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Diffserv-Aware Class-Type Object for the Path Computation Element Communication Protocol
RFC 5455

Network Working Group                                  S. Sivabalan, Ed.
Request for Comments: 5455                                     J. Parker
Category: Standards Track                                     S. Boutros
                                                     Cisco Systems, Inc.
                                                               K. Kumaki
                                             KDDI R&D Laboratories, Inc.
                                                              March 2009

                 Diffserv-Aware Class-Type Object for
          the Path Computation Element Communication Protocol

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   Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
   improvements.  Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet
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Abstract

   This document specifies a CLASSTYPE object to support Diffserv-Aware
   Traffic Engineering (DS-TE) where path computation is performed with
   the aid of a Path Computation Element (PCE).

Sivabalan, et al.           Standards Track                     [Page 1]
RFC 5455              DS Aware CT Object for PCEP             March 2009

Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................2
      1.1. Conventions Used in This Document ..........................3
   2. Terminology .....................................................3
   3. CLASSTYPE Object ................................................3
      3.1. Object Definition ..........................................4
      3.2. Path Computation Request Message with CLASSTYPE Object .....4
      3.3. Processing CLASSTYPE Object ................................5
      3.4. Determination of Traffic Engineering Class (TE-Class) ......6
      3.5. Significance of Class-Type and TE-Class ....................6
      3.6. Error Codes for CLASSTYPE Object ...........................6
   4. Security Considerations .........................................7
   5. IANA Considerations .............................................7
   6. Acknowledgments .................................................7
   7. References ......................................................8
      7.1. Normative References .......................................8
      7.2. Informative References .....................................8

1.  Introduction

   [RFC5440] specifies the Path Computation Element Communication
   Protocol (PCEP) for communications between a Path Computation Client
   (PCC) and a Path Computation Element (PCE), or between two PCEs, in
   compliance with [RFC4657].

   Diffserv-aware MPLS Traffic Engineering (DS-TE) addresses the
   fundamental requirement to be able to enforce different bandwidth
   constraints for different classes of traffic.  It describes
   mechanisms to achieve per-class traffic engineering, rather than on
   an aggregate basis across all classes by enforcing Bandwidth
   Constraints (BCs) on different classes.  Requirements for DS-TE and
   the associated protocol extensions are specified in [RFC3564] and
   [RFC4124], respectively.

   As per [RFC4657], PCEP must support traffic Class-Type as an MPLS-
   TE-specific constraint.  However, in the present form, PCEP [RFC5440]
   does not have the capability to specify the Class-Type in the path
   computation request.

   In this document, we define a new PCEP object called CLASSTYPE, which
   carries the Class-Type of the TE LSP in the path computation request.

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