[talk] *BSD multi-core scalability and NUMA

Pete Wright pete at nomadlogic.org
Mon Jun 23 13:53:23 EDT 2014

hey there folks - i've been working on building out some
low-latency/high-througput systems running one of those penguin
distributions lately and it has me thinking about the current state of
multi-core and multi-socket processing on *BSD.  I've found this post
that is pretty recent regarding NUMA(0) support on FreeBSD:


This is actually pretty exciting work from my POV, especially with the
default use of jemalloc on FreeBSD I may be able to make a good case to
move some of my critical systems off of centos finally.  I've actually
seen a handful of closed-source systems we run use jemalloc on centos
since it works quite nice with NUMA.

I was wondering how people manage scaling out multi-socket systems
currently on the *BSD's.  I mean beyond just having multiple CPU's
availble for the scheduler - for example ensuring your NIC driver is
handling interrupts on a single CPU package for example, or having
processes and/or threads run on the same CPU package for potential cache


0: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Non-uniform_memory_access

Pete Wright
pete at nomadlogic.org
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