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ARP Optimization

Contents

Information About the ARP Optimization Feature

ARP Optimization Feature Design

ARP Optimization Benefits

Additional References

Related Documents

Standards

MIBs

RFCs

Technical Assistance

Command Reference

clear arp interface

Glossary


ARP Optimization


The ARP Optimization feature improves Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) performance by using an improved data structure to reduce ARP searching time.

Feature History for the ARP Optimization Feature

Release
Modification

12.0(22)S

This feature was introduced.

12.2(15)T

This feature was integrated into Cisco IOS Release 12.2(15)T.

12.2(18)S

This feature was integrated into Cisco IOS Release 12.2(18)S.

12.2(27)SBC

This feature was integrated into Cisco IOS Release 12.2(27)SBC.


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Contents

Information About the ARP Optimization Feature

Additional References

Command Reference

Glossary

Information About the ARP Optimization Feature

This section provides the following information about ARP optimization:

ARP Optimization Feature Design

ARP Optimization Benefits

ARP Optimization Feature Design

ARP is used to map a Layer 3 IP address to a Layer 2 MAC address. A Cisco router stores this mapped information in an ARP table. The ARP table provides MAC rewrite information when the router is forwarding a packet using Cisco Express Forwarding (CEF) or other IP switching technologies.

In previous versions of Cisco IOS software, the ARP table was organized for easy searching on an entry based on the IP address. However, there are cases such as interface flapping on the router and a topology change in the network where all related ARP entries need to be refreshed for correct forwarding. This situation could consume a substantial amount of CPU time in the ARP process to search and clean up all the entries. The ARP Optimization feature improves ARP performance by reducing the ARP searching time by using an improved data structure.

No configuration tasks are associated with this feature.

ARP Optimization Benefits

This feature improves CPU utilization and provides a more efficient ARP table searching capability when a topology change occurs.

Additional References

The following sections provide references related to the ARP Optimization feature.

Related Documents

Related Topic
Document Title

IP addressing and services commands

Cisco IOS IP Command Reference, Volume 1 of 4: Addressing and Services, Release 12.3 T

IP addressing and services tasks

Cisco IOS IP Configuration Guide


Standards

Standards
Title

No new or modified standards are supported by this feature, and support for existing standards has not been modified by this feature.


MIBs

MIBs
MIBs Link

No new or modified MIBs are supported by this feature, and support for existing MIBs has not been modified by this feature.

To obtain lists of supported MIBs by platform and Cisco IOS release, and to download MIB modules, go to the Cisco MIB website on Cisco.com at the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/public/sw-center/netmgmt/cmtk/mibs.shtml


RFCs

RFCs
Title

No new or modified RFCs are supported by this feature, and support for existing RFCs has not been modified by this feature.


Technical Assistance

Description
Link

Technical Assistance Center (TAC) home page, containing 30,000 pages of searchable technical content, including links to products, technologies, solutions, technical tips, and tools. Registered Cisco.com users can log in from this page to access even more content.

http://www.cisco.com/public/support/tac/home.shtml


Command Reference

This section documents a new command. All other commands used with this feature are documented in the Cisco IOS Release 12.3T command reference publications.

clear arp interface

clear arp interface

To clear the entire Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) cache on an interface, use the clear arp interface command in privileged or user EXEC mode.

clear arp interface type number

Syntax Description

type

Interface type.

number

Interface number.


Defaults

No default behavior or values.

Command Modes

Privileged or User EXEC

Command History

Release
Modification

12.0(22)S

This command was introduced.

12.2(15)T

This command was integrated into Cisco IOS Release 12.2(15)T.

12.2(27)SBC

This command was integrated into Cisco IOS Release 12.2(27)SBC.


Usage Guidelines

Use the clear arp interface command to clean up ARP entries associated with an interface.

Examples

The following example clears the ARP cache from Ethernet interface 0:


Router# clear arp interface ethernet 0

Glossary

ARP—Address Resolution Protocol. Internet protocol used to map an IP address to a MAC address. Used to obtain the physical address when only the logical address is known.

MAC address—Media Access Control address. Standardized data link layer address that is required for every port or device that connects to a LAN. Also known as a hardware address, MAC-layer address, and physical address.


Note Refer to Internetworking Terms and Acronyms for terms not included in this glossary.