STP module

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The STP module processes STP traffic and stores the history of all seen Root Bridges including information about these.


Current STP configuration:

The first table shows the specification of the current configuration. That is the information derivated from the lastseen STP packet. If there are two specifications competing (for example the root bridge), the entries may jitter.


Root bridge MAC:

This is the MAC adress of the current root bridge, also called root bridge system id. This is not necessarily the MAC adress you use to connect too the managment interface of the bridge/switch, but probably pretty similar to this one.


Root Bridge Priority:

This is a priority value (default ist 0x8000), of the (root) switch/bridge that can be set by the user. The switch/bridge with the lowest priority value becomes root bridge. If the priority values of two switches are the same, the MAC adresses will be compared.


Designated bridge MAC:

This is the MAC adress of the bridge that announced respectively forwarded the current configuration. If the last packet crossed no other switches after it has been sent from the root bridge, this MAC adress is the same as the root bridge MAC.


Designated bridge Priority

This is a priority value (default ist 0x8000), of the (designated) switch/bridge that can be set by the user. The switch/bridge with the lowest priority value becomes root bridge. If the priority values of two switches are the same, the MAC adresses will be compared.


Seen STP packets:

This is the number of all seen STP packets.


Costs for root path:

This are the costs to reach the root bridge. The costs from one switch/bridge to another can be defined in the interface of the switch/bridge.


Message age:

A generated STP frame starts with Message age 0. Every time this frame crosses a bridge the age is increased by 1.


Max age:

This is the maximum message age until a sent STP packet is discarded respectively invalid.


Time between config messages (Hello Time):

This specifies how often configuration messages (also called BPDU frames) are sent.


Forward delay:

This is the time that is spent in the listening and learning state.


Share of STP with this root port:

This is the percentaged share of STP traffic with this root port. I.e. that is the quotient of the number of STP packets with the root port of this configuration divded by the number of all seen STP packets.


STP version:

This is the version STP version that was used in the last seen STP packet. Common versions are: 0 - STP (Spanning Tree Protocol) 2 - RSTP (Rapid Spanning Tree Protocol)


Root bridge history:

This table contains the MAC adress of all seen root bridges including their last configuration and the last time they were anounced as root bridge in an accounted packet.