This document answers frequently asked questions about the Cisco ® High-Density Pack Voice Digital Signal Processor Modules (PVDM2 and PVDM3).
Q. What is a PVDM? What function does it provide on the Cisco Integrated Service Routers?
A. A Packet Voice Digital Signal (PVDM) is a hardware module that provides digital-signal-processor (DSP) resources to the system. A PVDM module can be populated with one or more DSPs. The DSP resources on a PVDM module provide collaboration services including voice sessions, transcoding sessions, conference sessions, and video.
Q. How many types of PVDMs are available?
A. Two PVDM versions are currently supported, the PVDM2 series modules and the PVDM3 series modules. The Cisco 2800 and 3800 Series platforms support only the PVDM2 modules. The Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series platforms support both the PVDM2 and PVDM3 modules. The PVDM3 modules provide higher density (up to 4 times higher) than the PVDM2s. They also provide improved performance in terms of the number of conference and transcoding sessions supported.
Q. What are the benefits of using PVDM3 modules?
A. PVDM3s offer the following benefits:
• Increased density and more processing power than PVDM2s, thus allowing additional future rich-media applications.
• Investment protection and field-upgrade capabilities.
• Up to 4 times the channel density of PVDM2s.
• Analog and digital voice connection support.
• Support for voice connections, universal any-to-any transcoding, G.711-to-any transcoding, and conferencing services on the same DSP with a single DSP image.
• Support for more conferences and more participants (up to 64) per conference than the PVDM2s.
• Perform compression, voice-activity-detection, jitter-management, and echo-cancellation functions.
• Integration with a multi-gigabit fabric (MGF) on the Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series platforms to provide higher IP throughput within the system.
• Provide power-saving options when the DSPs are not in use.
• Introduce support for fast-busy-tone broadcast for DSP oversubscription.
Q. Which Cisco platforms or voice network modules support the PVDM3 modules? Which Cisco IOS® Software release do I need?
A. You can install PVDM3 modules in the DSP slots on the motherboard of the Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series platforms starting with Cisco IOS Software Release 15.0.1(M).
Q. What do the numbers 16, 32, 64, etc. in the PVDM3 product number mean?
A. The numbers indicate the maximum number of G.711 voice calls that a particular PVDM3 module can support.
Q. Where is a PVDM3 module installed?
A. You can install PVDM3 modules in the PVDM3 slots on the motherboard of the Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series platforms.
Q. Are the PVDM3 modules supported in a NM-HDV2?
A. No. You cannot install PVDM3 modules directly on the PVDM slots of an NM-HDV2, only the PVDM2s are supported by the NM-HDV2. However, an NM-HDV2 that has no PVDMs installed at all can share PVDM3 DSP resources from the router motherboard PVDM slots across the chassis backplane.
Q. Can I replace a PVDM2 with the PVDM3 in a Cisco 2800 and 3800 Series platforms?
A. No, the PVDM3 modules are only supported on the Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series platforms.
Q. Do the PVDM3 modules have feature parity with PVDM2s?
A. Yes, all features supported by PVDM2s are supported on PVDM3s, with the exception of Cisco Fax Relay and G.723. Cisco Fax Relay and G.723 are no longer supported on PVDM3s. Customer can still use PVDM2 to obtain G.723 codec support or use G.729 codec on PVDM3 as alternatives.
Q. Can conferencing, transcoding and voice calls be supported on a single DSP?
A. Yes. The PVDM3 modules have a universal firmware image that allows sharing DSP resources between transcoding, voice, and conference calls. On the PVDM2 you can use the same DSP for voice and transcoding calls, but a different DSP firmware image is required for conference calls requiring a DSP to be dedicated when conferencing is configured.
Q. Can I configure conferencing and transcoding profiles on the Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series platforms that have PVDM2 and PVDM3 modules?
A. Yes. Allocation of DSP resources follows a round-robin algorithm starting from the DSP resources on the motherboard. No distinction is made regarding the type of DSP (PVDM2 or PVDM3) installed in those slots while resources are allocated.
Q. How many conferences do the PVDM3 support?
A. The PVDM3s can support:
• Up to 96 G.711 conferences
• Up to 42 G.729/G.729A/G.722 conferences
• Up to 30 iLBC conferences
Q. How many conference participants do the PVDM3s support?
A. The PVDM3s can support:
• Up to 64 participants per G.711 conference
• Up to 32 participants per G.729/G.729A/G.722/iLBC conference
Q. How many secure conference participants do the PVDM3s support?
A. A. The PVDM3s can support:
• Up to 8 participants per G.711/G.727A/G.722/iLBC
Q. Are the PVDM3 modules field-upgradable?
A. Yes. PVDM3s connect through a dual-inline-memory-module (DIMM) slot on the motherboard. They are easy to plug in or remove. However, please note that you must shut down the router and take the motherboard out to plug them in or remove them. Please refer to your service contract warranty information, or contact the Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) before you perform these tasks.
Q. Are the PVDM3 modules hot-swappable?
A. No. The router must be shut down to insert or remove a PVDM3.
Q. Can I configure analog-to-digital cross-connect on the Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series platforms using PVDM3 modules?
A. Yes. The PVDM3 modules support analog-to-digital cross-connection functions. In addition, you can cross-connect analog ports on PVDM2s with digital ports on PVDM3s, and conversely.
Q. Can I synchronize the clocks of ports that run different types of DSPs (PVDM2s and PVDM3s)?
A. Yes. The clock-synchronization features are independent of the DSPs used.
Q. Do the PVDM2 modules work with the Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series platforms?
A. Yes. You can install PVDM2 modules on the motherboard PVDM slots using special adaptor cards (PVDM2- ADPTR). You can also insert an NM-HDV2 module with PVDM2 modules into the service-module slot of the Cisco 2900 and 3900 Series platforms using the network-to-server module adaptor card (SM-NM-ADPTR).