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PIM Triggered Joins

Contents

Restrictions for PIM Triggered Joins

Information About PIM Triggered Joins

Functional Overview of PIM Triggered Joins

Additional References

Related Documents

Standards

MIBs

RFCs

Technical Assistance

Feature Information for PIM Triggered Joins


PIM Triggered Joins


First Published: August 21, 2007
Last Updated: August 21, 2007

The PIM Triggered Joins feature is a high availability (HA) multicast enhancement that improves the reconvergence of multicast routes (mroutes) after a supervisor engine switchover on a Catalyst 6500 series switch. In the event of a supervisor engine switchover, this feature utilizes the Generation ID (GenID) value as a mechanism to trigger adjacent Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) neighbors on an interface to send PIM join messages for all (*, G) and (S, G) mroutes that use that interface as a reverse path forwarding (RPF) interface, immediately reestablishing those states on the newly active supervisor engine.

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Contents

Restrictions for PIM Triggered Joins

Information About PIM Triggered Joins

Additional References

Feature Information for PIM Triggered Joins

Restrictions for PIM Triggered Joins

All PIM neighbors must be compliant with RFC 4601 and be able to process GenID differences in PIM hello messages.

Information About PIM Triggered Joins

To understand the PIM Triggered Joins feature, you should be familiar with the following concept:

Functional Overview of PIM Triggered Joins

Functional Overview of PIM Triggered Joins

The PIM Triggered Joins feature is an HA multicast enhancement that improves the reconvergence of mroutes after a supervisor engine switchover on a Catalyst 6500 series switch. In the event of a supervisor engine switchover, this feature utilizes the GenID value as a mechanism to trigger adjacent PIM neighbors on an interface to send PIM join messages for all (*, G) and (S, G) mroutes that use that interface as an RPF interface, immediately reestablishing those states on the newly active supervisor engine. A GenID is a randomly generated 32-bit value regenerated each time PIM forwarding is started or restarted on an interface.


Note In order to process the GenID value in PIM hello messages, PIM neighbors must be running Cisco IOS software with an implementation of PIM that is compliant with RFC 4601. For more information about RFC 4601, see the "Additional References" section.


After a service engine switchover, all instances of PIM running on the newly active supervisor engine will modify the value of the GenID that is included in PIM hello messages sent to adjacent PIM neighbors. When an adjacent PIM neighbor receives a PIM hello message on an interface with a new GenID, the PIM neighbor will process the modified GenID as an indication that the PIM neighbor has gone down. A modified GenID, thus, is a mechanism to alert all adjacent PIM neighbors that PIM forwarding on that interface has been lost, which then triggers adjacent PIM neighbors to send PIM joins for all (*, G) and (S, G) mroute states that use that interface as an RPF interface.

Figure 1 illustrates the operations that occur in association with the PIM Triggered Joins feature during a service engine switchover.

Figure 1 Operation of PIM Triggered Joins During a Switchover

The mechanics of the PIM Triggered Joins feature are as follows:

In steady state, PIM neighbors exchange periodic PIM hello messages.

An active supervisor engine receives PIM joins to periodically refresh mroute states.

When an active supervisor engine fails, the standby supervisor engine takes over to become the new active supervisor engine.

PIM neighbors on the new active supervisor engine then modify the GenID value and send the new GenID in PIM hello messages to adjacent PIM neighbors as a means to alert adjacent PIM neighbors that PIM forwarding has been restarted.

Adjacent PIM neighbors that receive PIM hello messages on an interface with a new GenID then send PIM triggered joins for all (*, G) and (S, G) mroutes that use that interface as an RPF interface, promptly reestablishing those states on the newly active supervisor engine.

Prior to the introduction of the PIM Triggered Joins feature in Cisco IOS Release 12.2(33)SXH, in the event of a supervisor engine switchover on a Catalyst 6500 series switch, all hardware entries would have been suspended until the control plane was reestablished. States for mroutes on the new active supervisor engine, thus, would not have been rebuilt until the periodic joins sent by adjacent PIM neighbors were received by PIM neighbors on the new active supervisor engine. The PIM Triggered Joins feature, thus, improves the recovergence time of mroutes after a supervisor engine switchover, enabling mroute states to be rebuilt promptly after a supervisor engine switchover.


Note If a PIM neighbor is unable to process the GenID value, the PIM neighbor will ignore the GenID value and behave in the manner that it would prior to the introduction of the PIM Triggered Joins feature in Cisco IOS Release 12.2(33)SXH.


Additional References

The following sections provide references related to the PIM Triggered Joins feature.

Related Documents

Related Topic
Document Title

Multicast configuration tasks on Catalyst 6500 series switches

"Configuring Multicast Services" module in the Catalyst 6500 Series Software Configuration Guide, 8.6

Multicast concepts and tasks

Cisco IOS IP Multicast Configuration Guide, Release 12.4T

IP multicast commands: complete command syntax, command mode, command history, defaults, usage guidelines, and examples

Cisco IOS IP Multicast Command Reference, Release 12.2SX


Standards

Standard
Title

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Feature Information for PIM Triggered Joins

Table 1 lists the release history for this feature.

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Note Table 1 lists only the Cisco IOS software release that introduced support for a given feature in a given Cisco IOS software release train. Unless noted otherwise, subsequent releases of that Cisco IOS software release train also support that feature.


Table 1 Feature Information for PIM Triggered Joins 

Feature Name
Releases
Feature Information

PIM Triggered Joins

12.2(33)SXH

The PIM Triggered Joins feature is an HA multicast enhancement that improves the reconvergence of mroutes after a supervisor engine switchover on a Catalyst 6500 series switch. In the event of a supervisor engine switchover, this feature utilizes the Generation ID value as a mechanism to trigger adjacent PIM neighbors on an interface to send PIM join messages for all (*, G) and (S, G) mroutes that use that interface as an RPF interface, immediately reestablishing those states on the newly active supervisor engine.

In 12.2(33)SXH, this feature was introduced on the Catalyst 6500.

The following command was modified by this feature: debug ip mrouting.