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OSPF Routing with Cross-Address Family Traffic Engineering Tunnels

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Authors Anton Smirnov , Alvaro Retana , Michael Barnes
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LSR                                                           A. Smirnov
Internet-Draft                                       Cisco Systems, Inc.
Updates: 5786 (if approved)                                    A. Retana
Intended status: Standards Track            Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
Expires: December 28, 2019                                     M. Barnes
                                                     Cisco Systems, Inc.
                                                           June 26, 2019

   OSPF Routing with Cross-Address Family Traffic Engineering Tunnels


   When using Traffic Engineering (TE) in a dual-stack IPv4/IPv6
   network, the Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) TE Label Switched
   Paths (LSP) infrastructure may be duplicated, even if the destination
   IPv4 and IPv6 addresses belong to the same remote router.  In order
   to achieve an integrated MPLS TE LSP infrastructure, OSPF routes must
   be computed over MPLS TE tunnels created using information propagated
   in another OSPF instance.  This issue is solved by advertising cross-
   address family (X-AF) OSPF TE information.

   This document describes an update to RFC5786 that allows for the easy
   identification of a router's local X-AF IP addresses.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Requirements Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   3.  Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   4.  Backward Compatibility  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     4.1.  Automatically Switched Optical Networks . . . . . . . . .   6
   5.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   6.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   7.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   8.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     8.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     8.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8

1.  Introduction

   TE Extensions to OSPFv2 [RFC3630] and OSPFv3 [RFC5329] have been
   described to support intra-area TE in IPv4 and IPv6 networks,
   respectively.  In both cases, the TE database provides a tight
   coupling between the routed protocol and advertised TE signaling
   information.  In other words, any use of the TE database is limited
   to IPv4 for OSPFv2 [RFC2328] and IPv6 for OSPFv3 [RFC5340].

   In a dual stack network, it may be desirable to set up common MPLS TE
   LSPs to carry traffic destined to addresses from different address
   families on a router.  The use of common LSPs eases potential
   scalability and management concerns by halving the number of LSPs in
   the network.  Besides, it allows operators to group traffic based on
   business characteristics and/or applications or class of service, not
   constrained by the network protocol used.

   For example, an LSP created based on MPLS TE information propagated
   by an OSPFv2 instance can be used to transport both IPv4 and IPv6
   traffic, as opposed to using both OSPFv2 and OSPFv3 to provision a
   separate LSP for each address family.  Even if in some cases the
   address family-specific traffic is to be separated, calculation from
   a common TE database may prove to be operationally beneficial.

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   During the SPF calculation on the TE tunnel head-end router, OSPF
   computes shortcut routes using TE tunnels.  A commonly used algorithm
   for computing shortcuts is defined in [RFC3906].  For that, or any
   similar, algorithm to work with a common MPLS TE infrastructure in a
   dual-stack network, a requirement is to reliably map the X-AF
   addresses to the corresponding tail-end router.  This mapping is a
   challenge because the LSAs containing the routing information are
   carried in one OSPF instance while the TE calculations may be done
   using a TE database from a different OSPF instance.

   A simple solution to this problem is to rely on the Router ID to
   identify a node in the corresponding OSPFv2 and OSPFv3 link state
   databases (LSDBs).  This solution would mandate both instances on the
   same router to be configured with the same Router ID.  However,
   relying on the correctness of configuration puts additional burden
   and cost on the operation of the network.  The network becomes even
   more difficult to manage if OSPFv2 and OSPFv3 topologies do not match
   exactly, for example if area borders are chosen differently in the
   two protocols.  Also, if the routing processes do fall out of sync
   (e.g., having different Router IDs for local administrative reasons),
   there is no defined way for other routers to discover such
   misalignment and to take corrective measures (such as to avoid
   routing traffic through affected TE tunnels or alerting the network
   administrators).  The use of misaligned Router IDs may result in
   delivering the traffic to the wrong tail-end router, which could lead
   to suboptimal routing or even traffic loops.

   This document describes an update to [RFC5786] that allows for the
   easy identification of a router's local X-AF IP addresses.  [RFC5786]
   defined the Node IPv4 Local Address and Node IPv6 Local Address sub-
   TLVs of the Node Attribute TLV for a router to advertise additional
   local IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.  However, [RFC5786] did not describe
   the advertisement and usage of these sub-TLVs when the address family
   of the advertised local address differed from the address family of
   the OSPF traffic engineering protocol.

   This document updates [RFC5786] so that a router can also announce
   one or more local X-AF addresses using the corresponding Local
   Address sub-TLV.  Routers using the Node Attribute TLV [RFC5786] can
   include non-TE enabled interface addresses in their OSPF TE
   advertisements, and also use the same sub-TLVs to carry X-AF
   information, facilitating the mapping described above.

   The method specified in this document can also be used to compute the
   X-AF mapping of the egress Label Switching Router (LSR) for sub-LSPs
   of a Point-to-Multipoint LSP [RFC4461].  Considerations of using
   Point-to-Multipoint MPLS TE for X-AF traffic forwarding is outside
   the scope of this document.

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2.  Requirements Language

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in BCP
   14 [RFC2119] [RFC8174] when, and only when, they appear in all
   capitals, as shown here.

3.  Operation

   To implement the X-AF routing technique described in this document,
   OSPFv2 will advertise the Node IPv6 Local Address sub-TLV and OSPFv3
   will advertise the Node IPv4 Local Address sub-TLV, possibly in
   addition to advertising other IP addresses as documented by

   On a node that implements X-AF routing, each OSPF instance
   advertises, using the Node Local Address sub-TLV, all X-AF IPv6 (for
   OSPFv2 instance) or IPv4 (for OSPFv3) addresses local to the router
   that can be used by Constrained SPF (CSPF) to calculate MPLS TE LSPs:

      OSPF instance MUST advertise the IP address listed in the Router
      Address TLV [RFC3630], [RFC5329] of the X-AF instance maintaining
      the TE database.

      OSPF instance SHOULD include additional local addresses advertised
      by the X-AF OSPF instance in its Node Local Address sub-TLVs.

      An implementation MAY advertise other local X-AF addresses.

   When TE information is advertised in an OSPF instance both natively
   (i.e. as per RFC [RFC3630] or [RFC5329]) and as XAF Node Attribute
   TLV it is left to local configuration to determine which TE database
   is used to compute routes for the OSPF instance.

   On Area Border Routers (ABR), each advertised X-AF IP address MUST be
   advertised into at most one area.  If OSPFv2 and OSPFv3 area border
   routers coincide (i.e., the areas for all OSPFv2 and OSPFv3
   interfaces are the same), then the X-AF addresses MUST be advertised
   into the same area in both instances.  This allows other ABRs
   connected to the same set of areas to know with which area to
   associate computed MPLS TE tunnels.

   During the X-AF routing calculation, X-AF IP addresses are used to
   map locally created LSPs to tail-end routers in the Link State
   Database (LSDB).  The mapping algorithm can be described as:

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      Walk the list of all MPLS TE tunnels for which the computing
      router is a head-end.  For each MPLS TE tunnel T:

   1.  If T's destination address is from the same address family as the
       OSPF instance associated with the LSDB, then the extensions
       defined in this document do not apply.

   2.  Otherwise it is a X-AF MPLS TE tunnel.  Note tunnel's destination
       IP address.

   3.  Walk the X-AF IP addresses in the LSDBs of all connected areas.
       If a matching IP address is found, advertised by router R in area
       A, then mark the tunnel T as belonging to area A and terminating
       on tail-end router R.  Assign the intra-area SPF cost to reach
       router R within area A as the IGP cost of tunnel T.

   After completing this calculation, each TE tunnel is associated with
   an area and tail-end router in terms of the routing LSDB of the
   computing OSPF instance and has a cost.

   The algorithm described above is to be used only if Node Local
   Address sub-TLV include X-AF information.

   Note that for clarity of description the mapping algorithm is
   specified as a single calculation.  Actual implementations for the
   efficiency may choose to support equivalent mapping functionality
   without implementing the algorithm exactly as it is described.

   As an example, consider a router in a dual-stack network respectively
   using OSPFv2 and OSPFv3 for IPv4 and IPv6 routing.  Suppose the
   OSPFv2 instance is used to propagate MPLS TE information and the
   router is configured to accept TE LSPs terminating at local addresses and  The router advertises in OSPFv2 the
   IPv4 address in the Router Address TLV, the additional
   local IPv4 address in the Node IPv4 Local Address sub-
   TLV, and other Traffic Engineering TLVs as required by [RFC3630].  If
   the OSPFv3 instance in the network is enabled for X-AF TE routing
   (that is, to use MPLS TE LSPs computed by OSPFv2 for IPv6 routing),
   then the OSPFv3 instance of the router will advertise the Node IPv4
   Local Address sub-TLV listing the local IPv4 addresses
   and  Other routers in the OSPFv3 network will use this
   information to reliably identify this router as the egress LSR for
   MPLS TE LSPs terminating at either or

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4.  Backward Compatibility

   Only routers that serve as endpoints for one or more TE tunnels MUST
   be upgraded to support the procedures described herein:

   o  Tunnel tailend routers advertise the Node IPv4 Local Address sub-
      TLV and/or the Node IPv6 Local Address sub-TLV.

   o  Tunnel headend routers perform the X-AF routing calculation.

   Other routers in the network do not need to support X-AF procedures.

4.1.  Automatically Switched Optical Networks

   [RFC6827] updates [RFC5786] by defining extensions to be used in an
   Automatically Switched Optical Network (ASON).  The Local TE Router
   ID Sub-TLV is required for determining ASON reachability.  The
   implication is that if the Local TE Router ID Sub-TLV is present in
   the Node Attribute TLV, then the procedures in [RFC6827] apply,
   regardless of whether any X-AF information is advertised.

5.  Security Considerations

   This document describes the use of the Local Address sub-TLVs to
   provide X-AF information.  The advertisement of these sub-TLVs, in
   any OSPF instance, is not precluded by [RFC5786].  As such, no new
   security threats are introduced beyond the considerations in OSPFv2
   [RFC2328], OSPFv3 [RFC5340], and [RFC5786].

   The X-AF information is not used for SPF computation or normal
   routing, so the mechanism specified here has no effect on IP routing.
   However, generating incorrect information, or tampering with the sub-
   TLVs may have an effect on traffic engineering computations.
   Specifically, TE traffic may be delivered to the wrong tail-end
   router, which could lead to suboptimal routing or even traffic loops.
   These threats are already present in other TE-related specifications,
   and their considerations apply here as well, including [RFC3630] and

6.  IANA Considerations

   This document has no IANA actions.

7.  Acknowledgements

   The authors would like to thank Peter Psenak and Eric Osborne for
   early discussions and Acee Lindem for discussing compatibility with
   ASON extensions.

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   We would also like to thank the authors of RFC5786 for laying down
   the foundation for this work.

8.  References

8.1.  Normative References

   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC2119, March 1997,

   [RFC3630]  Katz, D., Kompella, K., and D. Yeung, "Traffic Engineering
              (TE) Extensions to OSPF Version 2", RFC 3630,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC3630, September 2003,

   [RFC5329]  Ishiguro, K., Manral, V., Davey, A., and A. Lindem, Ed.,
              "Traffic Engineering Extensions to OSPF Version 3",
              RFC 5329, DOI 10.17487/RFC5329, September 2008,

   [RFC5786]  Aggarwal, R. and K. Kompella, "Advertising a Router's
              Local Addresses in OSPF Traffic Engineering (TE)
              Extensions", RFC 5786, DOI 10.17487/RFC5786, March 2010,

   [RFC8174]  Leiba, B., "Ambiguity of Uppercase vs Lowercase in RFC
              2119 Key Words", BCP 14, RFC 8174, DOI 10.17487/RFC8174,
              May 2017, <>.

8.2.  Informative References

   [RFC2328]  Moy, J., "OSPF Version 2", STD 54, RFC 2328,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC2328, April 1998,

   [RFC3906]  Shen, N. and H. Smit, "Calculating Interior Gateway
              Protocol (IGP) Routes Over Traffic Engineering Tunnels",
              RFC 3906, DOI 10.17487/RFC3906, October 2004,

   [RFC4461]  Yasukawa, S., Ed., "Signaling Requirements for Point-to-
              Multipoint Traffic-Engineered MPLS Label Switched Paths
              (LSPs)", RFC 4461, DOI 10.17487/RFC4461, April 2006,

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   [RFC5340]  Coltun, R., Ferguson, D., Moy, J., and A. Lindem, "OSPF
              for IPv6", RFC 5340, DOI 10.17487/RFC5340, July 2008,

   [RFC6827]  Malis, A., Ed., Lindem, A., Ed., and D. Papadimitriou,
              Ed., "Automatically Switched Optical Network (ASON)
              Routing for OSPFv2 Protocols", RFC 6827,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC6827, January 2013,

Authors' Addresses

   Anton Smirnov
   Cisco Systems, Inc.
   De Kleetlaan 6a
   Diegem  1831


   Alvaro Retana
   Futurewei Technologies, Inc.
   2330 Central Expressway
   Santa Clara, CA  95050


   Michael Barnes
   Cisco Systems, Inc.
   510 McCarthy Blvd.
   Milpitas, CA  95035


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