The graph in the following figure shows broadcast traffic patterns on an interface over a given period of time. In this example, the broadcast traffic being forwarded exceeded the configured threshold between time intervals T1 and T2 and between T4 and T5. When the amount of specified traffic exceeds the threshold, all traffic of that kind is dropped for the next time period. Therefore, broadcast traffic is blocked during the intervals following T2 and T5. At the next time interval (for example, T3), if broadcast traffic does not exceed the threshold, it is again forwarded.
Conclusion : if storm-control threshold is exceeded during a 1 sec interval, broadcast traffic is dropped for the whole next interval(s).
Traffic storm control monitors the level of each traffic type for which you enable traffic storm control in 1-second traffic storm control intervals. Within an interval, when the ingress traffic for which traffic storm control is enabled reaches the traffic storm control level that is configured on the port, traffic storm control drops the traffic until the traffic storm control interval ends.
The graph in the following figure shows the broadcast traffic patterns on a LAN interface over a given interval. In this example, traffic storm control occurs between times T1 and T2 and between T4 and T5. During those intervals, the amount of broadcast traffic exceeded the configured threshold.
Conclusion : if storm-control threshold is exceeded during a 1 sec interval, broadcast traffic is dropped from the time the threshold was exceeded until the end of the current interval.
That means that on 3550/3560/3750 switches you can have broadcast traffic above the storm-control threshold within a 1 sec interval.
Besides the above inner-workings of storm-control, 3550/3560/3750 switches support rising and falling thresholds, different actions for storm-control and thresholds based on pps/bps levels.
Different architectures, different implementations.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009