Cisco ASR 1000 Series Router Testing and Analysis Report Now Available

Cisco ASR 1000 Series Router Testing and Analysis Report Now Available for no cost

Router Analysis is proud to release the full ASR1000 Series Router Testing and Analysis Report (RA-070112-03).  The report is available for no cost.

The report covers the ASR1000 Series Routers with RP2 and ESP40.  During our testing, we tested both the ASR1004 and 1006 platforms and found no difference in performance.  The main difference between the 1004 and 1006 is hardware redundancy.  The 1006 supports two RPs and two ESPs.  The 1004 is software redundant according to Cisco.

We want to thank both Cisco and IXIA for their support during the testing cycle.

The report is 22 pages long and contains the following information:

Results Summary – Summary of Test Results
Test Lab Setup – Physical Setup of Testing Lab
Tests Carried Out – All of the Tests Done on the ASR1000
Testing Results Reviewed – Detailed Analysis of the Testing Results
Appendix A – Test Cases – Full Writeup of Three of the Test Cases
Appendix B – Test Result Data Tables – Testing Data in Table Format

Also available separately are the IXIA configurations, Router configurations and IXIA results files.



Excerpts From The Report:

QoS Testing and Results:

From our tests we have determined that QoS works as expected on the system. In a simple test involving three GbE links (a two to one oversubscription). Three different TOS bits were set (0, 4 and 7) and traffic was sent balanced (33.3% per TOS) from each GbE towards a single GbE port outbound.

We configured the router so that TOS 0 was protected up to 1% of line rate, TOS 4 was protected up to 40% of line rate and TOS 7 was protected up to 70% of line rate.

Head-of-Line Blocking Testing:

For HOLB Testing we setup a test case where we sent traffic from three GE ports to one GE port, then from another GE port to both the over-loaded GE port and an empty GE port.

Test Case One – IP Forwarding Synopsis:

When testing systems which have a set PPS or Fabric Bandwidth which is lower then the combined interfaces available; it is necessary to validate the best-case base forwarding rate. Once the rate has been determined, it is possible to judge other test cases against the best-case forwarding rate.

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