BFD Stability
draft-ietf-bfd-stability-02

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Network Working Group                                          A. Mishra
Internet-Draft                                              O3b Networks
Intended status: Standards Track                         M. Jethanandani
Expires: November 26, 2018
                                                               A. Saxena
                                                       Ciena Corporation
                                                           S. Pallagatti
                                                        Juniper Networks
                                                                 M. Chen
                                                                  Huawei
                                                                  P. Fan
                                                            China Mobile
                                                            May 25, 2018

                             BFD Stability
                      draft-ietf-bfd-stability-02

Abstract

   This document describes extensions to the Bidirectional Forwarding
   Detection (BFD) protocol to measure BFD stability.  Specifically, it
   describes a mechanism for detection of BFD frame loss.

Requirements Language

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
   document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [RFC2119].

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Use Cases . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  BFD Null-Authentication TLV . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   4.  Theory of Operations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     4.1.  Loss Measurement  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   5.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   6.  Security Consideration  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   7.  Contributors  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   8.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   9.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4

1.  Introduction

   The Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD) [RFC5880] protocol
   operates by transmitting and receiving control frames, generally at
   high frequency, over the datapath being monitored.  In order to
   prevent significant data loss due to a datapath failure, the
   tolerance for lost or delayed frames in the Detection Time, as
   defined in BFD [RFC5880] is set to the smallest feasible value.

   This document proposes a mechanism to detect lost frames in a BFD
   session in addition to the datapath fault detection mechanisms of
   BFD.  Such a mechanism presents significant value to measure the
   stability of BFD sessions and provides data to the operators for the
   cause of a BFD failure.

   This document does not propose BFD extension to measure data traffic
   loss or delay on a link or tunnel and the scope is limited to BFD
   frames.

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2.  Use Cases

   Legacy BFD cannot detect any BFD frame loss if loss does not last for
   dead interval.  This draft proposes a method to detect a dropped
   frame on the receiver.  For example, if the receiver receives BFD CC
   frame k at time t but receives frame k+3 at time t+10ms, and never
   receives frame k+1 and/or k+2, then it has experienced a drop.

   This proposal enables BFD engine to generate diagnostic information
   on the health of each BFD session that could be used to preempt a
   failure on a link that BFD was monitoring by allowing time for a
   corrective action to be taken.

   In a faulty datapath scenario, operator can use BFD health
   information to trigger delay and loss measurement OAM protocol
   (Connectivity Fault Management (CFM) or Loss Measurement (LM)-Delay
   Measurement (DM)) to further isolate the issue.

3.  BFD Null-Authentication TLV

   The functionality proposed for BFD stability measurement is achieved
   by appending the Null-Authentication TLV (as defined in Optimizing
   BFD Authentication [I-D.ietf-bfd-optimizing-authentication] ) to the
   BFD control frame that do not have authentication enabled.

4.  Theory of Operations

   This mechanism allows operator to measure the loss of BFD CC frames.

   When using MD5 or SHA authentication, BFD uses authentication TLV
   that carries the Sequence Number.  However, if non-meticulous
   authentication is being used, or no authentication is in use, then
   the non-authenticated BFD frames MUST include NULL-Auth TLV.

4.1.  Loss Measurement

   Loss measurement counts the number of BFD control frames missed at
   the receiver during any Detection Time period.  The loss is detected
   by comparing the Sequence Number field in the Auth TLV (NULL or
   otherwise) in successive BFD CC frames.  The Sequence Number in each
   successive control frame generated on a BFD session by the
   transmitter is incremented by one.

   The first BFD NULL-Auth TLV processed by the receiver that has a non-
   zero sequence number is used for bootstrapping the logic.  When using
   secure sequence numbers, if the expected values are pre-calculated,
   the matched value must be appropriately recorded to detect lost
   frames.

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5.  IANA Considerations

   This document has no actions for IANA.

6.  Security Consideration

   Other than concerns raised in BFD [RFC5880] there are no new concerns
   with this proposal.

7.  Contributors

   Manav Bhatia

8.  Acknowledgements

   Authors would like to thank Nobo Akiya, Jeffery Haas, Peng Fan,
   Dileep Singh, Basil Saji, Sagar Soni and Mallik Mudigonda who also
   contributed to this document.

9.  Normative References

   [I-D.ietf-bfd-optimizing-authentication]
              Jethanandani, M., Mishra, A., Saxena, A., and M. Bhatia,
              "Optimizing BFD Authentication", draft-ietf-bfd-
              optimizing-authentication-04 (work in progress), November
              2017.

   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, March 1997,
              <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc2119>.

   [RFC5880]  Katz, D. and D. Ward, "Bidirectional Forwarding Detection
              (BFD)", RFC 5880, DOI 10.17487/RFC5880, June 2010,
              <https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc5880>.

Authors' Addresses

   Ashesh Mishra
   O3b Networks

   Email: mishra.ashesh@gmail.com

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   Mahesh Jethanandani
   CA
   USA

   Email: mjethanandani@gmail.com

   Ankur Saxena
   Ciena Corporation
   3939 North 1st Street
   San Jose, CA  95134
   USA

   Email: ankurpsaxena@gmail.com
   URI:   www.ciena.com

   Santosh Pallagatti
   Juniper Networks
   Juniper Networks, Exora Business Park
   Bangalore, Karnataka  560103
   India

   Email: santoshpk@juniper.net

   Mach Chen
   Huawei

   Email: mach.chen@huawei.com

   Peng Fan
   China Mobile
   32 Xuanwumen West Street
   Beijing, Beijing
   China

   Email: fanp08@gmail.com

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