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How to analyze hardware queue on cisco devices..

Hi Frens,

I am looking for a proper command to check or diplay hardware queues on cisco devices . Also what are these hardware queues it related to QOS?

Can any one please help me with this?


How to analyze hardware queue on cisco devices..

Hi mohammed,

In router, you can use command show controllers gix/x and find the tx_limited line. The number display how many packets the hareware queue can contain before other inqueue-packets droped by tail drop. Remember It count number of packets regardless how big packet is.

The default tx_limit number differ from various platform (gigabit or fastether interface).

Hardware queue play a very important role to QoS. You should understand clearly about QoS before customizing it. Making the number too low may help your QoS work effectively but cost router's CPU load hard. In the other hand, with the too high number, your HW queue will be too long and make a bad impact to real-time traffic (like audio, video...).

Hope this help

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Also what are these hardware queues it related to QOS?

They are hardware buffers.  It a dedicated queue of packets waiting to be transmitted.

They are simply FIFO, i.e. no QoS.  (When they overflow, excess packets are place into different queues, often to which QoS might be applied.)

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