rlm_rest performance / thread usage

Бенджамин Томпсон b.thompson at latera.ru
Tue Sep 12 13:41:44 CEST 2017

We make a billing system which has a JSON API which allows our customers to
hook in FreeRADIUS servers to provide RADIUS and DHCP. Up to now we have
always used rlm_perl along with a perl script using the JSON and HTTP perl
modules to generate the JSON and get it to and from our API.

Recently, I have done a few experiments using the rlm_rest module in place
of rlm_perl, and I have been very impressed. It is easy to configure and it
provides a simpler solution for us, in that it renders the perl script

I would like to ask whether there is likely to be any performance
difference beteween these two solutions. rlm_perl is performing well for us
and as I understand it runs in a multithreaded mode whereby multple perl
instances can be created by multiple server threads. I would like to ask
whether the rlm_rest module is likely to offer as good as or better
performance as we are currently getting with rlm_perl. Also, I would like
to understand whether it is necessary to configure multiple instances of
rlm_rest and put them for example in a load_balance section in order to get
the best performance.

Ben Thompson

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