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Re: Scalability issues in the Internet routing system

  • From: Andre Oppermann
  • Date: Wed Oct 26 14:07:11 2005

Blaine Christian wrote:
It does seem appropriate to consider Gigabit sized routing/forwarding table interconnects and working on TCP performance optimization for BGP specifically, if any improvement remains. Combine those things with a chunky CPU and you are left with pushing data as fast as possible into the forwarding plane (need speedy ASIC table updates here).
I guess you got something wrong here.  Neither BGP nor TCP (never has been)
are a bottleneck regarding the subject of this discussion.

Another thing, it would be interesting to hear of any work on breaking the "router code" into multiple threads. Being able to truly take advantage of multiple processors when receiving 2M updates would be the cats pajamas. Has anyone seen this? I suppose MBGP could be rather straightforward, as opposed to one big table, in a multi-processor implementation.
You may want to read this thread from the beginning.  The problem is not
the routing plane or routing protocol but the forwarding plane or ASIC's
or whatever.  Both have very different scaling properties.  The forwarding
plane is at an disadvantage here because at the same time it faces growth
in table size and less time to perform a lookup .  With current CPU's you
can handle a 2M prefix DFZ quite well without killing the budget.  For the
forwarding hardware this ain't the case unfortunatly.