MPLS Egress Protection Framework

Document Type Replaced Internet-Draft (mpls WG)
Authors Yimin Shen  , Jeyananth Jeganathan  , Bruno Decraene  , Hannes Gredler  , Carsten Michel  , Huaimo Chen  , Yuanlong Jiang 
Last updated 2018-01-10 (latest revision 2017-11-14)
Replaced by RFC 8679
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This document specifies a fast reroute framework for protecting IP/ MPLS services and MPLS transport tunnels against egress node and egress link failures. In this framework, the penultimate-hop router of an MPLS tunnel acts as the point of local repair (PLR) for egress node failure, and the egress router of the MPLS tunnel acts as the PLR for egress link failure. Each of them pre-establishes a bypass tunnel to a protector. Upon an egress node or link failure, the corresponding PLR performs local failure detection and local repair, by rerouting packets over the corresponding bypass tunnel. The protector in turn performs context label switching or context IP forwarding to send the packets to the ultimate service destination(s). This mechanism can be used to reduce traffic loss before global repair reacts to the failure and control plane protocols converge on the topology changes due to the failure. The framework is applicable to all types of IP/MPLS services and MPLS tunnels. Under the framework, service protocol extensions may be further specified to support service label distribution to the protector.


Yimin Shen (
Jeyananth Jeganathan (
Bruno Decraene (
Hannes Gredler (
Carsten Michel (
Huaimo Chen (
Yuanlong Jiang (

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