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 From:  "Josh McAllister" <josh at bluehornet dot com>
 To:  <jesse at wingnet dot net>, <m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch>
 Subject:  RE: [m0n0wall] Re: Performance Question, P-90 vs. Soekris Net4501
 Date:  Wed, 23 Feb 2005 09:46:42 -0800
The NSC SC1100 is a 586 class = Pentium Class. Your basically comparing
a P90 to a P233 (Give or take, I'm not sure exactly how the NSC chip
compares in terms of pipeline efficiency). 

Josh McAllister

> -----Original Message-----
> From: news [mailto:news at sea dot gmane dot org] On Behalf Of Jesse Guardiani
> Sent: Wednesday, February 23, 2005 10:22 AM
> To: m0n0wall at lists dot m0n0 dot ch
> Subject: [m0n0wall] Re: Performance Question, P-90 vs. Soekris Net4501
> 
> DevAuto wrote:
> 
> > Hi,
> >
> > I have a question about performance differences between a P-90 and
the
> > Soekris 4501 board. I am currently running m0n0 1.2b3 on the
following
> > platforms:
> >
> > Platform 1: P-90, 80 mb ram, 6gb hard drive, 3 nics (don't remember
> > which ones, but 2 are pci and one is isa)
> >
> > Platform 2: Soekris 4501, 64 mb ram, 128 mb flash card
> >
> > What I have noticed is (according to the Status: System page in the
> > web interface) that the Soekris consistently runs at approximately
> > 6%-12% cpu usage and 35%-45% memory usage and by contrast the P-90
> > runs at 45%-55% cpu usage and 65%-75% memory usage.
> >
> > The rule sets and the configurations, while not identical, are not
too
> > different, mostly basic services, nothing exotic, no VPN, no heavy
> > logging, etc. The Soekris is deployed on an ADSL connection and the
> > P-90 is deployed on a cable connection. Inbound traffic appears to
be
> > about the same on both networks. Neither system is offering wireless
> > services.
> >
> > I expected the Pentium class m0n0 with 80mb ram would run circles
> > around the 486 class Soekris with 64mb ram, but the indications are
> > that the opposite is occurring.
> 
> I would think just the opposite. The Soekris has a higher clock speed.
> I doubt many of the Pentium instructions are used when routing. Also,
> what kind of RAM is in that p-90? EDO? or worse, maybe FPM? The
soekris
> boxes use SDRAM, which is quite a bit faster and more CPU efficient
than
> EDO or FPM.
> 
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