timers lsa-group-pacing (OSPF)

To change the interval at which Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) link-state advertisements (LSAs) are collected into a group and refreshed, checksummed, or aged, use the timers lsa-group-pacing command. To return to the default, use the no form of this command.

timers lsa-group-pacing seconds

no timers lsa-group-pacing

Syntax Description


Time (in seconds) in the interval in which LSAs are grouped and refreshed, checksummed, or aged. The range is from 1 to 1800 seconds. The default value is 240 seconds.

Command Default

The default interval for this command is 240 seconds. OSPF LSA group pacing is enabled by default.

Command Modes

Router configuration mode
VRF configuration mode

Command History



This command was introduced.

Usage Guidelines

Use the timers lsa-group-pacing command to control the rate at which LSA updates occur and reduce the high CPU or buffer utilization that can occur when an area is flooded with a very large number of LSAs. The default settings for OSPF packet pacing timers are suitable for the majority of OSPF deployments. Do not change the packet pacing timers unless you have tried all other options to meet OSPF packet flooding requirements. You should try summarization, stub area usage, queue tuning, and buffer tuning before changing the default flooding timers. There are no guidelines for changing timer values; each OSPF deployment is unique and should be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Cisco NX-OS groups the periodic refresh of LSAs to improve the LSA packing density for the refreshes in large topologies. The group timer controls the interval used for group refreshment of LSAs; however, this timer does not change the frequency that individual LSAs are refreshed (the default refresh rate is every 30 minutes).

The duration of the LSA group pacing is inversely proportional to the number of LSAs that the router is handling. For example, if you have about 10,000 LSAs, you should decrease the pacing interval. If you have a very small database (40 to 100 LSAs), you should increase the pacing interval to 10 to 20 minutes.

This command requires the LAN Base Services license.


This example shows how to configure OSPF group packet-pacing updates between LSA groups to occur in 60-second intervals for OSPF routing process 1:

switch(config)# router ospf 1
switch(config-router)# timers lsa-group-pacing 60

Related Commands


copy running-config startup-config

Saves the configuration changes to the startup configuration file.

show ip ospf

Displays general information about OSPF routing processes.