what is cpu used for on switch

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May 6th, 2009

Hi all, as most switching is done using asic chips, what is the main reason for cpu on a switch ?

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carl_townshend Wed, 05/06/2009 - 03:05

can you give me an example?

how about mac learning ? is this done initially by the control plane processor ?

carl_townshend Wed, 05/06/2009 - 04:26

i see, is there anything else, what about mac learning etc, is this done by asic ?

Joseph W. Doherty Wed, 05/06/2009 - 06:55

"anthing else" - sure other control plane functions.

"mac learning", probably depends on switch architecture.

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