This session presents an in-depth study of the architecture of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switch and how the core components work together to enable high-performance packet switching. Topics include a discussion of the latest supervisors, forwarding engines, and switching modules, as well as key hardware components. This session is for enterprise and service provider attendees who have worked with Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series Switches and wish to further their understanding of the switch forwarding architecture. An understanding of multilayer switching technologies and the basic operation of the Cisco Catalyst 6500 Series is assumed. Basic knowledge of routing protocols as well as traditional campus design is recommended.