Etherchannel load

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Jan 10th, 2008

Can anybody tell me how to interpret the "load" column from the "show etherchannel port-channel" command? Is it a hex value? Here two examples:

Index Load Port EC state No of bits

------+------+------+------------------+-----------

1 11 Gi2/48 Active 2

2 22 Gi3/48 Active 2

0 44 Gi5/1 Active 2

3 88 Gi6/1 Active 2

Index Load Port EC state No of bits

------+------+------+------------------+-----------

1 55 Gi2/47 Active 4

0 AA Gi3/47 Active 4

Thanks in advance,

Stephan

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andrew.burns Fri, 01/11/2008 - 06:37

Hi,

It's actually a binary representation of the distribution method. (Not sure how useful it is but there you go...)

For example, comparing 55 and AA we get:

01010101

10101010

Which is a simple alternation between the ports.

If we compare 11,22,44,88 we get:

00010001

00100010

01000100

10001000

Which again gives a simple alternation between the ports. I guess it may be useful in the case where you have an uneven distribution of ports (and hence an uneven distribution of traffic) - 3 ports gives you the following values: 0x49 0x92 0x24, which in binary is:

01001001

10010010

00100100

Which shows the 3:3:2 ratio of traffic distribution that you'd expect.

HTH

Andrew.

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