The Cisco® RF Gateway 10 Supervisor Engine V-10GE, Figure 1, for the Cisco RF Gateway 10 universal edge quadrature amplitude modulation modulator (U-EQAM) redefines the way aggregation and traffic management features are managed at the edge of the cable network. Specially optimized for the Cisco RF Gateway 10, the Supervisor Engine V-10GE can be deployed in a redundant configuration with automatic failover. It runs the comprehensive feature set available in Cisco IOS® Software Release 12.2 S, with an array of management, Ethernet aggregation, and packet filtering functions -- now all embedded in the carrier-class Cisco RF Gateway 10 platform.
Before, switches and routers had to be externally connected to edge QAMs and configured separately to manage them. As separate elements, switches and routers and edge QAMs provided limited management functionality, and the result has been less-scalable edge solutions. Now, with the integrated Cisco RF Gateway 10 Supervisor Engine V-10GE, the intelligence of the Cisco IP next-generation network (IP NGN) is available for more efficient and scalable packet forwarding and management of line cards in the gateway.
Management of data and video traffic can be split into data plane and control plane processing. The data plane manages the aggregation and forwarding of multiple services to the edge QAM resources (for example, Ethernet switching, routing, aggregation, and filtering). Interactions with control interfaces for video and DOCSIS® are managed by the control plane (for example, setup and tear down of video sessions, creation of voice-over-IP [VoIP] calls, management of high-speed data services, and management of the distribution of packets and environmental factors in the gateway). The aggregation management utility in the supervisor engine allows cable operators to extract detailed information from a single line card on the overall operational status of the entire gateway.
Features and Benefits
Table 1 lists the features and benefits of the Cisco RF Gateway 10 Supervisor Engine V-10GE.
Table 1. Features and Benefits
102 Mpps and 136 Gbps total switching capacity
Ethernet aggregation for edge QAM applications can be conducted directly on the supervisor of the RF Gateway 10, thus saving rack space, reducing the total number of boxes in the network, and providing network architectural flexibility.
Supervisor design from Cisco Catalyst® Series switch supervisor family
Comprehensive feature set from parent platform includes Layer 2 switching, Layer 3 routing, advanced security, and IPv6 support. Continual expansion of feature set from parent platform, with future hardware and software roadmap.
Distributed architecture with control plane terminations on supervisor and data plane terminations on RF line cards
Advanced management of control and data plane processing, optimizes performance, high-availability switchover times, resource utilization, and operational efficiencies.
Operates Cisco IOS software version 12.2S
Common and customized service provider feature set across high-end Cisco switches and routers. Support for end-to-end advanced networking architectures with functional compatibility.
Table 2 lists the hardware specifications for the Cisco RF Gateway 10 Supervisor Engine V-10GE.
Table 2. Product Specifications
Occupies a single supervisor slot in the Cisco RF Gateway 10 chassis
5.5 lbs (2.5 kg)
Operating altitude: -60 to 3000 m
Storage temperature: -40 to 158°F (-40 to 70°C)
Operating temperature: 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Relative humidity: 10% to 85%, noncondensing
System status: green (operational); red (faulty)
Switch utilization load: 1% to 100% aggregate switching usage
10/100 BASE-TX Ethernet
Switch recessed protected
Synchronous Dynamic RAM (SDRAM)
128 MB configurable
Ethernet Uplink Interfaces
Dual supervisors operating in active/standby redundancy mode
Up to four GE and two 10GE per chassis
Single supervisor operating in nonredundant mode
Up to four GEs and two 10GEs per chassis
Small Form Factor Pluggables Supported
The Cisco RF Gateway 10 Supervisor Engine V-10GE has a very high performance Ethernet switching feature set. Advanced traffic management features include:
• Quality of service (QoS)
• Virtual LANs (VLANs)
• Multiple traffic queuing techniques such as IP differentiated services code points (DSCPs)
• Full-featured traffic classification, marking, and policing
Table 3 lists the software specifications for the Cisco RF Gateway 10 Supervisor Engine V-10GE.
Table 3. Software Specifications
Total centralized switching capacity
102 Mpps and 136 Gbps
IPv4 routing entries
Access control lists (ACL)
Switched Port Analyzer (SPAN)
• Two ingress and four egress
• SPAN port permits traffic monitoring of a single port, a group of ports, or the entire switch from a single network analyzer or RMON probe.
• Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) fast convergence: incremental shortest path first (SPF) and link-state advertisement (LSA) throttling
• 1:N RF line card redundancy management
• Rich roadmap of enhanced high-availability features in future software releases including Stateful Switchover (SSO) and In Service Software Upgrade (ISSU)
Combination of base Cisco IOS multicast feature set and enhanced edge QAM multicast functionality.
• IP multicast routing protocols: Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM), including sparse mode and dense mode
• Source Specific Multicast (SSM) and Any-Source Multicast (ASM)
• Internet Group Management Protocol (IGMP)
Maximum unique video multicast Sessions
2048 load balanced
The Cisco RF Gateway 10 Supervisor Engine V-10GE has a strong contingent of security features, including TACACS+, Secure Shell (SSH) Protocol, and RADIUS, which enable centralized control of the switch and restrict unauthorized users from altering the configuration; standard and extended ACLs on all ports; 802.1X user authentication and accounting; and Unicast MAC filtering.
Control plane policing
Layer 2 Switching and Layer 3 Routing Features
The substantial Cisco IOS portfolio of switching and routing features includes high performance hardware-based packet forwarding, a full suite of VLAN features, IPv4, EIGRP, OSPF, IS-IS, RIP, RIP2, and BGP routing protocols, UniDirectional Link Routing (UDLR), and Layer 2 Tunneling Protocol (L2TP).
Table 4. Management
Table 4 lists the management features of the Cisco RF Gateway 10 Supervisor Engine V-10GE.
Platform Management and SNMP Features
A feature-rich set of management functions for provisioning and for maintaining and resolving faults
• Single console port and single IP address to manage all system features
• Software configuration management, including local and remote storage
• Optional compact Flash memory card to store software images for backup and easy software upgrades
1000BASE-SX short wavelength; with DOM (550m of MMF)
1000BASE-LX/LH short wavelength; with DOM (10Km on SMF)
10GBASE-SR X2 module (26m on MMF)
10GBASE-LR X2 module (10Km on SMF)
Cisco RFGW Series spares and accessories
RFGW Supervisor slot cover
RFGW Supervisor slot cover spare
Service and Support
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