Enabling multi-core

flexiWAN by default uses 2 cores on flexiEdge. The first core is used of the operating system and the second core is used for the vRouter. Additinal vRouter cores are required for:

  • When enabling QoS in order to run the scheduler

  • To increase the throughput

With multi-core devices can utilize more than one core and increase tunnel performance. The encryption and tunnels performance is increased when running multiple tunnels on a flexiEdge and can be boosted significantly.


In order to enable multi-core, the device must satisfy the following system requirements:

  • Modern processor with 3 or more cores

  • A network card which supports RSS - Receive Side Scaling. Learn more about it here.


Power saving mode is not enabled when using multi-core, and due to the DPDK poll mode drivers, the CPU will be utilized in 100%

Enabling multi-core

In previous flexiWAN versions, multi-core was enabled using system checker which is no longer possible. In latest flexiWAn versions in order to enable multi-core navigate to the device you wish to enable multi-core using flexiManage.

In order to enable multi-core, from flexiManage open flexiEdge site on which you wish to enable multi-core. From there, click on the Configuration tab.


From there click on Advanced tab and click on Hardware Configuration


Within Hardware Configuration dialog window observe the following sections:

HW CPU cores

Shows hardware CPU cores

Current vRouter cores

Shows currently used CPU cores by flexiWAN’s vRouter

vRouter cores

Allows defining number of cores used by flexiWAN.

Power saving

When enabled, the vRouter CPU core will not be utilized 100% at all times. Note, enabling this feature may introduce a delay in packet processing. This function does not work when enabling more than 1 vRouter cores.


For this example, CPU host has 4 hardware CPU cores. By design, one core is reserved for the operating system operation in which case 3 CPU cores are available for multi-core utlilization. In this case, set the vRouter cores to 3 and click on Apply configuration, after which the system will reboot.


Upon reboot, system will utilize 3 CPU cores, which can be confirmed by running top from the command line.