Overview of Processor Characteristics

Before delving into management details, we need to review the basic architecture of a Cisco router and Catalyst switch.

NOTE

Please note that not all platforms are covered in this chapter due to the lack of public information available at the time of this writing. For more details regarding other Cisco platforms, such as the 12000 series routers or the 6000 and 8500 series Catalyst switches, refer to Cisco Connection Online, or CCO, and the product literature. The purpose of this chapter is not to educate you on the architecture, but to give you a general understanding about what is important when looking at performance and fault management.

Router Processors

Because each Cisco router model acts differently, ...

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