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High CPU Utilization

Dear All,

I have 200mb live traffic running on Cisco 3845 router. But from past few days CPU utilization is going very high(80%). 

Normal cpu utilization was upto 20% earlier. 

I am not able to find out why utilization is going this high. 

Please explain. 

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Super Bronze

Well, if shifting traffic

Well, if shifting traffic away from the router has brought the CPU down, then the high CPU was likely due to the traffic itself.

As a personal rule, I try to avoid having a 3845 deal with more than 100 Mbps.  Normally, I would expect 200 Mbps to peg the CPU of a 3845.

The real question was whether your high CPU was almost all interrupt usage, normally indicating optimal performance, or whether there was another process driving the high CPU, like IP Input.  The latter can sometimes be corrected allowing a higher forwarding rate.

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Please post the complete

Please post the complete output to the command "sh proc cpu sort | ex 0.00".

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Router4#sh processes cpu

Router4#sh processes cpu sorted | ex 0.00
CPU utilization for five seconds: 27%/26%; one minute: 32%; five minutes: 23%
PID Runtime(ms) Invoked uSecs 5Sec 1Min 5Min TTY Process
91 1900 9100 208 0.24% 0.24% 0.23% 0 IP Input
116 24 729 32 0.08% 0.06% 0.05% 0 CEF process
76 4 14429 0 0.08% 0.07% 0.06% 0 EAP Framework

Hall of Fame Super Gold

Looks OK to me. 

Looks OK to me. 

Super Bronze

Ideally, you want to capture

Ideally, you want to capture the stats that Leo requested when the CPU is "very high(80%)."

New Member

I have shifted some traffic

I got Leo's reply after a day. Before that I had shifted some traffic to Cisco asr1001x.  

Why would I keep working on a router with 80% cpu utilization? 

Now everything is normal. 

Super Bronze

Well, if shifting traffic

Well, if shifting traffic away from the router has brought the CPU down, then the high CPU was likely due to the traffic itself.

As a personal rule, I try to avoid having a 3845 deal with more than 100 Mbps.  Normally, I would expect 200 Mbps to peg the CPU of a 3845.

The real question was whether your high CPU was almost all interrupt usage, normally indicating optimal performance, or whether there was another process driving the high CPU, like IP Input.  The latter can sometimes be corrected allowing a higher forwarding rate.

Hall of Fame Super Gold

Well, if shifting traffic

Well, if shifting traffic away from the router has brought the CPU down, then the high CPU was likely due to the traffic itself.

I concur with Joe.

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Hi joseph,

Hi joseph,

How much traffic do you recommend on ASR 1000 series?

Super Bronze

That depends on the model,

That depends on the model, and also depending on the model, what's installed in it or what performance it's licensed for.

The ASR 1K (and the ISR 4K) differ from their earlier counterparts in that they have built in performance caps.  This to try to insure they always can deliver the throughput noted in their data sheets.

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