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Configuring FIB Localization

FIB Localization Overview

On Juniper Networks devices, the forwarding table on the Packet Forwarding Engine, also referred to as forwarding information base (FIB), maintains the complete set of active IPv4 (inet) and IPv6 (inet6) routes. In Junos OS Release 11.4 and later, you can configure FIB localization for a Packet Forwarding Engine. FIB-localization characterizes Packet Forwarding Engines in a router as either “FIB-remote” or “FIB-local”.

FIB-local Packet Forwarding Engines install all routes from the default inet and inet6 route tables into the Packet Forwarding Engine forwarding hardware. FIB-remote Packet Forwarding Engines do not install all the routes for the inet and inet6 routing tables. However, they do maintain local and multicast routes.

FIB-remote Packet Forwarding Engines create a default (0/0) route in the Packet Forwarding Engine forwarding hardware for the inet and inet6 table. The default route references a next-hop or a unilist of next-hops that identify the FIB-local Packet Forwarding Engines that can perform full IP table lookups for received packets.

FIB-remote Packet Forwarding Engines forward received packets to the set of FIB-local Packet Forwarding Engines. The FIB-local Packet Forwarding Engines then perform full IP longest-match lookup on the destination address and forward the packet appropriately. The packet might be forwarded out of an egress interface on the same FIB-local Packet Forwarding Engine that performed the lookup or an egress interface on a different FIB-local or FIB-remote Packet Forwarding Engine. The packet might also be forwarded out of an FPC where FIB localization is not configured. The packet might also be received locally at the Routing Engine.

When FIB localization is configured on a router with some Flexible PIC Concentrators (FPCs) being FIB-remote and some others being FIB-local, packets arriving on the interface of the FIB-remote FPC are forwarded to one of the FIB-local FPCs for route lookup and forwarding.

The advantage of configuring FIB localization is that it enables upgrading the hardware forwarding table capacity of FIB-local Packet Forwarding Engines while not requiring upgrades to the FIB-remote Packet Forwarding Engines. In a typical network deployment, FIB-local Packet Forwarding Engines are core-facing, while FIB-remote Packet Forwarding Engines are edge-facing. The FIB-remote Packet Forwarding Engines also load-balance traffic over the available set of FIB-local Packet Forwarding Engines.

FIB localization is currently supported on specific Junos OS devices, including the T320, T640, T1600, and MX Series routers. To see if your hardware supports FIB localization, see the Juniper Networks Feature Explorer.


On MX Series routers, you can configure multiservices Dense Port Concentrators (DPCs) as FIB-remote. However, only Modular Port Concentrators (MPCs) can be configured as FIB-local. FIB-localization is supported only for redundant link services intelligent queuing interfaces that carry Multilink Point-to-Point Protocol (MLPPP) traffic.

Example: Configuring Packet Forwarding Engine FIB Localization

This example shows how to configure Packet Forwarding Engine FIB localization.


Before you begin:

  1. Configure device interfaces and loopback interface addresses.

  2. Configure static routes.

  3. Configure OSPF and OSPFv3 and make sure that OSPF adjacencies and OSPF routes to loopback addresses are established.

This example uses the following hardware and software components:

  • A T320, T640,T1600, or MX Series router.

  • Junos OS Release 11.4 or later running on the router for T-Series routers. Junos OS Release 12.3 or later running on the router for MX Series routers.


In this example, you configure the chassis for IPv4 and IPv6 routes and FIB localization on Router R0 and then configure the edge-facing Packet Forwarding Engines on FPC0 as fib-remote and the core-facing Packet Forwarding Engines on FPC1 and FPC2 as fib-local. You then configure a routing policy named fib-policy with the no-route-localize option to ensure that all routes from a specified route filter are installed on the FIB-remote FPC.



CLI Quick Configuration

To quickly configure this example, copy the following commands, paste them into a text file, remove any line breaks, change any details necessary to match your network configuration, and then copy and paste the commands into the CLI at the [edit] hierarchy level.


Configuring FIB local results in a reboot of the related line card to activate the changes.


Step-by-Step Procedure

The following example requires you to navigate various levels in the configuration hierarchy. For information about navigating the Junos OS CLI, see the Junos OS CLI User Guide.

To configure Packet Forwarding Engine FIB localization:

  1. Configure route localization or FIB localization for IPv4 and IPv6 traffic.

  2. Configure the Packet Forwarding Engine of an FPC as either fib-local or fib-remote.

  3. Configure the routing policy by including the no-route-localize statement to enable the forwarding table policy to mark route prefixes such that the routes are installed into forwarding hardware on the FIB-remote Packet Forwarding Engines.

  4. Enable the routing policy in the forwarding table by configuring the forwarding table with the fib-policy statement.


    At least, one Packet Forwarding Engine must be configured as fib-local for the commit operation to be successful. If you do not configure fib-local for the Packet Forwarding Engine, the CLI displays an appropriate error message and the commit fails.


From configuration mode, confirm your configuration by entering the show chassis and show policy-options commands. If the output does not display the intended configuration, repeat the instructions in this example to correct the configuration.


Confirm that the configuration is working properly.

Verifying Policy Configuration


Verify that the configured policy exists.


Issue the show policy fib-policy command to check that the configured policy fib-policy exists.

Verifying FIB-Localization Configuration


Verify FIB-localization configuration details by using the show route localization and show route localization detail commands.


Verifying Routes After the Policy Is Applied


Verify that routes with the no-route-localize policy option are installed on the fib-remote FPC.