The Cisco ASR 1000 Series Embedded Service Processors (ESPs) are based on an innovative new Cisco processor for next-generation forwarding and queuing in silicon. The Cisco ASR 1000 Series 5 Gbps ESP is supported exclusively in combination with the Cisco ASR 1002 Router.
The Cisco ASR 1000 Series ESPs are responsible for the data plane processing tasks, and all network traffic flows through them. The modules perform all baseline router packet operations, including:
They are also responsible for advanced services such as: