Despite Cisco positioning as a "fabric" or "central nervous system" for installed CRS core and ASR edge routers, Cisco's new NCS Network Convergence System indeed appears to be an eventual successor to the CRS in the core. A Cisco roadmap presentation delivered in Europe in May and obtained by Network World indicates that CRS development will be capped with the 400G nPower X1 processor while the NCS and perhaps even the ASR will attain a next-generation 800G processor next year.
In commenting on this, a Cisco spokesperson did not deny this positioning but would not comment when asked specifically if the CRS would be capped with the 400G nPower X1.
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