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MPLS Transport Profile (MPLS-TP) Next-Hop Ethernet Addressing (RFC7213) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237453D
Original Publication Date: 2014-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2014-Jun-18
Document File: 18 page(s) / 20K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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D. Frost: AUTHOR [+3]


This document presents considerations for link-layer addressing of Ethernet frames carrying MPLS-TP packets. Since MPLS-TP packets are MPLS packets, existing procedures ([RFC3032], [RFC5332]) for the encapsulation of MPLS packets over Ethernet apply. Because IP functionality is optional in an MPLS-TP network, IP-based protocols for Media Access Control (MAC) address learning, such as the Address Resolution Protocol (ARP) [RFC826] and IPv6 Neighbor Discovery [RFC4861], may not be available. This document specifies the options for the determination and selection of the next-hop Ethernet MAC address when MPLS-TP is used between nodes that do not have an IP data plane.

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                          D. Frost Request for Comments: 7213                                      Blue Sun Category: Standards Track                                      S. Bryant ISSN: 2070-1721                                            Cisco Systems                                                                 M. Bocci                                                           Alcatel-Lucent                                                                June 2014

      MPLS Transport Profile (MPLS-TP) Next-Hop Ethernet Addressing


   The MPLS Transport Profile (MPLS-TP) is the set of MPLS protocol    functions applicable to the construction and operation of packet-    switched transport networks.  This document presents considerations    for link-layer addressing of Ethernet frames carrying MPLS-TP    packets.

Status of This Memo

   This is an Internet Standards Track document.

   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).  Further information on    Internet Standards is available in Section 2 of RFC 5741.

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 Frost, et al.                Standards Track                    [Page 1]
 RFC 7213               MPLS-TP Ethernet Addressing             June 2014

 1.  Introduction

   The MPLS Transport Profile (MPLS-TP) [RFC5921] is the set of protocol    functions that meet the requirements [RFC5654] for the application of    MPLS to the construction and operation of packet-switched...