Does "rate severity" add context to the value from interface counter?

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Does "rate severity" add context to the value from interface counter?

L2 Linker

When one is looking at interface counters, does "rate severity" provide context for the "value"?

Since in some cases 1000 drops is not a big deal while others it may be. 




name                                   value     rate severity  category  aspect    description



session_state_error                    27215        0 drop      session   pktproc   Session state error

session_dup_pkt_drop                  838866        0 drop      session   resource  Duplicate packet: Applies only for multi-DP platform with


L7 Applicator

Those are actually two different fields.


Rate is the number of packets per second for the duration you've run.

So if you run the counter command after 5 seconds and the total number of counters is 1000, then your rate would be 200 (1000/5 seconds).

Severity is the type of counter: flow, drop, error, info, etc.



In your example, the first counter has 27215 as the value, 0 as the rate (none incremented since the last time the counters were displayed) and drop is the severity. Same explanation for the 2nd counter.


Hope this helps,


Thanks, that makes sense. I knew you could see the difference  in counters from each time it was checked with


> show counter global filter severity drop


> show counter global filter delta yes severity drop


But I didn't know the "rate" was tied to that as well. 



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