Saturday, February 23, 2013

Cisco: PCRF Performance Improved


 Murali Nemani (pictured), Sr. Director, Service Provider Mobility Marketing, Cisco updates in a blog post about a recent performance test for its (ex. BroadHopQuantum policy manager.

The test, performed by EANTC (see "How did EANTC Test Comverse PCRF?" - here), shows the system has a "linear scale-out to 250K transactions-per-second with 75M concurrent sessions" (see report below).

Cisco UCS 5108
A "system" in this case was up to 6 UCS 5108 chassis, each taking 6RU with 8 UCS B200 blades, with fabric interconnect. For the table below I took the numbers for a single chassis with 6 blades ("initial load") in order to try to compare with the other vendors. Previous test results by BroadHop (here) "Demonstrated support for 28,000 TPS with 16 blades in a single 10U chassis"

See below a short comparison of all tests published so far. Test scenarios, hardware configuration, size and cost are not the same in all tests. Probably even the definitions of TPS (or PDP contexts setups by some vendors) are not equal as well. Please refer to vendor's documentation for more specific information.

Vendor
Date
Published
Tester
System Performance (TPS/Chassis)
Subscribers/
System
Blade Performance
Blog Post
Cisco
Feb 22, 2013
EANTC
34,000
10.2M


Openet
Jan 9, 2013
Internal
200,000

25,000
Comverse
Jan 9, 2013
EANTC
200,000
31.5M
15,000
Tango Telecom
Feb 6, 2012
Internal
192,000

12,000
Amdocs (Bridgewater)
Sep  15, 2010
EANTC






See "A Quantum Leap Forward for Policy" - here.

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