Cisco Nexus 9000 Series NX-OS IP Fabric for Media Release Notes, Release 10.3(1)F

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This document describes the Cisco IP fabric for media solution, new hardware and software features, upgrade instructions, and caveats for Cisco NX-OS Release 10.3(1)F software for use on the following: 

      N9K-C9808

     N9K-X9836DM-A

     N9K-C9808-FM-A

Table 1.             Online History Change

Date

Description

August 19, 2022

  Cisco NX-OS Release 10.3(1)F became available.

IP Fabric for Media

Today, the broadcast industry uses a serial digital interface (SDI) router and SDI cables to transport video and audio traffic. The SDI cables can carry only a single unidirectional signal. As a result, many cables, frequently stretched over long distances, is required, making it difficult and time-consuming to expand or change an SDI-based infrastructure.

Cisco’s IP fabric for media solution helps transition from an SDI router to an IP-based infrastructure. In an IP-based infrastructure, a single cable has the capacity to carry multiple bidirectional traffic flows and can support different flow sizes without requiring changes to the physical infrastructure. The solution uses Cisco Nexus 9000 Series switches in conjunction with the Cisco non-blocking multicast (NBM) algorithm (an intelligent traffic management algorithm) and with or without the Cisco DCNM Media Controller to provide a highly reliable (zero drop multicast), highly visible, highly secure, and highly available network.

Cisco Nexus 9000 Series NX-OS IP Fabric for Media Release 10.3(1)F supports two deployment methods:

    Spine-leaf topology—A single or multi-spine deployment method with variable flow size that allows the NBM fabric to form a multicast flow.

    Single modular switch—An architecture suitable for fixed deployments, with the controller providing features such as flow visibility, security, and monitoring.

New Hardware Features

The following new hardware are introduced in Cisco NX-OS Release 10.3(1)F for deployment in IP Fabric for Media solution:

    N9K-C9808 16-RU modular switch with slots for up to 8 line cards in addition to two supervisors, 8 fabric modules, 4 fan trays, and up to 9 power supplies.

    N9K-X9836DM-A a 36-port 400-Gigabit Ethernet QSFP-DD line card for Cisco Nexus 9800 family switches.

    N9K-C9808-FM-A a Fabric module for Nexus 9808 chassis.

Supported Device Hardware

Table 2 lists the hardware that the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series NX-OS IP Fabric for Media Release 10.3(1)F supports. For additional information about the supported hardware, see the Hardware Installation Guide for your Cisco Nexus 9000 Series device.

Table 2.        Cisco Nexus 9000 Series Hardware

Product ID

Hardware Description

Role in Topology

N9K-C93108TC-EX

Cisco Nexus 93108TC-EX 1-RU switch with 48 10GBASE-T ports and 6 40/100-Gigabit QSFP28 ports

Leaf switch in spine-leaf topology

N9K-C93180YC-EX

Cisco Nexus 93180YC-EX 1-RU switch with 48 10/25-Gigabit Ethernet ports and 6 40/100-Gigabit QSFP28 ports

Leaf switch in spine-leaf topology

N9K-C93108TC-FX

Cisco Nexus 93108TC-FX 1-RU Top-of-Rack switch with 48 10GBASE-T (copper) ports and 6 40/100-Gigabit QSFP28 ports

Leaf switch in spine-leaf topology

N9K-C93180YC-FX

Cisco Nexus 93180YC-FX 1-RU Top-of-Rack switch with 48 10/25-Gigabit SFP28 ports and 6 40/100-Gigabit QSFP28 ports

Leaf switch in spine-leaf topology

N9K-C9348GC-FXP

Cisco Nexus 9348GC-FXP switch with 48 100M/1GBASE-T (copper) ports, 4 10/25-Gigabit SFP28 ports, and 2 40/100-Gigabit QSFP ports

Leaf switch in spine-leaf topology

N9K-C93180YC-FX3S

Cisco Nexus 93180YC-FX3S 1-RU Top-of-Rack switch with 48 25/50/100-Gigabit Ethernet SFP28 ports and 6 10/25/40/50/100-Gigabit QSFP28 ports

Leaf switch in spine-leaf topology

N9K-C93180YC-FX3

Cisco Nexus 93180YC-FX3 1-RU Top-of-Rack switch with 48 25/50/100-Gigabit Ethernet SFP28 ports and 6 10/25/40/50/100-Gigabit QSFP28 ports

Leaf switch in spine-leaf topology

N9K-C93180YC-FX3P

Cisco Nexus 93108TC-FX3P 1-RU Top-of-Rack switch with 48 10GBASE-T (copper) ports and 6 40/100-Gigabit QSFP28 ports

Leaf switch in spine-leaf topology

N9K-C93216TC-FX2

Cisco Nexus 93216TC-FX2 2-RU switch with 96 100M/1G/10G RJ45 ports and 12 40/100-Gigabit QSFP28 ports

Leaf switch in spine-leaf topology

N9K-C93360YC-FX2

Cisco Nexus 93360YC-FX2 2-RU switch with 96 10/25-Gigabit SFP+ ports and 12 40/10-Gigabit Ethernet QSFP28 ports

Leaf switch in spine-leaf topology

N9K-C93240YC-FX2

Cisco Nexus 93240YC-FX2 1.2-RU Top-of-Rack switch with 48 10/25-Gigabit SFP28 fiber ports and 12 40/100-Gigabit Ethernet QSFP28 ports

Spine or leaf switch in spine-leaf topology

N9K-C9336C-FX2

Cisco Nexus 9336C-FX2 1-RU switch with 36 40/100-Gigabit Ethernet QSFP28 ports

Spine or leaf switch in spine-leaf topology

N9K-C9336C-FX2-E

Cisco Nexus 9336C-FX2-E 1-RU switch with 36 40/100-Gigabit Ethernet QSFP28 ports

Spine or leaf switch in spine-leaf topology

N9K-C9364C

Cisco Nexus 9364C 2-RU Top-of-Rack switch with 64 40/100-Gigabit QSFP28 ports and 2 1/10-Gigabit SFP+ ports

Spine switch in spine-leaf topology

N9K-C9316D-GX

Cisco Nexus 9316D 1RU switch with 16 fixed 40/100/400G QSFP-DD ports

Spine switch in spine-leaf topology

N9K-C93600CD-GX

Cisco Nexus 93600CD-GX 1RU switch with 28 fixed 40/100G QSFP-28 ports and 8 fixed 40/100/400G QSFP-DD ports

Spine or leaf switch in spine-leaf topology

N9K-C9364C-GX

Cisco Nexus 9364C-GX 2RU switch with 64 fixed 40/100G QSFP-28 ports

Spine or leaf switch in spine-leaf topology

N9K-C9364D-GX2A

Cisco Nexus 9364D-GX2A is a 2-Rack-Unit (2RU) switch with 64 fixed 40/100/400G QSFP-DD ports and two fixed 1/10G SFP+ ports

Spine or leaf switch in spine-leaf topology

N9K-C9348D-GX2A

Cisco Nexus 9348D-GX2A is a 2-Rack-Unit (2RU) switch with 48 fixed 40/100/400G QSFP-DD ports and two fixed 1/10G SFP+ ports

Spine or leaf switch in spine-leaf topology

N9K-C9332D-GX2B

Cisco Nexus 9332D-GX2B is a compact form- factor 1-Rack-Unit (1RU) switch with 32 fixed 40/100/400G QSFP-DD ports and two fixed 1/10G SFP+ ports

Spine or leaf switch in spine-leaf topology

Cisco Nexus 9504 or 9508 switch with the following line cards:

N9K-X9636C-R

N9K-X9636C-RX

N9K-X9636Q-R

Cisco Nexus 9504 4-slot or 9508 8-slot switch

N9K-X9636C-R: 36-port 40/100-Gigabit Ethernet QSFP28 line card

N9K-X9636C-RX: 36-port 40/100-Gigabit Ethernet QSFP28 line card

N9K-X9636Q-R: 36-port 40-Gigabit Ethernet QSFP+ line card

Spine in spine-leaf topology or single modular switch

N9K-X9624D-R2

N9K-C9508-FM-R2

N9K-X9624D-R2 Line card with 24 400G QSFP-DD ports (only to be used with 8-slot chassis)

N9K-C9508-FM-R2 Fabric module for 400G line card (only to be used with 8-slot chassis)

Spine in spine-leaf topology or single modular switch

Cisco Nexus 9808 switch with the following line cards:

N9K-X9836DM-A

N9K-C9808-FM-A

Cisco Nexus 9808 8-slot modular chassis

N9K-X9836DM-A Line card with 36 40/100/400G QSFP-DD ports (only to be used with 8-slot chassis)

N9K-C9808-FM-A Fabric module for Nexus 9808

Spine in spine-leaf topology or single modular switch

New and Enhanced Features

The following features are enhanced for Cisco Nexus 9000 Series NX-OS IP Fabric for Media Release 10.3(1)F.

Feature

Description

IPFM VPC Support

VPC is supported with feature NBM.

Open Issues

There are no open issues in Cisco Nexus 9000 Series NX-OS IP Fabric for Media Release 10.3(1)F.

Resolved Issues

There are no resolved issues in Cisco Nexus 9000 Series NX-OS IP Fabric for Media Release 10.3(1)F.

Limitations

When using ASM (IGMPv2), the bandwidth is reserved between the receiver leaf switch and the spine switch even when the sender is local to the receiver leaf switch.

NBM static OIF can include an SVI; however, an IGMP snooping entry must be manually created to force the traffic out of the Layer 2 physical interface.

To prevent packet drops for NBM flows, configure 5% more bandwidth than the traffic being sent.

Upgrade Instructions

Follow these steps to upgrade from a Cisco NX-OS 7.x or 9.x release to Cisco NX-OS Release 10.3(1)F in an IP fabric for media deployment.

Note:      For Cisco Nexus 9504 and 9508 switches with -R line cards, you must upgrade from Cisco NX-OS Release 7.0(3)F3(4) to a 10.x release.

1.     Shut down the endpoint-facing ports on the switches.

2.     Disable NBM (using the no feature nbm command).

3.     Disable the ip pim pre-build-spt force command on the spine switches in your fabric.

4.     Disable PIM passive mode (using the no ip pim passive command).

5.     Upgrade the switch software from 7.x or 9.x to 10.3(x).

6.     For Cisco Nexus 9504 and 9508 switches with -R line cards, configure these TCAM carving commands in the following order and then reload the switch:

hardware access-list tcam region redirect_v6 0
hardware access-list tcam region ing-nbm 2048

7.     Upgrade DCNM.

8.     Configure PIM and MSDP, if applicable.

9.     Enable NBM (using the feature nbm command).

10.  Configure NBM policies using the CLI or DCNM. (See the Cisco Nexus 9000 Series IP Fabric for Media Solution Guide, Release 10.3(x).)

11.  If you're not using DCNM, disable IGMP static OIF and create an NBM flow definition to establish a flow.

12.  Re-enable all ports facing the endpoints.

13.  On configuring "feature nbm", DEFAULT VRF will not come in any PMN mode (pim-active/passive). You must configure it explicitly using command "nbm mode pim-active"/"nbm mode pim-passive" under Default VRF.

14.  On configuring NBM non-default VRF using "nbm vrf <foo>", NON-DEFAULT VRF will not come in any PMN mode (pim-active/passive). You must configure it explicitly using command "nbm mode pim-active"/"nbm mode pim-passive" under Non-Default VRF.

Related Documentation

    Cisco Nexus 9000 Series IP Fabric for Media Solution Guide, Release 10.3(x)

    Cisco Nexus 9000 Series NX-OS Release Notes, Release 10.3(x)

    Cisco Nexus 9000 Series NX-OS Verified Scalability Guide, Release 10.3(x)

    Cisco Nexus 3000 and 9000 Series NX-API REST SDK User Guide and API Reference

    Cisco DCNM Media Controller Configuration Guide, Release 11.5(1)

    Cisco DCNM Installation and Upgrade Guide for Media Controller Deployment, Release 11.5(1)

    The entire Cisco Nexus 9000 Series NX-OS documentation set is available at the following URL:

http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/switches/nexus-9000-series-switches/tsd-products-support-series-home.html

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