Multicast VPN Using BIER

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Last updated 2015-10-14 (latest revision 2014-12-04)
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The Multicast Virtual Private Network (MVPN) specifications require the use of multicast tunnels ("P-tunnels") that traverse a Service Provider's backbone network. The P-tunnels are used for carrying multicast traffic across the backbone. A variety of P-tunnel types are supported. Bit Index Explicit Replication (BIER) is a new architecture that provides optimal multicast forwarding through a "multicast domain", without requiring intermediate routers to maintain any per-flow state or to engage in an explicit tree-building protocol. This document specifies the protocol and procedures that allow MVPN to use BIER as the method of carrying multicast traffic over an SP backbone network.


Eric Rosen (
Mahesh Sivakumar (
IJsbrand Wijnands (
Sam Aldrin (
Andrew Dolganow (
Tony Przygienda (

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