BGP offloading (fixing legacy router BGP scalability issues)
bill at herrin.us
Thu Apr 2 23:21:08 UTC 2015
On Wed, Apr 1, 2015 at 1:01 PM, Frederik Kriewitz <frederik at kriewitz.eu> wrote:
> practice the biggest problem with [Cisco 6500s] is their poor BGP scalability
> due to the CPU/memory limitations.
Are you sure about that? I would expect you to hit the wall on the
TCAM long before CPU/RAM limitations. Check your log for errors along
the lines of "FIB_EXCEPTION: FIB TCAM exception, Some entries will be
This might be masked as a CPU problem since routing for destinations
which fall out of the TCAM is forced up to the main CPU.
If this is your problem and you're talking about sup-720-3bxl's with a
1M TCAM, you can change how much of the TCAM is allocated to which
functions for now. Longer term, you either upgrade to something with a
bigger TCAM or you reduce the number of routes you carry by
introducing superset routes such as a default route and then filtering
out the more-specifics your customers are least likely to use.
William Herrin ................ herrin at dirtside.com bill at herrin.us
Owner, Dirtside Systems ......... Web: <http://www.dirtside.com/>
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