[strongSwan] Performance (in)dependent on ingress rate?

Knop, Uwe Uwe.Knop at ZIT-BB.Brandenburg.de
Fri Sep 2 09:09:20 CEST 2011



maybe netperf http://www.netperf.org/ !





Von: users-bounces+uwe.knop=zit-bb.brandenburg.de at lists.strongswan.org
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Im Auftrag von Adam Tisovsky
Gesendet: Donnerstag, 1. September 2011 16:47
An: nima chavooshi
Cc: users at lists.strongswan.org
Betreff: Re: [strongSwan] Performance (in)dependent on ingress rate?


Thank you Nima, 


your info is very valuable, as I thought that mentined behavior would be
quite specific for Cisco IOS. Now I'm more encouraged to do that tests :)


BTW, does anybody know of a tool that seeks for a max. forwarding rate using
UDP (iterating the bitrate)? I have been searching for it for a long time,
but unsuccesfully, so probably I'll have to write some script for Iperf. 


Thank you



On Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 11:47 AM, nima chavooshi <nima0102 at gmail.com> wrote:


I had experienced this behavior with snort in inline mode. in my test bed, I
flow X mega byte on snort machine, X mg without any delay has been handle.
but I increased traffic by 2 times. but snort machine only could X/2

So I think your information is true.



On Thu, Sep 1, 2011 at 1:11 AM, Adam Tisovsky <tisovsky at gmail.com> wrote:



I'm doing some benchmarks of IPsec performance on Cisco router and I have
experienced the situation described bellow. My question is whether anybody
has performed simillar tests on StrongSWAN and can tell how did it behave. 


When you are gradually increasing the rate of traffic to be secured (using
UDP as a transport protocol) you reach the maximum possible throughput of
the device. But when you continue increasing the rate of ingress traffic
beyond this point, the fowarding rate of device will decrease. Example:


Max. throughput of device is 10 Mbps. If Ingress traffic rate is 10 Mbps,
then forwarding rate is 10 Mbps.  But when ingress rate is 20 Mbps, you get
forwarding rate only 5 Mbps. 


I have experienced this on Cisco 1841 router with HW accelerator DISABLED.
After some investigation I foud out that more ingress traffic utilizes main
CPU more by interrupts. And interrupts go on the expense of encryption
process. Therefore the decrease of forwarding rate. With HW accelerator
enabled this situation on does not occur, device forwards traffic at the
maximum rate even if it's overloaded by the ingress tarffic. 


I didin't find any information dealing with this, however I find it quite
interesting. I'm also planning to do the tests on StrongSWAN, but it takes
some time. So any information will be helpful in advance. 


Thank you




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