sync-traffic raised on a lot of systems from a few Mbit/s to a hundert Mbit/s,
    with even worse, sometimes connections are stalled due to sync-traffic problems.

    The traffic profile is still the same (a few Gbit/s of traffic through the system).

    Has anybody seen the same effect ?
    Are there any way to reduce the sync traffic (e.g. patch default to sloppy)?

  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    You've left out an important detail: What version were you on before?

    Also, how busy is the firewall? Ballpark figures for throughput, active connections, connections/sec if you know it.

  • We have noticed the change at several systems:

    One Example:
    8 vcpus Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2697 v3 @ 2.60GHz 8 CPUs: 8 package(s) x 1 core(s)
    Version used before:  2.3.3-RELEASE-p1
    Throughput: 1 - 2 Gbit/s
    States < 10k
    Conns/s < 100

    We have changed several parameters (virtual-infrastructure, hw-firmware, and pfsense-update)

    We noticed that sync traffic is reaching 10% of WAN-Traffic which is a real huge increase.
    I have attached two files (after_update is the sync-traffic, wan_traffic is the wan traffic).

    At time our solution is to turn sync off. I have also noticed that high traffic
    rates ( > 4 Gbit/s) are only achivable with sync turned off.

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