Cisco ONS 15454 SDH Reference Manual, Release 5.0
Chapter 10, Circuits and Tunnels
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Circuits and Tunnels

Table Of Contents

Circuits and Tunnels

10.1  Overview

10.2  Circuit Properties

10.2.1  Circuit Status

10.2.2  Circuit States

10.2.3  Circuit Protection Types

10.2.4  Circuit Information in the Edit Circuit Window

10.3  Cross-Connect Card Bandwidth

10.4  DCC Tunnels

10.4.1  Traditional DCC Tunnels

10.4.2  IP-Encapsulated Tunnels

10.5  Multiple Destinations for Unidirectional Circuits

10.6  Monitor Circuits

10.7  SNCP Circuits

10.7.1  Open-Ended SNCP Circuits

10.7.2  Go-and-Return SNCP Routing

10.8  MS-SPRing Protection Channel Access Circuits

10.9  Path Trace

10.10  Path Signal Label, C2 Byte

10.11  Automatic Circuit Routing

10.11.1  Bandwidth Allocation and Routing

10.11.2  Secondary Sources and Destinations

10.12  Manual Circuit Routing

10.13  Constraint-Based Circuit Routing

10.14  Virtual Concatenated Circuits

10.14.1  VCAT Member Routing

10.14.2  Software-Link Capacity Adjustment

10.14.3  VCAT Circuit Size

10.15  Merge Circuits

10.16  Reconfigure Circuits


Circuits and Tunnels


This chapter explains Cisco ONS 15454 SDH high-order and low-order circuits; low-order, data communication channel (DCC), and IP-encapsulated tunnels; and virtual concatenated (VCAT) circuits. To provision circuits and tunnels, refer to the Cisco ONS 15454 SDH Procedure Guide.

Chapter topics include:

Overview

Circuit Properties

Cross-Connect Card Bandwidth

DCC Tunnels

Multiple Destinations for Unidirectional Circuits

Monitor Circuits

SNCP Circuits

MS-SPRing Protection Channel Access Circuits

Path Trace

Path Signal Label, C2 Byte

Automatic Circuit Routing

Manual Circuit Routing

Constraint-Based Circuit Routing

Virtual Concatenated Circuits

Merge Circuits

Reconfigure Circuits

10.1  Overview

You can create circuits across and within ONS 15454 SDH nodes and assign different attributes to circuits. For example, you can:

Create one-way, two-way (bidirectional), or broadcast circuits. VC low-order path tunnels (VC_LO_PATH_TUNNEL) are automatically set to bidirectional and do not use multiple drops.

Assign user-defined names to circuits.

Assign different circuit sizes.

Enable port grouping on low-order path tunnels. Three ports form a port group. For example, in one E3-12 or one DS3i-N-12 card, four port groups are available: Ports 1 to 3 = PG1, Ports 4 to 6 = PG2, Ports 7 to 9 = PG3, and Ports 10 to 12 = PG4.


Note CTC shows VC3-level port groups, but the XC10G creates only VC4-level port groups. VC4 tunnels must be used to transport VC3 signal rates.



Note Monitor circuits cannot be created on a VC3 circuit in a port group.


Automatically or manually route VC high-order and low-order path circuits.

Automatically route VC low-order path tunnels.

Automatically create multiple circuits with autoranging. VC low-order path tunnels do not use autoranging.

Provide full protection to the circuit path.

Provide only protected sources and destinations for circuits.

Define a secondary circuit source or destination that allows you to interoperate an ONS 15454 SDH subnetwork connection protection (SNCP) ring with third-party equipment SNCPs.

You can provision circuits at any of the following points:

Before cards are installed. The ONS 15454 SDH allows you to provision slots and circuits before installing the traffic cards. (To provision an empty slot, right-click it and select a card from the shortcut menu.) However, circuits cannot carry traffic until you install the cards and place their ports in service. For card installation procedures and ring-related procedures, refer to the Cisco ONS 15454 SDH Procedure Guide.

After cards are installed, but before their ports are in service (enabled). You must put the ports in service before circuits can carry traffic.

After cards are installed and their ports are in service. Circuits carry traffic as soon as the signal is received.

10.2  Circuit Properties

The ONS 15454 SDH Circuits window, which appears in network, node, and card view, is where you can view information about circuits. The Circuits window (Figure 10-1) provides the following information:

Name—The name of the circuit. The circuit name can be manually assigned or automatically generated.

Type—Circuit types are HOP (high-order circuit), LOP (low-order circuit), VCT (VC low-order tunnel), VCA (VC low-order aggregation point), OCHNC (dense wavelength division multiplexing [DWDM] optical channel network connection; refer to the refer to the Cisco ONS 15454 DWDM Installation and Operations Guide), HOP_v (high-order virtual concatenated [VCAT] circuit), and LOP_v (low-order VCAT circuit).

Size—The circuit size. Low-order circuits are VC12 and VC3. High-order circuit sizes are VC4, VC4-2c, VC4-3c, VC4-4c, VC4-8c, VC4-16c, and VC4-64c. OCHNC sizes are Equipped not specific, Multi-rate, 2.5 Gbps No FEC (forward error correction), 2.5 Gbps FEC, 10 Gbps No FEC, and 10 Gbps FEC. High-order VCAT circuits are VC4 and VC4-4c. OCHNCs are DWDM only, refer to the Cisco ONS 15454 DWDM Installation and Operations Guide for more information. Low-order VCAT circuits are VC3. For information on the number of supported members for each card, see Table 10-12.

OCHNC Wlen—For OCHNCs, the wavelength provisioned for the DWDM optical channel network connection. (DWDM only; refer to the Cisco ONS 15454 DWDM Installation and Operations Guide for more information).

Direction—The circuit direction, either two-way (bidirectional) or one-way.

OCHNC Dir—For OCHNCs, the direction of the DWDM optical channel network connection, either east to west or west to east. (DWDM only; refer to the Cisco ONS 15454 DWDM Installation and Operations Guide for more information).

Protection—The type of circuit protection. See the "Circuit Protection Types" section.

Status—The circuit status. See the "Circuit Status" section.

Source—The circuit source in the format: node/slot/port "port name" virtual container/tributary unit group/tributary unit group/virtual container. (The port name appears in quotes.) Node and slot always display; port "port name"/virtual container/tributary unit group/tributary unit group/virtual container might display, depending on the source card, circuit type, and whether a name is assigned to the port. If the circuit size is a concatenated size (VC4-2c, VC4-4c, VC4-8c, etc.), VCs used in the circuit are indicated by an ellipsis, for example, VC4-7..9 (VCs 7, 8, and 9) or VC4-10..12 (VC 10, 11, and 12).

Destination—The circuit destination in same format (node/slot/port "port name"/virtual container/tributary unit group/tributary unit group/virtual container) as the circuit source.

# of VLANS—The number of VLANS used by an Ethernet circuit with end points on E-Series Ethernet cards in single-card or multicard mode.

# of Spans—The number of inter-node links that constitute the circuit. Right-clicking the column displays a shortcut menu from which you can choose to show or hide circuit span detail.

State—The circuit state. See the "Circuit States" section.

Figure 10-1 ONS 15454 SDH Circuit Window in Network View

10.2.1  Circuit Status

The circuit statuses that appear in the Circuit window Status column are generated by CTC based on conditions along the circuit path. Table 10-1 shows the statuses that can appear in the Status column.

Table 10-1 ONS 15454 SDH Circuit Status 

Status
Definition/Activity

CREATING

CTC is creating a circuit.

DISCOVERED

CTC created a circuit. All components are in place and a complete path exists from circuit source to destination.

DELETING

CTC is deleting a circuit.

PARTIAL

A CTC-created circuit is missing a cross-connect or network span, a complete path from source to destination(s) does not exist, or an alarm interface panel (AIP) change occurred on one of the circuit nodes and the circuit is in need of repair. (AIPs store the node MAC address.)

In CTC, circuits are represented using cross-connects and network spans. If a network span is missing from a circuit, the circuit status is PARTIAL. However, a PARTIAL status does not necessarily mean a circuit traffic failure has occurred, because traffic might flow on a protect path.

Network spans are in one of two states: up or down. On CTC circuit and network maps, up spans appear as green lines, and down spans appear as gray lines. If a failure occurs on a network span during a CTC session, the span remains on the network map but its color changes to gray to indicate that the span is down. If you restart your CTC session while the failure is active, the new CTC session cannot discover the span and its span line does not appear on the network map.

Subsequently, circuits routed on a network span that goes down appear as DISCOVERED during the current CTC session, but appear as PARTIAL to users who log in after the span failure.

DISCOVERED_TL1

A TL1-created circuit or a TL1-like, CTC-created circuit is complete. A complete path from source to destination(s) exists.

PARTIAL_TL1

A TL1-created circuit or a TL1-like, CTC-created circuit is missing a cross-connect or circuit span (network link), and a complete path from source to destination(s) does not exist.

CONVERSION_PENDING

An existing circuit in a topology upgrade is set to this state. The circuit returns to the DISCOVERED status once the in-service topology upgrade is complete. For more information about in-service topology upgrades, see Chapter 11, "SDH Topologies and Upgrades."

PENDING_MERGE

Any new circuits created to represent an alternate path in a topology upgrade are set to this status to indicate that it is a temporary circuit. These circuits can be deleted if an in-service topology upgrade fails. For more information about in-service topology upgrades, see Chapter 11, "SDH Topologies and Upgrades."


10.2.2  Circuit States

The circuit service state is an aggregate of the cross-connect states within the circuit.

If all cross-connects in a circuit are in the Unlocked-enabled service state, the circuit service state is Unlocked.

If all cross-connects in a circuit are in the Locked-enabled,maintenance; Unlocked-disabled,automaticInService; or Locked-enabled,disabled service state, the circuit service state is Locked.

Partial is appended to the Locked circuit service state when circuit cross-connects state are mixed and not all in the Unlocked-enabled service state. The Locked-partial state can occur during automatic or manual transitions between states. The Locked-partial service state can appear during a manual transition caused by an abnormal event such as a CTC crash or communication error, or if one of the cross-connects could not be changed. Refer to the Cisco ONS 15454 SDH Troubleshooting Guide for troubleshooting procedures. The Locked-partial circuit state does not apply to OCHNC circuit types.

The state of a VCAT circuit is an aggregate of its member circuits. An In Group member has cross-connects in the Unlocked-enabled; Unlocked-disabled,automaticInService; or Locked-enabled,maintenance service states. An Out of Group member has cross-connects in the Locked-enabled,disabled; or Locked-enabled,outOfGroup service states. You can view whether a VCAT member is In Group or Out of Group in the VCAT State column on the Edit Circuits window.

If all member circuits are Unlocked, the VCAT circuit is Unlocked.

If all In Group member circuits are Locked, the VCAT circuit state is Locked.

If no member circuits exist or are all Out of Group, the state of a VCAT circuit is Locked.

A VCAT circuit is Locked-partial when In Group member states are mixed and not all in the Unlocked state.

You can assign a state to circuit cross-connects at two points:

During circuit creation, you can set the state on the Create Circuit wizard.

After circuit creation, you can change a circuit state on the Edit Circuit window or from the Tools > Circuits > Set Circuit State menu.

During circuit creation, you can apply a service state to the drop ports in a circuit; however, CTC does not apply a requested state other than Unlocked-enabled to drop ports if:

The port is a timing source.

The port is provisioned for orderwire or tunnel orderwire.

The port is provisioned as a DCC or DCC tunnel.

The port supports 1+1 or multiplex section-shared protection ring (MS-SPRing).

Circuits do not use the soak timer, but ports do. The soak period is the amount of time that the port remains in the Unlocked-disabled,automaticInService service state after a signal is continuously received. When the cross-connects in a circuit are in the Unlocked-disabled,automaticInService service state, the ONS 15454 SDH monitors the cross-connects for an error-free signal. It changes the state of the circuit from Locked to Unlocked or to Locked-partial as each cross-connect assigned to the circuit path is completed. This allows you to provision a circuit using TL1, verify its path continuity, and prepare the port to go into service when it receives an error-free signal for the time specified in the port soak timer.

To find the remaining port soak time, choose the Maintenance > AINS Soak tabs in card view and click the Retrieve button. If the port is in the Unlocked-disabled,automaticInService state and has a good signal, the Time Until IS column shows the soak count down status. If the port is Unlocked-disabled,automaticInService and has a bad signal, the Time Until IS column indicates that the signal is bad. You must click the Retrieve button to obtain the latest time value.

For more information about cross-connect states, see Appendix B, "Administrative and Service States."

10.2.3  Circuit Protection Types

The Protection column on the Circuit window shows the card (line) and SDH topology (path) protection used for the entire circuit path. Table 10-2 shows the protection type indicators that appear in this column.

Table 10-2 Circuit Protection Types 

Protection Type
Description

1+1

The circuit is protected by a 1+1 protection group.

2F MS-SPRing

The circuit is protected by a two-fiber MS-SPRing.

4F MS-SPRing

The circuit is protected by a four-fiber MS-SPRing.

2F-PCA

The circuit is routed on a protection channel access (PCA) path on a two-fiber MS-SPRing; PCA circuits are unprotected.

4F-PCA

The circuit is routed on a PCA path on a four-fiber MS-SPRing; PCA circuits are unprotected.

DRI

The circuit is protected by a dual-ring interconnection.

MS-SPRing

The circuit is protected by both a two-fiber and a four-fiber MS-SPRing.

N/A

A circuit with connections on the same node is not protected.

PCA

The circuit is routed on a PCA path on both two-fiber and four-fiber MS-SPRings; PCA circuits are unprotected.

Protected

The circuit is protected by diverse SDH topologies, for example, an MS-SPRing and an SNCP, or an SNCP and a 1+1 protection group.

SNCP

The circuit is protected by an SNCP.

SPLITTER

The circuit is protected by the protect transponder (TXPP_MR_2.5G) splitter protection. For splitter information, refer to the Cisco ONS 15454 DWDM Installation and Operations Guide.

Unknown

A circuit has a source and destination on different nodes and communication is down between the nodes. This protection type appears if not all circuit components are known.

Unprot (black)

A circuit with a source and destination on different nodes is not protected.

Unprot (red)

A circuit created as a fully protected circuit is no longer protected due to a system change, such as removal of a MS-SPRing or 1+1 protection group.

Y-Cable

The circuit is protected by a transponder or muxponder card Y-cable protection group. For more information, refer to the Cisco ONS 15454 DWDM Installation and Operations Guide.


10.2.4  Circuit Information in the Edit Circuit Window

The detailed circuit map on the Edit Circuit window allows you to view information about ONS 15454 SDH circuits. Routing information that appears includes:

Circuit direction (unidirectional/bidirectional)

The nodes, VC4s, VC3/TUG3, TUG2s, and VC12s through which the circuit passes, including slots and port numbers

The circuit source and destination points

Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) area IDs

Link protection (SNCP, unprotected, MS-SPRing, 1+1) and bandwidth (STM-N)

For MS-SPRings, the detailed map shows the number of MS-SPRing fibers and the MS-SPRing ring ID. For SNCPs, the map shows the active and standby paths from circuit source to destination, and it also shows the working and protect paths. The map indicates nodes set up as dual-ring interconnect nodes. For VCAT circuits, the detailed map is not available for an entire VCAT circuit. However, you can view the detailed map to view the circuit route for each individual member.

You can also view alarms and states on the circuit map, including:

Alarm states of nodes on the circuit route

Number of alarms on each node organized by severity

Port service states on the circuit route

Alarm state/color of the most severe alarm on the port

Loopbacks

Path trace states

Path selectors states

For example, in an SNCP, the working path is indicated by a green, bidirectional arrow, and the protect path is indicated by a purple, bidirectional arrow. Source and destination ports are shown as circles with an S and a D. Port service states are indicated by colors, shown in Table 10-3.

Table 10-3 Port State Color Indicators

Port Color
Service State

Green

Unlocked-enabled

Gray

Locked-enabled,disabled

Violet

Unlocked-disabled,automaticInService

Blue (Cyan)

Locked-enabled,maintenance


A notation within or by the squares on each node indicates switches and loopbacks, including:

F = Force switch

M = Manual switch

L = Lockout switch

Arrow = Facility (outward) or terminal (inward) loopback

Figure 10-2 shows an example of an SNCP with a card in terminal loopback in the Edit Circuits window.

Figure 10-2 Terminal Loopback in the Edit Circuits Window

Move the mouse cursor over nodes, ports, and spans to see tooltips with information including the number of alarms on a node (organized by severity), port service state, and the protection topology.

Right-click a node, port, or span on the detailed circuit map to initiate certain circuit actions:

Right-click a unidirectional circuit destination node to add a drop to the circuit.

Right-click a port containing a path trace capable card to initiate the path trace.

Right-click an SNCP span to change the state of the path selectors in the SNCP circuit.

10.3  Cross-Connect Card Bandwidth

XC10G cards support high-order cross-connections (VC4 and above at STM-1, STM-4, STM-16, and STM-64 signal rates). The XC10G does not support any low-order circuits such as VC-11, VC-12, and VC3. The XC10G card cross connects standard VC4, VC4-4c, VC4-16c, and VC4-64c signal rates and nonstandard VC4-2c, VC4-3c, and VC4-8c signal rates, providing a maximum of 384 x 384 VC4 cross-connections. Any VC4 on any port can be connected to any other port, meaning that the VC cross-connection capacity is nonblocking. The XC10G card manages up to 192 bidirectional VC4 cross-connects.

VC4 tunnels must be used with the E3-12 and DS3i-N-12 cards to transport VC3 signal rates. Three ports form a port group. For example, in one E3-12 or one DS3i-N-12 card, there are four port groups: Ports 1 to 3 = PG1, Ports 4 to 6 = PG2, Ports 7 to 9 = PG3, and Ports 10 to 12 = PG4.


Note In SDH Software R3.4 and earlier, the XC10G does not support VC3 circuits for the E3-12 and DS3i-N-12 cards. You must create a VC tunnel. Refer to the Cisco ONS 15454 SDH Procedure Guide for more information.


The XC-VXL-10G and XC-VXL-2.5G card support both low-order and high-order circuits (E-1, E-3, DS-3, STM-1, STM-4, STM-16, and STM-64 signal rates). They manage up to 192 bidirectional STM-1 cross-connects, 192 bidirectional E-3 or DS-3 cross-connects, or 1008 bidirectional E-1 cross-connects.

The XC10G, XC-VXL-10G, and XC-VXL-2.5G cards work with the TCC2/TCC2P card to maintain connections and set up cross-connects within the node. You can create circuits using CTC.


Note Chapter 2, "Common Control Cards," contains detailed specifications of the XC10G, XC-VXL-10G, and XC-VXL-2.5G cards.


10.4  DCC Tunnels

SDH provides four DCCs for network element operation, administration, maintenance, and provisioning: one on the SDH regenerator section layer (SDCC) and three on the SDH multiplex section layer, also called the line DCC (LDCC). A section DCC (SDCC) and line DCC (LDCC) each provide 192 Kbps of bandwidth per channel. The aggregate bandwidth of the three LDCCs is 576 Kbps. When multiple DCC channels exist between two neighboring nodes, the ONS 15454 SDH balances traffic over the existing DCC channels. You can tunnel third-party SDH equipment across ONS 15454 SDH networks using one of two tunneling methods, a traditional DCC tunnel or an IP-encapsulated tunnel.

10.4.1  Traditional DCC Tunnels

In traditional DCC tunnels, the ONS 15454 SDH uses regenerator SDCC for inter-ONS-15454-SDH data communications. It does not use the multiplex section DCCs; therefore, the multiplex SDCCs are available to tunnel DCCs from third-party equipment across ONS 15454 SDH networks. If D4 through D12 are used as data DCCs, they cannot be used for DCC tunneling.

A traditional DCC tunnel endpoint is defined by slot, port, and DCC, where DCC can be either the regenerator SDCC, Tunnel 1, Tunnel 2, or Tunnel 3. You can link a regenerator SDCC to a multiplex SDCC (Tunnel 1, Tunnel 2, or Tunnel 3) and a multiplex SDCC to a regenerator SDCC. You can also link multiplex SDCCs to multiplex SDCCs and link regenerator SDCCs to regenerator SDCCs. To create a DCC tunnel, you connect the tunnel end points from one ONS 15454 SDH STM-N port to another. Cisco recommends a maximum of 84 DCC tunnel connections for an ONS 15454 SDH. Table 10-4 shows the DCC tunnels that you can create.

Table 10-4 DCC Tunnels

DCC
SDH Layer
SDH Bytes
STM-1 (All Ports)
STM-4, STM-16, STM-64

SDCC

Regenerator Section

D1 to D3

Yes

Yes

Tunnel 1

Multiplex Section

D4 to D6

No

Yes

Tunnel 2

Multiplex Section

D7 to D9

No

Yes

Tunnel 3

Multiplex Section

D10 to D12

No

Yes


Figure 10-3 shows a DCC tunnel example. Third-party equipment is connected to STM-1 cards at Node 1/Slot 3/Port 1 and Node 3/Slot 3/Port 1. Each ONS 15454 SDH node is connected by STM-16 trunk (span) cards. In the example, three tunnel connections are created, one at Node 1 (STM-1 to STM-16), one at Node 2 (STM-16 to STM-16), and one at Node 3 (STM-16 to STM-1).


Note A DCC does not function on a mixed network of ONS 15454 SDH nodes and ONS 15454 nodes. DCC tunneling is required for ONS 15454 SDH nodes transporting data through ONS 15454 nodes.


Figure 10-3 Traditional DCC Tunnel

When you create DCC tunnels, keep the following guidelines in mind:

Each ONS 15454 SDH can have up to 84 DCC tunnel connections.

Each ONS 15454 SDH can have up to 84 regenerator SDCC terminations.

A regenerator SDCC that is terminated cannot be used as a DCC tunnel endpoint.

A regenerator SDCC that is used as a DCC tunnel endpoint cannot be terminated.

All DCC tunnel connections are bidirectional.


Note A multiplex SDCC cannot be used for tunneling if a data DCC is assigned.


10.4.2  IP-Encapsulated Tunnels

An IP-encapsulated tunnel puts an SDCC in an IP packet at a source node and dynamically routes the packet to a destination node. A traditional DCC tunnel is configured as one dedicated path across a network and does not provide a failure recovery mechanism if the path is down. An IP-encapsulated tunnel is a virtual path, which adds protection when traffic travels between different networks.

IP-encapsulated tunneling has the potential of flooding the DCC network with traffic resulting in a degradation of performance for CTC. The data originating from an IP tunnel can be throttled to a user-specified rate, which is a percentage of the total SDCC bandwidth.

Each ONS 15454 SDH supports up to ten IP-encapsulated tunnels. You can convert a traditional DCC tunnel to an IP-encapsulated tunnel or an IP-encapsulated tunnel to a traditional DCC tunnel. Only tunnels in the DISCOVERED status can be converted.


Caution Converting from one tunnel type to the other is service-affecting.

10.5  Multiple Destinations for Unidirectional Circuits

Unidirectional circuits can have multiple destinations for use in broadcast circuit schemes. In broadcast scenarios, one source transmits traffic to multiple destinations, but traffic is not returned back to the source. When you create a unidirectional circuit, the card that does not have its backplane receive (Rx) input terminated with a valid input signal generates a loss of signal (LOS) alarm. To mask the alarm, create an alarm profile suppressing the LOS alarm and apply it to the port that does not have its Rx input terminated.

10.6  Monitor Circuits

Monitor circuits are secondary circuits that monitor traffic on primary bidirectional circuits. Monitor circuits can be created on E1 or STM-N cards. Figure 10-4 shows an example of a monitor circuit. At Node 1, a VC4 is dropped from Port 1 of an STM-1 card. To monitor the VC4 traffic, test equipment is plugged into Port 2 of the STM-1 card and a monitor circuit to Port 2 is provisioned in CTC. Circuit monitors are one-way. The monitor circuit in Figure 10-4 is used to monitor VC4 traffic received by Port 1 of the STM-1 card.

Figure 10-4 VC4 Monitor Circuit Received at an STM-1 Port


Note Monitor circuits cannot be used with Ethernet circuits.


10.7  SNCP Circuits

Use the Edit Circuits window to change SNCP selectors and switch protection paths. In the SNCP Selectors subtab on the Edit Circuits window, you can:

View the SNCP circuit's working and protection paths.

Edit the reversion time.

Set the hold-off timer.

Edit the Signal Fail (SF)/Signal Degrade (SD) bit error rate (BER) thresholds.


Note In the SNCP Selectors tab, the SF Ber Level and SD Ber Level columns display "N/A" for those nodes that do not support VC low-order signal BER monitoring. In Software Release 5.0, only the Cisco ONS 15310-CL supports VC low-order signal BER monitoring.


In the SNCP Switch Counts subtab, you can:

Perform maintenance switches on the circuit selector.

View switch counts for the selectors.

10.7.1  Open-Ended SNCP Circuits

If ONS 15454 SDHs are connected to a third-party network, you can create an open-ended SNCP circuit to route a circuit through it. To do this, you create three circuits. One circuit is created on the source ONS 15454 SDH network. This circuit has one source and two destinations, one at each ONS 15454 SDH that is connected to the third-party network. The second circuit is created on the third-party network so that the circuit travels across the network on two paths to the ONS 15454 SDHs. That circuit routes the two circuit signals across the network to ONS 15454 SDHs that are connected to the network on other side. At the destination node network, the third circuit is created with two sources, one at each node connected to the third-party network. A selector at the destination node chooses between the two signals that arrive at the node, similar to a regular SNCP circuit.

10.7.2  Go-and-Return SNCP Routing

The go-and-return SNCP routing option allows you to route the SNCP working path on one fiber pair and the protect path on a separate fiber pair (Figure 10-5). The working path will always be the shortest path. If a fault occurs, neither the working fibers nor the protection fibers are affected. This feature only applies to bidirectional SNCP circuits. The go-and-return option appears on the Circuit Attributes panel of the Circuit Creation wizard.

Figure 10-5 SNCP Go-and-Return Routing

10.8  MS-SPRing Protection Channel Access Circuits

You can provision circuits to carry traffic on MS-SPRing protection channels when conditions are fault free. Traffic routed on MS-SPRing PCA circuits, called extra traffic, has lower priority than the traffic on the working channels and has no means for protection. During ring or span switches, PCA circuits are preempted and squelched. For example, in a two-fiber STM-16 MS-SPRing, STMs 9 to 16 can carry extra traffic when no ring switches are active, but PCA circuits on these STMs are preempted when a ring switch occurs. When the conditions that caused the ring switch are remedied and the ring switch is removed, PCA circuits are restored if the MS-SPRing is provisioned as revertive.

Provisioning traffic on MS-SPRing protection channels is performed during circuit provisioning. The Protection Channel Access check box appears whenever Fully Protected Path is unchecked on the circuit creation wizard. Refer to the Cisco ONS 15454 SDH Procedure Guide for more information. When provisioning PCA circuits, two considerations are important:

If MS-SPRings are provisioned as nonrevertive, PCA circuits are not restored automatically after a ring or span switch. You must switch the MS-SPRing manually.

PCA circuits are routed on working channels when you upgrade a MS-SPRing from a two-fiber to a four-fiber or from one STM-N speed to a higher STM-N speed. For example, if you upgrade a two-fiber STM-16 MS-SPRing to an STM-64, STMs 9 to 16 on the STM-16 MS-SPRing become working channels on the STM-64 MS-SPRing.

10.9  Path Trace

SDH J1 and J2 path trace are repeated, fixed-length strings composed of 64 consecutive bytes. You can use the strings to monitor interruptions or changes to circuit traffic. Table 10-5 shows the ONS 15454 SDH cards that support J1 path trace. Cards that are not listed in the table do not support the J1 byte.

Table 10-5 ONS 15454 SDH Cards Capable of Path Trace

J1 Function
Cards

Transmit and receive

E3-12

DS3i-N-12

G-Series

ML-Series

Receive only

OC3 IR 4/STM1 SH 1310

OC12/STM4-4

OC48 IR/STM16 SH AS 1310

OC48 LR/STM16 LH AS 1550

OC192 LR/STM64 LH 1550


Table 10-6 shows cards that support J2 path trace.

Table 10-6 ONS 15454 SDH Cards Capable of J2 Path Trace

J2 Function
Cards

Transmit and Receive

E1-42

Receive Only

STM1E-12


If the string received at a circuit drop port does not match the string the port expects to receive, an alarm is raised. Two path trace modes are available:

Automatic—The receiving port assumes that the first string it receives is the baseline string.

Manual—The receiving port uses a string that you manually enter as the baseline string.

10.10  Path Signal Label, C2 Byte

One of the overhead bytes in the SDH frame is the C2 byte. The SDH standard defines the C2 byte as the path signal label. The purpose of this byte is to communicate the payload type being encapsulated by the high-order path overhead (HO-POH). The C2 byte functions similarly to EtherType and Logical Link Control (LLC)/Subnetwork Access Protocol (SNAP) header fields on an Ethernet network; it allows a single interface to transport multiple payload types simultaneously. Table 10-7 provides the C2 byte hex values.

Table 10-7 STM Path Signal Label Assignments for Signals 

Hex Code
Content of the STM Synchronous Payload Envelope (SPE)

0x00

Unequipped

0x01

Equipped—nonspecific payload

0x02

Tributary unit group (TUG) structure

0x03

Locked tributary unit (TU-n)

0x04

Asynchronous mapping of 34,368 kbps or 44,736 kbps into container-3 (C-3)

0x12

Asynchronous mapping of 139,264 kbps into container-4 (C-4)

0x13

Mapping for asynchronous transfer mode (ATM)

0x14

Mapping for Distributed Queue Dual Bus (DQDB)

0x15

Asynchronous mapping for Fiber Distributed Data Interface (FDDI)

0xFE

0.181 Test signal (TSS1 to TSS3) mapping SDH network (see ITU-T G.707)

0xFF

Virtual container-alarm indication signal (VC-AIS)


If a circuit is provisioned using a terminating card, the terminating card provides the C2 byte. A low-order path circuit is terminated at the cross-connect card and the cross-connect card generates the C2 byte (0x02) downstream to the VC terminating cards. The cross-connect generates the C2 value (0x02) to the terminating card. If an STM-N circuit is created with no terminating cards, the test equipment must supply the path overhead in terminating mode. If the test equipment is in pass-through mode, the C2 values usually change rapidly between 0x00 and 0xFF. Adding a terminating card to an STM-N circuit usually fixes a circuit having C2 byte problems.

10.11  Automatic Circuit Routing

If you select automatic routing during circuit creation, CTC routes the circuit by dividing the entire circuit route into segments based on protection domains. For unprotected segments of circuits provisioned as fully protected, CTC finds an alternate route to protect the segment, creating a virtual SNCP. Each segment of a circuit path is a separate protection domain. Each protection domain is protected in a specific protection scheme including card protection (1+1, 1:1, etc.) or SDH topology (SNCP, MS-SPRing, etc.).

The following list provides principles and characteristics of automatic circuit routing:

Circuit routing tries to use the shortest path within the user-specified or network-specified constraints. Low-order tunnels are preferable for low-order circuits because low-order tunnels are considered shortcuts when CTC calculates a circuit path in path-protected mesh networks.

If you do not choose Fully Path Protected during circuit creation, circuits can still contain protected segments. Because circuit routing always selects the shortest path, one or more links and/or segments can have some protection. CTC does not look at link protection while computing a path for unprotected circuits.

Circuit routing does not use links that are down. If you want all links to be considered for routing, do not create circuits when a link is down.

Circuit routing computes the shortest path when you add a new drop to an existing circuit. It tries to find the shortest path from the new drop to any nodes on the existing circuit.

If the network has a mixture of low-order-capable nodes and low-order-incapable nodes, CTC might automatically create a low-order tunnel. Otherwise, CTC asks you whether or not a low-order tunnel is needed.

10.11.1  Bandwidth Allocation and Routing

Within a given network, CTC routes circuits on the shortest possible path between source and destination based on the circuit attributes, such as protection and type. CTC considers using a link for the circuit only if the link meets the following requirements:

The link has sufficient bandwidth to support the circuit.

The link does not change the protection characteristics of the path.

The link has the required time slots to enforce the same time slot restrictions for MS-SPRing.

If CTC cannot find a link that meets these requirements, an error appears.

The same logic applies to low-order circuits on low-order tunnels. Circuit routing typically favors low-order tunnels because low-order tunnels are shortcuts between a given source and destination. If the low-order tunnel in the route is full (no more bandwidth), CTC asks whether you want to create an additional low-order tunnel.

10.11.2  Secondary Sources and Destinations

CTC supports secondary sources and destinations (drops). Secondary sources and destinations typically interconnect two "foreign" networks (Figure 10-6). Traffic is protected while it goes through a network of ONS 15454 SDHs.

Figure 10-6 Secondary Sources and Destinations

Several rules apply to secondary sources and destinations:

CTC does not allow a secondary destination for unidirectional circuits, because you can always specify additional destinations after you create the circuit.

Primary and secondary sources should be on the same node.

Primary and secondary destinations should be on the same node.

Secondary sources and destinations are permitted only for regular high-order or low-order connections (not for low-order tunnels and multicard EtherSwitch circuits).

For point-to-point (straight) Ethernet circuits, only VC endpoints can be specified as multiple sources or drops.

For bidirectional circuits, CTC creates an SNCP connection at the source node that allows traffic to be selected from one of the two sources on the ONS 15454 SDH network. If you check the Fully Path Protected option during circuit creation, traffic is protected within the ONS 15454 SDH network. At the destination, another SNCP connection is created to bridge traffic from the ONS 15454 SDH network to the two destinations. A similar but opposite path exists for the reverse traffic flowing from the destinations to the sources. For unidirectional circuits, an SNCP drop-and-continue connection is created at the source node.

10.12  Manual Circuit Routing

Routing circuits manually allows you to:

Choose a specific path, not necessarily the shortest path.

Choose a specific VC4/VC3/TUG3/TUG2/VC12 on each link along the route.

Create a shared packet ring for multicard EtherSwitch circuits.

Choose a protected path for multicard EtherSwitch circuits, allowing virtual SNCP segments.

CTC imposes the following rules on manual routes:

All circuits, except multicard EtherSwitch circuits in a shared packet ring, should have links with a direction that flows from source to destination. This is true for multicard EtherSwitch circuits that are not in a shared packet ring.

If you enabled Fully Path Protected, choose a diverse protect (alternate) path for every unprotected segment (Figure 10-7).

Figure 10-7 Alternate Paths for Virtual SNCP Segments

For multicard EtherSwitch circuits, the Fully Path Protected option is ignored.

For a node that has an SNCP selector based on the links chosen, the input links to the SNCP selectors cannot be 1+1 or MS-SPRing protected (Figure 10-8). The same rule applies at the SNCP bridge.

Figure 10-8 Mixing 1+1 or MS-SPRing Protected Links with an SNCP

Choose the links of multicard EtherSwitch circuits in a shared packet ring to route from source to destination back to source (Figure 10-9). Otherwise, a route (set of links) chosen with loops is invalid.

Figure 10-9 Ethernet Shared Packet Ring Routing

Multicard EtherSwitch circuits can have virtual SNCP segments if the source or destination is not in the SNCP domain. This restriction also applies after circuit creation; therefore, if you create a circuit with SNCP segments, Ethernet drops cannot exist anywhere on the SNCP segment (Figure 10-10).

Figure 10-10 Ethernet and SNCP

Low-order tunnels cannot be the endpoint of an SNCP segment. A SNCP segment endpoint is where the SNCP selector resides.

If you provision full path protection, CTC verifies that the route selection is protected at all segments. A route can have multiple protection domains with each domain protected by a different scheme.

Table 10-8 through Table 10-11 summarize the available node connections. Any other combination is invalid and generates an error.

Table 10-8 Bidirectional VC/TUG/Regular Multicard EtherSwitch/Point-to-Point (Straight) Ethernet Circuits 

Connection Type
Number of Inbound Links
Number of Outbound Links
Number of Sources
Number of Drops

SNCP

2

1

SNCP

2

1

SNCP

2

1

SNCP

1

2

SNCP

1

2

SNCP

1

2

Double SNCP

2

2

Double SNCP

2

2

Double SNCP

2

2

Two way

1

1

Ethernet

0 or 1

0 or 1

Ethernet node source

Ethernet

0 or 1

0 or 1

Ethernet node drop


Table 10-9 Unidirectional Circuit 

Connection Type
Number of Inbound Links
Number of Outbound Links
Number of Sources
Number of Drops

One way

1

1

SNCP head end

1

2

SNCP head end

2

1

SNCP drop and continue

2

1+


Table 10-10 Multicard Group Ethernet Shared Packet Ring Circuit

Connection Type
Number of Inbound Links
Number of Outbound Links
Number of Sources
Number of Drops
Intermediate Nodes Only

SNCP

2

1

SNCP

1

2

Double SNCP

2

2

Two way

1

1

-—

Source or Destination Nodes Only

Ethernet

1

1


Table 10-11 Bidirectional Low-Order Tunnels 

Number of Inbound Links
Number of Outbound Links
Number of Sources
Number of Drops
Connection Type
Intermediate Nodes Only

2

1

SNCP

1

2

SNCP

2

2

Double SNCP

1

1

Two way

Source Nodes Only

1

Low-order tunnel endpoint

Destination Nodes Only

1

Low-order tunnel endpoint


Although virtual SNCP segments are possible in low-order tunnels, low-order tunnels are still considered unprotected. If you need to protect low-order circuits, use two independent low-order tunnels that are diversely routed or use a low-order tunnel that is routed over 1+1, MS-SPRing, or a mixture of 1+1 and MS-SPRing links.

10.13  Constraint-Based Circuit Routing

When you create circuits, you can choose Fully Protected Path to protect the circuit from source to destination. The protection mechanism used depends on the path CTC calculates for the circuit. If the network is composed entirely of MS-SPRing or 1+1 links, or the path between source and destination can be entirely protected using 1+1 or MS-SPRing links, no path-protected mesh network (Extended SNCP) or virtual SNCP protection is used.

If Extended SNCP protection is needed to protect the path, set the level of node diversity for the Extended SNCP portions of the complete path in the Circuit Creation dialog box:

Nodal Diversity Required—Ensures that the primary and alternate paths of each Extended SNCP domain in the complete path have a diverse set of nodes.

Nodal Diversity Desired—CTC looks for a node diverse path; if a node-diverse path is not available, CTC finds a link-diverse path for each Extended SNCP domain in the complete path.

Link Diversity Only—Creates only a link-diverse path for each Extended SNCP domain.

When you choose automatic circuit routing during circuit creation, you have the option to require or exclude nodes and links in the calculated route. You can use this option to:

Simplify manual routing, especially if the network is large and selecting every span is tedious. You can select a general route from source to destination and allow CTC to fill in the route details.

Balance network traffic; by default CTC chooses the shortest path, which can load traffic on certain links while other links have most of their bandwidth available. By selecting a required node or a link, you force the CTC to use (or not use) an element, resulting in more efficient use of network resources.

CTC considers required nodes and links to be an ordered set of elements. CTC treats the source nodes of every required link as required nodes. When CTC calculates the path, it makes sure the computed path traverses the required set of nodes and links and does not traverse excluded nodes and links.

The required nodes and links constraint is only used during the primary path computation and only for Extended SNCP domains/segments. The alternate path is computed normally; CTC uses excluded nodes/links when finding all primary and alternate paths on Extended SNCPs.

10.14  Virtual Concatenated Circuits

Virtual concatenated (VCAT) circuits, also called VCAT groups (VCGs), transport traffic using noncontiguous time division multiplexing (TDM) time slots, avoiding the bandwidth fragmentation problem that exists with contiguous concatenated circuits. The cards that support VCAT circuits are the FC_MR-4 (both enhanced and line rate mode), ML-100T, and ML-1000 cards.

In a VCAT circuit, circuit bandwidth is divided into smaller circuits called VCAT members. The individual members act as independent TDM circuits. All VCAT members should be the same size and must originate/terminate at the same end points. For two-fiber MS-SPRing configurations, some members can be routed on protected time slots and others on PCA time slots.

10.14.1  VCAT Member Routing

The automatic and manual routing selection applies to the entire VCAT circuit, that is, all members are manually or automatically routed. Bidirectional VCAT circuits are symmetric, which means that the same number of members travel in each direction. With automatic routing, you can specify the constraints for individual members; with manual routing, you can select different spans for different members. The FC_MR-4 and ML-Series cards support common fiber routing. In common fiber routing, all VCAT members travel on the same fibers, which eliminates delay between members. Three protection options are available for common fiber routing: Fully Protected, PCA, and Unprotected. Each member can use a different protection scheme; however, CTC checks the combination to make sure a valid route exists and if it does not, the user must modify the protection type. Figure 10-11 shows an example of common fiber routing.

Figure 10-11 VCAT Common Fiber Routing

10.14.2  Software-Link Capacity Adjustment

The FC_MR-4 (enhanced mode), ML100T, and ML-1000 cards support Software-Link Capacity Adjustment Scheme (SW-LCAS), which uses legacy SONET failure indicators like the AIS-P and RDI-P to detect member failure. If used, SW-LCAS removes the failed member from the VCAT circuit for the duration of the failure, leaving the remaining members to carry the traffic. When the failure clears, the member circuit is added back into the VCAT circuit. SW-LCAS cannot autonomously remove members that have defects in the H4/Z7 byte. SW-LCAS is only available for legacy SONET defects such as AIS-P, LOP-P, etc. SW-LCAS is optional. You can select SW-LCAS during VCAT circuit creation. The FC_MR-4 card in line rate mode does not support SW-LCAS.

SW-LCAS allows circuit pairing for ML-Series cards over two-fiber MS-SPRing. With circuit pairing, a VCAT circuit is set up between two ML-Series cards: one is a protected circuit (line protection) and the other is PCA. For four-fiber MS-SPRing, member protection cannot be mixed.

In addition, you can create non-LCAS VCAT circuits, which do not use SW-LCAS. While SW-LCAS member cross-connects can be in different service states, all In Group non-LCAS members must have cross-connects in the same service state. A non-LCAS circuit can mix Out of Group and In Group members, as long as the In Group members are in the same service state. Non-LCAS members do not support the Locked-enabled,outOfGroup service state; to put a non-LCAS member in the Out of Group VCAT state, use Locked-enabled,disabled.

10.14.3  VCAT Circuit Size

Table 10-12 lists supported circuit rates and number of members for each card.

Table 10-12 ONS 15454 SDH Card VCAT Circuit Rates and Members 

Card
Circuit Rate
Number of Members

FC_MR-4 (Line rate mode)

VC4

8 (1-Gbps port)

16 (2-Gbps port)

FC_MR-4 (Enhanced mode)

VC4

1-8 (1-Gbps port)

1-16 (2-Gbps port)

ML-Series

VC3, VC4, VC4-4c

2


Use the Members tab on the Edit Circuit window to add or delete members from a VCAT circuit. The capability to add or delete members depends on the card and if the VCAT circuit is SW-LCAS:

FC_MR-4 (enhanced mode) card—You can add or delete SW-LCAS VCAT members, although it might affect service. Before deleting a member, Cisco recommends that you put the member in the Locked-enabled,outOfGroup service state. You cannot add or delete members from VCAT circuits without SW-LCAS.

FC_MR-4 (line rate mode) card—All VCAT circuits using FC_MR-4 (line rate mode) cards have a fixed number of members; you cannot add or delete members.

ML-Series card—All VCAT circuits using ML-Series cards have a fixed number of members; you cannot add or delete members.

Table 10-13 summarizes the VCAT capabilities for each card.

Table 10-13 ONS 15454 SDH VCAT Card Capabilities 

Card
Mode
Add a Member
Delete a Member
Support Locked-enabled,
outOfGroup

FC_MR-4 (enhanced mode)

SW-LCAS

Yes

Yes

Yes

Non-LCAS

No

No

No

FC_MR-4 (line mode)

Non-LCAS

No

No

No

ML-Series

SW-LCAS

No

No

No

Non-LCAS

No

No

No


10.15  Merge Circuits

A circuit merge combines a single selected circuit with one or more circuits. You can merge VCTs, VCA circuits, VLAN-assigned circuits, CTC-created circuits, and TL1-created circuits. To merge circuits, you choose a circuit on the CTC Circuits tab window and the circuits that you want to merge with the chosen (master) circuit on the Merge tab in the Edit Circuits window. The Merge tab shows only the circuits that are available for merging with the master circuit:

Circuit cross-connects must create a single, contiguous path.

Circuits types must be a compatible. For example, you can combine a HOP with a VCA circuit to create a longer VCA circuit, but you cannot combine a LOP with a HOP.

Circuit directions must be compatible. You can merge a one-way and a two-way circuit, but not two one-way circuits in opposing directions.

Circuit sizes must be identical.

VLAN assignments must be identical.

Circuit end points must send or receive the same framing format.

The merged circuits must become a DISCOVERED circuit.

If all connections from the master circuit and all connections from the merged circuits align to form one complete circuit, the merge is successful. If all connections from the master circuit and some, but not all, connections from the other circuits align to form a single complete circuit, CTC notifies you and gives you the chance to cancel the merge process. If you choose to continue, the aligned connections merge successfully into the master circuit, and unaligned connections remain in the original circuits.

All connections from the master circuit and at least one connection from the other selected circuits must be used in the resulting circuit for the merge to succeed. If a merge fails, the master circuit and all other circuits remain unchanged. When the circuit merge completes successfully, the resulting circuit retains the name of the master circuit.

10.16  Reconfigure Circuits

You can reconfigure multiple circuits, which is typically necessary when a large number of circuits are in the PARTIAL state. When reconfiguring multiple circuits, the selected circuits can be any combination of DISCOVERED, PARTIAL, DISCOVERED_TL1, or PARTIAL_TL1 circuits. You can reconfigure VCTs, VCA circuits, VLAN-assigned circuits, CTC-created circuits, and TL1-created circuits.

Use the CTC Tools > Circuits > Reconfigure Circuits command to reconfigure selected circuits. During reconfiguration, CTC reassembles all connections of the selected circuits into circuits based on path size, direction, and alignment. Some circuits might merge and others might split into multiple circuits. If the resulting circuit is a valid circuit, it appears as a DISCOVERED circuit. Otherwise, the circuit appears as a PARTIAL or PARTIAL_TL1 circuit.


Note PARTIAL tunnel and PARTIAL VLAN-capable circuits do not split into multiple circuits during reconfiguration.