I have a brocade 6740 that I am using as my gateway. All traffic on the network performs as expected, EXCEPT when I actually access the ip address of the gateway.
For example, if I ping the gateway my latency is over half a second
EDIT: Brocade has confirmed that ICMP on virtual interfaces is extremeley low priority for the CPU, which is why ping times are high (expected behavior) However this does not answer the issue of why telnet/ssh to these interfaces are slow, Brocade has also confirmed this is NOT expected behavior.
root@workstation:~# ping 10.0.112.2 PING 10.0.112.2 (10.0.112.2) 56(84) bytes of data. 64 bytes from 10.0.112.2: icmp_req=1 ttl=64 time=605 ms 64 bytes from 10.0.112.2: icmp_req=2 ttl=64 time=606 ms 64 bytes from 10.0.112.2: icmp_req=3 ttl=64 time=606 ms 64 bytes from 10.0.112.2: icmp_req=4 ttl=64 time=606 ms 64 bytes from 10.0.112.2: icmp_req=5 ttl=64 time=606 ms
But if I ping a machine that is behind my gateway latency is exactly what i expect, ie under .2ms
root@workstation:~# ping 10.0.121.50 PING 10.0.121.50 (10.0.121.50) 56(84) bytes of data. 64 bytes from 10.0.121.50: icmp_req=1 ttl=63 time=0.207 ms 64 bytes from 10.0.121.50: icmp_req=2 ttl=63 time=0.193 ms 64 bytes from 10.0.121.50: icmp_req=3 ttl=63 time=0.184 ms 64 bytes from 10.0.121.50: icmp_req=4 ttl=63 time=0.181 ms
This becomes a problem when ssh/telneting into the switch any configuration is painful due to the latency
The interface is configured as a virtual ethernet interface with an ipaddress
switch-01# show running-config rbridge-id 15 int ve interface Ve 112 ip dhcp relay address 10.0.100.223 ip proxy-arp ip address 10.0.112.2/22 no shutdown !
My routing table is simple, and looks as such. Note that in this situation I am still staying within the switch-01, the traffic does not leave the network I am just routing across vlans(ie, it does not traverse the default route of 0.0.0.0/0 below)
switch-01# show ip route Total number of IP routes: 9 Type Codes - B:BGP D:Connected I:ISIS O:OSPF R:RIP S:Static; Cost - Dist/Metric BGP Codes - i:iBGP e:eBGP ISIS Codes - L1:Level-1 L2:Level-2 OSPF Codes - i:Inter Area 1:External Type 1 2:External Type 2 s:Sham Link Destination Gateway Port Cost Type Uptime 1 0.0.0.0/0 10.66.6.1 Ve 666 1/1 S 28d17h 2 10.0.100.0/24 DIRECT Ve 100 0/0 D 28d17h 3 10.0.108.0/23 DIRECT Ve 108 0/0 D 28d22h 4 10.0.112.0/22 DIRECT Ve 112 0/0 D 28d22h 5 10.0.118.0/23 DIRECT Ve 118 0/0 D 28d22h 6 10.0.121.0/24 DIRECT Ve 121 0/0 D 28d22h 7 10.0.123.0/24 DIRECT Ve 123 0/0 D 28d22h 8 10.0.124.0/23 DIRECT Ve 124 0/0 D 5d23h 9 10.66.6.0/29 DIRECT Ve 666 0/0 D 28d17h
My question basically boils down to - why is this interface so slow when communicating directly to a machine, however the traffic traversing this interface is quite speedy?