PfSense 2.4.1 and Intel Atom 3858 - 3958



  • Hi,

    I have to buy a server for a customer and install on that server the last version of pfSense (2.4.1). I have to choose from:

    • Supermicro A2SDi-12C-HLN4F with Intel Atom 3858

    • Supermicro A2SDV-16C-TLN5F with Intel Atom 3958

    I have read that the last version of pfSense (2.4.1) is not fully compatible with Intel Atom 39XX processors. Is it true? If so, which problems will I have?

    Thank you very much



  • It's mostly problems with:

    • Not being able to use storage
    • Not being able to use the network ports
    • Not being able to boot

    While someone is working on it right now, it's not fixed yet. If you need something right away, get the 38xx one.



  • you could run pfsense in a vm on those machines in the interim



  • Hi,

    so I will not able to use NIC and storage? Consider that I will have to install pfSense more o less at the beginning of January and I hope the problems for this date have been resolved. Some advice?

    Thank you



  • so I will not able to use NIC and storage? Consider that I will have to install pfSense more o less at the beginning of January and I hope the problems for this date have been resolved. Some advice?

    What will be shown here and there in the forum or able to read on the Internet will be the following points;

    • they (pfSense development team) are working hard on the Intel Atom C3000 "Denverton" platform
    • they (pfSense development team) is working perhaps on their own Intel Atom C3000 (Denverton) based platform
    • they (pfSense development team) or only some of them were stating, that it will be not really wise at the end of 2017
      buying hardware without any Intel QAT support

    That´s all I was "seeing" or reading (between the lines) and what is out about it since hardware based on that
    Intel Atom C3000 "Denverton" is available to buy for the masses. Perhaps another one jumps in and drop some
    lines on top of this.


  • Rebel Alliance

    You could install the free ESXi-Version on the bare metal and run pfSense in a vm until the hw is fully supported. Not an ideal solution though but better than "not working at all". Not sure when support will be added. Possibly if more of these boards show up in servers and people start using them with FreeBSD :)

    Anyone tried if FreeBSD-Current boots on it?



  • @Perforado:

    You could install the free ESXi-Version on the bare metal and run pfSense in a vm until the hw is fully supported. Not an ideal solution though but better than "not working at all". Not sure when support will be added. Possibly if more of these boards show up in servers and people start using them with FreeBSD :)

    Anyone tried if FreeBSD-Current boots on it?

    It boots, but you can't use all of the devices atm. That's why pfSense doesn't work either.



  • Hi,

    how can I check if the last version (2.4.2) is compatible with Atom 3858 "Denverton" and if with this new version I will be avble to use NICs?

    Thank you



  • how can I check if the last version (2.4.2) is compatible with Atom 3858 "Denverton" and if with this new version I will be avble to use NICs?

    • FreeBSD´s website will be from time to time showing up a so called quarterly report, that could show you
      the status of this drivers under FreeBSD as the underlying OS of pfSense.

    • The pfSense blog announcements or plain the version changelog of every pfSense version will be able
      to deliver such information too as this support will be added or any driver was updated.



  • Anyone tried with the A2SDi-12C-HLN4F ? SuperMicro lists FreeBSD 11 as beeing supported OS.



  • @DGaard:

    Anyone tried with the A2SDi-12C-HLN4F ? SuperMicro lists FreeBSD 11 as beeing supported OS.

    It's still young and not super much tested. Once pfSense does an update for the FreeBSD underpinnings it will work, but it still wouldn't recommend it, unless you like being a guinea pig. You'll probably want to wait at least 2 more months before building something with Denverton.



  • @johnkeates:

    It's still young and not super much tested. Once pfSense does an update for the FreeBSD underpinnings it will work, but it still wouldn't recommend it, unless you like being a guinea pig. You'll probably want to wait at least 2 more months before building something with Denverton.

    You got a point - I just cant seem to find any other setup with both quick-assist and AES-NI. I am looking for a setup to handle 2500 clients and 1gigabit WAN that also cable of doing 500mb/s of VPN/SSL



  • @DGaard:

    @johnkeates:

    It's still young and not super much tested. Once pfSense does an update for the FreeBSD underpinnings it will work, but it still wouldn't recommend it, unless you like being a guinea pig. You'll probably want to wait at least 2 more months before building something with Denverton.

    You got a point - I just cant seem to find any other setup with both quick-assist and AES-NI. I am looking for a setup to handle 2500 clients and 1gigabit WAN that also cable of doing 500mb/s of VPN/SSL

    Why have you decided you need quickassist? pfsense doesn't even use it.



  • Was just looking at a new board:
    https://www.supermicro.com/products/motherboard/atom/A2SDV-8C-TLN5F.cfm

    A2SDV-8C-TLN5F
    C3708 (8-Core) SoC
    4x 10GBase-T,
    1x  1GbE Intel® QuickAssist Technology

    Does anyone know if these newer boards are supported by pfSense directly yet?

    Cheers

    Edit: I suppose it was only the C39XX boards that were not supported??
            Are the C37XX and C38XX boards already supported by pfsense?


  • Rebel Alliance Developer Netgate

    C3000 support won't be ready for general public use until we put out a pfSense release based on FreeBSD 11.2, which will probably happen in a few months.

    There is some early support for our new SG-7100 devices that is based on C3000 in our factory images for 2.4.3, but that is only available to those who have purchased the hardware from us.


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