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Re: Bird vs Quagga revisited
From: Arnold Nipper <arnold () nipper de>
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2012 21:43:19 +0200
On 22.08.2012 11:22, John Souter wrote:
On 22/08/12 06:19, Hank Nussbacher wrote:
...Any feedback appreciated.
I can't speak too highly of BIRD. Our use case is probably not
completely typical, but our multilateral peering route servers have been
hugely improved by switching to BIRD. Our two primary route servers,
one for each LINX London LAN, use BIRD; the two secondaries use an
enhanced version of Quagga.
The BIRD route server scales better, gives much higher performance, is
much more robust, and is much easier to restart - especially when there
are lots of connected sessions. The development team are fantastic:
very active and responsive, and especially responsive to the needs of
the IXP community.
Switching hats to Euro-IX, BIRD is now the most used route server
amongst IXPs, as can be seen from our latest annual report:
+1 ... I guess we at DE-CIX perhaps run the largest routeserver setups
with full as-path and prefix-list filtering. BIRD really was some
magnitudes of perfomance improvement compared to Quagga.
In the meantime some of us (LINX, INEX, DE-CIX) also supported
development of Quagga as a routeserver. Biggest issue currently is to
get this code into mainline Quagga to make it suitabke for further
development and improvement.
Personally I would like to see more work on all three opensource
implementations, i.e. BIRD, OpenBGPd and Quagga.
Arnold Nipper CTO/COO e-mail: arnold.nipper () de-cix net
DE-CIX Management GmbH mobile: +49 152 5371 7690
Lichtstr. 43i, 50825 Koeln phone: +49 69 1730 902 22
Geschaeftsfuehrer Harald A. Summa fax: +49 69 4056 2716
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