Ted Mittelstaedt wrote:
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[mailto:[EMAIL PROTECTED] Behalf Of Kris Kennaway
Sent: Monday, February 25, 2008 12:18 PM
To: Oliver Herold; freebsd-questions@freebsd.org;
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Subject: Re: FreeBSD bind performance in FreeBSD 7


Oliver Herold wrote:
Hi,

I saw this bind benchmarks just some minutes ago,

http://new.isc.org/proj/dnsperf/OStest.html

is this true for FreeBSD 7 (current state: RELENG_7/7.0R) too? Or is
this something verified only for the state of development back in August
2007?
I have been trying to replicate this.  ISC have kindly given me access
to their test data but I am seeing Linux performing much slower than
FreeBSD with the same ISC workload.


Kris,

  Every couple years we go through this with ISC.  They come out with
a new version of BIND then claim that nothing other than Linux can
run it well.  I've seen this nonsense before and it's tiresome.

Incidentally, the query tool they used, queryperf, has been changed
to dnsperf.  Someone needs to look at that port - /usr/ports/dns/dnsperf -
as it has a build depend of bind9 - well bind 9.3.4 is part of 6.3-RELEASE
and I was rather irked when I ran the dnsperf port maker and the
maker stupidly began the process of downloading and building the
same version of BIND that I was already running on my server.

* I am trying to understand what is different about the ISC
configuration but have not yet found the cause.

It's called "Anti-FreeBSD bias".  You won't find anything.

You just described the tests up to isomorphism in the terminology of mathematics which is more familiar
subject to me :-)

The results of OpenBSD has been discussed and analyzed on the
misc.at.openbsd.org. Even to a hobbyist like myself was not clear why did they chose to test OpenBSD 4.1 when only in two month the stable version of OpenBSD will be 4.3. For those unfamiliar performance of OpenBSD 4.2 as a DNS server has been dramatically improved from the 4.1 version. The question of multi-threading (no-no in OpenBSD world) and its role in above results was also analyzed.


e.g. NSD
(ports/dns/nsd) is a much faster and more scalable DNS server than BIND
(because it is better optimized for the smaller set of features it
supports).


When you make remarks like that it's no wonder ISC is in the business
of slamming FreeBSD.  People used to make the same claims about djbdns
but I noticed over the last few years they don't seem to be doing
that anymore.

If nsd is so much better than yank bind out of the base FreeBSD and
replace it with nsd.  Of course that will make more work for me
when I regen our nameservers here since nsd will be the first thing
on the "rm" list.

I sincerely hope for the above. Hopefully Ted finally can buy that Mercedes to his wife which she deserves so much ;-) .

Cheers,
Predrag


Ted

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