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What is "Total Output Drops"?

I am experiencing some congestion type of issues on 7609s. I am seeing output drops on multiple interfaces that I know is a problem but having difficulty trying to figure out the source or reason for drops. So would like to get some insight into output drops. What logic Cisco uses to tag a packet as output drop? or what are the qualifiers for a packet to considered towards "output drop"? 

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Re: What is "Total Output Drops"?

Hello Prerak007,

output drops may be a sign of an excessive traffic over a group of ports that share an ASIC hardware chip.

if you see these counters on linecard modules less then WS-67xy modules, you are likely facing performance issues

see the following document for more details

>> When you use either the WS-X6548-GE-TX or WS-X6148-GE-TX modules, there       is a possibility that individual port utilization can lead to connectivity       problems or packet loss on the surrounding interfaces.

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/switches/ps700/products_tech_note09186a00801751d7.shtml#ASIC

Hope to help

Giuseppe

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