EtherChannel Load Balancing - per packet?

Discussion in 'Cisco' started by amyl, Aug 22, 2005.

  1. amyl

    amyl Guest

    I had a question raised to me by another tech when I was explaining the
    options on load balancing for one of our etherchannel's across two of
    our switches (3750). He asked me why their is no option for "per
    packet" load balacing.

    I started to research this and did not find any real answers or options
    on this. Can someone enlighten me on why this is not an option - their
    must be a downside or I am sure it would have been a feature?

    Also, I am refering to a L2 etherchannel between two switches.

    amyl, Aug 22, 2005
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  2. amyl

    Dan Daniels Guest


    EtherChannel balances the traffic load across the links in a channel through
    the reduction of part of the binary pattern that the addresses in the frame
    form to a numerical value that selects one of the links in the channel.
    EtherChannel load balancing can use MAC addresses or IP addresses, source or
    destination addresses, or both source and destination addresses. The mode
    applies to all EtherChannels configured on the switch. You configure the
    load balancing and forwarding method with use of the port-channel
    load-balance {dst-ip | dst-mac | src-dst-ip | src-dst-mac | src-ip |
    src-mac} global configuration command.
    Dan Daniels, Aug 22, 2005
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  3. On 22.08.2005 14:41 wrote
    With frame/packet load balancing you may run into the problem of
    re-ordering. Someting layer2 does not cope with.

    Arnold Nipper, Aug 22, 2005
  4. amyl

    amyl Guest


    Thank you for your reply, but I was asking why per packet load
    balancing would not work not what the available options were.

    amyl, Aug 22, 2005
  5. amyl

    amyl Guest


    Thank you - can you cite any examples. I am looking for something
    concrete I can wrap my mind around.

    amyl, Aug 22, 2005
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