Modern network servers - Philip Paeps- FOSSASIA 2018

Published on: Saturday, 24 March 2018

Speaker: Philip Paeps, Director The FreeBSD Foundation

While the Intel x86-64 architecture is undisputedly market leader in the server space, several vendors have started introducing ARM64 boards. This presentation examines the suitability of ARM64 server boards for network servers. In particular, we look at the workload of a moderate-size ccTLD DNS zone (.dk) and how it would perform on ARM64 running FreeBSD.

We consider the viability of the ARM64 platform from performance and performance/power perspectives. While ARM64 is definitely slower than Intel on many workloads, it performs at least as well or better than Intel on workloads that are interesting to the internet community. Notably DNS is a very appropriate workload for ARM64.

Room: Training room 4-3
Track: Kernel & Platform
Date: Friday, 23rd March, 2018

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