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NetEngine5000E Cluster Routers

Huawei NetEngine5000E cluster router (NE5000E) delivers industry-leading huge capacity, carrier-level availability and green design,which fully guarantees the network robustness, service flexibility and TCO saving for service providers. Powered advanced backplane connection design, distributed and highly scalable Versatile Routing Platform (VRP) operating system, NE5000E, a super-core routing platform, service steadily and high-efficiency at internet backbone, metro core, internet data center and Internet bearer network.

Offering the innovative and advanced solutions such as the industry-largest capacity board, back-to-back cluster system and hybrid-chassis cluster system, the NE5000E makes network configured on demand and helps customer improve earnings, as well as save TCO.

The NE5000E has two parts in hardware: Cluster Central Chassis (CCC) and Cluster Line Chassis (CLC). CLC is used to forward service flow and CCC is used to connect CLC’s control plane and data plane in cluster system.

NE5000E cluster router


Huawei was the first to launch NE5000E 2+8 cluster with 40G Line Process Unit (LPU) in April 2008, leading the Internet to 10T era. The capacity can be up to 25T with 100G LPUs and 102.4T with 400G LPUs.

NE5000E cluster system supports single chassis mode and multi chassis cluster modes, such as back-to-back, 2+4, 2+8. The future-oriented design ensures the cluster system to be expanded to 16+64 multi-chassis with 819Tbps system capacity. The large capacity of cluster can meet the requirement of extra-large bandwidth service deployment.

NE5000E-Single chassis

NE5000E cluster router

2+8 Cluster System

Huawei continuously devotes high-end router R&D, and helps customers build more efficient network. Huawei firstly launched NE5000E 2+8 cluster with 40G LPUs in 2008 and led the 10T era of Internet. The end-to-end 100G solution combining 100GE+100G WDM was released by Huawei next year. Huawei released the 200G LPU in 2011, and won the InfoVision award. The high density 480G fixed LPU and 400G flexible LPU both were released in 2012. The LPUF-400 supports flexible sub-card deployed on demand. The latest release is the 100T 2+8 cluster based on 400G LPUs and new 1Tbps LPU in 2013.

High availability, Enhanced network robustness

NE5000E provides all-round protections for reliability guarantee. For device-level protection, NE5000E has a passive backplane, with all the key parts of the device hot-swappable, hot-pluggable and hot-backup. NE5000E supports non-stop routing (NSR) for control and data plane. NE5000E provides hot-patching and comprehensive In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU) technology for smooth upgrade of the software. For network-level protection, NE5000E supports comprehensive high-availability mechanisms, such as IGP fast convergence, IP/LDP/TE FRR, BGP/ISIS Auto FRR, BGP/ISIS/OSPF/LDP/PIM GR, VRRP, BFD and Trunk, which will effectively ensure the network operation with high reliability. As a result, NE5000E system exceeds 99.999% carrier-class reliability.

Adopting innovative In-service Hardware Expansion (ISHE) technology, NE5000E can be expanded smoothly. It is the most flexible core router in industry and meets the requirement of continuous expansion. High-speed Optical Flexible Card (OFC) of cluster can be configured on demand and the switch mode of fabric chipset can be configured flexibly. All these innovative core features are integral part of In-service Hardware Expansion (ISHE) technology, which not only improves the availability of network, but also protects investment of the customers for decades to come.

Green philosophy, TCO saving greatly

Huawei released industry 1st NE5000E back-to-back cluster in 2006, and less site room space and power consumption, reducing 45% TCO for customers. The back-to-back cluster with 400G LPUs supports 25.6Gbps of system capacity, and meets the requirement of business development in 3-5 years. NE5000E back-to-back cluster smoothly upgrades to multi chassis system, and is the most cost-effective cluster solution.

Vednor Mapping

Huawei Cisco Juniper Alcatel-Lucent ZTE HP Ericsson
NE5000E-X16A NCS6000   7950 ZXR10 T8000    
NE5000E-X16 CRS-X/-3/-1 T4000/T1600        

Product Specification

Attribute Description
Throughput capability

Non-block switch fabric, support multi Chassis

The maximum system capacity: 819Tbps/64 Chassis (400G)

Port capacity 15Tbps/ single Chassis (480G)
Interface Types GE、10GE、155M POS、622M POS、2.5G POS、10G POS、40G POS、40GE、100GE
Routing protocol IPv4 static route, OSPF, IS-IS, BGP, PIM, MSDP, MBGP

IPv4 & IPv6 dual stack; IPv6 line speed forwarding based on hardware

IPv6 static route, BGP4+, RIPng, OSPFv3, IS-ISv6

IPv6 peer discovery, PMTU discovery, TCP6, ping IPv6, Tracert IPv6, socket IPv6, TFTP IPv6 client, IPv6 policy route , IPv6 NetStream, etc

Manually configured tunnel, automatic tunnel, 6 to 4 tunnel

High Availability

1:1 standby for MPU, 3+1 backup switching fabric, 8+8 backup for power supply and 2+2 back for fan

hot swappable based on state,Non-stop Forwarding (NSF) and Non-stop Routing (NSR)


IGP/BGP/Multicast Fast Convergence

IP/LDP/BGP/TE Fast Re-Route (FRR), BGP/ISIS Auto FRR, ETH Trunk, IP Trunk

In-Service Software Upgrade (ISSU), Automatic fault diagnosis function, Hot Patching

Configuration Management

Bi-Direction Compatible

CLC Specification

Attribute Description
Dimension (W×D×H)

442mm × 650mm ×1778mm (17.4 in. × 25.6 in. × 70.0 in.)

Max. Power Consumption 10000 W (full configuration of 400G LPUs)
Weight 364kg(802 lb) (full configuration of 400G LPUs)

CCC Specification

Attribute Description
Dimension (W×D×H)

442mm × 850mm × 1955mm (17.4 in. × 33.5 in. × 77.0 in.)

Power Consumption 4300W(2+2 Cluster based on full configuration of 400G LPU)
Weight 420kg (925.9 lb)

Order information

Item Description
NE5000E Basic Configuration NE5000E Integrated Chassis Components(DC Power)
NE5000E Integrated Chassis Components(AC Power)
NE5000E Main Processing Unit B5
400G Switch Fabric Unit A for Single Chassis(SFUI-400-A)
100G Switch Fabric Unit C(SFUF-100-C)
NE5000E CCC Basic Configuration NE5000E Cluster Chassis B
100G Cluster Central Switch Fabric Unit A(SFUI-100-A)
400G Cluster Central Switch Fabric Unit A(SFUF-400-A)
100G Cluster Electric Cross Unit A(ECU-100-A)
Cluster Central Main Processing Unit B
Cluster Internal Communication Unit A
100G Cluster Optical Flexible Card
400G Cluster Optical Flexible Card
100G Line Card 1-Port 100GBase-CFP Integrated Line Process Unit(NE5000E LPUI-100)
10-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ Integrated Line Processing Unit (NE5000E LPUI-100)
100G Flexible Card Line Processing Unit(NE5000E LPUF-100,4 sub-slots)
1-Port 40GBase-CFP Flexible Card(CP100,Occupy 2 sub-slots)
5-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-XFP Flexible Card(CP100,Occupy 2 sub-slots)
5-Port 10GBase LAN-XFP Flexible Card(CP100,Occupy 2 sub-slots)
5-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ Flexible Card B(CP100,Occupy 2 sub-slots)
5-Port 10GBase LAN-SFP+ Flexible Card B(CP100,Occupy 2 sub-slots)
2-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-XFP Flexible Card(CP100,Occupy 1 sub-slot)
2-Port 10GBase LAN-XFP Flexible Card(CP100,Occupy 1 sub-slot)
24-Port 100/1000Base-SFP Flexible Card(CP100,Occupy 2 sub-slots)
1-Port OC-768c/STM-256c POS-2KM-LC Flexible Card(CP100,Occupy 2 sub-slots)
2-Port OC-192c/STM-64c POS/OTU2-XFP Flexible Card(Dynamic switch between POS and OTN)(CP100,Occupy 1 sub-slot)
8-Port OC-48c/12c/3c STM-16c/4c/1c POS-SFP Flexible Card(CP100,Occupy 2 sub-slots)
400G Line Card 400G Flexible Card Line Processing Unit(NE5000E LPUF-400,2 sub-slots)
20-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ Flexible Card(CP400,Occupy 1 sub-slot)
2-Port 100GBase-CXP Flexible Card(CP400,Occupy 1 sub-slot)
2-Port 100GBase-CFP2 Flexible Card(CP400,Occupy 1 sub-slot)
1-Port 100GBase-CFP Flexible Card(CP400,Occupy 1 sub-slot)
5-Port 40GBase-QSFP+ Flexible Card(CP400,Occupy 1 sub-slot)
480G Line Card 48-Port 10GBase LAN/WAN-SFP+ Integrated Line Process Unit(NE5000E LPUI-480)
Software NetEngine5000E Base SW,VRP8,V800R007
NetEngine5000E Base SW for Cluster,VRP8,V800R007
NetEngine5000E Software Release Entitlement from Rn to R(n+1)
NetEngine5000E Software Release Entitlement from Rn to R(n+1) for Cluster