Supported Platforms

TNSR is a platform for high-speed packet processing, delivered as services that run on top of an operating system. Currently, CentOS Linux release 7 or later for x86 processors has been tested by Netgate, so that means most compatibility questions can be resolved by checking whether the hardware can run CentOS Linux.

General system requirements for TNSR are:

  • 64-bit x86 processor

  • Minimum of 4GB RAM

  • Mininum of two network interface ports, three network interface ports recommended

There are three tiers of compatibility descriptions for TNSR with the overall goal to serve as a guide to deploying TNSR successfully. With that in mind, the information and specifications in each tier meet different requirements for different deployment types.

Tested by Netgate

This tier contains systems and components that have been tested extensively by Netgate and are known to work well with TNSR. In addition to the support included with the TNSR license, Netgate warranty and technical support is available for purchase for Netgate-branded appliances.

Physical Appliances

Virtualization Technologies

TNSR will run in most virtual x86 environments.

  • Amazon Web Services - Instances with Enhanced Network Adapters (ENA)

  • Microsoft Azure - Instances with Accelerated Networking

  • VMware - vSphere 6.0 and later, running VMXNET3 virtual network adapters

  • virtio-net - Paravirtualized network adapter, used by QEMU, VirtuaBox, and other hypervisors.

DPDK and VPP Compatible

This tier contains systems and components found to have worked with the Data Plane Development Kit (DPDK) and Vector Packet Processing (VPP) open source projects. Much of TNSR’s functionality is derived from these projects, but Netgate may not yet have tested all of the systems and components found on these lists.

For the latest updates on hardware supported by DPDK and VPP, check here:

Community Reported

This tier represents the efforts of the TNSR community. Netgate makes every effort to test and document TNSR with new hardware and our customers are also often on the cutting edge of technology, so they may encounter systems and components that work with TNSR before Netgate has an opportunity to test them.