2.1 being multicore?



  • I thought I read on here sometime ago that 2.1 will have multi core support.  I know currently it is only single core with some of the packages able to utilize extra cores.

    Will 2.1 have REAL multicore support?



  • PF is still giant locked and will be for the next couple releases at least. Maybe in 2013. It's inconsequential in nearly all usage cases of firewalls, load on numerous other things is spread, hence unless you're talking pushing 10+ Gbps where you're going to hit scalability limits there is no difference.



  • @cmb:

    It's inconsequential in nearly all usage cases of firewalls, load on numerous other things is spread, hence unless you're talking pushing 10+ Gbps where you're going to hit scalability limits there is no difference.

    I wouldnt necessarily say that.  Multicore support would allow us to run much lower powered systems.  As of right now throughput is tied directly to CPU frequency.  Which also means power consumption and, more importantly, heat is tied directly to it as well.

    Its a shame that an older 95W 3.0ghz Pentium 4 which is extremely notorious for heat will perform better than even a C2D, C2Q, or even a Xeon whos clock is <= to it.

    Id like to focus more on harnessing the power thats available with the Atom's and the i3's.  i3's idle power consumption is very close to that of an Atom.  i3's is where its at.  Lower power consumption.  Power on demand.  And at a price point that really isnt much more than the Atom platform to begin with.  While the i3 is a far better cpu than the aforementioned Pentium 4, you really arent seing much of a benefit while using it in a single threaded application.

    See where I'm going with this?



  • Sorry to say but I just know the routing can only utilize a single core, is it?
    Though directly linked routing performance on CPU clock imposed a weird performance comparison on very old models CPUs and a competent Atom/Sandy Bridge,
    current CPUs even an Atom can route 500Mbps+, may I know what would your concerns be for utilization of more cores for throughput? ???


  • Banned

    Scalability :)



  • @jaredadams:

    Its a shame that an older 95W 3.0ghz Pentium 4 which is extremely notorious for heat will perform better than even a C2D, C2Q, or even a Xeon whos clock is <= to it.

    Not true in the least, CPU performance is no longer tied to its frequency. The better performing the CPU, the more it can push. A C2D/C2Q/etc. is MUCH faster than an old P4 even though they have lower clock rate.


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