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RE: PMTU-D: remember, your load balancer is broken

  • From: jhsu
  • Date: Wed Jun 14 18:31:40 2000

 : Then again, at least some Cisco gear doesn't think that.
 : perdition>sh in g0/1
 : GigabitEthernet0/1 is up, line protocol is up
 :   Hardware is Gigabit Ethernet, address is 00d0.7966.eeae (bia 00d0.7966.eeae)
 :   MTU 1500 bytes, BW 1000000 Kbit, DLY 10 usec, rely 255/255, load 24/255

the last i checked, 1500 was the default.  given the right hw & sw,
MTU can be adjusted upward. i seem to remember seeing it demonstrated
on 12000 gear.

there is a draft [draft-kaplan-isis-ext-eth-02.txt] that discusses
some extensions useful to support large frames. these extensions- again, 
the last i checked- were supported by cisco, and other vendors.

as always, contact your authorized support rep when in doubt.