Cisco Gigabit-Ethernet Optimized Video Networking Solution for Cable Design and Implementation Guide, Release 3.0
Preface

Table Of Contents

Preface

Document Version and Solution Release

Document Objectives and Scope

Audience

Document Organization

Related Documentation

Solution Documentation

Switch and Router Documentation

Cisco IOS Documentation

Optical Component Documentation

Document Conventions

Obtaining Documentation

Cisco.com

Product Documentation DVD

Ordering Documentation

Documentation Feedback

Cisco Product Security Overview

Reporting Security Problems in Cisco Products

Obtaining Technical Assistance

Cisco Technical Support & Documentation Website

Submitting a Service Request

Definitions of Service Request Severity

Obtaining Additional Publications and Information


Preface


This preface explains the objectives, intended audience, and organization of the Cisco Gibabit-Ethernet Optimized Video Networking Solution for Cable, Release 3.0.


Note "Release 3.0" is used to indicate that this solution follows in the development path provided by the Cisco Gigabit-Ethernet Optimized VoD Solution, while providing support beyond VoD—for digital broadcast and digital simulcast—in a hybrid fiber coax (HFC) infrastructure.


The solution supports major enhancements to established video networking architectures, particularly in the areas of IP multicast (IPmc) distribution for digital broadcast video services. This release includes the addition of architectural components to support resilient IPmc forwarding over existing IP transport networks, specifically, between encoders/multiplexers and ad splicers/groomers, as well as between ad splicers (in conjunction with a video groomer function) and edge QAM devices.

The preface also defines the conventions used to convey instructions and information, available related documentation, and the process for obtaining Cisco documentation and technical assistance.

This preface presents the following major topics:

Document Version and Solution Release

Document Objectives and Scope

Audience

Document Organization

Related Documentation

Document Conventions

Related Documentation

Documentation Feedback

Cisco Product Security Overview

Obtaining Technical Assistance

Obtaining Additional Publications and Information

Document Version and Solution Release

This is the first version of this document, which covers Release 3.0 of the Cisco Gibabit-Ethernet Optimized Video Networking Solution for Cable.

Document History

Document Version
Date
Notes

1

02/06/2006

This document was first released.


Document Objectives and Scope

This guide describes the architecture, the components, and the processes necessary for the design and implementation of the Cisco Gibabit-Ethernet Optimized Video Networking Solution for Cable, Release 3.0.


Note Third-party components are included in this architecture for completeness. Although some third-party components were used to test and validate this solution, Cisco cannot guarantee the performance and capability of that equipment. Refer to third-party documentation for details, as well as for support-related issues.


Audience

The target audience for this document is assumed to have basic knowledge of and experience with the installation and acceptance of the products covered by this solution. See "Solution Overview."

In addition, it is assumed that the user understands the procedures required to upgrade and troubleshoot optical transport systems and Ethernet switches and routers, with emphasis on Cisco 7600 series routers and Cisco Catalyst 6500 series switches.

Document Organization

The major sections of this document are as follows:

Section
Title
Major Topics

Chapter 1

Solution Overview

Introduces solution architecture and scope and components.

Chapter 2

Solution Architecture and Optimizations

Discusses hub and IP architecture, optimizing video and service availability, QoS, and upgrading and managing the network

Chapter 3

Implementing the Solution

Describes the configuration and implementation of the solution.

Chapter 4

Monitoring and Troubleshooting

Provides an introduction to monitoring and troubleshooting the Cisco equipment used in the solution.

Appendix A,

Sample Configurations

Provides example configurations.


Related Documentation

Solution Documentation

This document, and Release Notes for Cisco Gigabit-Ethernet Optimized Video Networking Solution for Cable, Release 1.0, are available under the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/solution/

Switch and Router Documentation

Documentation resources for the Cisco Catalyst 6500 series switches and the Cisco 7600 series routers are available below.

Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches

For all hardware and software documentation for this series, go to the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/switches/ps708/tsd_products_support_series_home.html

Cisco 7600 Series Routers

For all hardware and software documentation for this series, go to the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/products/hw/routers/ps368/tsd_products_support_series_home.html

Cisco IOS Documentation

Cisco IOS Release 12.2(18)SXF

For information specific to Cisco IOS Release 12.2(18)SXF, see Catalyst 6500 Series Cisco IOS Software Configuration Guide, 12.2SX, at the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/partner/products/hw/switches/ps708/products_configuration_guide_book09186a00801609ea.html


Note In this solution, the Cisco 7600 series and the Cisco Catalyst 6500 series with the same supervisor engine (the Supervisor Engine 720) function identically, although the Cisco 7600 series was the subject of testing and is referenced predominantly.


Optical Component Documentation

Cisco DWDM GBICs

Cisco DWDM Gigabit Interface Converter Installation Guide

www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/gbic_sfp/gbic_doc/78_15574.htm

Cisco Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing GBICs Compatibility Matrix

www.cisco.com/univercd/cc/td/doc/product/gbic_sfp/gbic_doc/ol_4604.htm


Note Other references are provided as appropriate throughout this document.


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[ x | y | z ]

Optional alternative keywords are grouped in brackets and separated by vertical bars.

string

A nonquoted set of characters. Do not use quotation marks around the string or the string will include the quotation marks.


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screen font

Terminal sessions and information the system displays are in screen font.

boldface screen font

Information you must enter is in boldface screen font.1

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Arguments for which you supply values are in italic screen font.

This pointer highlights an important line of text in an example.

^

The symbol ^ represents the key labeled Control. For example, the key combination ^D in a screen display means hold down the Control key while you press the D key.

<   >

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Default responses to system prompts are in square brackets.

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1 As this document makes use of annotated configurations, the rigorous use of boldface type to indicate what the user must enter is relaxed.


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