Testing The Capabilities Of Your Ethernet Network


In an exemplary embodiment, the node 12 is adapted to propagate packet drop information in the Ethernet network 10. The determined statistics can be utilized by the sender node to perform one or more corrective actions responsive to the determined statistics exceeding a threshold. The one or more corrective actions can include one or more of switching to backup Link Aggregation Group member ports, manipulating a blocking port in the Ethernet network, and raising an alarm. The LLDPDU can include an organization specific Type-Length-Value with a TLV information string therein based on the determined statistics and cause of the one or more of service unaware discards.

A packet that collides is counted only once in output packets. Shows the total number of bytes, including data and MAC encapsulation, transmitted by the system. Gives the dribble bit error, which indicates that a frame is slightly too long. This frame error counter is incremented just for informational purposes; the router accepts the frame. Shows the number of times that the receiver hardware was incapable of handing received data to a hardware buffer because the input rate exceeded the receiver’s capability to handle the data.

It also provides a back-off algorithm for retransmission. Cut-through – The switch reads the destination MAC addresses and forwards the frame without storing it and without checking the FCS field. No error detection here but the fastest forwarding method.

The Link layer and service aware port discard condition can be propagated to the edge of the administrative domain using an organization Specific TLV in IEEE 802.lag Link trace message. This mechanism can be used in isolating the point of frame drops within the network 10. In operation, the switch 14 sends ingress packets to the node 12-1 destined for the node 12-4 over the LAG bundle 16. The switch 14 is unaware of packet drops 24 on a receive port of the node 12-1, and, in the case of frame loss, manual effort is needed for fault isolation/service recovery.

This is commonly used when static routing is configured on the switch or when a routing protocol is being run between the Layer 3 switch and the router or another Layer 3 switch. Cut-through switching reduces latency by forwarding frames as soon as the destination MAC address and the corresponding switch port are read from the MAC address table. This switching method does not perform any error checking and does not use 7710 matapeake business drive, brandywine, md 20613 buffers to support different Ethernet speeds. Error checking and buffers are characteristics of store-and-forward switching. Adding a Layer 2 switch to a network increases the number of collision domains and increases the size of the broadcast domain. Layer 2 switches do not decrease the amount of broadcast traffic, do not increase the amount of network collisions and do not increase the number of dropped frames.

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