Cisco ASR 1000 Series Router Hardware Installation Guide
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Authentication, Authorization and Accounting. The three primary services required by a network access server for managing subscribers.
Access Control List
Audible cutoff button—stops an external audible alarm


Broadband Aggregation. This term is used to refer to the dynamic binding of subscribers to revenue generating services.
Building Integrated Timing Source
Blank filler plate
An empty panel used to fill vacant subslots on a SIP. For proper operation, a SIP should be fully installed with either functional SPAs or blank filler plates
Bandwidth Limited Traffic Stream. Used in the QOS context.
Boot read-only memory.


Cluster Interconnect.
Cisco IOS XE
The operating system used to run the Cisco ASR 1000 Series Routers. Cisco IOS XE is released using consolidated packages and uses the same command-line interface as traditional Cisco IOS.
Cisco ASR1000-RP
The Cisco ASR 1000 Series Route Processor (RP1 and RP2) addresses the route-processing requirements of carrier-grade IP and Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) packet infrastructures. It provides advanced routing capabilities and also monitors and manages the other components in the Cisco ASR 1000 Series Aggregation Services Router.
Cisco ASR1000-SIPs
The Cisco ASR 1000 Series SIP provides the physical termination for the SPAs and accepts up to four half-height and two full height Cisco SPAs, supporting Ethernet, ATM, Packet over SONET/SDH (PoS), and Serial interfaces.

Call Admission Control. This is the set of actions taken by a network during the set-up phase of a call event to determine whether the event should be accepted or rejected.

Control address
IP address on the SBE or DBE used for terminating the H.248 control traffic between SBE and SBE.
Cisco ASR1000 embedded services processor
The Cisco ASR 1000 Series embedded service processors are based on the Cisco QuantumFlow Processor for next-generation forwarding and queuing in silicon.
The embedded services processors are responsible for the data-plane processing tasks and all network traffic flows through them. They are also responsible for features such as firewalls, intrusion prevention, Network Based Application Recognition (NBAR), and Network Address Translation (NAT).
Cisco ASR 1006 Router
The Cisco ASR Router is a 6-rack unit (RU) chassis. It has the option of dual route processor and embedded services processor support with 10 Gbps throughput support. It also supports up to 12 shared port adapters (SPAs), which makes it the highest port density solution of the three Cisco ASR 1000 Series Routers.
Cisco ASR 1004 Router
The Cisco ASR 1004 Router is a 4-rack unit (RU) chassis that supports up to 8 shared port adapters (SPAs) and comes with one route processor and one embedded services processor slot. The Cisco ASR 1004 Router provides 10 Gbps throughput support.
Cisco ASR 1002 Router
The Cisco ASR 1002 Router is a 2-rack unit (RU) chassis that comes with an integrated route processor and a serial interface processor. It houses three shared port adapter (SPA) slots supporting half height and full height SPAs. Configurable with either the 5 Gbps or 10 Gbps embedded services processor and four built-in Gigabit Ethernet ports.
Cisco ASR 1002-F Router
The Cisco ASR 1002-F Router is a 2-rack unit (RU) chassis that comes with an integrated route processor (Cisco ASR1002-RP1) and a SPA interface processor (Cisco ASR1002-SIP10-F). It supports one half-height SPA slot.
Cisco ASR 1013 Router
The Cisco ASR 1013 Router can hold 6 SIPs and provides superslots (more height and power) for the RP and ESP P cards. The overall height is 13RU, to allow 3 in a 600mm rack + 3RU left over for other equipment.


Cisco QuantumFlow Processor
The forwarding processor chipset, which is on the ESP, for the Cisco ASR 1000 Series Router
consolidated package
A single software image containing multiple sub-packages and a provisioning file. Cisco IOS XE software is released using consolidated packages, and Cisco ASR 1000 Series Routers can be run using a consolidated package or individual packages.
Customer premises equipment
Complex Programmable Logic Device
Cisco Trusted Security. Cisco-defined protocols and procedures for user and device authentication and role-based access control (includes packet tagging across network)



Data border element. Represents the media-handling portion of the SBC, controlling access of media packets to the network.


AC power supply DB-25 alarm connector—A female DB-25 D-sub connector which enables you to attach an external alarm monitoring facility to the router, thus supporting a telco-style of handling alarm conditions in the router.

Data communication equipment. Provide clocking to DTE. Console port of UART.
Double Data Rate—Data transfer method that transfers data on both clock edges.
Double Data Rate Synchronous DRAM
Data Encryption Standard algorithm
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
Diagnostic mode
A command mode in Cisco IOS XE where all the commands stored in the non-RPIOS sub-package are still accessible. All commands available in diagnostic mode are also available in privileged EXEC mode.
Date Terminal equipment. Auxiliary ports of a UART.
Dual Asynchronous Receiver/Transmitter. Used for the CONsole serial port.


Enhanced SerDes Interconnect—Four serial links, each at 1.25-3.125 Gbps, 24b/26b. These are the datapath links on the midplane connecting the RP, SIPs, and standby ESP modules to the active ESP.
Event-based flow control – packet-based protocol over SPA-SPI interface used by newer high-channel count, variable rate SPA’s such as ATM to pass egress queue status deltas to the host.
Extended flow control – calendar-based interface used by high-channel count SPA’s to pass egress queue status to the host.
Typical traffic pattern including voice for a typical enterprise environment with a mix of packet sizes and with an average packet size of 250 bytes.
Ethernet Out of Band Channel—Used for communication between the control processors on the Cisco ASR 1000 chassis
Cisco ASR 1000 Series Embedded Services Processor. The ESP handles forwarding plane traffic and performs packet processing functions such as Firewall inspection, ACLs, encryption and QoS. Note that the Cisco ASR1000-ESP is also referred to as the forwarding processor in this document.
ASR1000rp1-espbase.pkg. Provides the ESP operating system and control processes, and the ESP software.
This is the QFP client that provides a framework for mapping edge switching services feature data from the control plane into QFP data plane data structures.
Event-based flow control - interface used for chip-to-chip communication of the status of egress queues, used on the embedded services processor


Forwarding engine control processor. A general purpose CPU on the forwarding processor primarily responsible for managing the forwarding engine and its connection to I/O.
Full height shared port adapter
Cisco Forwarding Information Base
Cisco component can be returned if damaged
Field-programmable devices are hardware devices implemented on router cards that support separate software upgrades. A field-programmable gate array (FPGA) is a type of programmable memory device that exists on some cards in Cisco routers. The term, FPD, in general describes any type of programmable hardware device, including FPGAs
FPD image package
Used to upgrade FPD images. Whenever a Cisco IOS image is released that supports SPAs, a companion SPA FPD image package is also released for that Cisco IOS software release.
Forwarding Path Data Structures
Field-replaceable unit


Gigabit Ether Channel. This is the logical aggregation of gigabit ethernet links for resiliency and load sharing as defined in the 802.3ad protocol.
Generic Route Encapsulation


Hierarchical Queuing Framework

A VoIP signaling protocol, usually used between a dumb device and a clever controller. It is similar in functionality to Media Gateway Control Protocol (MGCP). It is used to communicate between SBC and DBE in a distributed SBC system.

Half height shared port adapters


IO Control Processor. General purpose CPU managing the SPA’s.
Internetworking Operating System
This refers to IOS daemon running as a process under Linux on the ASR 1000 Series route processor. IOSD is the IOS process on IOS-SR. The bulk of the control plane, all routing protocols, configuration file management and so on all are the domain of IOSD.
The Linux-based software infrastructure running on the Cisco ASR 1000 series routers.
Inter Process Communication. Any method of passing data between processes running in separate address spaces.
In service software upgrade. This refers to a software upgrade when the system is in use. This allows for two distinct versions of software running on a pair for ASR 1000 Series route processors while allowing for stateful switchover between the ASR 1000 Series route processor.


Line card
Label Distribution Protocol
Local IPC between two processes
Location ID

A location ID is configured on each data border element (DBE). The signaling border element (SBE) may associate endpoints with a particular location ID and then use the location IDs to route calls between different DBEs.

Media address

Pool of IP addresses on the DBE for media relay functionality. A pool of addresses is defined for the Global VPN that the DBE is attached to. All vDBEs within the DBE draw media addresses from this pool.


Media Gateway Control Protocol. This is a VoIP signaling protocol, usually used between a dumb device and a clever controller. It is similar in functionality (if not syntax) to H.248. It is defined in RFC 2705.

Multi-Protocol Label Switching



Network Address Translation. This is a program or piece of hardware that converts an IP address from a private address to a public address in real time. It allows multiple users to share a single public IP address.

NAT traversal

Detects that the endpoints are behind a NAT device.

Network-based Application Recognition
Non-maskable Interrupt
Non-Stop Forwarding


On-board failure logging
Values are defined in specific MIB modules. The Event MIB allows a user or an NMS to watch over specified objects and to set event triggers based on existence, threshold, and boolean tests. An event occurs when a trigger is fired; this means that a specified test on an object returns a value of true. To create a trigger, a user or an NMS configures a trigger entry in the mteTriggerTable of the Event MIB. This trigger entry specifies the OID of the object to be watched. For each trigger entry type, corresponding tables (existence, threshold, and boolean tables) are populated with the information required for carrying out the test. The MIB can be configured so that when triggers are activated (fired) either an SNMP Set is performed, a notification is sent out to the interested host, or both.
Online Insertion and Removal. Feature that permits the addition, the replacement, or the removal of cards without interrupting the system power, entering console commands, or causing other software or interfaces to shutdown. Sometimes called hot swapping.


Power distribution unit
Power entry module
Persistent telnet
A configuration that uses transport maps to manage the handling of users accessing the router via telnet.
Persistent SSH
A configuration that uses transport maps to manage the handling of users accessing the router via SSH.
Product identifier
Phase Locked Loop
Power-On Reset
Priority queue
Provisioning file
A file that manages the boot process when the Cisco ASR 1000 Series Router is configured to run using individual packages. Provisioning files are included with the individual sub-packages in consolidated packages, and boot statements must point to the provisioning file as the booting file when the router is run using individual packages.


Quad Data Rate. Transfer method over separate read/write busses.
Quality of Service
Cisco Quantum Flow Processor. One of Cisco-developed network processors on the Cisco ASR1000 embedded services processors.


The Cisco ASR 1000 Series route processor (RP). General purpose CPU responsible for routing protocols, CLI, network management interfaces, code storage, logging, chassis management. The ASR 1000 Series RPs process network control packets as well as protocols not supported by the ASR 1000 Series embedded services processor.
RPBase sub-package
The sub-package responsible for providing the operating system software for the Route Processor.
RPControl sub-package
The sub-package responsible for providing the control plane processes between the IOS process and the rest of the router.
RPACCESS sub-package
The sub-package responsible for the processing of restricted components such as security features.
RPAccess K9
ASR1000rp1-rpaccessk9.pkg. The crypto RPAccess image. This is the RPAccess sub-package in consolidated packages that support crypto.
RPIOS sub-package
The sub-package responsible for storing and running Cisco IOS features.
Rack Unit. A rack unit is 1.76 inches



Session border controller. The SBC is a session-aware device which controls access to voice over IP (VoIP) and other types of primarily media-related networks. The primary purpose of an SBC is to protect the interior of the network from excessive call load and malicious traffic.

Serial Link
A single transmit and receive serial pair running initially at 1.25Gbits giving a payload of 1.0Gbits, with future scalability to 3.125 Gbits giving a payload of 2.5 Gbits.

Signaling border element. Represents the signaling agent of the SBC to handle all call processing through SIP or H.323 protocols and in general performs the call control functions. An SBE typically controls one or more media gateways.


Service Level Agreement. The contract between a service provider and the customer that specifies the level of service provided.

Session initiation protocol. VoIP signaling protocol.
Cisco Session Border Controller protocol implementation performs the voice and video gateway functions simultaneously with regular IP data services.
Shared port adapter interface processor. A SIP is a platform-specific carrier card that inserts into a router slot like a line card. A SIP can hold one or more SPAs in its subslots, depending on the SIP type. The SPA provides the network interface. The SIP provides the connection between the route processor and the SPA.
SIPBase sub-package
The sub-package responsible for providing the SPA drivers, the SPA FPGA, and any other software related to the SPAs.
SIPSPA sub-package
The sub-package responsible for controlling the SIP operating system and control processes.
Small form-factor pluggable optical transceiver. A type of fiber optic receptacle device that mounts flush with the front panel to provide network connectivity.
Single height
Describes the dimension of a SPA that occupies a single SIP subslot or half of the SIP.
A single software file on the Cisco ASR 1000 Series Router. Cisco IOS XE software is released using consolidated packages, and these consolidated packages contain multiple sub-packages. Each sub-package has a defined responsibility for running the Cisco ASR 1000 Series Router.
Shared Port Adapter. A SPA is a modular, platform-independent shared port adapter that inserts into a subslot of a compatible SIP carrier card to provide network connectivity and increased interface port density. The SPA provides the interface between the network and the SIP.
Solid state disk drive.
Shielded twisted-pair
Secondary slot on a SIP where a SPA is installed.


Transport map
A configuration option that can be used to provide more granularity related to users accessing a router. Transport maps can be applied to console ports or to any users accessing a router using telnet or SSH.
A function on the ASR 1000 Series Routers that logs internal events. Tracing cannot be disabled on the Cisco ASR 1000 Series Router, and all tracing logs are stored in trace files.
Trace files
Files that are automatically generated on the Cisco ASR 1000 Series Router that store trace data. Trace files are usually stored automatically in a storage directory and are often useful for customer support purposes.


Uni-Directional Link Routing
Unshielded twisted pair


Volts alternating current
Volts direct current
Virtual Circuit Connection Verification

Virtual DBE. Represents a resource partition within a DBE. A vDBE is a type of media gateway. Each vDBE can be controlled by a separate SBE using the H.248 protocol.


Version ID


Virtual Routing and Forwarding Instances

Virtual circuit
Logical circuit created to ensure reliable communication between two network devices. A virtual circuit is defined by a VPI/VCI pair, and can be either permanent (PVC) or switched (SVC). Virtual circuits are used in Frame Relay and X.25. In ATM, a virtual circuit is called a virtual channel.
Voice over Internet Protocol. The capability to carry normal telephony-style voice over an IP-based internet with POTS-like functionality, reliability, and voice quality. VoIP enables a router to carry voice traffic (for example, telephone calls and faxes) over an IP network. In VoIP, the DSP segments the voice signal into frames, which then are coupled in groups of two and stored in voice packets. These voice packets are transported using IP in compliance with ITU-T specification H.323.
Virtual path identifier. 8-bit field in the header of an ATM cell. The VPI, together with the VCI, identifies the next destination of a cell as it passes through a series of ATM switches on its way to its destination. ATM switches use the VPI/VCI fields to identify the next VCL that a cell needs to transit on its way to its final destination. The function of the VPI is similar to that of the DLCI in Frame Relay.
Virtual Router Redundancy Protocol