andrew.burns Mon, 08/20/2007 - 23:37
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Hi,


The exact architecture varies between switches but there's an excellent white paper showing the 6500 architecture here:


http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/switches/ps708/products_white_paper0900aecd80673385.shtml


The terms "routing plane" and "switching plane" are technically the "control plane" and "data plane" in this doc. Control plane functions refer to processes that are run in software, whereas data plane functions refer to processes that are run in hardware.


HTH

Andrew.


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