Anyone Deployed Ascend's GRF IP Switch?

Jessica Yu jyy at
Tue Sep 2 17:47:17 UTC 1997


You will believe it when you try to widen your view.

Thanks and so long.
Date:    Tue, 02 Sep 1997 13:27:00 -0000
To:      Jessica Yu <jyy at>
cc:      Damon Hammis <damonh at>, nanog at
From:    Nathan Stratton <nathan at>
Subject: Re: Anyone Deployed Ascend's GRF IP Switch? 
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On Tue, 2 Sep 1997, Jessica Yu wrote:
> >>       Just curious, what is the size of the config file on your box?
> > 
> >It is not very large 169 lines on rt3.ATL. The size of the the gated file
> >should not slow down the router. On rt2.DCA (or MAE-East router) the
> >config is 458 lines and it takes the same time to load. 
>       Unless you have other data to support, the fact that a box takes
>       almost the same amount of time to load a 458 line config as
>       a 169 liner does not at all lead to your conclusion above.  
>       Try to load a config file of size in MGs and see if it increases 
>       the loading period.  
>       (BTW, in case you wonder, there are providers who have such large 
>       configuration files running on routers.) 
Ah, I would like to see that. The largest gated file we have had was a
little over 2000 lines. There are many things you can do to make the file
smaller. I find it hard to beleave you can have a gated file longer then a
few thousands lines that can not be compressed.
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