[j-nsp] Accuracy of interface stats

Joseph Soricelli joe at proteus.net
Mon Sep 28 10:21:37 EDT 2009

A bit dated information but at least as of 2006 the ASICs were  
reporting interface stats to the RE every 1 second.


Joseph Soricelli
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joe at proteus.net
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On Sep 27, 2009, at 4:18 AM, Richard A Steenbergen wrote:

> On Sun, Sep 27, 2009 at 02:52:34PM +0800, Shane Short wrote:
>> You'll find that 9.2Gbps was the 5minute average-- you were probably
>> bursting well above that frequently, hence the drops.
>> There was a massive discussion about this on the nanog list,  
>> depending
>> on the type traffic your transiting, you shouldn't run your link at
>> hotter than 70-90%
> I don't think the show interface counters are 5 minute averages. A
> "monitor interface" updates every 2 seconds and seems to catch major
> changes in traffic in about that much time, so the hardware is clearly
> capable of updating counters within a few seconds (definitely well  
> under
> 10s). I don't spend much time looking at show interface counters,  
> but a
> quick poke shows them updating what appears to be every 2-3 secs, so  
> it
> seems likely that these would be similarly real-time to the monitor
> interface rate.
> To the OP: This doesn't happen to be a OC-192 doing WAN PHY 10GE does
> it? Those will definitely top out at almost exactly 9.2Gbps, after you
> figure in the overhead for sonet + ethernet + the lower data rate.
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