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Use of Multipath with MPLS and MPLS Transport Profile (MPLS-TP) (RFC7190)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000235970D
Original Publication Date: 2014-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2014-Apr-01
Document File: 30 page(s) / 37K

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C. Villamizar: AUTHOR


Today the requirement to handle large aggregations of traffic can be met by a number of techniques that we will collectively call "multipath". Multipath applied to parallel links between the same set of nodes includes Ethernet Link Aggregation [IEEE-802.1AX], link bundling [RFC4201], or other aggregation techniques, some of which could be vendor specific. Multipath applied to diverse paths rather than parallel links includes Equal-Cost Multipath (ECMP) as applied to OSPF, IS-IS, or BGP, and equal-cost Label Switched Paths (LSPs). Some vendors support load splitting across equal-cost MPLS LSPs where the load is split proportionally to the reserved bandwidth of the set of LSPs.

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                     C. Villamizar Request for Comments: 7190             Outer Cape Cod Network Consulting Category: Informational                                       March 2014 ISSN: 2070-1721

     Use of Multipath with MPLS and MPLS Transport Profile (MPLS-TP)


   Many MPLS implementations have supported multipath techniques, and    many MPLS deployments have used multipath techniques, particularly in    very high-bandwidth applications, such as provider IP/MPLS core    networks.  MPLS Transport Profile (MPLS-TP) has strongly discouraged    the use of multipath techniques.  Some degradation of MPLS-TP    Operations, Administration, and Maintenance (OAM) performance cannot    be avoided when operating over many types of multipath    implementations.

   Using MPLS Entropy Labels (RFC 6790), MPLS Label Switched Paths    (LSPs) can be carried over multipath links while also providing a    fully MPLS-TP-compliant server layer for MPLS-TP LSPs.  This document    describes the means of supporting MPLS as a server layer for MPLS-TP.    The use of MPLS-TP LSPs as a server layer for MPLS LSPs is also    discussed.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is    published for informational purposes.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force    (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has    received public review and has been approved for publication by the    Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Not all documents    approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of Internet    Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,    and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at    http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7190.

 Villamizar                    Informational                     [Page 1]
 RFC 7190               MPLS and MPLS-TP Multipath             March 2014

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