Performance issue with Freeradius (2.1.7) running Veriwave

Verma Anurag-VNF673 Anurag.Verma at
Fri Dec 17 12:51:25 CET 2010

Just to give you an idea of RSA calculation in h/w, this is what I get
when I run openssl speed test. As per the documentation, the
authentication rate should also reflect that, but the real numbers are
nowhere close to this.

# openssl speed -engine dataplane  rsa2048
engine "dataplane" set.
Doing 2048 bit private rsa's for 10s: 1125 2048 bit private RSA's in
Doing 2048 bit public rsa's for 10s: 2027 2048 bit public RSA's in 9.89s
OpenSSL 0.9.8p 16 Nov 2010
built on: date
options:bn(64,32) md2(int) rc4(ptr,char) des(idx,cisc,16,long)
aes(partial) idea(int) blowfish(ptr)
compiler: CFLAGS
available timing options: TIMES TIMEB HZ=100 [sysconf value]
timing function used: times
                  sign    verify    sign/s verify/s
rsa 2048 bits 0.006898s 0.004879s    145.0    205.0


-----Original Message-----
From: Verma Anurag-VNF673 
Sent: Friday, December 17, 2010 4:54 PM
To: 'FreeRadius developers mailing list'
Subject: RE: Performance issue with Freeradius (2.1.7) running Veriwave

>  On the same machine?  Or on completely different hardware?
Good point. It was on a different machine. Let me check the

>  Do you know *why* they failed?  That question might be interesting to

How do I find that. Running radiusd -X in debug mode slows it down. Is
there anyway I can debug this further?

>  Since you haven't said *anything* about your system, I have no idea.
I am not sure if I can disclose that, but the point is that I see the
same performance number when done with Microsoft AAA server for a single
authentication request. I forgot to mentioned that earlier.

>  Well... your CPU is really not powerful enough to do RSA.  Don't
>  Use a faster CPU.

Well, the CPU is not doing it, RSA calculation is offloaded to hardware.
So, not sure how faster CPU will help.


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