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It is very hard to find information on this topic. I would like to know: If traffic has a hit inside a class-map, is it immediately forwarded or does it get checked against all remaining match statements first? Example: given following configuration:

ip access-list extended QOS_CITRIX
 permit tcp any eq 2598 any
 permit tcp any any eq 2598
 permit udp any eq 2598 any
 permit udp any any eq 2598

class-map match-any QOS_CITRIX
 match ip dscp 32
 match access-group name QOS_CITRIX

policy-map QOS
 class QOS_CITRIX
  set dscp 32
  bandwidth percent 50

If a packet with DSCP32 arrives to be checked against this class-map, does it process the ACL?

  • Depending on your equipment, i only think you can have one match statement per class-map. – user36472 Apr 1 at 13:44
  • I seem to remember than within a class-map, it's match <protocol> XOR match access-group <someACL>. You can have multiple statements (else match-any wouldn't be very useful) of either but not both. On the other hand, nothing stops you from defining two class-maps (one matching on protocol, the other matching on ACL), and then making use of both in the policy map, applying the same set of actions to them. – Marc 'netztier' Luethi Apr 1 at 13:53
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    Oh.. and a word of caution. Your example policy-map mixes two things I wouldn't do in the same PM. Marking traffic (set dscp 32) is typically something done on the ingress interface (service policy input ..) of a device, while applying something from the shaping/policing/queuing toolset (bandwidth percent 50) is meant for an egress interface of a device (service policy output ...). Many devices/Platforms won't even let you rewrite DSCP on the egress side. – Marc 'netztier' Luethi Apr 1 at 14:02
  • @Cown I can match for DSCP and an ACL in the same class map (at least on a C3850 that is). You can only assign one ACL per class-map, though. – Mario Jost Apr 1 at 15:19
  • @Marc'netztier'Luethi I know about the policy-map at ingress, but I want to keep the configuration short. Thats why I try to catch everything (DSCP32 and protocol) with one class-map. Additionally, if i catch them in different class-maps, and assign bandwidth 25 to each of them, it is not the same as assigning bandwidth 50 to one class. – Mario Jost Apr 1 at 15:19
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If a packet with DSCP32 arrives to be checked against this class-map, does it process the ACL?

This is highly implementation-specific. For example, a particular software implementation on a particular router model might arrange these match criteria in a linked-list, and traverse the list to see if a given packet matches. There is no telling what order the criteria will be matched, and the loop exits when a match occurs. Another software implementation on another model might kick off parallel lookups on two threads (running on different CPU cores), in which case both criteria may be checked simultaneously. ASIC implementations may behave differently, and it is possible in theory that the two criteria are checked in two completely different pieces of silicon. You really cannot say.

I have to ask, though: why does this matter?

  • It is just for performance reasons. I would like to make the rulebase as efficient as possible. So that a frame gets checked agains the ACL on the first switch, then gets marked and therefore never checked against an ACL again on its path to the destination. – Mario Jost Apr 8 at 8:23

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