Network Working Group Kohei Shiomoto (NTT) Internet-Draft Dimitri Papadimitriou (Alcatel-Lucent) Intended Status: Informational Jean-Louis Le Roux (France Telecom) Martin Vigoureux (Alcatel-Lucent) Deborah Brungard (AT&T) Expires: November 2008 May 2008 Requirements for GMPLS-Based Multi-Region and Multi-Layer Networks (MRN/MLN) draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-mln-reqs-10.txt Status of this Memo By submitting this Internet-Draft, each author represents that any applicable patent or other IPR claims of which he or she is aware have been or will be disclosed, and any of which he or she becomes aware will be disclosed, in accordance with Section 6 of BCP 79. Internet-Drafts are working documents of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), its areas, and its working groups. Note that other groups may also distribute working documents as Internet- Drafts. Internet-Drafts are draft documents valid for a maximum of six months and may be updated, replaced, or obsoleted by other documents at any time. It is inappropriate to use Internet-Drafts as reference material or to cite them other than as "work in progress." The list of current Internet-Drafts can be accessed at The list of Internet-Draft Shadow Directories can be accessed at This Internet-Draft will expire in May 2008. Abstract Most of the initial efforts to utilize Generalized MPLS (GMPLS) have been related to environments hosting devices with a single switching capability. The complexity raised by the control of such data planes is similar to that seen in classical IP/MPLS networks. By extending MPLS to support multiple switching technologies, GMPLS provides a comprehensive framework for the control of a multi- layered network of either a single switching technology or multiple switching technologies. Expires November 2008 [Page 1] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-mln-reqs-10.txt May 2008 In GMPLS, a switching technology domain defines a region, and a network of multiple switching types is referred to in this document as a Multi-Region Network (MRN). When referring in general to a layered network, which may consist of either a single or multiple regions, this document uses the term, Multi-Layer Network (MLN). This document defines a framework for GMPLS based multi-region / multi-layer networks and lists a set of functional requirements. Table of Contents 1. Introduction.................................................3 1.1. Scope......................................................4 2. Conventions Used in this Document............................5 2.1. List of Acronyms...........................................5 3. Positioning..................................................6 3.1. Data Plane Layers and Control Plane Regions................6 3.2. Service Layer Networks.....................................6 3.3. Vertical and Horizontal Interaction and Integration........7 3.4. Motivation.................................................8 4. Key Concepts of GMPLS-Based MLNs and MRNs....................9 4.1. Interface Switching Capability.............................9 4.2. Multiple Interface Switching Capabilities.................10 4.2.1. Networks with Multi-Switching-Type-Capable Hybrid Nodes.11 4.3. Integrated Traffic Engineering (TE) and Resource Control..11 4.3.1. Triggered Signaling.....................................12 4.3.2. FA-LSPs.................................................12 4.3.3. Virtual Network Topology (VNT)..........................13 5. Requirements................................................14 5.1. Handling Single-Switching and Multi-Switching-Type-Capable Nodes.....................................................14 5.2. Advertisement of the Available Adjustment Resource........14 5.3. Scalability...............................................15 5.4. Stability.................................................16 5.5. Disruption Minimization...................................16 5.6. LSP Attribute Inheritance.................................16 5.7. Computing Paths With and Without Nested Signaling.........17 5.8. LSP Resource Utilization..................................18 5.8.1. FA-LSP Release and Setup................................18 5.8.2. Virtual TE-Links........................................19 5.9. Verification of the LSPs..................................20 5.10. Management...............................................20 6. Security Considerations.....................................22 7. IANA Considerations.........................................22 8. Acknowledgements............................................22 9. References..................................................22 9.1. Normative Reference.......................................22 9.2. Informative References....................................23 10. Authors' Addresses.........................................24 11. Contributors' Addresses....................................25 12. Intellectual Property Considerations.......................25 13. Full Copyright Statement...................................26 Expires November 2008 [Page 2] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-mln-reqs-10.txt May 2008 1. Introduction Generalized MPLS (GMPLS) extends MPLS to handle multiple switching technologies: packet switching, layer-2 switching, TDM switching, wavelength switching, and fiber switching (see [RFC3945]). The Interface Switching Capability (ISC) concept is introduced for these switching technologies and is designated as follows: PSC (packet switch capable), L2SC (Layer-2 switch capable), TDM (Time Division Multiplex capable), LSC (lambda switch capable), and FSC (fiber switch capable). The representation, in a GMPLS control plane, of a switching technology domain is referred to as a region [RFC4206]. A switching type describes the ability of a node to forward data of a particular data plane technology, and uniquely identifies a network region. A layer describes a data plane switching granularity level (e.g., VC4, VC-12). A data plane layer is associated with a region in the control plane (e.g., VC4 is associated with TDM, MPLS is associated with PSC). However, more than one data plane layer can be associated with the same region (e.g., both VC4 and VC12 are associated with TDM). Thus, a control plane region, identified by its switching type value (e.g., TDM), can be sub-divided into smaller granularity component networks based on "data plane switching layers". The Interface Switching Capability Descriptor (ISCD) [RFC4202], identifying the interface switching capability (ISC), the encoding type, and the switching bandwidth granularity, enables the characterization of the associated layers. In this document, we define a Multi Layer Network (MLN) to be a Traffic Engineering (TE) domain comprising multiple data plane switching layers either of the same ISC (e.g., TDM) or different ISC (e.g., TDM and PSC) and controlled by a single GMPLS control plane instance. We further define a particular case of MLNs. A Multi Region Network (MRN) is defined as a TE domain supporting at least two different switching types (e.g., PSC and TDM), either hosted on the same device or on different ones, and under the control of a single GMPLS control plane instance. MLNs can be further categorized according to the distribution of the ISCs among the Label Switching Routers (LSRs): - Each LSR may support just one ISC. Such LSRs are known as single-switching-type-capable LSRs. The MLN may comprise a set of single-switching-type-capable LSRs some of which support different ISCs. - Each LSR may support more than one ISC at the same time. - Such LSRs are known as multi-switching-type-capable LSRs, and can be further classified as either "simplex" or "hybrid" nodes as defined in Section 4.2. Expires November 2008 [Page 3] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-mln-reqs-10.txt May 2008 - The MLN may be constructed from any combination of single- switching-type-capable LSRs and multi-switching-type-capable LSRs. Since GMPLS provides a comprehensive framework for the control of different switching capabilities, a single GMPLS instance may be used to control the MLN/MRN. This enables rapid service provisioning and efficient traffic engineering across all switching capabilities. In such networks, TE Links are consolidated into a single Traffic Engineering Database (TED). Since this TED contains the information relative to all the different regions and layers existing in the network, a path across multiple regions or layers can be computed using this TED. Thus optimization of network resources can be achieved across the whole MLN/MRN. Consider, for example, a MRN consisting of packet- switch capable routers and TDM cross-connects. Assume that a packet Label Switched Path (LSP) is routed between source and destination packet-switch capable routers, and that the LSP can be routed across the PSC- region (i.e., utilizing only resources of the packet region topology). If the performance objective for the packet LSP is not satisfied, new TE links may be created between the packet-switch capable routers across the TDM-region (for example, VC-12 links) and the LSP can be routed over those TE links. Furthermore, even if the LSP can be successfully established across the PSC-region, TDM hierarchical LSPs across the TDM region between the packet-switch capable routers may be established and used if doing so is necessary to meet the operator's objectives for network resources availability (e.g., link bandwidth). The same considerations hold when VC4 LSPs are provisioned to provide extra flexibility for the VC12 and/or VC11 layers in an MLN. Sections 3 and 4 of this document provide further background information of the concepts and motivation behind multi-region and multi-layer networks. Section 5 presents detailed requirements for protocols used to implement such networks. 1.1.Scope Early sections of this document describe the motivations and reasoning that require the development and deployment of MRN/MLN. Later sections of this document set out the required features that the GMPLS control plane must offer to support MRN/MLN. There is no intention to specify solution- specific and/or protocol elements in this document. The applicability of existing GMPLS protocols and any protocol extensions to the MRN/MLN is addressed in separate documents [MRN-EVAL]. This document covers the elements of a single GMPLS control plane instance controlling multiple layers within a given TE domain. A Expires November 2008 [Page 4] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-mln-reqs-10.txt May 2008 control plane instance can serve one, two or more layers. Other possible approaches such as having multiple control plane instances serving disjoint sets of layers are outside the scope of this document. It is most probable that such a MLN or MRN would be operated by a single Service Provider, but this document does not exclude the possibility of two layers (or regions) being under different administrative control (for example, by different Service Providers that share a single control plane instance) where the administrative domains are prepared to share a limited amount of information. For such TE domain to interoperate with edge nodes/domains supporting non-GMPLS interfaces (such as those defined by other SDOs), an interworking function may be needed. Location and specification of this function are outside the scope of this document (because interworking aspects are strictly under the responsibility of the interworking function). This document assumes that the interconnection of adjacent MRN/MLN TE domains makes use of [RFC4726] when their edges also support inter- domain GMPLS RSVP-TE extensions. 2. Conventions Used in this Document Although this is not a protocol specification, the key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" are used in this document to highlight requirements, and are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [RFC2119]. 2.1.List of Acronyms ERO: Explicit Route Object FA: Forwarding Adjacency FA-LSP: Forwarding Adjacency Label Switched Path FSC: Fiber Switching Capable ISC: Interface Switching Capability ISCD: Interface Switching Capability Descriptor L2SC: Layer-2 Switching Capable LSC: Lambda Switching Capable LSP: Label Switched Path LSR: Label Switching Router MLN: Multi-Layer Network MRN: Multi-Region Network PSC: Packet Switching Capable SRLG: Shared Risk Ling Group TDM: Time-Division Switch Capable TE: Traffic Engineering TED: Traffic Engineering Database VNT: Virtual Network Topology Expires November 2008 [Page 5] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-mln-reqs-10.txt May 2008 3. Positioning A multi-region network (MRN) is always a multi-layer network (MLN) since the network devices on region boundaries bring together different ISCs. A MLN, however, is not necessarily a MRN since multiple layers could be fully contained within a single region. For example, VC12, VC4, and VC4-4c are different layers of the TDM region. 3.1. Data Plane Layers and Control Plane Regions A data plane layer is a collection of network resources capable of terminating and/or switching data traffic of a particular format [RFC4397]. These resources can be used for establishing LSPs for traffic delivery. For example, VC-11 and VC4-64c represent two different layers. From the control plane viewpoint, an LSP region is defined as a set of one or more data plane layers that share the same type of switching technology, that is, the same switching type. For example, VC-11, VC-4, and VC-4-7v layers are part of the same TDM region. The regions that are currently defined are: PSC, L2SC, TDM, LSC, and FSC. Hence, an LSP region is a technology domain (identified by the ISC type) for which data plane resources (i.e., data links) are represented into the control plane as an aggregate of TE information associated with a set of links (i.e., TE links). For example VC-11 and VC4-64c capable TE links are part of the same TDM region. Multiple layers can thus exist in a single region network. Note also that the region may produce a distinction within the control plane. Layers of the same region share the same switching technology and, therefore, use the same set of technology-specific signaling objects and technology-specific value setting of TE link attributes within the control plane, but layers from different regions may use different technology-specific objects and TE attribute values. This means that it may not be possible to simply forward the signaling message between LSR hosting different switching technologies because change in some of the signaling objects (for example, the traffic parameters) when crossing a region boundary even if a single control plane instance is used to manage the whole MRN. We may solve this issue by using triggered signaling (see Section 4.3.1). 3.2. Service Layer Networks A service provider's network may be divided into different service layers. The customer's network is considered from the provider's perspective as the highest service layer. It interfaces to the highest service layer of the service provider's network. Connectivity across the highest service layer of the service Expires November 2008 [Page 6] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-mln-reqs-10.txt May 2008 provider's network may be provided with support from successively lower service layers. Service layers are realized via a hierarchy of network layers located generally in several regions and commonly arranged according to the switching capabilities of network devices. For instance some customers purchase Layer 1 (i.e., transport) services from the service provider, some Layer 2 (e.g., ATM), while others purchase Layer 3 (IP/MPLS) services. The service provider realizes the services by a stack of network layers located within one or more network regions. The network layers are commonly arranged according to the switching capabilities of the devices in the networks. Thus, a customer network may be provided on top of the GMPLS-based multi-region/multi-layer network. For example, a Layer 1 service (realized via the network layers of TDM, and/or LSC, and/or FSC regions) may support a Layer 2 network (realized via ATM VP/VC) which may itself support a Layer 3 network (IP/MPLS region). The supported data plane relationship is a data plane client-server relationship where the lower layer provides a service for the higher layer using the data links realized in the lower layer. Services provided by a GMPLS-based multi-region/multi-layer network are referred to as "Multi-region/Multi-layer network services". For example, legacy IP and IP/MPLS networks can be supported on top of multi-region/multi-layer networks. It has to be emphasized that delivery of such diverse services is a strong motivator for the deployment of multi-region/multi-layer networks. A customer network may be provided on top of a server GMPLS-based MRN/MLN which is operated by a service provider. For example, a pure IP and/or an IP/MPLS network can be provided on top of GMPLS- based packet over optical networks [RFC5146]. The relationship between the networks is a client/server relationship and, such services are referred to as "MRN/MLN services". In this case, the customer network may form part of the MRN/MLN, or may be partially separated, for example to maintain separate routing information but retain common signaling. 3.3. Vertical and Horizontal Interaction and Integration Vertical interaction is defined as the collaborative mechanisms within a network element that is capable of supporting more than one layer or region and of realizing the client/server relationships between the layers or regions. Protocol exchanges between two network controllers managing different regions or layers are also a vertical interaction. Integration of these interactions as part of the control plane is referred to as vertical integration. Thus, this refers to the collaborative mechanisms within a single control plane instance driving multiple network layers part of the same region or not. Such a concept is useful in order to construct a framework that facilitates efficient Expires November 2008 [Page 7] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-mln-reqs-10.txt May 2008 network resource usage and rapid service provisioning in carrier networks that are based on multiple layers, switching technologies, or ISCs. Horizontal interaction is defined as the protocol exchange between network controllers that manage transport nodes within a given layer or region. For instance, the control plane interaction between two TDM network elements switching at OC-48 is an example of horizontal interaction. GMPLS protocol operations handle horizontal interactions within the same routing area. The case where the interaction takes place across a domain boundary, such as between two routing areas within the same network layer, is evaluated as part of the inter- domain work [RFC4726], and is referred to as horizontal integration. Thus, horizontal integration refers to the collaborative mechanisms between network partitions and/or administrative divisions such as routing areas or autonomous systems. This distinction needs further clarification when administrative domains match layer/region boundaries. Horizontal interaction is extended to cover such cases. For example, the collaborative mechanisms in place between two lambda switching capable areas relate to horizontal integration. On the other hand, the collaborative mechanisms in place between a packet switching capable (e.g., IP/MPLS) domain and a separate time division switching capable (e.g., VC4 SDH) domain over which it operates are part of the horizontal integration while it can also be seen as a first step towards vertical integration. 3.4.Motivation The applicability of GMPLS to multiple switching technologies provides a unified control and management approach for both LSP provisioning and recovery. Indeed, one of the main motivations for unifying the capabilities and operations of the GMPLS control plane is the desire to support multi-LSP-region [RFC4206] routing and Traffic Engineering (TE) capabilities. For instance, this enables effective network resource utilization of both the Packet/Layer2 LSP regions and the Time Division Multiplexing (TDM) or Lambda LSP regions in high capacity networks. The rationales for GMPLS controlled multi-layer/multi-region networks are summarized below: - The maintenance of multiple instances of the control plane on devices hosting more than one switching capability not only increases the complexity of their interactions but also increases the total amount of processing individual instances would handle. Expires November 2008 [Page 8] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-mln-reqs-10.txt May 2008 - The unification of the addressing spaces helps in avoiding multiple identifiers for the same object (a link, for instance, or more generally, any network resource). On the other hand such aggregation does not impact the separation between the control plane and the data plane. - By maintaining a single routing protocol instance and a single TE database per LSR, a unified control plane model removes the requirement to maintain a dedicated routing topology per layer and therefore does not mandate a full mesh of routing adjacencies as is the case with overlaid control planes. - The collaboration between technology layers where the control channel is associated with the data channel (e.g. packet/framed data planes) and technology layers where the control channel is not directly associated with the data channel (SONET/SDH, G.709, etc.) is facilitated by the capability within GMPLS to associate in-band control plane signaling to the IP terminating interfaces of the control plane. - Resource management and policies to be applied at the edges of such a MRN/MLN is made more simple (fewer control to management interactions) and more scalable (through the use of aggregated information). - Multi-region/multi-layer traffic engineering is facilitated as TE-links from distinct regions/layers are stored within the same TE Database. 4. Key Concepts of GMPLS-Based MLNs and MRNs A network comprising transport nodes with multiple data plane layers of either the same ISC or different ISCs, controlled by a single GMPLS control plane instance, is called a Multi-Layer Network (MLN). A sub-set of MLNs consists of networks supporting LSPs of different switching technologies (ISCs). A network supporting more than one switching technology is called a Multi- Region Network (MRN). 4.1. Interface Switching Capability The Interface Switching Capability (ISC) is introduced in GMPLS to support various kinds of switching technology in a unified way [RFC4202]. An ISC is identified via a switching type. A switching type (also referred to as the switching capability type) describes the ability of a node to forward data of a particular data plane technology, and uniquely identifies a network region. The following ISC types (and, hence, regions) are defined: PSC, L2SC, TDM, LSC, and FSC. Each end of a data link (more Expires November 2008 [Page 9] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-mln-reqs-10.txt May 2008 precisely, each interface connecting a data link to a node) in a GMPLS network is associated with an ISC. The ISC value is advertised as a part of the Interface Switching Capability Descriptor (ISCD) attribute (sub-TLV) of a TE link end associated with a particular link interface [RFC4202]. Apart from the ISC, the ISCD contains information including the encoding type, the bandwidth granularity, and the unreserved bandwidth on each of eight priorities at which LSPs can be established. The ISCD does not "identify" network layers, it uniquely characterizes information associated to one or more network layers. TE link end advertisements may contain multiple ISCDs. This can be interpreted as advertising a multi-layer (or multi-switching- capable) TE link end. That is, the TE link end (and therefore the TE link) is present in multiple layers. 4.2. Multiple Interface Switching Capabilities In an MLN, network elements may be single-switching-type-capable or multi-switching-type-capable nodes. Single-switching-type-capable nodes advertise the same ISC value as part of their ISCD sub-TLV(s) to describe the termination capabilities of each of their TE Link(s). This case is described in [RFC4202]. Multi-switching-type-capable LSRs are classified as "simplex" or "hybrid" nodes. Simplex and hybrid nodes are categorized according to the way they advertise these multiple ISCs: - A simplex node can terminate data links with different switching capabilities where each data link is connected to the node by a separate link interface. So, it advertises several TE Links each with a single ISC value carried in its ISCD sub-TLV (following the rules defined in [RFC4206]). For example, an LSR with PSC and TDM links each of which is connected to the LSR via a separate interface. - A hybrid node can terminate data links with different switching capabilities where the data links are connected to the node by the same interface. So, it advertises a single TE Link containing more than one ISCD each with a different ISC value. For example, a node may terminate PSC and TDM data links and interconnect those external data links via internal links. The external interfaces connected to the node have both PSC and TDM capabilities. Additionally, TE link advertisements issued by a simplex or a hybrid node may need to provide information about the node's internal adjustment capacity between the switching technologies supported. The term "adjustment" capacity refers to the property of Expires November 2008 [Page 10] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-mln-reqs-10.txt May 2008 an hybrid node to interconnect different switching capabilities it provides through its external interfaces.. This information allows path computation to select an end- to-end multi-layer or multi- region path that includes links of different switching capabilities that are joined by LSRs that can adapt the signal between the links. 4.2.1.Networks with Multi-Switching-Type-Capable Hybrid Nodes This type of network contains at least one hybrid node, zero or more simplex nodes, and a set of single-switching-type-capable nodes. Figure 1 shows an example hybrid node. The hybrid node has two switching elements (matrices), which support, for instance, TDM and PSC switching respectively. The node terminates a PSC and a TDM link (Link1 and Link2 respectively). It also has an internal link connecting the two switching elements. The two switching elements are internally interconnected in such a way that it is possible to terminate some of the resources of, say, Link2 and provide adjustment for PSC traffic received/sent over the PSC interface (#b). This situation is modeled in GMPLS by connecting the local end of Link2 to the TDM switching element via an additional interface realizing the termination/adjustment function. There are two possible ways to set up PSC LSPs through the hybrid node. Available resource advertisement (i.e., Unreserved and Min/Max LSP Bandwidth) should cover both of these methods. ............................. : Network element : : -------- : : | PSC | : Link1 -------------<->--|#a | : : | | : : +--<->---|#b | : : | -------- : : | ---------- : TDM : +--<->--|#c TDM | : +PSC : | | : Link2 ------------<->--|#d | : : ---------- : :............................ Figure 1. Hybrid node. 4.3. Integrated Traffic Engineering (TE) and Resource Control In GMPLS-based multi-region/multi-layer networks, TE Links may be consolidated into a single Traffic Engineering Database (TED) for use by the single control plane instance. Since this TED contains Expires November 2008 [Page 11] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-mln-reqs-10.txt May 2008 the information relative to all the layers of all regions in the network, a path across multiple layers (possibly crossing multiple regions) can be computed using the information in this TED. Thus, optimization of network resources across the multiple layers of the same region and across multiple regions can be achieved. These concepts allow for the operation of one network layer over the topology (that is, TE links) provided by other network layers (for example, the use of a lower layer LSC LSP carrying PSC LSPs). In turn, a greater degree of control and inter-working can be achieved, including (but not limited too): - Dynamic establishment of Forwarding Adjacency (FA) LSPs [RFC4206] (see Sections 4.3.2 and 4.3.3). - Provisioning of end-to-end LSPs with dynamic triggering of FA LSPs. Note that in a multi-layer/multi-region network that includes multi- switching-type-capable nodes, an explicit route used to establish an end-to-end LSP can specify nodes that belong to different layers or regions. In this case, a mechanism to control the dynamic creation of FA-LSPs may be required (see Sections 4.3.2 and 4.3.3). There is a full spectrum of options to control how FA-LSPs are dynamically established. The process can be subject to the control of a policy, which may be set by a management component, and which may require that the management plane is consulted at the time that the FA-LSP is established. Alternatively, the FA-LSP can be established at the request of the control plane without any management control. 4.3.1. Triggered Signaling When an LSP crosses the boundary from an upper to a lower layer, it may be nested into a lower layer FA-LSP that crosses the lower layer. From a signaling perspective, there are two alternatives to establish the lower layer FA-LSP: static (pre-provisioned) and dynamic (triggered). A pre-provisioned FA-LSP may be initiated either by the operator or automatically using features like TE auto-mesh [RFC4972]. If such a lower layer LSP does not already exist, the LSP may be established dynamically. Such a mechanism is referred to as "triggered signaling". 4.3.2. FA-LSPs Once an LSP is created across a layer from one layer border node to another, it can be used as a data link in an upper layer. Expires November 2008 [Page 12] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-mln-reqs-10.txt May 2008 Furthermore, it can be advertised as a TE-link, allowing other nodes to consider the LSP as a TE link for their path computation [RFC4206]. An LSP created either statically or dynamically by one instance of the control plane and advertised as a TE link into the same instance of the control plane is called a Forwarding Adjacency LSP (FA-LSP). The FA-LSP is advertised as a TE link, and that TE link is called a Forwarding Adjacency (FA). An FA has the special characteristic of not requiring a routing adjacency (peering) between its end points yet still guaranteeing control plane connectivity between the FA-LSP end points based on a signaling adjacency. An FA is a useful and powerful tool for improving the scalability of GMPLS Traffic Engineering (TE) capable networks since multiple higher layer LSPs may be nested (aggregated) over a single FA-LSP. The aggregation of LSPs enables the creation of a vertical (nested) LSP Hierarchy. A set of FA-LSPs across or within a lower layer can be used during path selection by a higher layer LSP. Likewise, the higher layer LSPs may be carried over dynamic data links realized via LSPs (just as they are carried over any "regular" static data links). This process requires the nesting of LSPs through a hierarchical process [RFC4206]. The TED contains a set of LSP advertisements from different layers that are identified by the ISCD contained within the TE link advertisement associated with the LSP [RFC4202]. If a lower layer LSP is not advertised as an FA, it can still be used to carry higher layer LSPs across the lower layer. For example, if the LSP is set up using triggered signaling, it will be used to carry the higher layer LSP that caused the trigger. Further, the lower layer remains available for use by other higher layer LSPs arriving at the boundary. Under some circumstances it may be useful to control the advertisement of LSPs as FAs during the signaling establishment of the LSPs [DYN-HIER]. 4.3.3. Virtual Network Topology (VNT) A set of one or more of lower-layer LSPs provides information for efficient path handling in upper-layer(s) of the MLN, or, in other words, provides a virtual network topology (VNT) to the upper- layers. For instance, a set of LSPs, each of which is supported by an LSC LSP, provides a virtual network topology to the layers of a PSC region, assuming that the PSC region is connected to the LSC region. Note that a single lower-layer LSP is a special case of the VNT. The virtual network topology is configured by setting up or tearing down the lower layer LSPs. By using GMPLS signaling and routing protocols, the virtual network topology can be adapted to traffic demands. Expires November 2008 [Page 13] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-mln-reqs-10.txt May 2008 A lower-layer LSP appears as a TE-link in the VNT. Whether the diversely-routed lower-layer LSPs are used or not, the routes of lower-layer LSPs are hidden from the upper layer in the VNT. Thus, the VNT simplifies the upper-layer routing and traffic engineering decisions by hiding the routes taken by the lower-layer LSPs. However, hiding the routes of the lower-layer LSPs may lose important information that is needed to make the higher-layer LSPs reliable. For instance, the routing and traffic engineering in the IP/MPLS layer does not usually consider how the IP/MPLS TE links are formed from optical paths that are routed in the fiber layer. Two optical paths may share the same fiber link in the lower-layer and therefore they may both fail if the fiber link is cut. Thus the shared risk properties of the TE links in the VNT must be made available to the higher layer during path computation. Further, the topology of the VNT should be designed so that any single fiber cut does not bisect the VNT. These issues are addressed later in this document. Reconfiguration of the virtual network topology may be triggered by traffic demand changes, topology configuration changes, signaling requests from the upper layer, and network failures. For instance, by reconfiguring the virtual network topology according to the traffic demand between source and destination node pairs, network performance factors, such as maximum link utilization and residual capacity of the network, can be optimized. Reconfiguration is performed by computing the new VNT from the traffic demand matrix and optionally from the current VNT. Exact details are outside the scope of this document. However, this method may be tailored according to the service provider's policy regarding network performance and quality of service (delay, loss/disruption, utilization, residual capacity, reliability). 5. Requirements 5.1. Handling Single-Switching and Multi-Switching-Type-Capable Nodes The MRN/MLN can consist of single-switching-type-capable and multi- switching-type-capable nodes. The path computation mechanism in the MLN should be able to compute paths consisting of any combination of such nodes. Both single-switching-type-capable and multi-switching-type-capable (simplex or hybrid) nodes could play the role of layer boundary. MRN/MLN Path computation should handle TE topologies built of any combination of nodes. 5.2. Advertisement of the Available Adjustment Resource A hybrid node should maintain resources on its internal links (the links required for vertical (layer) integration). Likewise, path Expires November 2008 [Page 14] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-mln-reqs-10.txt May 2008 computation elements should be prepared to use the availability of termination/ adjustment resources as a constraint in MRN/MLN path computations to reduce the higher layer LSP setup blocking probability caused by the lack of necessary termination/adjustment resources in the lower layer(s). The advertisement of the adjustment capability to terminate LSPs of lower-region and forward traffic in the upper-region is REQUIRED, as it provides critical information when performing multi-region path computation. The path computation mechanism should cover the case where the upper-layer links which are directly connected to upper-layer switching element and the ones which are connected through internal links between upper-layer element and lower-layer element coexist (see Section 4.2.1). 5.3. Scalability The MRN/MLN relies on unified routing and traffic engineering models. - Unified routing model: By maintaining a single routing protocol instance and a single TE database per LSR, a unified control plane model removes the requirement to maintain a dedicated routing topology per layer, and therefore does not mandate a full mesh of routing adjacencies per layer. - Unified TE model: The TED in each LSR is populated with TE-links from all layers of all regions (TE link interfaces on multiple- switching-capability LSRs can be advertised with multiple ISCDs). This may lead to an increase in the amount of information that has to be flooded and stored within the network. Furthermore, path computation times, which may be of great importance during restoration, will depend on the size of the TED. Thus MRN/MLN routing mechanisms MUST be designed to scale well with an increase of any of the following: - Number of nodes - Number of TE-links (including FA-LSPs) - Number of LSPs - Number of regions and layers - Number of ISCDs per TE-link. Further, design of the routing protocols MUST NOT prevent TE information filtering based on ISCDs. The path computation mechanism and the signaling protocol SHOULD be able to operate on partial TE information. Expires November 2008 [Page 15] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-mln-reqs-10.txt May 2008 Since TE Links can advertise multiple Interface Switching Capabilities (ISCs), the number of links can be limited (by combination) by using specific topological maps referred to as VNTs (Virtual Network Topologies). The introduction of virtual topological maps leads us to consider the concept of emulation of data plane overlays. 5.4. Stability Path computation is dependent on the network topology and associated link state. The path computation stability of an upper layer may be impaired if the VNT changes frequently and/or if the status and TE parameters (the TE metric, for instance) of links in the VNT changes frequently. In this context, robustness of the VNT is defined as the capability to smooth changes that may occur and avoid their propagation into higher layers. Changes to the VNT may be caused by the creation, deletion, or modification of LSPs. Protocol mechanisms MUST be provided to enable creation, deletion, and modification of LSPs triggered through operational actions. Protocol mechanisms SHOULD be provided to enable similar functions triggered by adjacent layers. Protocol mechanisms MAY be provided to enable similar functions to adapt to the environment changes such as traffic demand changes, topology changes, and network failures. Routing robustness should be traded with adaptability of those changes. 5.5. Disruption Minimization When reconfiguring the VNT according to a change in traffic demand, the upper-layer LSP might be disrupted. Such disruption to the upper layers must be minimized. When residual resource decreases to a certain level, some lower layer LSPs may be released according to local or network policies. There is a trade-off between minimizing the amount of resource reserved in the lower layer and disrupting higher layer traffic (i.e. moving the traffic to other TE-LSPs so that some LSPs can be released). Such traffic disruption may be allowed, but MUST be under the control of policy that can be configured by the operator. Any repositioning of traffic MUST be as non-disruptive as possible (for example, using make-before-break). 5.6. LSP Attribute Inheritance TE-Link parameters should be inherited from the parameters of the LSP that provides the TE-link, and so from the TE-links in the lower layer that are traversed by the LSP. Expires November 2008 [Page 16] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-mln-reqs-10.txt May 2008 These include: - Interface Switching Capability - TE metric - Maximum LSP bandwidth per priority level - Unreserved bandwidth for all priority levels - Maximum Reservable bandwidth - Protection attribute - Minimum LSP bandwidth (depending on the Switching Capability) - SRLG Inheritance rules must be applied based on specific policies. Particular attention should be given to the inheritance of TE metric (which may be other than a strict sum of the metrics of the component TE links at the lower layer), protection attributes, and SRLG. As described earlier, hiding the routes of the lower-layer LSPs may lose important information necessary to make LSPs in the higher layer network reliable. SRLGs may be used to identify which lower- layer LSPs share the same failure risk so that the potential risk of the VNT becoming disjoint can be minimized, and so that resource disjoint protection paths can be set up in the higher layer. How to inherit the SRLG information from the lower layer to the upper layer needs more discussion and is out of scope of this document. 5.7. Computing Paths With and Without Nested Signaling Path computation can take into account LSP region and layer boundaries when computing a path for an LSP. Path computation may restrict the path taken by an LSP to only the links whose interface switching capability is PSC. For example, suppose that a TDM-LSP is routed over the topology composed of TE links of the same TDM layer. In calculating the path for the LSP, the TED may be filtered to include only links where both end include requested LSP switching type. In this way hierarchical routing is done by using a TED filtered with respect to switching capability (that is, with respect to particular layer). If triggered signaling is allowed, the path computation mechanism may produce a route containing multiple layers/regions. The path is computed over the multiple layers/regions even if the path is not "connected" in the same layer as the endpoints of the path exist. Note that here we assume that triggered signaling will be invoked to make the path "connected", when the upper-layer signaling request arrives at the boundary node. The upper-layer signaling request MAY contain an ERO (Explicit Route Object) that includes only hops in the upper layer, in which case the boundary node is responsible for triggered creation of the Expires November 2008 [Page 17] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-mln-reqs-10.txt May 2008 lower-layer FA-LSP using a path of its choice, or for the selection of any available lower layer LSP as a data link for the higher layer. This mechanism is appropriate for environments where the TED is filtered in the higher layer, where separate routing instances are used per layer, or where administrative policies prevent the higher layer from specifying paths through the lower layer. Obviously, if the lower layer LSP has been advertised as a TE link (virtual or real) into the higher layer, then the higher layer signaling request MAY contain the TE link identifier and so indicate the lower layer resources to be used. But in this case, the path of the lower layer LSP can be dynamically changed by the lower layer at any time. Alternatively, the upper-layer signaling request MAY contain an ERO specifying the lower layer FA-LSP route. In this case, the boundary node MAY decide whether it should use the path contained in the strict ERO or re-compute the path within the lower-layer. Even in the case that the lower-layer FA-LSPs are already established, a signaling request may also be encoded as a loose ERO. In this situation, it is up to the boundary node to decide whether it should create a new lower-layer FA-LSP or it should use an existing lower-layer FA-LSPs. The lower-layer FA-LSP can be advertised just as an FA-LSP in the upper-layer or an IGP adjacency can be brought up on the lower- layer FA-LSP. 5.8. LSP Resource Utilization Resource usage in all layers should be optimized as a whole (i.e., across all layers), in a coordinated manner, (i.e., taking all layers into account). The number of lower-layer LSPs carrying upper-layer LSPs should be minimized (note that multiple LSPs may be used for load balancing). Lower-layer LSPs that could have their traffic re-routed onto other LSPs are unnecessary and should be avoided. 5.8.1. FA-LSP Release and Setup If there is low traffic demand, some FA-LSPs that do not carry any higher-layer LSP may be released so that lower-layer resources are released and can be assigned to other uses. Note that if a small fraction of the available bandwidth of an FA-LSP is still in use, the nested LSPs can also be re-routed to other FA-LSPs (optionally using the make-before-break technique) to completely free up the FA-LSP. Alternatively, unused FA-LSPs may be retained for future use. Release or retention of underutilized FA-LSPs is a policy decision. Expires November 2008 [Page 18] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-mln-reqs-10.txt May 2008 As part of the re-optimization process, the solution MUST allow rerouting of an FA-LSP while keeping interface identifiers of corresponding TE links unchanged. Further, this process MUST be possible while the FA-LSP is carrying traffic (higher layer LSPs) with minimal disruption to the traffic. Additional FA-LSPs may also be created based on policy, which might consider residual resources and the change of traffic demand across the region. By creating the new FA-LSPs, the network performance such as maximum residual capacity may increase. As the number of FA-LSPs grows, the residual resource may decrease. In this case, re-optimization of FA-LSPs may be invoked according to policy. Any solution MUST include measures to protect against network destabilization caused by the rapid setup and teardown of LSPs as traffic demand varies near a threshold. Signaling of lower-layer LSPs SHOULD include a mechanism to rapidly advertise the LSP as a TE link and to coordinate into which routing instances the TE link should be advertised. 5.8.2. Virtual TE-Links It may be considered disadvantageous to fully instantiate (i.e. pre- provision) the set of lower layer LSPs that provide the VNT since this might reserve bandwidth that could be used for other LSPs in the absence of upper-layer traffic. However, in order to allow path computation of upper-layer LSPs across the lower-layer, the lower-layer LSPs may be advertised into the upper-layer as though they had been fully established, but without actually establishing them. Such TE links that represent the possibility of an underlying LSP are termed "virtual TE-links." It is an implementation choice at a layer boundary node whether to create real or virtual TE-links, and the choice if available in an implementation MUST be under the control of operator policy. Note that there is no requirement to support the creation of virtual TE- links, since real TE-links (with established LSPs) may be used, and even if there are no TE-links (virtual or real) advertised to the higher layer, it is possible to route a higher layer LSP into a lower layer on the assumptions that proper hierarchical LSPs in the lower layer will be dynamically created (triggered) as needed. If an upper-layer LSP that makes use of a virtual TE-Link is set up, the underlying LSP MUST be immediately signaled in the lower layer. If virtual TE-Links are used in place of pre-established LSPs, the TE-links across the upper-layer can remain stable using pre- Expires November 2008 [Page 19] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-mln-reqs-10.txt May 2008 computed paths while wastage of bandwidth within the lower-layer and unnecessary reservation of adaptation resource at the border nodes can be avoided. The solution SHOULD provide operations to facilitate the build-up of such virtual TE-links, taking into account the (forecast) traffic demand and available resource in the lower-layer. Virtual TE-links can be added, removed or modified dynamically (by changing their capacity) according to the change of the (forecast) traffic demand and the available resource in the lower-layer. It MUST be possible to add, remove, and modify virtual TE-links in a dynamic way. Any solution MUST include measures to protect against network destabilization caused by the rapid changes in the virtual network topology as traffic demand varies near a threshold. The concept of the VNT can be extended to allow the virtual TE- links to form part of the VNT. The combination of the fully provisioned TE-links and the virtual TE-links defines the VNT provided by the lower layer. The VNT can be changed by setting up and/or tearing down virtual TE links as well as by modifying real links (i.e., the fully provisioned LSPs). How to design the VNT and how to manage it are out of scope of this document. In some situations, selective advertisement of the preferred connectivity among a set of border nodes between layers may be appropriate. Further decreasing the number of advertisement of the virtual connectivity can be achieved by abstracting the topology (between border nodes) using models similar to those detailed in [RFC4847]. 5.9. Verification of the LSPs When a lower layer LSP is established for use as a data link by a higher layer, the LSP may be verified for correct connectivity and data integrity before it is made available for use. Such mechanisms are data technology-specific and are beyond the scope of this document, but the GMPLS protocols SHOULD provide mechanisms for the coordination of data link verification. 5.10. Management A MRN/MLN requires management capabilities. Operators need to have the same level of control and management for switches and links in the network that they would have in a single layer or single region network. We can consider two different operational models: (1) Per-layer Expires November 2008 [Page 20] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-mln-reqs-10.txt May 2008 management entities, (2) Cross-layer management entities. Regarding per-layer management entities, it is possible for the MLN to be managed entirely as separate layers although that somewhat defeats the objective of defining a single multi-layer network. In this case, separate management systems would be operated for each layer, and those systems would be unaware of the fact that the layers were closely coupled in the control plane. In such a deployment, as LSPs were automatically set up as the result of control plane requests from other layers (for example, triggered signaling), the management applications would need to register the creation of the new LSPs and the depletion of network resources. Emphasis would be placed on the layer boundary nodes to report the activity to the management applications. A more likely scenario is to apply a closer coupling of layer management systems with cross-layer management entities. This might be achieved through a unified management system capable of operating multiple layers, or by a meta-management system that coordinates the operation of separate management systems each responsible for individual layers. The former case might only be possible with the development of new management systems, while the latter is feasible through the coordination of existing network management tools. Note that when a layer boundary also forms an administrative boundary it is highly unlikely that there will be unified multi-layer management. In this case, the layers will be separately managed by the separate administrative entities, but there may be some "leakage" of information between the administrations in order to facilitate the operation of the MLN. For example, the management system in the lower layer network might automatically issue reports on resource availability (coincident with TE routing information), and alarm events. This discussion comes close to an examination of how a VNT might be managed and operated. As noted in Section 5.8, issues of how to design and manage a VNT are out of scope for this document, but it should be understood, that the VNT is a client layer construct built from server layer resources. This means that the operation of a VNT is a collaborative activity between layers. This activity is possible even if the layers are from separate administrations, but in this case the activity may also have commercial implications. MIB modules exist for the modeling and management of GMPLS networks [RFC4802], [RFC4803]. Some deployments of GMPLS networks may choose to use MIB modules to operate individual network layers. In these cases, operators may desire to coordinate layers through a further MIB module that could be developed. Multi-layer protocol solutions (that is solutions where a single control plane instance operates in more than one layer) SHOULD be manageable through MIB modules. A Expires November 2008 [Page 21] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-mln-reqs-10.txt May 2008 further MIB module to coordinate multiple network layers with this control plane MIB module may be produced. OAM tools are important to the successful deployment of networks. Protocol solutions for individual network layers SHOULD include mechanisms for OAM or to make use of OAM features inherent in the physical media of the layers. Multi-layer protocol solutions SHOULD provide mechanisms to coordinate OAM mechanisms operating in each layer. 6. Security Considerations The MLN/MRN architecture does not introduce any new security requirements over the general GMPLS architecture described in [RFC3945]. Additional security considerations form MPLS and GMPLS networks are described in [MPLS-SEC]. However, where the separate layers of a MLN/MRN network are operated as different administrative domains, additional security considerations may be given to the mechanisms for allowing inter- layer LSP setup, for triggering lower-layer LSPs, or for VNT management. Similarly, consideration may be given to the amount of information shared between administrative domains, and the trade- off between multi-layer TE and confidentiality of information belonging to each administrative domain. It is expected that solution documents will include a full analysis of the security issues that any protocol extensions introduce. 7. IANA Considerations This informational document makes no requests to IANA for action. 8. Acknowledgements The authors would like to thank Adrian Farrel and the participants of ITU-T Study Group 15 Question 14 for their careful review. The authors would like to thank the IESG review team for rigorous review: special thanks to Tim Polk, Miguel Garcia, Jari Arkko, and Dan Romascanu. 9. References 9.1. Normative Reference [RFC2119] Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, March 1997. [RFC3945] E. Mannie (Editor), "Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching (GMPLS) Architecture", RFC 3945, October 2004. Expires November 2008 [Page 22] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-mln-reqs-10.txt May 2008 [RFC4202] Kompella, K., and Rekhter, Y., "Routing Extensions in Support of Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching (GMPLS)," RFC4202, October 2005. [RFC4206] Kompella, K., and Rekhter, Y., "Label Switched Paths (LSP) Hierarchy with Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching (GMPLS) Traffic Engineering (TE)," RFC4206, Oct. 2005. [RFC4397] Bryskin, I., and Farrel, A., "A Lexicography for the Interpretation of Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching (GMPLS) Terminology within the Context of the ITU-T's Automatically Switched Optical Network (ASON) Architecture", RFC 4397, February 2006. [RFC4726] Farrel, A., Vasseur, JP., and Ayyangar, A., "A Framework for Inter-Domain Multiprotocol Label Switching Traffic Engineering", RFC 4726, November 2006. 9.2. Informative References [DYN-HIER] Shiomoto, K., Rabbat, R., Ayyangar, A., Farrel, A. and Ali, Z., "Procedures for Dynamically Signaled Hierarchical Label Switched Paths", draft-ietf-ccamp- lsp-hierarchy-bis, work in progress. [MRN-EVAL] Le Roux, J.L., Brungard, D., Oki, E., Papadimitriou, D., Shiomoto, K., Vigoureux, M., "Evaluation of Existing GMPLS Protocols Against Multi-Layer and Multi-Region Network (MLN/MRN) Requirements", draft- ietf-ccamp-gmpls-mln-eval, work in progress. [RFC5146] K. Kumaki (Editor), "Interworking Requirements to Support Operation of MPLS-TE over GMPLS Networks", RFC 5146, March 2008. [MPLS-SEC] Fang, L., et al., "Security Framework for MPLS and GMPLS Networks", draft-ietf-mpls-mpls-and-gmpls- security-framework, work in progress. [RFC4802] Nadeau, T., Ed. and A. Farrel, Ed., "Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching (GMPLS) Traffic Engineering Management Information Base", RFC 4802, February 2007. [RFC4803] Nadeau, T., Ed. and A. Farrel, Ed., "Generalized Multiprotocol Label Switching (GMPLS) Label Switching Router (LSR) Management Information Base", RFC 4803, February 2007. Expires November 2008 [Page 23] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-mln-reqs-10.txt May 2008 [RFC4847] T. Takeda (Editor), " Framework and Requirements for Layer 1 Virtual Private Networks", RFC 4847, April 2007. [RFC4972] Vasseur, JP., Le Roux, JL., et al., "Routing Extensions for Discovery of Multiprotocol (MPLS) Label Switch Router (LSR) Traffic Engineering (TE) Mesh Membership", RFC 4972, July 2007. 10. Authors' Addresses Kohei Shiomoto NTT Network Service Systems Laboratories 3-9-11 Midori-cho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo 180-8585, Japan Email: Dimitri Papadimitriou Alcatel-Lucent Copernicuslaan 50, B-2018 Antwerpen, Belgium Phone : +32 3 240 8491 Email: Jean-Louis Le Roux France Telecom R&D, Av Pierre Marzin, 22300 Lannion, France Email: Martin Vigoureux Alcatel-Lucent Route de Nozay, 91461 Marcoussis cedex, France Phone: +33 (0)1 69 63 18 52 Email: Deborah Brungard AT&T Rm. D1-3C22 - 200 S. Laurel Ave., Middletown, NJ 07748, USA Phone: +1 732 420 1573 Email: Expires November 2008 [Page 24] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-mln-reqs-10.txt May 2008 11. Contributors' Addresses Eiji Oki NTT Network Service Systems Laboratories 3-9-11 Midori-cho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo 180-8585, Japan Phone: +81 422 59 3441 Email: Ichiro Inoue NTT Network Service Systems Laboratories 3-9-11 Midori-cho, Musashino-shi, Tokyo 180-8585, Japan Phone: +81 422 59 3441 Email: Emmanuel Dotaro Alcatel-Lucent Route de Nozay, 91461 Marcoussis cedex, France Phone : +33 1 6963 4723 Email: 12. Intellectual Property Considerations The IETF takes no position regarding the validity or scope of any Intellectual Property Rights or other rights that might be claimed to pertain to the implementation or use of the technology described in this document or the extent to which any license under such rights might or might not be available; nor does it represent that it has made any independent effort to identify any such rights. Information on the procedures with respect to rights in RFC documents can be found in BCP 78 and BCP 79. 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