Network performance vtnet

Pfsense has bad performance compared to vanilla freebsd when it comes to vtnet inside bhyve, what could the reason be?

On or off doesn’t really make a performance difference and yes I’ve rebooted each time when I changed a checkbox. However I don’t see real changes on the interface flags so not sure if it applies to vtnet.

Disable hardware checksum offload
Disable hardware TCP segmentation offload
Disable hardware large receive offload

Tests performed with iperf

Freebsd 11.1 Vanilla:
1.28 Gbits/sec
pfSense 2.4.2p1:
613 Mbits/sec
pfSense 2.4.2p1 (pfctl -d):
616 Mbits/sec

I’ve checked both vtnet on the vanilla freebsd and pfsense have the same interface flags.

Oh right and the vanilla freebsd has 1 core 2.4ghz and 256mb ram, the pfsense has 4 cores 2.4ghz and 4gb ram, just tested the development release 2.4.3 has the same bad results.

And there using the exact same bridge interface.

I’ve noticed that the webinterface doesn’t apply the values diable lro,tso,csum to the vnet interfaces, .. not that it makes that much of a difference though.

sysctl hw.vtnet
hw.vtnet.rx_process_limit: 512
hw.vtnet.mq_max_pairs: 8
hw.vtnet.mq_disable: 0
hw.vtnet.lro_disable: 1
hw.vtnet.tso_disable: 1
hw.vtnet.csum_disable: 1

Had to manually enter it in /boot/loader.conf.local in order for it to apply.

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