DMM Working Group                                       U. Chunduri, Ed.
Internet-Draft                                                     R. Li
Intended status: Standards Track                              Huawei USA
Expires: August 18, 2019                                    S. Bhaskaran
                                       Huawei Technologies India Pvt Ltd
                                                             J. Tantsura
                                                            Apstra, Inc.
                                                            L. Contreras
                                                                P. Muley
                                                       February 14, 2019

                Transport Network aware Mobility for 5G


   This document specifies a framework and a mapping function for 5G
   mobile user plane with transport network slicing, integrated with
   Mobile Radio Access and a Virtualized Core Network.  The integrated
   approach is specified in a way to fit into the 5G core network
   architecture defined in [TS23.501].

   It focuses on an optimized mobile user plane functionality with
   various transport services needed for some of the 5G traffic needing
   low and deterministic latency, real-time, mission-critical services.
   This document describes, how this objective is achieved agnostic to
   the transport underlay used (IPv4, IPv6, MPLS) in various deployments
   and with a new transport network underlay routing, called Preferred
   Path Routing (PPR).

Requirements Language

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   document are to be interpreted as described in RFC2119 [RFC2119].

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction and Problem Statement  . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     1.1.  Acronyms  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     1.2.  Solution Approach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   2.  Transport Network (TN) and Slice aware Mobility on N3/N9  . .   5
     2.1.  Discrete Approach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     2.2.  Integrated Approach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     2.3.  Transport Network Function  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
   3.  Using PPR as TN Underlay  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     3.1.  PPR with Transport Awareness for 5GS on N3/N9 Interfaces   11
     3.2.  Path Steering Support to native IP user planes  . . . . .  13
     3.3.  Service Level Guarantee in Underlay . . . . . . . . . . .  13
     3.4.  PPR with various 5G Mobility procedures . . . . . . . . .  13
       3.4.1.  SSC Mode1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
       3.4.2.  SSC Mode2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
       3.4.3.  SSC Mode3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   4.  Other TE Technologies Applicability . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
   5.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
   6.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
   7.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
   8.  Contributing Authors  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
   9.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
     9.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
     9.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
   Appendix A.  Appendix: New Control Plane and User Planes  . . . .  20

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     A.1.  LISP and PPR  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  20
     A.2.  ILA and PPR . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  20
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  20

1.  Introduction and Problem Statement

   3GPP Release 15 for 5GC is defined in [TS.23.501-3GPP],
   [TS.23.502-3GPP] and [TS.23.503-3GPP].  User Plane Functions (UPF)
   are the data forwarding entities in the 5GC architecture.  The
   architecture allows the placement of Branching Point (BP) and Uplink
   Classifier (ULCL) UPFs closer to the access network (5G-AN).  The 5G-
   AN can be a radio access network or any non-3GPP access network, for
   example, WLAN.  The IP address is anchored by a PDU session anchor
   UPF (PSA UPF).  The interface between the BP/ULCL UPF and the PSA UPF
   is called N9.  While in REL15, 3GPP has adopted GTP-U for the N9
   interface, new user plane protocols along with GTP-U are being
   investigated for N9 interface in REL16, as part of [CT4SID].
   Concerning to this document another relevant interface is N3, which
   is between the 5G-AN and the UPF.  N3 interface is similar to the
   user plane interface S1U in LTE [TS.23.401-3GPP].  This document:

   o  does not propose any change to existing N3 user plane
      encapsulations to realize the benefits with the approach specified

   o  and can work with any encapsulation (including GTP-U) for the N9

   [TS.23.501-3GPP] defines network slicing as one of the core
   capability of 5GC with slice awareness from Radio and 5G Core (5GC)
   network.  It also defines various Session and Service Continuity
   (SSC) modes and mobility scenarios for 5G.  The 5G System (5GS) as
   defined, allows transport network between N3 and N9 interfaces work
   independently with various IETF Traffic Engineering (TE)

   However, lack of underlying Transport Network (TN) awareness may lead
   to selection of sub-optimal UPF(s) and/or 5G-AN during 5GS
   procedures.  This could lead to inability to meet SLAs for real-time,
   mission-critical or latency sensitive services.  These 5GS procedures
   including but not limited to Service Request, PDU Session
   Establishment, or User Equipment (UE) mobility need same service
   level characteristics from the TN for the Protocols Data Unit (PDU)
   session, similar to as provided in Radio and 5GC for the various
   Slice Service Types (SST) and 5QI's defined in [TS.23.501-3GPP] .

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1.1.  Acronyms

   5QI      -  5G QoS Indicator

   5G-AN    -  5G Access Network

   AMF      -  Access and Mobility Management Function (5G)

   BP       -  Branch Point (5G)

   CSR      -  Cell Site Router

   DN       -  Data Network (5G)

   eMBB     -  enhanced Mobile Broadband (5G)

   FRR      -  Fast ReRoute

   gNB      -  5G NodeB

   GBR      -  Guaranteed Bit Rate (5G)

   IGP      -  Interior Gateway Protocols (e.g.  IS-IS, OSPFv2, OSPFv3)

   LFA      -  Loop Free Alternatives (IP FRR)

   mIOT     -  Massive IOT (5G)

   MPLS     -  Multi Protocol Label Switching

   QFI      -  QoS Flow ID (5G)

   PPR      -  Preferred Path Routing

   PDU      -  Protocol Data Unit (5G)

   PW       -  Pseudo Wire

   RQI      -  Reflective QoS Indicator (5G)

   SBI      -  Service Based Interface (5G)

   SID      -  Segment Identifier

   SMF      -  Session Management Function (5G)

   SSC      -  Session and Service Continuity (5G)

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   SST      -  Slice and Service Types (5G)

   SR       -  Segment Routing

   TE       -  Traffic Engineering

   ULCL     -  Uplink Classifier (5G)

   UPF      -  User Plane Function (5G)

   URLLC    -  Ultra reliable and low latency communications (5G)

1.2.  Solution Approach

   This document specifies a mechanism to fulfil the needs of 5GS to
   transport user plane traffic from 5G-AN to UPF for all service
   continuity modes [TS.23.501-3GPP] in an optimized fashion.  This is
   done by, keeping mobility procedures aware of underlying transport
   network along with slicing requirements.

   Section 2 describes two methods, with which Transport Network (TN)
   aware mobility can be built irrespective of underlying TN technology
   used.  Using Preferred Path Routing (PPR) as TN Underlay is detailed
   in Section 3.  Section 3.4 further describes the applicability and
   procedures of the same with 5G SSC modes on N3 and N9 interfaces.

2.  Transport Network (TN) and Slice aware Mobility on N3/N9

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                        Service Based Interfaces (SBI)
        |     |     |    |    |     |    |        |     |    |
    +---+---+ |  +--+--+ | +--+---+ | +--+--+  +--+--+  |  +-+--+
    | NSSF  | |  | NRF | | | AUSF | | | UDM |  | NEF |  |  | AF |
    +-------+ |  +-----+ | +------+ | +-----+  +-----+  |  +----+
          +---+----+  +--+--+  +---=++   +--------------+-+
          |  AMF   |  | PCF |  | TNF |   |      SMF       |
          +---+--+-+  +-----+  +-+-+-+   +-+-----------+--+
             N1  |               | |       |      To   |
    to-UE+----+  N2    +----Ns---+ +-Nn-+  N4  +--Nn-+ N4
                 |     |                |  |         | |
         +---+---+  +--++             +-+--+---+     +-+-----+      +----+
         |gNB+======+CSR+------N3-----+  UPF   +-N9--+  UPF  +--N6--+ DN |
         +---+      +---+             +-+------+     +-------+      +----+
                                        | +----+
                                        +-| DN |
                                      N6  +----+

                  Figure 1: 5G Service Based Architecture

   The above diagrams depicts one of the scenarios of the 5G network
   specified in [TS.23.501-3GPP] and with a new and virtualized control
   component Transport Network Function (TNF).  A Cell Site Router (CSR)
   is shown connecting to gNB. gNB is an entity in 5G-AN.  Though it is
   shown as a separate block from gNB, in some cases both of these can
   be co-located.  This document concerns with backhaul TN, from CSR to
   UPF on N3 interface or from Staging UPF to Anchor UPF on N9

   Currently specified Control Plane (CP) functions - the Access and
   Mobility Management Function (AMF), the Session Management Function
   (SMF) and the User plane (UP) components gNodeB (gNB), User Plane
   Function (UPF) with N2, N3, N4, N6 and N9 interfaces are relevant to
   this document.  Other Virtualized 5G control plane components NRF,
   AUSF, PCF, AUSF, UDM, NEF, and AF are not directly relevant for the
   discussion in this document and one can see the functionalities of
   these in [TS.23.501-3GPP].

   From encapsulation perspective, N3 interface is similar to S1U in 4G/
   LTE [TS.23.401-3GPP] network and uses GTP-U [TS.29.281-3GPP] to
   transport any UE PDUs (IPv4, IPv6, IPv4v6, Ethernet or Unstructured).
   Unlike S1U, N3 has some additional aspects as there is no bearer
   concept and no per bearer GTP-U tunnels.  Instead, QoS information is
   carried in the PDU Session Container GTP-U extension header.  N9
   interface is a new interface to connect UPFs and the right user plane

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   protocols for N9, including GTP-U, are being studied through 3GPP CT4
   WG approved study item [CT4SID] for REL-16.

   TN Aware Mobility with optimized transport network functionality is
   explained below.  How PPR fits in this framework in detail along with
   other various TE technologies briefly are in Section 3 and Section 4

2.1.  Discrete Approach

   In this approach transport network functionality from the 5G-AN to
   UPF is discrete and 5GS is not aware of the underlying transport
   network and the resources available.  Deployment specific mapping
   function is used to map the GTP-U encapsulated traffic at the 5G-AN
   (e.g. gNB) in UL and UPF in DL direction to the appropriate transport
   slice or transport Traffic Engineered (TE) paths.  These TE paths can
   be established using RSVP-TE [RFC3209] for MPLS underlay, SR
   [I-D.ietf-spring-segment-routing] for both MPLS and IPv6 underlay or
   PPR [I-D.chunduri-lsr-isis-preferred-path-routing] with MPLS, IPv6
   with SRH, native IPv6 and native IPv4 underlays.

   As per [TS.23.501-3GPP] and [TS.23.502-3GPP] the SMF controls the
   user plane traffic forwarding rules in the UPF.  The UPFs have a
   concept of a "Network Instance" which logically abstracts the
   underlying transport path.  When the SMF creates the packet detection
   rules (PDR) and forwarding action rules (FAR) for a PDU session at
   the UPF, the SMF identifies the network instance through which the
   packet matching the PDR has to be forwarded.  A network instance can
   be mapped to a TE path at the UPF.  In this approach, TNF as shown in
   Figure 1 need not be part of the 5G Service Based Interface (SBI).
   Only management plane functionality is needed to create, monitor,
   manage and delete (life cycle management) the transport TE paths/
   transport slices from the 5G-AN to the UPF (on N3/N9 interfaces).
   The management plane functionality also provides the mapping of such
   TE paths to a network instance identifier to the SMF.  The SMF uses
   this mapping to install appropriate FARs in the UPF.  This approach
   provide partial integration of the transport network into 5GS with
   some benefits.

   One of the limitations of this approach is the inability of the 5GS
   procedures to know, if underlying transport resources are available
   for the traffic type being carried in PDU session before making
   certain decisions in the 5G CP.  One example scenario/decision could
   be, a target gNB selection during a N2 mobility event, without
   knowing if the target gNB is having a underlay transport slice
   resource for the S-NSSAI and 5QI of the PDU session.  The Integrated
   approach specified below can mitigate this.

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2.2.  Integrated Approach

   Network Slice Selection Function (NSSF) as defined in
   [TS.23.501-3GPP] concerns with multiple aspects including selecting a
   network slice instance when requested by AMF based on the requested
   SNSSAI, current location of UE, roaming indication etc.  It also
   notifies NF service consumers (e.g AMF) whenever the status about the
   slice availability changes.  However, the scope is only in 5GC (both
   control and user plane) and NG Radio Access network including the
   N3IWF for the non-3GPP access.  The network slice instance(s)
   selected by the NSSF are applicable at a per PDU session granularity.
   An SMF and UPF are allocated from the selected slice instance during
   the PDU session establishment procedure.  [TS.23.501-3GPP] and
   [TS.23.502-3GPP] do not consider the resources and functionalities
   needed from transport network for the selection of UPF.  This is seen
   as independent functionality and currently not part of 5GS.  If
   transport network is not factored in an integrated fashion w.r.t
   available resources (with network characteristics from desired
   bandwidth, latency, burst size handling and optionally jitter) some
   of the gains made with optimizations through 5GNR and 5GC can be

   To assuage the above situation, TNF is described (Figure 1) as part
   of control plane.  This has the view of the underlying transport
   network with all links and nodes as well as various possible underlay
   paths with different characteristics.  TNF can be seen as supporting
   PCE functionality [RFC5440] and optionally BGP-LS [RFC7752] to get
   the TE and topology information of the underlying IGP network.

   A south bound interface Ns is shown which interacts with the 5G
   Access Network (e.g. gNB/CSR).  'Ns' can use one or more mechanism
   available today (PCEP [RFC5440], NETCONF [RFC6241], RESTCONF
   [RFC8040] or gNMI) to provision the L2/L3 VPNs along with TE underlay
   paths from gNB to UPF.  Ns and Nn interfaces can be part of the
   integrated 3GPP architecture, but the specification/ownership of
   these interfaces SHOULD be left out of scope of 3GPP.

   These VPNs and/or underlay TE paths MUST be similar on all 5G-AN/CSRs
   and UPFs concerned to allow mobility of UEs while associated with one
   of the Slice/Service Types (SSTs)as defined in [TS.23.501-3GPP].  A
   north bound interface 'Nn' is shown from one or more of the transport
   network nodes (or ULCL/BP UPF, Anchor Point UPF) to TNF as shown in
   Figure 1.  It would enable learning the TE characteristics of all
   links and nodes of the network continuously (through BGP-LS [RFC7752]
   or through a passive IGP adjacency and PCEP [RFC5440]).

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   With the TNF in 5GS Service Based Interface, the following additional
   functionalities are required for end-2-end slice management including
   the transport network:

   o  The Specific Network Slice Selection Assistance Information
      (SNSSAI) of PDU session's SHOULD be mapped to the assigned
      transport VPN and the TE path information for that slice.

   o  For transport slice assignment for various SSTs (eMBB, URLLC,
      MIoT) corresponding underlay paths need to be created and
      monitored from each transport end point (gNB/CSR and UPF).

   o  During PDU session creation, apart from radio and 5GC resources,
      transport network resources needed to be verified matching the
      characteristics of the PDU session traffic type.

   o  The TNF MUST provide an API that takes as input the source and
      destination 3GPP user plane element address, required bandwidth,
      latency and jitter characteristics between those user plane
      elements and returns as output a particular TE path's identifier,
      that satisfies the requested requirements.

   o  Mapping of PDU session parameters to underlay SST paths need to be
      done.  One way to do this to let the SMF install a Forwarding
      Action Rule (FAR) in the UPF via N4 with the FAR pointing to a
      "Network Instance" in the UPF.  A "Network Instance" is a logical
      identifier for an underlying network.  The "Network Instance"
      pointed by the FAR can be mapped to a transport path (through L2/
      L3 VPN).  FARs are associated with Packet Detection Rule (PDR).
      PDRs are used to classify packets in the uplink (UL) and the
      downlink (DL) direction.  For UL GTP-U TEID and/or the QFI marked
      in the GTPU packet can be used for classifying a packet belonging
      to a particular slice characteristics.  For DL, at a PSA UPF, the
      UE IP address is used to identify the PDU session, and hence the
      slice a packet belongs to and the IP 5 tuple can be used for
      identifying the flow and QoS characteristics to be applied on the

   o  If any other form of encapsulation (other than GTP-U) either on N3
      or N9 corresponding QFI information MUST be there in the
      encapsulation header.

   o  In some SSC modes Section 3.4, if segmented path (gNB to
      staging/ULCL/BP-UPF to anchor-point-UPF) is needed, then
      corresponding path characteristics MUST be used.  This includes a
      path from gNB/CSR to UL-CL/BP UPF [TS.23.501-3GPP] and UL-CL/BP
      UPF to eventual UPF access to DN.

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   o  Continuous monitoring of transport path characteristics and
      reassignment at the endpoints MUST be performed.  For all the
      affected PDU sessions, degraded transport paths need to be updated
      dynamically with similar alternate paths.

   o  During UE mobility event similar to 4G/LTE i.e., gNB mobility (Xn
      based or N2 based), for target gNB selection, apart from radio
      resources, transport resources MUST be factored.  This enables
      handling of all PDU sessions from the UE to target gNB and this
      require co-ordination of gNB, AMF, SMF with the TNF module.

   Integrating the TNF as part of the 5GS Service Based Interfaces,
   provides the flexibility to control the allcoation of required
   characteristics from the TN during a 5GS signalling procedure (e.g.
   PDU Session Establishment).  If TNF is seen as part of management
   plane, this real time flexibility is lost.  Changes to detailed
   signaling to integrate the above for various 5GS procedures as
   defined in [TS.23.502-3GPP] is beyond the scope of this document.

2.3.  Transport Network Function

   Proposed TNF as part of the 5GC shown in Figure 1 can be realized
   using Abstraction and Control of TE Networks (ACTN).  ACTN
   architecture, underlying topology abstraction methods and
   manageability considerations of the same are detailed in [RFC8453].

3.  Using PPR as TN Underlay

   In a network implementing source routing, packets may be transported
   through the use of Segment Identifiers (SIDs), where a SID uniquely
   identifies a segment as defined in [I-D.ietf-spring-segment-routing].
   Section 5.3 [I-D.bogineni-dmm-optimized-mobile-user-plane] lays out
   all SRv6 features along with a few concerns in Section 5.3.7 of the
   same document.  Those concerns are addressed by a new backhaul
   routing mechanism called Preferred Path Routing (PPR), of which this
   section provides an overview.

   The label/PPR-ID refer not to individual segments of which the path
   is composed, but to the identifier of a path that is deployed on
   network nodes.  The fact that paths and path identifiers can be
   computed and controlled by a controller, not a routing protocol,
   allows the deployment of any path that network operators prefer, not
   just shortest paths.  As packets refer to a path towards a given
   destination and nodes make their forwarding decision based on the
   identifier of a path, not the identifier of a next segment node, it
   is no longer necessary to carry a sequence of labels.  This results
   in multiple benefits including significant reduction in network layer

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   overhead, increased performance and hardware compatibility for
   carrying both path and services along the path.

   Details of the IGP extensions for PPR are provided here:

   o  IS-IS - [I-D.chunduri-lsr-isis-preferred-path-routing]

   o  OSPF - [I-D.chunduri-lsr-ospf-preferred-path-routing]

3.1.  PPR with Transport Awareness for 5GS on N3/N9 Interfaces

   PPR does not remove GTP-U, unlike some other proposals laid out in
   [I-D.bogineni-dmm-optimized-mobile-user-plane].  Instead, PPR works
   with the existing cellular user plane (GTP-U) for both N3 and any
   approach selected for N9 (encap or no-encap).  In this scenario, PPR
   will only help providing TE benefits needed for 5G slices from
   transport domain perspective.  It does so without adding any
   additional overhead to the user plane, unlike SR-MPLS or SRv6.  This
   is achieved by:

   o  For 3 different SSTs, 3 PPR-IDs can be signaled from any node in
      the transport network.  For Uplink traffic, the 5G-AN will choose
      the right PPR-ID of the UPF based on the S-NSSAI the PDU Session
      belongs to and/or the QFI (e.g. 5QI) marking on the GTP-U
      encapsulation header.  Similarly in the Downlink direction
      matching PPR-ID of the 5G-AN is chosen based on the S-NSSAI the
      PDU Session belongs to.  The table below shows a typical mapping:

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      | QFI (Ranges)   |   SST      |   Transport Path | Transport Path  |
      |                | in S-NSSAI |   Info           | Characteristics |
      | Range Xx - Xy  |            |                  |                 |
      | X1, X2(discrete|  MIOT      | PW ID/VPN info,  | GBR (Guaranteed |
      | values)        |  (massive  |   PPR-ID-A       |       Bit Rate) |
      |                |   IOT)     |                  |   Bandwidth: Bx |
      |                |            |                  |   Delay:     Dx |
      |                |            |                  |   Jitter:    Jx |
      | Range Yx - Yy  |            |                  |                 |
      | Y1, Y2(discrete|  URLLC     | PW ID/VPN info,  | GBR with Delay  |
      | values)        | (ultra-low | PPR-ID-B         |     Req.        |
      |                |  latency)  |                  |   Bandwidth: By |
      |                |            |                  |   Delay:     Dy |
      |                |            |                  |   Jitter:    Jy |
      | Range Zx - Zy  |            |                  |                 |
      | Z1, Z2(discrete|  EMBB      | PW ID/VPN info,  |   Non-GBR       |
      | values)        | (broadband)| PPR-ID-C         |   Bandwidth: Bx |

                Figure 2: QFI Mapping with PPR-IDs on N3/N9

   o  It is possible to have a single PPR-ID for multiple input points
      through a PPR tree structure separate in UL and DL direction.

   o  Same set of PPRs are created uniformly across all needed 5G-ANs
      and UPFs to allow various mobility scenarios.

   o  Any modification of TE parameters of the path, replacement path
      and deleted path needed to be updated from TNF to the relevant
      ingress points.  Same information can be pushed to the NSSF, and/
      or SMF as needed.

   o  PPR can be supported with any native IPv4 and IPv6 data/user
      planes (Section 3.2) with optional TE features (Section 3.3) . As
      this is an underlay mechanism it can work with any overlay
      encapsulation approach including GTP-U as defined currently for N3

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3.2.  Path Steering Support to native IP user planes

   PPR works in fully compatible way with SR defined user planes (SR-
   MPLS and SRv6) by reducing the path overhead and other challenges as
   listed in [I-D.chunduri-lsr-isis-preferred-path-routing] or
   Section 5.3.7 of [I-D.bogineni-dmm-optimized-mobile-user-plane].  PPR
   also expands the source routing to user planes beyond SR-MPLS and
   SRv6 i.e., native IPv6 and IPv4 user planes.

   This helps legacy transport networks to get the immediate path
   steering benefits and helps in overall migration strategy of the
   network to the desired user plane.  It is important to note, these
   benefits can be realized with no hardware upgrade except control
   plane software for native IPv6 and IPv4 user planes.

3.3.  Service Level Guarantee in Underlay

   PPR also optionally allows to allocate resources that are to be
   reserved along the preferred path.  These resources are required in
   some cases (for some 5G SSTs with stringent GBR and latency
   requirements) not only for providing committed bandwidth or
   deterministic latency, but also for assuring overall service level
   guarantee in the network.  This approach does not require per-hop
   provisioning and reduces the OPEX by minimizing the number of
   protocols needed and allows dynamism with Fast-ReRoute (FRR)

3.4.  PPR with various 5G Mobility procedures

   PPR fulfills the needs of 5GS to transport the user plane traffic
   from 5G-AN to UPF in all 3 SSC modes defined [TS.23.501-3GPP].  This
   is done in keeping the backhaul network at par with 5G slicing
   requirements that are applicable to Radio and virtualized core
   network to create a truly end-to-end slice path for 5G traffic.  When
   UE moves across the 5G-AN (e.g. from one gNB to another gNB), there
   is no transport network reconfiguration required with the approach

   SSC mode would be specified/defaulted by SMF.  No change in the mode
   once connection is initiated and this property is not altered here.

3.4.1.  SSC Mode1

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             +---+----+           +-----+   +----------------+
             |  AMF   |           | TNF |   |      SMF       |
             +---+--+-+           +-+-+-+   +-+--------------+
                N1  |               | |       |
        +--------+  N2    +----Ns---+ +-Nn-+  N4
        |           |     |                |  |
        +   +---+---+  +--++             +-+--+---+     +----+
       UE1  |gNB+======+CSR+------N3-----+  UPF   +-N6--+ DN |
       ==   +---+      +---+             +--------+     +----+

       Figure 3: SSC Mode1 with integrated Transport Slice Function

   After UE1 moved to another gNB in the same UPF serving area

             +---+----+           +-----+   +----------------+
             |  AMF   |           | TNF |   |      SMF       |
             +---_--+-+           +-+-+-+   +-+--------------+
                    |               | |       |
                    N2    +----Ns---+ +-Nn-+  N4
                    |     |                |  |
            +----+--+   +-+-+             ++--+----+     +----+
            |gNB1+======+CSR+------N3-----+  UPF   +-N6--+ DN |
            +----+      +---+             +---+----+     +----+
            +----+      +--++                |
       UE1  |gNB2+======+CSR+------N3--------+
       ==   +----+      +---+

       Figure 4: SSC Mode1 with integrated Transport Slice Function

   In this mode, IP address at the UE is preserved during mobility
   events.  This is similar to 4G/LTE mechanism and for respective
   slices, corresponding PPR-ID (TE Path) has to be assigned to the
   packet at UL and DL direction.  During Xn mobility as shown above,
   source gNB has to additionally ensure transport path's resources from
   TNF are available at the target gNB apart from radio resources check
   (at decision and request phase of Xn/N2 mobility scenario).

3.4.2.  SSC Mode2

   In this case, if IP Address is changed during mobility (different UPF
   area), then corresponding PDU session is released.  No session
   continuity from the network is provided and this is designed as an

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   application offload and application manages the session continuity,
   if needed.  For PDU Session, Service Request and Mobility cases
   mechanism to select the transport resource and the PPR-ID (TE Path)
   is similar to SSC Mode1.

3.4.3.  SSC Mode3

   In this mode, new IP address may be assigned because of UE moved to
   another UPF coverage area.  Network ensures UE suffers no loss of
   'connectivity'.  A connection through new PDU session anchor point is
   established before the connection is terminated for better service
   continuity.  There are two ways in which this happens.

   o  Change of SSC Mode 3 PDU Session Anchor with multiple PDU

   o  Change of SSC Mode 3 PDU Session Anchor with IPv6 multi-homed PDU

   In the first mode, from user plane perspective, the two PDU sessions
   are independent and the use of PPR-ID by gNB and UPFs is exactly
   similar to SSC Mode 1 described above.  The following paragraphs
   describe the IPv6 multi-homed PDU session case for SSC Mode 3.

             +---+----+           +-----+   +----------------+
             |  AMF   |           | TNF |   |      SMF       |
             +---+--+-+           +-+-+-+   +-+-----------+--+
                N1  |               | |       |           |
       to-UE+----+  N2 +-------Ns---+ +-Nn-+  N4        N4|
                    |  |                   |  |           |
            +-------+--+        +--+-------+--+     +-----+-+
            |gNB/CSR   +---N3---+ BP UPF      +-N9--+  UPF  +-N6--
            +----------+        +----------+--+     +-------+ to DN
                                           | +----+
                                           +-| DN |
                                         N6  +----+

                Figure 5: SSC Mode3 and Service Continuity

   In the uplink direction for the traffic offloading from the Branching
   Point UPF, packet has to reach to the right exit UPF.  In this case
   packet gets re-encapsulated by the BP UPF (with either GTP-U or the
   chosen encapsulation) after bit rate enforcement and LI, towards the
   anchor UPF.  At this point packet has to be on the appropriate VPN/PW

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   to the anchor UPF.  This mapping is done based on the S-NSSAI the PDU
   session belongs to and/or the QFI marking in the GTPU encapsulation
   header (e.g. 5QI value) to the PPR-ID of the exit node by selecting
   the respective TE PPR-ID (PPR path) of the UPF.  If it's a non-MPLS
   underlay, destination IP address of the encapsulation header would be
   the mapped PPR-ID (TE path).

   In the downlink direction for the incoming packet, UPF has to
   encapsulate the packet (with either GTP-U or the chosen
   encapsulation) to reach the BP UPF.  Here mapping is done based on
   the S-NSSAI the PDU session belongs, to the PPR-ID (TE Path) of the
   BP UPF.  If it's a non-MPLS underlay, destination IP address of the
   encapsulation header would be the mapped PPR-ID (TE path).  In

   o  Respective PPR-ID on N3 and N9 has to be selected with correct
      transport characteristics from TNF.

   o  For N2 based mobility SMF has to ensure transport resources are
      available for N3 Interface to new BP UPF and from there the
      original anchor point UPF.

   o  For Service continuity with multi-homed PDU session same transport
      network characteristics of the original PDU session (both on N3
      and N9) need to be observed for the newly configured IPv6

4.  Other TE Technologies Applicability

   RSVP-TE [RFC3209] provides a lean transport overhead for the TE path
   for MPLS user plane.  However, it is perceived as less dynamic in
   some cases and has some provisioning overhead across all the nodes in
   N3 and N9 interface nodes.  Also it has another drawback with
   excessive state refresh overhead across adjacent nodes and this can
   be mitigated with [RFC8370].

   SR-TE [I-D.ietf-spring-segment-routing] does not explicitly signal
   bandwidth reservation or mechanism to guarantee latency on the nodes/
   links on SR path.  But, SR allows path steering for any flow at the
   ingress and particular path for a flow can be chosen.  Some of the
   issues around path overhead/tax, MTU issues are documented at
   Section 5.3 of [I-D.bogineni-dmm-optimized-mobile-user-plane].  SR-
   MPLS allows reduction of the control protocols to one IGP (with out
   needing for LDP and RSVP-TE).

   However, as specified above with PPR (Section 3), in the integrated
   transport network function (TNF) a particular RSVP-TE path for MPLS

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   or SR path for MPLS and IPv6 with SRH user plane, can be supplied to
   SMF for mapping a particular PDU session to the transport path.

5.  Acknowledgements

   Thanks to Young Lee and John Kaippallimalil for discussions on this
   document including ACTN applicability for the proposed TNF.  Thanks
   to Sri Gundavelli and 3GPP delegates who provided detailed feedback
   on this document.

6.  IANA Considerations

   This document has no requests for any IANA code point allocations.

7.  Security Considerations

   This document does not introduce any new security issues.

8.  Contributing Authors

   The following people contributed substantially to the content of this
   document and should be considered co-authors.

   Xavier De Foy
      InterDigital Communications, LLC
      1000 Sherbrooke West


9.  References

9.1.  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,

9.2.  Informative References

              Bashandy, A., Filsfils, C., Decraene, B., Litkowski, S.,
              Francois, P.,, d., Clad, F., and P.
              Camarillo, "Topology Independent Fast Reroute using
              Segment Routing", draft-bashandy-rtgwg-segment-routing-ti-
              lfa-05 (work in progress), October 2018.

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              Bogineni, K., Akhavain, A., Herbert, T., Farinacci, D.,
              Rodriguez-Natal, A., Carofiglio, G., Auge, J.,
              Muscariello, L., Camarillo, P., and S. Homma, "Optimized
              Mobile User Plane Solutions for 5G", draft-bogineni-dmm-
              optimized-mobile-user-plane-01 (work in progress), June

              Chunduri, U., Li, R., White, R., Tantsura, J., Contreras,
              L., and Y. Qu, "Preferred Path Routing (PPR) in IS-IS",
              draft-chunduri-lsr-isis-preferred-path-routing-02 (work in
              progress), February 2019.

              Chunduri, U., Qu, Y., White, R., Tantsura, J., and L.
              Contreras, "Preferred Path Routing (PPR) in OSPF", draft-
              chunduri-lsr-ospf-preferred-path-routing-02 (work in
              progress), February 2019.

              Farinacci, D., Pillay-Esnault, P., and U. Chunduri, "LISP
              for the Mobile Network", draft-farinacci-lisp-mobile-
              network-04 (work in progress), September 2018.

              Matsushima, S., Filsfils, C., Kohno, M., Camarillo, P.,
    , d., and C. Perkins, "Segment Routing
              IPv6 for Mobile User Plane", draft-ietf-dmm-srv6-mobile-
              uplane-03 (work in progress), October 2018.

              Filsfils, C., Previdi, S., Ginsberg, L., Decraene, B.,
              Litkowski, S., and R. Shakir, "Segment Routing
              Architecture", draft-ietf-spring-segment-routing-15 (work
              in progress), January 2018.

   [RFC3209]  Awduche, D., Berger, L., Gan, D., Li, T., Srinivasan, V.,
              and G. Swallow, "RSVP-TE: Extensions to RSVP for LSP
              Tunnels", RFC 3209, DOI 10.17487/RFC3209, December 2001,

   [RFC5440]  Vasseur, JP., Ed. and JL. Le Roux, Ed., "Path Computation
              Element (PCE) Communication Protocol (PCEP)", RFC 5440,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC5440, March 2009,

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   [RFC6241]  Enns, R., Ed., Bjorklund, M., Ed., Schoenwaelder, J., Ed.,
              and A. Bierman, Ed., "Network Configuration Protocol
              (NETCONF)", RFC 6241, DOI 10.17487/RFC6241, June 2011,

   [RFC6830]  Farinacci, D., Fuller, V., Meyer, D., and D. Lewis, "The
              Locator/ID Separation Protocol (LISP)", RFC 6830,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC6830, January 2013,

   [RFC7490]  Bryant, S., Filsfils, C., Previdi, S., Shand, M., and N.
              So, "Remote Loop-Free Alternate (LFA) Fast Reroute (FRR)",
              RFC 7490, DOI 10.17487/RFC7490, April 2015,

   [RFC7752]  Gredler, H., Ed., Medved, J., Previdi, S., Farrel, A., and
              S. Ray, "North-Bound Distribution of Link-State and
              Traffic Engineering (TE) Information Using BGP", RFC 7752,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC7752, March 2016,

   [RFC8040]  Bierman, A., Bjorklund, M., and K. Watsen, "RESTCONF
              Protocol", RFC 8040, DOI 10.17487/RFC8040, January 2017,

   [RFC8370]  Beeram, V., Ed., Minei, I., Shakir, R., Pacella, D., and
              T. Saad, "Techniques to Improve the Scalability of RSVP-TE
              Deployments", RFC 8370, DOI 10.17487/RFC8370, May 2018,

   [RFC8453]  Ceccarelli, D., Ed. and Y. Lee, Ed., "Framework for
              Abstraction and Control of TE Networks (ACTN)", RFC 8453,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC8453, August 2018,

              3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), "Procedures for
              4G/LTE System; 3GPP TS 23.401, v15.4.0", June 2018.

              3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), "System
              Architecture for 5G System; Stage 2, 3GPP TS 23.501
              v2.0.1", December 2017.

              3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), "Procedures for
              5G System; Stage 2, 3GPP TS 23.502, v2.0.0", December

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              3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), "Policy and
              Charging Control System for 5G Framework; Stage 2, 3GPP TS
              23.503 v1.0.0", December 2017.

              3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP), "GPRS Tunneling
              Protocol User Plane (GTPv1-U), 3GPP TS 29.281 v15.1.0",
              December 2017.

Appendix A.  Appendix: New Control Plane and User Planes

A.1.  LISP and PPR

   PPR can also be used with LISP control plane for 3GPP as described in
   [I-D.farinacci-lisp-mobile-network].  This can be achieved by mapping
   the UE IP address (EID) to PPR-ID, which acts as Routing Locator
   (RLOC).  Any encapsulation supported by LISP can work well with PPR.
   If the RLOC refers to an IPv4 or IPv6 destination address in the LISP
   encapsulated header, packets are transported on the preferred path in
   the network as opposed to traditional shortest path routing with no
   additional user plane overhead related to TE path in the network

   Some of the distinct advantages of the LISP approach is, its
   scalability, support for service continuity in SSC Mode3 as well as
   native support for session continuity (session survivable mobility).
   Various other advantages are documented at

A.2.  ILA and PPR

   If an ILA-prefix is allowed to refer to a PPR-ID, ILA can be
   leveraged with all the benefits (including mobility) that it
   provides.  This works fine in the DL direction as packet is destined
   to UE IP address at UPF.  However, in the UL direction, packet is
   destined to an external internet address (SIR Prefix to ILA Prefix
   transformation happens on the Source address of the original UE
   packet).  One way to route the packet with out bringing the complete
   DFZ BGP routing table is by doing a default route to the UPF (ILA-R).
   In this case, how TE can be achieved is TBD (to be expanded further
   with details).

Authors' Addresses

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   Uma Chunduri (editor)
   Huawei USA
   2330 Central Expressway
   Santa Clara, CA  95050


   Richard Li
   Huawei USA
   2330 Central Expressway
   Santa Clara, CA  95050


   Sridhar Bhaskaran
   Huawei Technologies India Pvt Ltd
   Survey No.37, Whitefield Road, Kundalahalli
   Bengaluru, Karnataka


   Jeff Tantsura
   Apstra, Inc.


   Luis M. Contreras
   Sur-3 building, 3rd floor
   Madrid  28050


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   Praveen Muley
   440 North Bernardo Ave
   Mountain View, CA  94043


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