Wide-Area Networking Configuration Guide: Frame Relay, Cisco IOS XE Release 3S
Frame Relay Queueing and Fragmentation at the Interface
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Frame Relay Queueing and Fragmentation at the Interface

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Frame Relay Queueing and Fragmentation at the Interface

The Frame Relay Queueing and Fragmentation at the Interface feature introduces support for low-latency queueing (LLQ) and FRF.12 end-to-end fragmentation on a Frame Relay interface.

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Restrictions for Frame Relay Queueing and Fragmentation at the Interface

  • Interface fragmentation and Frame Relay traffic shaping cannot be configured at the same time.
  • Interface fragmentation and class-based fragmentation cannot be configured at the same time.
  • Frame Relay switched virtual circuits (SVCs) are not supported.
  • Hierarchical shaping and multiple shapers are not supported.

Information About Frame Relay Queueing and Fragmentation at the Interface

The Frame Relay Queueing and Fragmentation at the Interface feature simplifies the configuration of low-latency, low-jitter quality of service (QoS) by enabling the queueing policy and fragmentation configured on the main interface to apply to all permanent virtual circuits (PVCs) and subinterfaces under that interface. Before the introduction of this feature, queueing and fragmentation had to be configured on each individual PVC. Subrate shaping can also be configured on the interface.

How Frame Relay Queueing and Fragmentation at the Interface Works

When FRF.12 end-to-end fragmentation is enabled on an interface, all PVCs on the main interface and its subinterfaces will have fragmentation enabled with the same configured fragment size. To maintain low latency and low jitter for high-priority traffic, the configured fragment size must be greater than the largest high-priority frames. This configuration will prevent high-priority traffic from being fragmented and queued behind lower-priority fragmented frames. If the size of a high-priority frame is larger than the configured fragment size, the high-priority frame will be fragmented. Local Management Interface (LMI) traffic will not be fragmented and is guaranteed its required bandwidth.

When a low-latency queueing policy map is applied to the interface, traffic through the interface is identified using class maps and is directed to the appropriate queue. Time-sensitive traffic such as voice should be classified as high priority and will be queued on the priority queue. Traffic that does not fall into one of the defined classes will be queued on the class-default queue. Frames from the priority queue and class queues are subject to fragmentation and interleaving. As long as the configured fragment size is larger than the high-priority frames, the priority queue traffic will not be fragmented and will be interleaved with fragmented frames from other class queues. This approach provides the highest QoS transmission for priority queue traffic. The figure below illustrates the interface queueing and fragmentation process.

Figure 1. Frame Relay Queueing and Fragmentation at the Interface

Subrate shaping can also be applied to the interface, but interleaving of high-priority frames will not work when shaping is configured. If shaping is not configured, each PVC will be allowed to send bursts of traffic up to the physical line rate.

When shaping is configured and traffic exceeds the rate at which the shaper can send frames, the traffic is queued at the shaping layer using fair queueing. After a frame passes through the shaper, the frame is queued at the interface using whatever queueing method is configured. If shaping is not configured, then queueing occurs only at the interface.


Note


For interleaving to work, both fragmentation and the low-latency queueing policy must be configured with shaping disabled.


The Frame Relay Queueing and Fragmentation at the Interface feature supports the following functionality:

  • Voice over Frame Relay
  • Weighted Random Early Detection
  • Frame Relay payload compression

Note


When payload compression and Frame Relay fragmentation are used at the same time, payload compression is always performed before fragmentation.


  • IP header compression

Benefits of Frame Relay Queueing and Fragmentation at the Interface

Simple Configuration

The Frame Relay Queueing and Fragmentation at the Interface feature allows fragmentation, low-latency queueing, and subrate shaping to be configured on a Frame Relay interface queue. The fragmentation and queueing and shaping policy will apply to all PVCs and subinterfaces under the main interface, eliminating the need to configure QoS on each PVC individually.

Flexible Bandwidth

This feature allows PVCs to preserve the logical separation of traffic from different services while reducing bandwidth partitioning between PVCs. Each PVC can send bursts of traffic up to the interface shaping rate or, if shaping is not configured, the physical interface line rate.

How to Configure Frame Relay Queueing and Fragmentation at the Interface

Configuring Class Policy for the Priority Queue

To configure a policy map for the priority class, use the following commands beginning in global configuration mode:

SUMMARY STEPS

    1.    enable

    2.    configure terminal

    3.    policy-map policy-map

    4.    class class-name

    5.    Router(config-pmap-c)# priority bandwidth-kbps

    6.    exit


DETAILED STEPS
     Command or ActionPurpose
    Step 1 enable


    Example:
    Router> enable
     

    Enables privileged EXEC mode.

    • Enter your password if prompted.
     
    Step 2 configure terminal


    Example:
    Router# configure terminal
     

    Enters global configuration mode.

     
    Step 3 policy-map policy-map


    Example:
    Router(config) policy-map policy1
     

    Specifies the name of the policy map to be created or modified.

    • Use this command to define the queueing policy for the priority queue.
     
    Step 4 class class-name


    Example:
    Router(config-pmap)# class c1
     

    Specifies the name of a class to be created and included in the service policy.

    • The class name that you specify in the policy map defines the characteristics for that class and its match criteria as configured using the class-map command.
     
    Step 5 Router(config-pmap-c)# priority bandwidth-kbps

    Example:
    Router(config-pmap-c)# priority 30
     

    Creates a strict priority class and specifies the amount of bandwidth, in kbps, to be assigned to the class.

     
    Step 6 exit


    Example:
    Router(config-pmap-c)# exit
     

    Exits the current configuration mode.

     

    Configuring Class Policy for the Bandwidth Queues

    To configure a policy map and create class policies that make up the service policy, use the following commands beginning in global configuration mode:

    SUMMARY STEPS

      1.    enable

      2.    configure terminal

      3.    policy-map policy-map

      4.    class class-name

      5.    Router(config-pmap-c)# bandwidth bandwidth-kbps

      6.    exit


    DETAILED STEPS
       Command or ActionPurpose
      Step 1 enable


      Example:
      Router> enable
       

      Enables privileged EXEC mode.

      • Enter your password if prompted.
       
      Step 2 configure terminal


      Example:
      Router# configure terminal
       

      Enters global configuration mode.

       
      Step 3 policy-map policy-map


      Example:
      Router(config)# policy-map policy1
       

      Specifies the name of the policy map to be created or modified.

      • Use this command to define the queueing policy for the priority queue.
      • The bandwidth queues and the priority queue use the same policy map.
       
      Step 4 class class-name


      Example:
      Router(config-pmap)# class c1
       

      Specifies the name of a class to be created and included in the service policy.

      • The class name that you specify in the policy map defines the characteristics for that class and its match criteria as configured using the class-mapcommand.
       
      Step 5 Router(config-pmap-c)# bandwidth bandwidth-kbps

      Example:
      Router(config-pmap-c)# bandwidth 10
       

      Specifies the amount of bandwidth to be assigned to the class, in kbps, or as a percentage of the available bandwidth. Bandwidth must be specified in kbps or as a percentage consistently across classes. (Bandwidth of the priority queue must be specified in kbps.)

      • The sum of all bandwidth allocation on an interface cannot exceed 75 percent of the total available interface bandwidth. However, if you need to configure more than 75 percent of the interface bandwidth to classes, you can override the 75 percent maximum by using the max-reserved-bandwidth command.
       
      Step 6 exit


      Example:
      Router(config-pmap-c)# exit
       

      Exits the current configuration mode.

       

      Configuring the Shaping Policy Using the Class-Default Class

      In general, the class-default class is used to classify traffic that does not fall into one of the defined classes. Even though the class-default class is predefined when you create the policy map, you still have to configure it. If a default class is not configured, traffic that does not match any of the configured classes is given best-effort treatment, which means that the network will deliver the traffic if it can, without any assurance of reliability, delay prevention, or throughput.

      If you configure shaping in addition to queueing on the interface, use the class-default class to configure the shaping policy. The shaping policy will serve as the parent in a hierarchical traffic policy. The queueing policy will serve as the child policy. The class-default class is used for the shaping policy so that all traffic for the entire interface is shaped and a bandwidth-limited stream can be created.

      To configure the shaping policy in the class-default class, use the following commands beginning in global configuration mode:

      SUMMARY STEPS

        1.    enable

        2.    configure terminal

        3.    policy-map policy-map

        4.    class class-default

        5.    shape [average | peak] mean-rate [[burst-size] [excess-burst-size]]

        6.    service-policy policy-map-name

        7.    exit


      DETAILED STEPS
         Command or ActionPurpose
        Step 1 enable


        Example:
        Router> enable
         

        Enables privileged EXEC mode.

        • Enter your password if prompted.
         
        Step 2 configure terminal


        Example:
        Router# configure terminal
         

        Enters global configuration mode.

         
        Step 3 policy-map policy-map


        Example:
        Router(config)# policy-map policy1
         

        Specifies the name of the policy map to be created or modified.

        • Use this command to define the shaping policy.
         
        Step 4 class class-default


        Example:
        Router(config-pmap)# class class-default
         

        Specifies the default class so that you can configure or modify its policy.

         
        Step 5 shape [average | peak] mean-rate [[burst-size] [excess-burst-size]]


        Example:
        Router(config-pmap-c)# shape peak 10
         

        (Optional) Shapes traffic to the indicated bit rate according to the algorithm specified.

         
        Step 6 service-policy policy-map-name


        Example:
        Router(config-pmap-c)# service-policy policy1
         

        Specifies the name of a policy map to be used as a matching criterion (for nesting traffic policies [hierarchical traffic policies] within one another).

        • Use this command to attach the policy map for the priority queue (the child policy) to the shaping policy (the parent policy).
         
        Step 7 exit


        Example:
        Router(config-pmap-c)# exit
         

        Exits the current configuration mode.

         

        Configuring Queueing and Fragmentation on the Frame Relay Interface

        To configure low-latency queueing and FRF.12 end-to-end fragmentation on a Frame Relay interface, use the following commands beginning in global configuration mode:

        SUMMARY STEPS

          1.    Router(config)# interface type number

          2.    Router(config-if)# encapsulation frame-relay

          3.    Router(config-if)# frame-relay interface-dlci dlci

          4.    Router(config-if-dlci)# class name

          5.    Router(config-if-dlci)# exit

          6.    Router(config)# map-class frame-relay name

          7.    Router(config-map-class)# frame-relay fragment fragment-size end-to-end

          8.    Router(config-map-class)# no frame-relay adaptive-shaping

          9.    Router(config-map-class)# service-policy output policy-map-name


        DETAILED STEPS
           Command or ActionPurpose
          Step 1 Router(config)# interface type number 

          Configures an interface type and enters interface configuration mode.

           
          Step 2 Router(config-if)# encapsulation frame-relay 

          Enables Frame Relay encapsulation.

           
          Step 3 Router(config-if)# frame-relay interface-dlci dlci 

          Assigns a DLCI to a specified Frame Relay subinterface on the router.

           
          Step 4 Router(config-if-dlci)# class name 

          Associates a map class with a specified DLCI.

           
          Step 5 Router(config-if-dlci)# exit 

          Exits configuration mode.

           
          Step 6 Router(config)# map-class frame-relay name 

          Specifies a map class to define QoS values for a Frame Relay SVC or PVC.

           
          Step 7 Router(config-map-class)# frame-relay fragment fragment-size end-to-end 

          Enables fragmentation of Frame Relay frames.

          • To maintain low latency and low jitter for priority queue traffic, configure the fragment size to be greater than the largest high-priority frame that would be expected.
           
          Step 8 Router(config-map-class)# no frame-relay adaptive-shaping 

          Disables Frame Relay adaptive traffic shaping.

           
          Step 9 Router(config-map-class)# service-policy output policy-map-name 

          Attaches a policy map to an output interface, to be used as the service policy for that interface.

          • If shaping is being used, use this command to attach the shaping policy (which includes the nested queueing policy) to the interface.
          • Interleaving of high-priority frames will not work if shaping is configured on the interface.
          • If shaping is not being used, use this command to attach the queueing policy to the interface.
           

          Verifying Frame Relay Queueing and Fragmentation at the Interface

          To verify the configuration and performance of Frame Relay queueing and fragmentation at the interface, perform the following steps:

          SUMMARY STEPS

            1.    Enter the show running-config command to verify the configuration.

            2.    Enter the show policy-map interface command to display low-latency queueing information, packet counters, and statistics for the policy map applied to the interface. Compare the values in the "packets" and the "pkts matched" counters; under normal circumstances, the "packets" counter is much larger than the "pkts matched" counter. If the values of the two counters are nearly equal, then the interface is receiving a large number of process-switched packets or is heavily congested.

            3.    Enter the show interfaces serialcommand to display information about the queueing strategy, priority queue interleaving, and type of fragmentation configured on the interface. You can determine whether the interface has reached a congestion condition and packets have been queued by looking at the "Conversations" fields. A nonzero value for "max active" counter shows whether any queues have been active. If the "active" counter is a nonzero value, you can use the show queue command to view the contents of the queues.


          DETAILED STEPS
            Step 1   Enter the show running-config command to verify the configuration.

            Example:
            Router# show running-config
            Building configuration...
            .
            .
            .
            class-map match-all voice
              match ip precedence 5
            !       
            !policy-map llq
              class voice
                priority 64
            policy-map shaper
              class class-default
               shape peak 96000
               service-policy llq
            !
            !interface Serial1/1
             ip address 16.0.0.1 255.255.255.0
             encapsulation frame-relay
             service-policy output shaper
             frame-relay fragment 80 end-to-end
            !
            
            Step 2   Enter the show policy-map interface command to display low-latency queueing information, packet counters, and statistics for the policy map applied to the interface. Compare the values in the "packets" and the "pkts matched" counters; under normal circumstances, the "packets" counter is much larger than the "pkts matched" counter. If the values of the two counters are nearly equal, then the interface is receiving a large number of process-switched packets or is heavily congested.

            The following sample output for the show policy-map interface command is based on the configuration in Step 1:



            Example:
            Router# show policy-map interface serial 1/1
             Serial1/1 
              Service-policy output:shaper
                Class-map:class-default (match-any)
                  12617 packets, 1321846 bytes
                  5 minute offered rate 33000 bps, drop rate 0 bps
                  Match:any 
                  Traffic Shaping
                       Target/Average   Byte   Sustain   Excess    Interval  Increment
                         Rate           Limit  bits/int  bits/int  (ms)      (bytes)  
                       192000/96000     1992   7968      7968      83        1992     
                    Adapt  Queue     Packets   Bytes     Packets   Bytes     Shaping
                    Active Depth                         Delayed   Delayed   Active
                    -      0         12586     1321540   0         0         no
                  Service-policy :llq
                    Class-map:voice (match-all)
                      3146 packets, 283140 bytes
                      5 minute offered rate 7000 bps, drop rate 0 bps
                      Match:ip precedence 1 
                      Weighted Fair Queueing
                        Strict Priority
                        Output Queue:Conversation 24 
                        Bandwidth 64 (kbps) Burst 1600 (Bytes)
                        (pkts matched/bytes matched) 0/0
                        (total drops/bytes drops) 0/0
                    Class-map:class-default (match-any)
                      9471 packets, 1038706 bytes
                      5 minute offered rate 26000 bps
                      Match:any 
            
            Step 3   Enter the show interfaces serialcommand to display information about the queueing strategy, priority queue interleaving, and type of fragmentation configured on the interface. You can determine whether the interface has reached a congestion condition and packets have been queued by looking at the "Conversations" fields. A nonzero value for "max active" counter shows whether any queues have been active. If the "active" counter is a nonzero value, you can use the show queue command to view the contents of the queues.

            The following sample output for the show interfaces serialcommand is based on the configuration in Step 1:



            Example:
            Router# show interfaces serial 1/1
            Serial1/1 is up, line protocol is up 
              Hardware is M4T
              Internet address is 16.0.0.1/24
              MTU 1500 bytes, BW 1544 Kbit, DLY 20000 usec, 
                 reliability 255/255, txload 5/255, rxload 1/255
              Encapsulation FRAME-RELAY, crc 16, loopback not set
              Keepalive set (10 sec)
              Restart-Delay is 0 secs
              LMI enq sent  40, LMI stat recvd 40, LMI upd recvd 0, DTE LMI up
              LMI enq recvd 0, LMI stat sent  0, LMI upd sent  0
              LMI DLCI 1023  LMI type is CISCO  frame relay DTE
              Fragmentation type:end-to-end, size 80, PQ interleaves 0
              Broadcast queue 0/64, broadcasts sent/dropped 0/0, interface broadcasts 0
              Last input 00:00:03, output 00:00:00, output hang never
              Last clearing of "show interface" counters 00:06:34
              Input queue:0/75/0/0 (size/max/drops/flushes); Total output drops:0
              Queueing strategy:weighted fair
              Output queue:0/1000/64/0 (size/max total/threshold/drops) 
                 Conversations  0/1/256 (active/max active/max total)
                 Reserved Conversations 0/0 (allocated/max allocated)
                 Available Bandwidth 1158 kilobits/sec
              5 minute input rate 0 bits/sec, 0 packets/sec
              5 minute output rate 33000 bits/sec, 40 packets/sec
                 40 packets input, 576 bytes, 0 no buffer
                 Received 0 broadcasts, 0 runts, 0 giants, 0 throttles
                 0 input errors, 0 CRC, 0 frame, 0 overrun, 0 ignored, 0 abort
                 15929 packets output, 1668870 bytes, 0 underruns
                 0 output errors, 0 collisions, 0 interface resets
                 0 output buffer failures, 0 output buffers swapped out
                 0 carrier transitions     DCD=up  DSR=up  DTR=up  RTS=up  CTS=up

            Monitoring and Maintaining Frame Relay Queueing and Fragmentation at the Interface

            To monitor and maintain Frame Relay queueing and fragmentation at the interface, use the following commands in privileged EXEC mode:

            Command

            Purpose

            Router# debug frame-relay fragment [event | interface type number dlci]

            Displays information related to Frame Relay fragmentation on a PVC.

            Router# show frame-relay fragment [interface type number [dlci]]

            Displays information about Frame Relay fragmentation.

            Router# show interfaces serial number

            Displays information about a serial interface.

            Router# show queue interface-type interface-number 

            Displays the contents of packets inside a queue for a particular interface.

            Router# show policy-map interface number [input | output]

            Displays the packet statistics of all classes that are configured for all service policies on the specified interface.

            Configuration Examples for Frame Relay Queueing and Fragmentation at the Interface

            Example Frame Relay Queueing Shaping and Fragmentation at the Interface

            The following example shows the configuration of a hierarchical policy for low-latency queueing, FRF.12 fragmentation, and shaping on serial interface 3/2. Note that traffic from the priority queue will not be interleaved with fragments from the class-default queue because shaping is configured.

            class-map voice
             match access-group 101
                 
            policy-map llq
             class voice
              priority 64
               
            policy-map shaper
             class class-default 
              shape average 96000
              service-policy llq
            interface serial 3/2
             ip address 10.0.0.1 255.0.0.0
             encapsulation frame-relay
             bandwidth 128
             clock rate 128000
             service-policy output shaper
             frame-relay fragment 80 end-to-end
               
             access-list 101 match ip any host 10.0.0.2

            Example Frame Relay Queueing and Fragmentation at the Interface

            The following example shows the configuration of low-latency queueing and FRF.12 fragmentation on serial interface 3/2. Because shaping is not being used, a hierarchical traffic policy is not needed and traffic from the priority queue will be interleaved with fragments from the other queues. Without shaping, the output rate of the interface is equal to the line rate or configured clock rate. In this example, the clock rate is 128,000 bps.

            class-map voice
             match access-group 101
                 
            policy-map llq
             class voice
              priority 64
             class video
              bandwidth 32
            interface serial 3/2
             ip address 10.0.0.1 255.0.0.0
             encapsulation frame-relay
             bandwidth 128
             clock rate 128000
             service-policy output llq
             frame-relay fragment 80 end-to-end
             access-list 101 match ip any host 10.0.0.2

            Additional References

            Related Documents

            Related Topic

            Document Title

            Frame Relay configuration

            Cisco IOS Wide-Area Networking Configuration Guide , Release 12.4T

            Frame Relay commands

            Cisco IOS Wide-Area Networking Command Reference, Release 12.4T

            Standards

            Standard

            Title

            FRF.16.1

            Multilink Frame Relay UNI/NNI Implementation Agreement, May 2002

            MIBs

            MIB

            MIBs Link

            None

            To locate and download MIBs for selected platforms, Cisco IOS releases, and feature sets, use Cisco MIB Locator found at the following URL:

            http:/​/​www.cisco.com/​go/​mibs

            RFCs

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            Title

            None

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            Feature Information for Frame Relay Queueing and Fragmentation at the Interface

            The following table provides release information about the feature or features described in this module. This table lists only the software release that introduced support for a given feature in a given software release train. Unless noted otherwise, subsequent releases of that software release train also support that feature.

            Use Cisco Feature Navigator to find information about platform support and Cisco software image support. To access Cisco Feature Navigator, go to www.cisco.com/​go/​cfn. An account on Cisco.com is not required.

            Table 1 Feature Information for Frame Relay Queueing and Fragmentation at the Interface

            Feature Name

            Releases

            Feature Information

            Frame Relay Queueing and Fragmentation at the Interface

            Cisco IOS XE Release 2.1

            The Frame Relay Queueing and Fragmentation at the Interface feature introduces support for low-latency queueing (LLQ) and FRF.12 end-to-end fragmentation on a Frame Relay interface.