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Advertisement of Multiple Paths in BGP (RFC7911) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000246880D
Original Publication Date: 2016-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2016-Jul-12
Document File: 16 page(s) / 18K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

D. Walton: AUTHOR [+3]


The BGP specification [RFC4271] defines an Update-Send Process to advertise the routes chosen by the Decision Process to other BGP speakers. No provisions are made to allow the advertisement of multiple paths for the same address prefix or Network Layer Reachability Information (NLRI). In fact, a route with the same NLRI as a previously advertised route implicitly replaces the previous advertisement.

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                         D. Walton Request for Comments: 7911                              Cumulus Networks Category: Standards Track                                      A. Retana ISSN: 2070-1721                                                  E. Chen                                                      Cisco Systems, Inc.                                                               J. Scudder                                                         Juniper Networks                                                                July 2016

                  Advertisement of Multiple Paths in BGP


   This document defines a BGP extension that allows the advertisement    of multiple paths for the same address prefix without the new paths    implicitly replacing any previous ones.  The essence of the extension    is that each path is identified by a Path Identifier in addition to    the address prefix.

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   This is an Internet Standards Track document.

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Walton, et al.               Standards Track                    [Page 1]
 RFC 7911                        ADD-PATH                       July 2016

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   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....