10 Gb capable Bro cluster

Has anyone built a Bro cluster capable of processing packets at 10Gb/sec? If so, what hardware did you use?

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Earl Eiland,

Sr. Cyber Security Engineer,

Emerging Technologies, root9B,

San Antonio, Texas

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Hi Earl,

Yes, we have built a cluster capable of processing 10Gbps. We have this running in our lab and also have reference-able customers.

Hardware:
- Dual socket Ivy Bridge X86 with cores running at 2.8GHZ
- Netronome PCIe acceleration technology

2U appliance is capable of 8.5 - 9.0Gbps Bro processing in steady state, peak 20Gbps+ with few packet drops (~2%). Our 4U cluster can process 17-18Gbps of Bro steady state, peak 40-45Gbps.

Resources used: 32 worker threads on each 2U appliance / 4 threads for NIC management / 12 are unused and can be utilized for other applications. Bro is not modified.

Let me know if you need anything else.

Thanks,
DJ Root
Netronome, Inc.
(617)686-0253