Mechanisms for Optimizing Link Aggregation Group (LAG) and Equal-Cost Multipath (ECMP) Component Link Utilization in Networks (RFC7424)
Original Publication Date: 2015-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2015-Jan-15
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
R. Krishnan: AUTHOR [+4]
Networks extensively use link aggregation groups (LAGs) [802.1AX] and equal-cost multipaths (ECMPs) [RFC2991] as techniques for capacity scaling. For the problems addressed by this document, network traffic can be predominantly categorized into two traffic types: long-lived large flows and other flows. These other flows, which include long-lived small flows, short-lived small flows, and short- lived large flows, are referred to as "small flows" in this document. Long-lived large flows are simply referred to as "large flows".
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) R. Krishnan Request for Comments: 7424 Brocade Communications Category: Informational L. Yong ISSN: 2070-1721 Huawei USA A. Ghanwani Dell N. So Vinci Systems B. Khasnabish ZTE Corporation January 2015
Mechanisms for Optimizing Link Aggregation Group (LAG) and Equal-Cost Multipath (ECMP) Component Link Utilization in Networks
Demands on networking infrastructure are growing exponentially due to bandwidth-hungry applications such as rich media applications and inter-data-center communications. In this context, it is important to optimally use the bandwidth in wired networks that extensively use link aggregation groups and equal-cost multipaths as techniques for bandwidth scaling. This document explores some of the mechanisms useful for achieving this.
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RFC 7424 Optimizing Load Distribution over LAG/ECMP January 2015
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