Re: [Nolug] Using Intel or AMD for a VPN gateway..

From: Ron Johnson <>
Date: 04 Jun 2003 11:45:14 -0500
Message-Id: <1054745113.12823.64.camel@haggis>

On Wed, 2003-06-04 at 10:56, Dustin Puryear wrote:
> I will be building a custom VPN gateway that should support IPSec and PPTP
> using either Linux or FreeBSD for a client. Has anyone benchmarked or read
> of benchmarks comparing how well new Intel chips compare to new AMD chips
> for VPN loads? Any recommendations? I will be performing my own tests, but
> if there is information already out there I would like to read it.

Don't know, but I have read that compiling SSL on Sparc64 to use
processor-specific enhancement really speeds things up on when
using Apache and mod_ssl.

Athlons have better integer performance, but the P4 has SSE2. Can
the *ix IPsec or pptp daemons use SSE2?

However, even without SSE2, if you're going over multiple bonded T-1s,
any 1GHz CPU should be able to keep up with the load of much less than
10baseT speeds.

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