Routing In Fat Trees
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Title Routing In Fat Trees
Last updated 2018-01-17
State Draft Charter Rechartering
WG State Active
IESG Responsible AD Alvaro Retana
Charter Edit AD Alvaro Retana
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Clos and Fat-Tree topologies have gained popularity in data center
networks as a result of a trend towards centralized data center network
architectures that may deliver computation and storage services.

The Routing in Fat Trees (RIFT) protocol addresses the demands of routing in
Clos and Fat-Tree networks via a mixture of both link-state and distance-vector
techniques colloquially described as 'link-state towards the spine and
distance vector towards the leafs'.  RIFT uses this hybrid approach to
focus on networks with regular topologies with a high degree of connectivity, a
defined directionality, and large scale.

The RIFT Working Group will work on a standards track specification of a
specialized, dynamic routing protocol for Clos and fat-tree network topologies.
The protocol will:

- deal with automatic construction of fat-tree topologies based on detection of
links, - minimize the amount of routing state held at each topology level, -
automatically prune topology distribution exchanges to a sufficient subset of
links, - support automatic disaggregation of prefixes on link and node failures
to prevent black-holing and suboptimal routing, - allow traffic steering and
re-routing policies, - and provide mechanisms to synchronize a limited
key-value data-store that can be used after protocol convergence.

It is important that nodes participating in the protocol should need only very
light configuration and should be able to join a network as leaf nodes simply
by connecting to the network using default configuration.

The protocol must support IPv6 and should also support IPv4.

The Working Group may establish additional requirements to constrain and inform
their work.

The RIFT Working Group is chartered for the following list of items:

- A Standards Track specification based on draft-przygienda-rift. The document
will include:
  - an Implementation Status section as described in RFC 7942
  - an Operational Considerations section to explain how the protocol is
  configured, deployed, and diagnosed - Security and Privacy Considerations,
  although this material may refer to a separate Threat Analysis document
  (q.v.).
- A YANG module focused on configuration of protocol instances
- An Applicability Statement that describes how to deploy and configure the
protocol in networks with different topologies - A Security Threat Analysis
document that describes the attack vectors and mitigations that shall be sent
for publication at the same time as the protocol specification.

Milestones

Mar 2018 Adopt a protocol specification document
Feb 2019 Submit protocol specification to IESG for publication
Feb 2019 Submit Threat Analysis to IESG for publication
Apr 2019 Submit YANG module to IESG for publication
Apr 2019 Submit Applicability Statement to IESG for publication