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CEF adjacency updates

I recently noticed the CEF switching process on a 6509 was running at about 3% whereas it used to be < 1%.

Looking at the output of 'show ip cef events' there are constant adjacency updates for /32 addresses which are DHCP servers all hanging off a 3550 which is attached to one of the 6509 ports.

We are not using DHCP snooping.

I can't see anything wrong with the trunk between the 6509 and 3550. Logs don't reveal anything of interest.

I'm a bit stuck on where to look next to diagnose this - any suggestions?

Thanks,

George

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Re: CEF adjacency updates

Before you look at the CPU packet-handling architecture and troubleshoot high CPU utilization, you must understand the different ways in which hardware-based forwarding switches and Cisco IOS? Software-based routers use the CPU. The common misconception is that high CPU utilization indicates the depletion of resources on a device and the threat of a crash. A capacity issue is one of the symptoms of high CPU utilization on Cisco IOS routers. However, a capacity issue is almost never a symptom of high CPU utilization with hardware-based forwarding switches.

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