Network Convergence System 5500 Series Routers


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The Network Convergence System 5500 Series routers deliver a programmable, high-capacity and modular answer for Core, Peering, and WAN Transport deployments. Running the latest version of Cisco IOS XR Software, the 5500 Series supports segment routing, advanced forwarding feature sets, and programmable network management.

This series of routers deliver:

  • High-Performance, High-Density 100 Gb centric deployments

  • Option for redundant route processors, fabric cards, power modules and system controllers

  • Extreme focus on optimized power consumption in watts/Gbps

  • An infrastructure for hosting applications

  • Programmability with YANG model based APIs

The latest release of Cisco IOS XR operating system opens up the architecture of Cisco IOS XR using a 64-bit Linux-based operating system to deliver greater agility, automation and simplicity, while reducing cost of operating the networks.

Key Capabilities

Flexible Packaging—Easy Routine Upgrades and Maintenance

Flexible packaging is an enhancement that modularizes and delivers the Cisco IOS XR operating system as RPM packages.

The base software is becoming leaner that contains only required mandatory packages. Other optional packages are separated out and made available as individually installable RPM packages. Users have the flexibility to select and install the services they want by choosing relevant RPMs. Redhat Package Manager (RPM) based delivery of packages enable easier and faster system updates.

Flexible packaging also supports automatic dependency management whereby, while the user is updating an RPM, the system identifies all relevant dependent packages and updates them. The system uses standard LINUX tools to manage dependency during upgrades.

For the detailed list of release specific feature set matrix (packages) and associated filenames, see ,

Limitation

  • This release of Cisco IOS XR software does not provide 3rd-party and host package SMUs as part of automatic dependency management (install update and install upgrade commands). The 3rd party and host package SMUs must be installed separately, and in isolation from other installation procedures (installation of SMUs and RPMs in IOS XR or admin containers).

  • This release of Cisco IOS XR software does not yet support asynchronous package upgrades.

Data Models—Faster Programmatic and Standards-based Configuration

Data models are a programmatic and standards-based way of configuring and collecting operational data of a network device, replacing the process of manual configuration. Using Data models, Cisco IOS XR operating system supports the automating of configurations that belong to multiple routers across the network. Data models are written in a standard, industry-defined language, which can define a new configuration and state an existing configuration on a network.

Traditional CLI-based configurations, are proprietary, cumbersome, and highly text-based. Managing automated operations on a large network using CLIs is a challenge.

Cisco IOS XR supports the YANG data modeling language. YANG can be used with the Network Configuration Protocol (Netconf) or with gRPC (google-defined Remote Procedure Calls) to automate programmable network operations. Data models allow administrators to customize settings easily and automatically, without wasting time on manual configuration.

To get started with using data models, see the Obtain Data Models section in Cisco IOS XR Programmability Configuration Guide for the NCS 5500 Series Router.

Application Hosting—Efficient Leverage of Third-Party Tools

Application hosting gives administrators a platform for leveraging their own tools and utilities. Cisco IOS XR supports third-party off-the-shelf applications built using Linux tool chains. Users can run custom applications cross-compiled with the software development kit that Cisco provides. Application hosting is offered in two variants: Native and Container.

With networking rapidly moving to virtual environments, the need for a network operating system that supports operational agility and efficiency through seamless integration with existing tool chains became a key requirement for our customers.

Cisco IOS XR uses a 64-bit Linux-based operating system that simplifies the integration of applications, configuration management tools, and industry-standard zero touch provisioning mechanisms to meet the DevOps style workflows for service providers.

To access the SDK to build packages that use the Linux distribution offered by Cisco, and to host applications natively, see Build RPMs for Native Application Hosting section in the Cisco IOS XR Application Hosting Configuration Guide.

Telemetry—Push Towards Smarter Visibility

Streaming telemetry lets users direct data to a configured receiver for analysis and troubleshooting purposes in order to maintain the health of the network. This is achieved by leveraging the capabilities of machine-to-machine communication.

Traditionally, organizations used the pull model to collect data, where a client pulls data from network elements. This pull model, however, does not scale when there is more than one network management station in the network. These traditional techniques do not cater to all the underlying information of the router, and they require manual intervention.

Tuning a network based on real-time data is crucial for seamless operation of the network. Instead of a pull model, using a push model to continuously stream data out of the network enhances the operational performance and reduces the troubleshooting time. Data can be pushed out at intervals determined by the administrator, at a cadence as low as 10 seconds. Using sophisticated algorithms, a back-end server can then analyze data received from the Cisco IOS XR operating system. The data can be encoded in JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) or Google Protocol Buffers (GPB). This analysis enables back-end management systems to measure and even predict control-plane and data-plane trends.

A telemetry policy file is used to define the data to be generated and the cadence at which the data is to be streamed. To create a policy file and get started with streaming telemetry data, see the Create Policy File section in Cisco IOS XR Telemetry Configuration Guide.

Software Features Introduced in Cisco IOS XR Software Release 6.0.2

  • Application hosting—Application hosting gives administrators a platform for leveraging their own tools and utilities. Cisco IOS XR Release 6.0.2 introduces an enhancement to accessing the XR Linux shell, which takes you directly to the third-party network namespace, renamed as global VRF. You can run bash commands at the XR router prompt itself to view the interfaces and IP addresses stored in global VRF. Navigation is faster and more intuitive in this version of IOS XR.

    For more information, see the http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/td/docs/iosxr/AppHosting/b-application-hosting-configuration-guide.html.

  • Data Models includes support for:

    • IOS-XR manageability interfaces to access the admin plane data.

    • External models through the Manageability Mapping Infrastructure (eMMI) infrastructure.

    • Open Config Data Models (OC MPLS, OC IF (3 sub models), OC BGP and RPL). In this release OC MPLS configuration is supported but Operational node support is not available in this release.

  • Telemetry includes support for:

    • A cadence from 30s to 10s to stream telemetry data; thus improving the performance.

    • An improved GPB workflow where the need to generate the .map file is eliminated.

    • Whitelist entries in the policy files to explicitly specify a list of fields to include in the streamed output.

    • Additional options for transport and encoding to include key-value GPB encoding using GPB over TCP. These options are also extended to JSON encoder.

  • LLDP—Link Layer Discovery Protocol is a neighbor discovery protocol that is used for network devices to advertise information about themselves to other devices on the network.

  • L2VPN—Layer 2 Virtual Private Network.

Hardware Introduced in Release 6.0.2

In this release two new line cards and DC power supply are introduced for NCS 5500 Series Routers:

  • NC55-24X100-SE—NCS 5500 24x100G Scale Base

  • NC55-18H18F—NCS 5500 18X100G and 18X40GE Base Spare

  • NC55-PWR-3KW-DC—NCS 5500 3KW DC power supply

In this release, support is added for the following optics:
  • QSFP-100G-AOC10M

  • QSFP-100G-PSM4-S

  • QSFP-40G-SR4

  • QSFP-40G-SR4-S

  • QSFP-40G-CSR4

  • QSFP-40G-SR-BD

  • QSFP-40GE-LR4

  • QSFP-40G-LR4

  • QSFP-40G-LR4-S

  • WSP-Q40GLR4L

  • QSFP-4x10G-LR-S

  • QSFP-40G-ER4

For more information, see Hardware Installation Guide for Cisco NCS 5500 Series Routers

Release 6.0.2 Packages

This table lists the Cisco IOS XR Software feature set matrix (packages) with associated filenames.

Table 1. Release 6.0.2 Packages for Cisco NCS 5500 Series Router

Composite Package

Feature Set

Filename

Description

Cisco IOS XR IP Unicast Routing Core Bundle

ncs5500-mini-x.iso-6.0.2

Contains base image contents that includes:

  • Host operating system

  • System Admin boot image

  • IOS XR boot image

Individually-Installable Optional Packages

Feature Set

Filename

Description

Cisco IOS XR Manageability Package

ncs5500-mgbl-3.0.0.0-r602.x86_64.rpm

Extensible Markup Language (XML) Parser, Telemetry, Netconf, Yang models, gRPC and HTTP server packages.

Cisco IOS XR MPLS Package

ncs5500-mpls-2.0.0.0-r602.x86_64.rpm

ncs5500-mpls-te-rsvp-2.0.0.0-r602.x86_64.rpm

MPLS and MPLS Traffic Engineering (MPLS-TE) RPM.

Cisco IOS XR Security Package

ncs5500-k9sec-2.0.0.0-r602.x86_64.rpm

Support for Encryption, Decryption, Secure Shell (SSH), Secure Socket Layer (SSL), and Public-key infrastructure (PKI)

Cisco IOS XR USB Boot Package

ncs5500-usb-boot-6.0.2.zip

Cisco IOS XR USB Boot Package

Determine Software Version

Log in to the router and enter the show version command:
RP/0/RP0/CPU0:router# show version

Cisco IOS XR Software, Version 6.0.2
Copyright (c) 2013-2016 by Cisco Systems, Inc.

Build Information:
 Built By     : <username>
 Built On     : Sat Jul  9 2e3:52:57 PDT 2016
 Build Host   : iox-ucs-019
 Workspace    : /auto/srcarchive12/production/6.0.2/ncs5500/workspace
 Version      : 6.0.2
 Location     : /opt/cisco/XR/packages/

cisco NCS-5500 () processor
System uptime is 21 hours, 11 minutes

Caveats

Identifier

Description

CSCva43418

In NCS5508, the MPLS explicit null packets are dropped in specific scenarios.

Determine Firmware Support

Log in to the router and enter show hw-module fpd command in EXEC mode:

RP/0/RP0/CPU0:router# show hw-module fpd
                                                                       FPD Versions
                                                               =================
Location   Card type        HWver FPD device       ATR Status   Running Programd
------------------------------------------------------------------------------
0/1       NC55-36X100G      0.203 MIFPGA               CURRENT    0.08    0.08  
0/1       NC55-36X100G      0.203 Bootloader           CURRENT    1.17    1.17  
0/1       NC55-36X100G      0.203 IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.12    0.12  
0/5       NC55-24X100G-SE   0.402 MIFPGA               CURRENT    0.03    0.03  
0/5       NC55-24X100G-SE   0.402 Bootloader           CURRENT    1.09    1.09  
0/5       NC55-24X100G-SE   0.402 IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.08    0.08  
0/6       NC55-18H18F       0.1   MIFPGA               CURRENT    0.03    0.03  
0/6       NC55-18H18F       0.1   Bootloader           CURRENT    1.09    1.09  
0/6       NC55-18H18F       0.1   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.19    0.19  
0/RP0     NC55-RP           1.1   Bootloader           CURRENT    9.23    9.23  
0/RP0     NC55-RP           1.1   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.08    0.08  
0/RP1     NC55-RP           1.1   Bootloader           CURRENT    9.23    9.23  
0/RP1     NC55-RP           1.1   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.08    0.08  
0/FC0     NC55-5508-FC      0.305 Bootloader           CURRENT    1.67    1.67  
0/FC0     NC55-5508-FC      0.305 IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.13    0.13  
0/FC1     NC55-5508-FC      0.303 Bootloader           CURRENT    1.67    1.67  
0/FC1     NC55-5508-FC      0.303 IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.13    0.13  
0/FC2     NC55-5508-FC      0.305 Bootloader           CURRENT    1.67    1.67  
0/FC2     NC55-5508-FC      0.305 IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.13    0.13  
0/FC3     NC55-5508-FC      0.305 Bootloader           CURRENT    1.67    1.67  
0/FC3     NC55-5508-FC      0.305 IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.13    0.13  
0/FC4     NC55-5508-FC      0.305 Bootloader           CURRENT    1.67    1.67  
0/FC4     NC55-5508-FC      0.305 IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.13    0.13  
0/FC5     NC55-5508-FC      0.305 Bootloader           CURRENT    1.67    1.67  
0/FC5     NC55-5508-FC      0.305 IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.13    0.13  
0/SC0     NC55-SC           1.4   Bootloader           CURRENT    1.67    1.67  
0/SC0     NC55-SC           1.4   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.07    0.07  
0/SC1     NC55-SC           1.4   Bootloader           CURRENT    1.67    1.67  
0/SC1     NC55-SC           1.4   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.07    0.07  
                                                           

Log in to the router and enter show hw-module fpd command in admin mode:

RP/0/RP0/CPU0:router(admin)# show hw-module fpd
                                                                   FPD Versions
                                                                ===============
Location  Card type         HWver FPD device       ATR Status   Run    Programd
-------------------------------------------------------------------------------
0/1       NC55-36X100G      0.203 Bootloader           CURRENT    1.17    1.17  
0/1       NC55-36X100G      0.203 IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.12    0.12  
0/5       NC55-24X100G-SE   0.402 Bootloader           CURRENT    1.09    1.09  
0/5       NC55-24X100G-SE   0.402 IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.08    0.08  
0/6       NC55-18H18F       0.1   Bootloader           CURRENT    1.09    1.09  
0/6       NC55-18H18F       0.1   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.19    0.19  
0/RP0     NC55-RP           1.1   Bootloader           CURRENT    9.23    9.23  
0/RP0     NC55-RP           1.1   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.08    0.08  
0/RP1     NC55-RP           1.1   Bootloader           CURRENT    9.23    9.23  
0/RP1     NC55-RP           1.1   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.08    0.08  
0/FC0     NC55-5508-FC      0.305 Bootloader           CURRENT    1.67    1.67  
0/FC0     NC55-5508-FC      0.305 IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.13    0.13  
0/FC1     NC55-5508-FC      0.303 Bootloader           CURRENT    1.67    1.67  
0/FC1     NC55-5508-FC      0.303 IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.13    0.13  
0/FC2     NC55-5508-FC      0.305 Bootloader           CURRENT    1.67    1.67  
0/FC2     NC55-5508-FC      0.305 IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.13    0.13  
0/FC3     NC55-5508-FC      0.305 Bootloader           CURRENT    1.67    1.67  
0/FC3     NC55-5508-FC      0.305 IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.13    0.13  
0/FC4     NC55-5508-FC      0.305 Bootloader           CURRENT    1.67    1.67  
0/FC4     NC55-5508-FC      0.305 IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.13    0.13  
0/FC5     NC55-5508-FC      0.305 Bootloader           CURRENT    1.67    1.67  
0/FC5     NC55-5508-FC      0.305 IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.13    0.13  
0/SC0     NC55-SC           1.4   Bootloader           CURRENT    1.67    1.67  
0/SC0     NC55-SC           1.4   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.07    0.07  
0/SC1     NC55-SC           1.4   Bootloader           CURRENT    1.67    1.67  
0/SC1     NC55-SC           1.4   IOFPGA               CURRENT    0.07    0.07  

The above show output lists the hardware components that are supported in current release with their status. The status of the hardware must be CURRENT; Running and Programd version must be similar.

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