BESS                                                            Z. Zhang
Internet-Draft                                                    W. Lin
Updates: 7432 (if approved)                             Juniper Networks
Intended status: Standards Track                              J. Rabadan
Expires: May 22, 2022                                              Nokia
                                                                K. Patel
                                                              A. Sajassi
                                                           Cisco Systems
                                                       November 18, 2021

                     Updates on EVPN BUM Procedures


   This document specifies updated procedures for handling broadcast,
   unknown unicast, and multicast (BUM) traffic in Ethernet VPNs (EVPN),
   including selective multicast, and provider tunnel segmentation.
   This document updates RFC 7432.

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.

Status of This Memo

   This Internet-Draft is submitted in full conformance with the
   provisions of BCP 78 and BCP 79.

   Internet-Drafts are working documents of the Internet Engineering
   Task Force (IETF).  Note that other groups may also distribute
   working documents as Internet-Drafts.  The list of current Internet-
   Drafts is at

   Internet-Drafts are draft documents valid for a maximum of six months
   and may be updated, replaced, or obsoleted by other documents at any
   time.  It is inappropriate to use Internet-Drafts as reference
   material or to cite them other than as "work in progress."

   This Internet-Draft will expire on May 22, 2022.

Zhang, et al.             Expires May 22, 2022                  [Page 1]

Internet-Draft          evpn-bum-procedure-update          November 2021

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (c) 2021 IETF Trust and the persons identified as the
   document authors.  All rights reserved.

   This document is subject to BCP 78 and the IETF Trust's Legal
   Provisions Relating to IETF Documents
   ( in effect on the date of
   publication of this document.  Please review these documents
   carefully, as they describe your rights and restrictions with respect
   to this document.  Code Components extracted from this document must
   include Simplified BSD License text as described in Section 4.e of
   the Trust Legal Provisions and are provided without warranty as
   described in the Simplified BSD License.

Table of Contents

   1.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   2.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     2.1.  Tunnel Segmentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
       2.1.1.  Reasons for Tunnel Segmentation . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   3.  Additional Route Types of EVPN NLRI . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     3.1.  Per-Region I-PMSI A-D route . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     3.2.  S-PMSI A-D route  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     3.3.  Leaf A-D route  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   4.  Selective Multicast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   5.  Inter-AS Segmentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     5.1.  Differences from Section 7.2.2 of [RFC7117] When Applied
           to EVPN . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     5.2.  I-PMSI Leaf Tracking  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     5.3.  Backward Compatibility  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
       5.3.1.  Designated ASBR Election  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
   6.  Inter-Region Segmentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
     6.1.  Area/AS vs. Region  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
     6.2.  Per-region Aggregation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
     6.3.  Use of S-NH-EC  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
     6.4.  Ingress PE's I-PMSI Leaf Tracking . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
   7.  Multi-homing Support  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
   8.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
   9.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
   10. Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
   11. Contributors  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
   12. References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
     12.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
     12.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  20

Zhang, et al.             Expires May 22, 2022                  [Page 2]

Internet-Draft          evpn-bum-procedure-update          November 2021

1.  Terminology

   It is expected that audience is familiar with MVPN [RFC6513]
   [RFC6514], VPLS Multicast [RFC7117] and EVPN [RFC7432] concepts and
   terminologies.  For convenience, the following terms are briefly

   o  PMSI [RFC6513]: P-Multicast Service Interface - a conceptual
      interface for a PE to send customer multicast traffic to all or
      some PEs in the same VPN.

   o  I-PMSI: Inclusive PMSI - to all PEs in the same VPN.

   o  S-PMSI: Selective PMSI - to some of the PEs in the same VPN.

   o  I/S-PMSI A-D Route: Auto-Discovery routes used to announce the
      tunnels that instantiate an I/S-PMSI.

   o  Leaf Auto-Discovery (A-D) routes [RFC6513]: For explicit leaf
      tracking purpose.  Triggered by I/S-PMSI A-D routes and targeted
      at triggering route's (re-)advertiser.  Its NLRI embeds the entire
      NLRI of the triggering PMSI A-D route.

   o  IMET A-D route [RFC7432]: Inclusive Multicast Ethernet Tag A-D
      route.  The EVPN equivalent of MVPN Intra-AS I-PMSI A-D route used
      to announce the tunnels that instantiate an I-PMSI.

   o  SMET A-D route [I-D.ietf-bess-evpn-igmp-mld-proxy]: Selective
      Multicast Ethernet Tag A-D route.  The EVPN equivalent of MVPN
      Leaf A-D route but unsolicited and untargeted.

   o  PMSI Tunnel Attribute (PTA): An optional transitive BGP attribute
      that may be attached to PMSI/Leaf A-D routes to provide
      information for a PMSI tunnel.

2.  Introduction

   [RFC7117] specifies procedures for Multicast in Virtual Private LAN
   Service (VPLS Multicast) using both inclusive tunnels and selective
   tunnels with or without inter-as segmentation, similar to the
   Multicast VPN (MVPN) procedures specified in [RFC6513] and [RFC6514].
   [RFC7524] specifies inter-area tunnel segmentation procedures for
   both VPLS Multicast and MVPN.

   [RFC7432] specifies BGP MPLS-Based Ethernet VPN (EVPN) procedures,
   including those handling broadcast, unknown unicast, and multicast
   (BUM) traffic.  A lot of details are referred to [RFC7117], yet with

Zhang, et al.             Expires May 22, 2022                  [Page 3]

Internet-Draft          evpn-bum-procedure-update          November 2021

   quite some feature gaps like selective tunnel and tunnel segmentation
   (Section 2.1).

   This document aims at filling the gaps - cover the use of selective
   and segmented tunnels in EVPN.  It follows the same editorial choice
   as in RFC7432 and only specifies differences from relevant procedures
   in [RFC7117] and [RFC7524], instead of repeating the text.  Note that
   these differences are applicable to EVPN only, and are not updates to
   [RFC7117] or [RFC7524].

   MVPN, VPLS and EVPN all have the need to discover other PEs in the
   same L3/L2 VPN and announce the inclusive tunnels.  MVPN introduced
   the I-PMSI concept and uses I-PMSI A-D route for that.  EVPN uses
   Inclusive Multicast Ethernet Tag Route (IMET) A-D route but VPLS just
   adds an PMSI Tunnel Attribute (PTA) to the existing VPLS A-D route
   for that purpose.  For selective tunnels, they all do use the same
   term S-PMSI A-D routes.

   Many places of this document involve the I-PMSI concept that is all
   the same for all three technologies.  For consistency and
   convenience, EVPN's IMET and VPLS's VPLS A-D route carrying PTA for
   BUM traffic purpose may all be referred to as I-PMSI A-D routes
   depending on the context.

2.1.  Tunnel Segmentation

   MVPN provider tunnels and EVPN/VPLS BUM provider tunnels, which are
   referred to as MVPN/EVPN/VPLS provider tunnels in this document for
   simplicity, can be segmented for technical or administrative reasons,
   which are summarized in Section 2.1.1 of this document.  [RFC6513]
   and [RFC6514] cover MVPN inter-as segmentation, [RFC7117] covers VPLS
   multicast inter-as segmentation, and [RFC7524] (Seamless MPLS
   Multicast) covers inter-area segmentation for both MVPN and VPLS.

   With tunnel segmentation, different segments of an end-to-end tunnel
   may have different encapsulation overhead.  However, the largest
   overhead of the tunnel caused by an encapsulation method on a
   particular segment is not different from the case of a non-segmented
   tunnel with that encapsulation method.  This is similar to the case
   of a network with different link types.

   There is a difference between MVPN and VPLS multicast inter-as
   segmentation (the VPLS approach is briefly discribed in Section 5.1).
   For simplicity, EVPN will use the same procedures as in MVPN.  All
   ASBRs can re-advertise their choice of the best route.  Each can
   become the root of its intra-AS segment and inject traffic it
   receives from its upstream, while each downstream PE/ASBR will only

Zhang, et al.             Expires May 22, 2022                  [Page 4]

Internet-Draft          evpn-bum-procedure-update          November 2021

   pick one of the upstream ASBRs as its upstream.  This is also the
   behavior even for VPLS in case of inter-area segmentation.

   For inter-area segmentation, [RFC7524] requires the use of Inter-area
   P2MP Segmented Next-Hop Extended Community (S-NH-EC), and the setting
   of "Leaf Information Required" L flag in PTA in certain situations.
   In the EVPN case, the requirements around S-NH-EC and the PTA "L"
   flag differ from [RFC7524] to make the segmentation procedures
   transparent to ingress and egress PEs.

   [RFC7524] assumes that segmentation happens at area borders.
   However, it could be at "regional" borders, where a region could be a
   sub-area, or even an entire AS plus its external links (Section 6.1).
   That would allow for more flexible deployment scenarios (e.g. for
   single-area provider networks).  This document extends the inter-area
   segmentation to inter-region segmentation for EVPN.

2.1.1.  Reasons for Tunnel Segmentation

   Tunnel segmentation may be required and/or desired because of
   administrative and/or technical reasons.

   For example, an MVPN/VPLS/EVPN network may span multiple providers
   and the end-to-end provider tunnels have to be segmented at and
   stitched by the ASBRs.  Different providers may use different tunnel
   technologies (e.g., provider A uses Ingress Replication [RFC7988],
   provider B uses RSVP-TE P2MP [RFC4875] while provider C uses mLDP
   [RFC6388]).  Even if they use the same tunnel technology like RSVP-TE
   P2MP, it may be impractical to set up the tunnels across provider

   The same situations may apply between the ASes and/or areas of a
   single provider.  For example, the backbone area may use RSVP-TE P2MP
   tunnels while non-backbone areas may use mLDP tunnels.

   Segmentation can also be used to divide an AS/area into smaller
   regions, so that control plane state and/or forwarding plane state/
   burden can be limited to that of individual regions.  For example,
   instead of Ingress Replicating to 100 PEs in the entire AS, with
   inter-area segmentation [RFC7524] a PE only needs to replicate to
   local PEs and ABRs.  The ABRs will further replicate to their
   downstream PEs and ABRs.  This not only reduces the forwarding plane
   burden, but also reduces the leaf tracking burden in the control

   Smaller regions also have the benefit that, in case of tunnel
   aggregation, it is easier to find congruence among the segments of
   different constituent (service) tunnels and the resulting aggregation

Zhang, et al.             Expires May 22, 2022                  [Page 5]

Internet-Draft          evpn-bum-procedure-update          November 2021

   (base) tunnel in a region.  This leads to better bandwidth
   efficiency, because the more congruent they are, the fewer leaves of
   the base tunnel need to discard traffic when a service tunnel's
   segment does not need to receive the traffic (yet it is receiving the
   traffic due to aggregation).

   Another advantage of the smaller region is smaller BIER [RFC8279]
   sub-domains.  With BIER, packets carry a BitString, in which the bits
   correspond to edge routers that needs to receive traffic.  Smaller
   sub-domains means smaller BitStrings can be used without having to
   send multiple copies of the same packet.

3.  Additional Route Types of EVPN NLRI

   [RFC7432] defines the format of EVPN NLRI as the following:

                    |    Route Type (1 octet)           |
                    |     Length (1 octet)              |
                    | Route Type specific (variable)    |

   So far eight route types have been defined in [RFC7432],
   [I-D.ietf-bess-evpn-prefix-advertisement], and

         + 1 - Ethernet Auto-Discovery (A-D) route
         + 2 - MAC/IP Advertisement route
         + 3 - Inclusive Multicast Ethernet Tag route
         + 4 - Ethernet Segment route
         + 5 - IP Prefix Route
         + 6 - Selective Multicast Ethernet Tag Route
         + 7 - Multicast Join Synch Route
         + 8 - Multicast Leave Synch Route

   This document defines three additional route types:

         + 9  - Per-Region I-PMSI A-D route
         + 10 - S-PMSI A-D route
         + 11 - Leaf A-D route

   The "Route Type specific" field of the type 9 and type 10 EVPN NLRIs
   starts with a type 1 RD, whose Administrator sub-field MUST match
   that of the RD in all current non-Leaf A-D (Section 3.3) EVPN routes
   from the same advertising router for a given EVI.

Zhang, et al.             Expires May 22, 2022                  [Page 6]

Internet-Draft          evpn-bum-procedure-update          November 2021

3.1.  Per-Region I-PMSI A-D route

   The Per-region I-PMSI A-D route has the following format.  Its usage
   is discussed in Section 6.2.

                   |      RD   (8 octets)              |
                   |  Ethernet Tag ID (4 octets)       |
                   |  Region ID (8 octets)             |

   The Region ID identifies the region and is encoded just as how an
   Extended Community is encoded, as detailed in Section 6.2.

3.2.  S-PMSI A-D route

   The S-PMSI A-D route has the following format:

                   |      RD   (8 octets)              |
                   |  Ethernet Tag ID (4 octets)       |
                   | Multicast Source Length (1 octet) |
                   |  Multicast Source (Variable)      |
                   |  Multicast Group Length (1 octet) |
                   |  Multicast Group   (Variable)     |
                   |Originator's Addr Length (1 octet) |
                   |Originator's Addr (4 or 16 octets) |

   Other than the addition of Ethernet Tag ID and Originator's Addr
   Length, it is identical to the S-PMSI A-D route as defined in
   [RFC7117].  The procedures in [RFC7117] also apply (including
   wildcard functionality), except that the granularity level is per
   Ethernet Tag.

Zhang, et al.             Expires May 22, 2022                  [Page 7]

Internet-Draft          evpn-bum-procedure-update          November 2021

3.3.  Leaf A-D route

   The Route Type specific field of a Leaf A-D route consists of the

                   |      Route Key (variable)         |
                   |Originator's Addr Length (1 octet) |
                   |Originator's Addr (4 or 16 octets) |

   A Leaf A-D route is originated in response to a PMSI route, which
   could be an Inclusive Multicast Tag route, a per-region I-PMSI A-D
   route, an S-PMSI A-D route, or some other types of routes that may be
   defined in the future that triggers Leaf A-D routes.  The Route Key
   is the NLRI of the route for which this Leaf A-D route is generated.

   The general procedures of Leaf A-D route are first specified in
   [RFC6514] for MVPN.  The principles apply to VPLS and EVPN as well.
   [RFC7117] has details for VPLS Multicast, and this document points
   out some specifics for EVPN, e.g. in Section 5.

4.  Selective Multicast

   [I-D.ietf-bess-evpn-igmp-mld-proxy] specifies procedures for EVPN
   selective forwarding of IP multicast using SMET routes.  It assumes
   selective forwarding is always used with IR for all flows (though the
   same signaling can also be used for an ingress PE to find out the set
   of egress PEs for selective forwarding with BIER).  An NVE proxies
   the IGMP/MLD state that it learns on its ACs to (C-S,C-G) or
   (C-*,C-G) SMET routes that advertises to other NVEs, and a receiving
   NVE converts the SMET routes back to IGMP/MLD messages and sends them
   out of its ACs.  The receiving NVE also uses the SMET routes to
   identify which NVEs need to receive traffic for a particular
   (C-S,C-G) or (C-*,C-G) to achieve selective forwarding using IR or

   With the above procedures, selective forwarding is done for all flows
   and the SMET routes are advertised for all flows.  It is possible
   that an operator may not want to track all those (C-S, C-G) or
   (C-*,C-G) state on the NVEs, and the multicast traffic pattern allows
   inclusive forwarding for most flows while selective forwarding is
   needed only for a few high-rate flows.  For that, or for tunnel types
   other than IR/BIER, S-PMSI/Leaf A-D procedures defined for Selective
   Multicast for VPLS in [RFC7117] are used.  Other than that different
   route types and formats are specified with EVPN SAFI for S-PMSI A-D

Zhang, et al.             Expires May 22, 2022                  [Page 8]

Internet-Draft          evpn-bum-procedure-update          November 2021

   and Leaf A-D routes (Section 3), all procedures in [RFC7117] with
   respect to Selective Multicast apply to EVPN as well, including
   wildcard procedures.  In a nutshell, a source NVE advertises S-PMSI
   A-D routes to announce the tunnels used for certain flows, and
   receiving NVEs either join the announced PIM/mLDP tunnel or respond
   with Leaf A-D routes if the Leaf Information Required flag is set in
   the S-PMSI A-D route's PTA (so that the source NVE can include them
   as tunnel leaves).

   An optimization to the [RFC7117] procedures may be applied.  Even if
   a source NVE sets the L flag to request Leaf A-D routes, an egress
   NVE MAY omit the Leaf A-D route if it has already advertised a
   corresponding SMET route, and the source NVE MUST use that in lieu of
   the Leaf A-D route.

   The optional optimizations specified for MVPN in [RFC8534] are also
   applicable to EVPN when the S-PMSI/Leaf A-D routes procedures are
   used for EVPN selective multicast forwarding.

5.  Inter-AS Segmentation

5.1.  Differences from Section 7.2.2 of [RFC7117] When Applied to EVPN

   The first paragraph of Section of [RFC7117] says:

   "... The best route procedures ensure that if multiple
   ASBRs, in an AS, receive the same Inter-AS A-D route from their EBGP
   neighbors, only one of these ASBRs propagates this route in Internal
   BGP (IBGP).  This ASBR becomes the root of the intra-AS segment of
   the inter-AS tree and ensures that this is the only ASBR that accepts
   traffic into this AS from the inter-AS tree."

   The above VPLS behavior requires complicated VPLS specific procedures
   for the ASBRs to reach agreement.  For EVPN, a different approach is
   used and the above quoted text is not applicable to EVPN.

   With the different approach for EVPN/MVPN, each ASBR will re-
   advertise its received Inter-AS A-D route to its IBGP peers and
   becomes the root of an intra-AS segment of the inter-AS tree.  The
   intra-AS segment rooted at one ASBR is disjoint with another intra-AS
   segment rooted at another ASBR.  This is the same as the procedures
   for S-PMSI in [RFC7117] itself.

   The following bullet in Section of [RFC7117] does not apply
   to EVPN.

Zhang, et al.             Expires May 22, 2022                  [Page 9]

Internet-Draft          evpn-bum-procedure-update          November 2021

      + If the ASBR uses ingress replication to instantiate the intra-AS
        segment of the inter-AS tunnel, the re-advertised route MUST NOT
        carry the PMSI Tunnel attribute.

   The following bullet in Section of [RFC7117]:

     + If the ASBR uses a P-multicast tree to instantiate the intra-AS
       segment of the inter-AS tunnel, the PMSI Tunnel attribute MUST
       contain the identity of the tree that is used to instantiate the
       segment (note that the ASBR could create the identity of the tree
       prior to the actual instantiation of the segment).  If, in order
       to instantiate the segment, the ASBR needs to know the leaves of
       the tree, then the ASBR obtains this information from the A-D
       routes received from other PEs/ASBRs in the ASBR's own AS.

   is changed to the following when applied to EVPN:

      "The PMSI Tunnel attribute MUST specify the tunnel for the segment.
      If and only if, in order to establish the tunnel, the ASBR needs to
      know the leaves of the tree, then the ASBR MUST set the L flag to
      1 in the PTA to trigger Leaf A-D routes from egress PEs and
      downstream ASBRs. It MUST be (auto-)configured with an import RT,
      which controls acceptance of leaf A-D routes by the ASBR."

   Accordingly, the following paragraph in Section of [RFC7117]:

   "If the received Inter-AS A-D route carries the PMSI Tunnel attribute
   with the Tunnel Identifier set to RSVP-TE P2MP LSP, then the ASBR
   that originated the route MUST establish an RSVP-TE P2MP LSP with the
   local PE/ASBR as a leaf.  This LSP MAY have been established before
   the local PE/ASBR receives the route, or it MAY be established after
   the local PE receives the route."

   is changed to the following when applied to EVPN:

   "If the received Inter-AS A-D route has the L flag set in its PTA,
   then a receiving PE MUST originate a corresponding Leaf A-D route,
   while a receiving ASBR MUST originate a corresponding Leaf A-D route
   if and only if it received and imported one or more corresponding
   Leaf A-D routes from its downstream IBGP or EBGP peers, or it has
   non-null downstream forwarding state for the PIM/mLDP tunnel that
   instantiates its downstream intra-AS segment.  The targeted ASBR for
   the Leaf A-D route, which (re-)advertised the Inter-AS A-D route,
   MUST establish a tunnel to the leaves discovered by the Leaf A-D

Zhang, et al.             Expires May 22, 2022                 [Page 10]

Internet-Draft          evpn-bum-procedure-update          November 2021

5.2.  I-PMSI Leaf Tracking

   An ingress PE does not set the L flag in its Inclusive Multicast
   Ethernet Tag (IMET) A-D route's PTA, even with Ingress Replication or
   RSVP-TE P2MP tunnels.  It does not rely on the Leaf A-D routes to
   discover leaves in its AS, and Section 11.2 of [RFC7432] explicitly
   states that the L flag must be set to zero.

   An implementation of [RFC7432] might have used the Originating
   Router's IP Address field of the IMET A-D routes to determine the
   leaves, or might have used the Next Hop field instead.  Within the
   same AS, both will lead to the same result.

   With segmentation, an ingress PE MUST determine the leaves in its AS
   from the BGP next hops in all its received IMET A-D routes, so it
   does not have to set the L flag set to request Leaf A-D routes.  PEs
   within the same AS will all have different next hops in their IMET
   A-D routes (hence will all be considered as leaves), and PEs from
   other ASes will have the next hop in their IMET A-D routes set to
   addresses of ASBRs in this local AS, hence only those ASBRs will be
   considered as leaves (as proxies for those PEs in other ASes).  Note
   that in case of Ingress Replication, when an ASBR re-advertises IMET
   A-D routes to IBGP peers, it MUST advertise the same label for all
   those for the same Ethernet Tag ID and the same EVI.  Otherwise,
   duplicated copies will be sent by the ingress PE and received by
   egress PEs in other regions.  For the same reason, when an ingress PE
   builds its flooding list, if multiple routes have the same (nexthop,
   label) tuple they MUST only be added as a single branch in the
   flooding list.

5.3.  Backward Compatibility

   The above procedures assume that all PEs are upgraded to support the
   segmentation procedures:

   o  An ingress PE uses the Next Hop and not Originating Router's IP
      Address to determine leaves for the I-PMSI tunnel.

   o  An egress PE sends Leaf A-D routes in response to I-PMSI routes,
      if the PTA has the L flag set by the re-advertising ASBR.

   o  In case of Ingress Replication, when an ingress PE builds its
      flooding list, multiple I-PMSI routes may have the same (nexthop,
      label) tuple and only a single branch for those will be added in
      the flooding list.

   If a deployment has legacy PEs that does not support the above, then
   a legacy ingress PE would include all PEs (including those in remote

Zhang, et al.             Expires May 22, 2022                 [Page 11]

Internet-Draft          evpn-bum-procedure-update          November 2021

   ASes) as leaves of the inclusive tunnel and try to send traffic to
   them directly (no segmentation), which is either undesired or not
   possible; a legacy egress PE would not send Leaf A-D routes so the
   ASBRs would not know to send external traffic to them.

   If this backward compatibility problem needs to be addressed, the
   following procedure MUST be used (see Section 6.2 for per-PE/AS/
   region I-PMSI A-D routes):

   o  An upgraded PE indicates in its per-PE I-PMSI A-D route that it
      supports the new procedures.  This is done by setting a flag bit
      in the EVPN Multicast Flags Extended Community.

   o  All per-PE I-PMSI A-D routes are restricted to the local AS and
      not propagated to external peers.

   o  The ASBRs in an AS originate per-region I-PMSI A-D routes and
      advertise them to their external peers to specify tunnels used to
      carry traffic from the local AS to other ASes.  Depending on the
      types of tunnels being used, the L flag in the PTA may be set, in
      which case the downstream ASBRs and upgraded PEs will send Leaf
      A-D routes to pull traffic from their upstream ASBRs.  In a
      particular downstream AS, one of the ASBRs is elected, based on
      the per-region I-PMSI A-D routes for a particular source AS, to
      send traffic from that source AS to legacy PEs in the downstream
      AS.  The traffic arrives at the elected ASBR on the tunnel
      announced in the best per-region I-PMSI A-D route for the source
      AS, that the ASBR has selected of all those that it received over
      EBGP or IBGP sessions.  The election procedure is described in
      Section 5.3.1.

   o  In an ingress/upstream AS, if and only if an ASBR has active
      downstream receivers (PEs and ASBRs), which are learned either
      explicitly via Leaf A-D routes or implicitly via PIM join or mLDP
      label mapping, the ASBR originates a per-PE I-PMSI A-D route
      (i.e., regular Inclusive Multicast Ethernet Tag route) into the
      local AS, and stitches incoming per-PE I-PMSI tunnels into its
      per-region I-PMSI tunnel.  With this, it gets traffic from local
      PEs and send to other ASes via the tunnel announced in its per-
      region I-PMSI A-D route.

   Note that, even if there is no backward compatibility issue, the use
   of per-region I-PMSI has the benefit of keeping all per-PE I-PMSI A-D
   routes in their local ASes, greatly reducing the flooding of the
   routes and their corresponding Leaf A-D routes (when needed), and the
   number of inter-as tunnels.

Zhang, et al.             Expires May 22, 2022                 [Page 12]

Internet-Draft          evpn-bum-procedure-update          November 2021

5.3.1.  Designated ASBR Election

   When an ASBR re-advertises a per-region I-PMSI A-D route into an AS
   in which a designated ASBR needs to be used to forward traffic to the
   legacy PEs in the AS, it MUST include a DF Election EC.  The EC and
   its use is specified in [RFC8584].  The AC-DF bit in the DF Election
   EC MUST be cleared.  If it is known that no legacy PEs exist in the
   AS, the ASBR MUST NOT include the EC and MUST remove the DF Election
   EC if one is carried in the per-region I-PMSI A-D routes that it
   receives.  Note that this is done for each set of per-region I-PMSI
   A-D routes with the same NLRI.

   Based on the procedures in [RFC8584], an election algorithm is
   determined according to the DF Election ECs carried in the set of
   per-region I-PMSI routes of the same NLRI re-adverised into the AS.
   The algorithm is then applied to a candidate list, which is the set
   of ASBRs that re-advertised the per-region I-PMSI routes of the same
   NLRI carrying the DF Election EC.

6.  Inter-Region Segmentation

6.1.  Area/AS vs. Region

   [RFC7524] is for MVPN/VPLS inter-area segmentation and does not
   explicitly cover EVPN.  However, if "area" is replaced by "region"
   and "ABR" is replaced by "RBR" (Regional Border Router) then
   everything still works, and can be applied to EVPN as well.

   A region can be a sub-area, or can be an entire AS including its
   external links.  Instead of automatic region definition based on IGP
   areas, a region would be defined as a BGP peer group.  In fact, even
   with IGP area based region definition, a BGP peer group listing the
   PEs and ABRs in an area is still needed.

   Consider the following example diagram for inter-as segmentation:

             ---------           ------             ---------
            /         \         /      \           /         \
           /           \       /        \         /           \
          | PE1 o    ASBR1 -- ASBR2    ASBR3 -- ASBR4    o PE2 |
           \           /       \        /         \           /
            \         /         \      /           \         /
             ---------           ------             ---------
             AS 100              AS 200              AS 300
             segment1  segment2 segment3  segment4  segment5

Zhang, et al.             Expires May 22, 2022                 [Page 13]

Internet-Draft          evpn-bum-procedure-update          November 2021

   The inter-as segmentation procedures specified so far ([RFC6513]
   [RFC6514], [RFC7117], and Section 5 of this document) require all
   ASBRs to be involved, and Ingress Replication is used between two
   ASBRs in different ASes.

   In the above diagram, it's possible that ASBR1/4 does not support
   segmentation, and the provider tunnels in AS 100/300 can actually
   extend across the external link.  In this case, the inter-region
   segmentation procedures can be used instead - a region is the entire
   (AS100 + ASBR1-ASBR2 link) or (AS300 + ASBR3-ASBR4 link).  ASBR2/3
   would be the RBRs, and ASBR1/4 will just be a transit core router
   with respect to provider tunnels.

   As illustrated in the diagram below, ASBR2/3 will establish a
   multihop EBGP session with either a RR or directly with PEs in the
   neighboring AS.  I/S-PMSI A-D routes from ingress PEs will not be
   processed by ASBR1/4.  When ASBR2 re-advertises the routes into AS
   200, it changes the next hop to its own address and changes PTA to
   specify the tunnel type/identification in its own AS.  When ASBR3 re-
   advertises I/S-PMSI A-D routes into the neighboring AS 300, it
   changes the next hop to its own address and changes PTA to specify
   the tunnel type/identification in the neighboring region.  Now the
   segment is rooted at ASBR3 and extends across the external link to

             ---------           ------             ---------
            /   RR....\.mh-ebpg /      \    mh-ebgp/....RR   \
           /    :      \    `. /        \ .'      /      :    \
          | PE1 o    ASBR1 -- ASBR2    ASBR3 -- ASBR4    o PE2 |
           \           /       \        /         \           /
            \         /         \      /           \         /
             ---------           ------             ---------
             AS 100              AS 200              AS 300
             segment 1          segment 2         segment 3

6.2.  Per-region Aggregation

   Notice that every I/S-PMSI route from each PE will be propagated
   throughout all the ASes or regions.  They may also trigger
   corresponding Leaf A-D routes depending on the types of tunnels used
   in each region.  This may become too many - routes and corresponding
   tunnels.  To address this concern, the I-PMSI routes from all PEs in
   a AS/region can be aggregated into a single I-PMSI route originated
   from the RBRs, and traffic from all those individual I-PMSI tunnels
   will be switched into the single I-PMSI tunnel.  This is like the
   MVPN Inter-AS I-PMSI route originated by ASBRs.

Zhang, et al.             Expires May 22, 2022                 [Page 14]

Internet-Draft          evpn-bum-procedure-update          November 2021

   The MVPN Inter-AS I-PMSI A-D route can be better called as per-AS
   I-PMSI A-D route, to be compared against the (per-PE) Intra-AS I-PMSI
   A-D routes originated by each PE.  In this document we will call it
   as per-region I-PMSI A-D route, in case we want to apply the
   aggregation at regional level.  The per-PE I-PMSI routes will not be
   propagated to other regions.  If multiple RBRs are connected to a
   region, then each will advertise such a route, with the same Region
   ID and Ethernet Tag ID (Section 3.1).  Similar to the per-PE I-PMSI
   A-D routes, RBRs/PEs in a downstream region will each select a best
   one from all those re-advertised by the upstream RBRs, hence will
   only receive traffic injected by one of them.

   MVPN does not aggregate S-PMSI routes from all PEs in an AS like it
   does for I-PMSIs routes, because the number of PEs that will
   advertise S-PMSI routes for the same (s,g) or (*,g) is small.  This
   is also the case for EVPN, i.e., there is no per-region S-PMSI

   Notice that per-region I-PMSI routes can also be used to address
   backwards compatibility issue, as discussed in Section 5.3.

   The Region ID in the per-region I-PMSI route's NLRI is encoded like
   an EC.  For example, the Region ID can encode an AS number or area ID
   in the following EC format:

   o  For a two-octet AS number, a Transitive Two-Octet AS-Specific EC
      of sub-type 0x09 (Source AS), with the Global Administrator sub-
      field set to the AS number and the Local Administrator sub-field
      set to 0.

   o  For a four-octet AS number, a Transitive Four-Octet AS-Specific EC
      of sub-type 0x09 (Source AS), with the Global Administrator sub-
      field set to the AS number and the Local Administrator sub-field
      set to 0.

   o  For an area ID, a Transitive IPv4-Address-Specific EC of any sub-
      type, with the Global Administrator sub-field set to the area ID
      and the Local Administrator sub-field set to 0.

   Uses of other EC encoding MAY be allowed as long as it uniquely
   identifies the region and the RBRs for the same region uses the same
   Region ID.

6.3.  Use of S-NH-EC

   [RFC7524] specifies the use of S-NH-EC because it does not allow ABRs
   to change the BGP next hop when they re-advertise I/S-PMSI A-D routes
   to downstream areas.  That is only to be consistent with the MVPN

Zhang, et al.             Expires May 22, 2022                 [Page 15]

Internet-Draft          evpn-bum-procedure-update          November 2021

   Inter-AS I-PMSI A-D routes, whose next hop must not be changed when
   they're re-advertised by the segmenting ABRs for reasons specific to
   MVPN.  For EVPN, it is perfectly fine to change the next hop when
   RBRs re-advertise the I/S-PMSI A-D routes, instead of relying on S-
   NH-EC.  As a result, this document specifies that RBRs change the BGP
   next hop when they re-advertise I/S-PMSI A-D routes and do not use S-
   NH-EC.  The advantage of this is that neither ingress nor egress PEs
   need to understand/use S-NH-EC, and a consistent procedure (based on
   BGP next hop) is used for both inter-as and inter-region

   If a downstream PE/RBR needs to originate Leaf A-D routes, it
   constructs an IP-based Route Target Extended Community by placing the
   IP address carried in the Next Hop of the received I/S-PMSI A-D route
   in the Global Administrator field of the Community, with the Local
   Administrator field of this Community set to 0 and setting the
   Extended Communities attribute of the Leaf A-D route to that

   Similar to [RFC7524], the upstream RBR MUST (auto-)configure a RT
   with the Global Administrator field set to the Next Hop in the re-
   advertised I/S-PMSI A-D route and with the Local Administrator field
   set to 0.  With this, the mechanisms specified in [RFC4684] for
   constrained BGP route distribution can be used along with this
   specification to ensure that only the needed PE/ABR will have to
   process a said Leaf A-D route.

6.4.  Ingress PE's I-PMSI Leaf Tracking

   [RFC7524] specifies that when an ingress PE/ASBR (re-)advertises an
   VPLS I-PMSI A-D route, it sets the L flag to 1 in the route's PTA.
   Similar to the inter-as case, this is actually not really needed for
   EVPN.  To be consistent with the inter-as case, the ingress PE does
   not set the L flag in its originated I-PMSI A-D routes, and
   determines the leaves based on the BGP next hops in its received
   I-PMSI A-D routes, as specified in Section 5.2.

   The same backward compatibility issue exists, and the same solution
   as in the inter-as case applies, as specified in Section 5.3.

7.  Multi-homing Support

   To support multi-homing with segmentation, ESI labels SHOULD be
   allocated from "Domain-wide Common Block" (DCB)
   [I-D.ietf-bess-mvpn-evpn-aggregation-label] for all tunnel types
   including Ingress Replication.  Via means outside the scope of this
   document, PEs know that ESI labels are from DCB and then existing

Zhang, et al.             Expires May 22, 2022                 [Page 16]

Internet-Draft          evpn-bum-procedure-update          November 2021

   multi-homing procedures work as is (whether a multi-homed Ethernet
   Segment spans across segmentation regions or not).

   Not using DCB-allocated ESI labels is outside the scope of this

8.  IANA Considerations

   IANA has temporarily assigned the following new EVPN route types in
   the EVPN Route Types registry:

   o  9 - Per-Region I-PMSI A-D route

   o  10 - S-PMSI A-D route

   o  11 - Leaf A-D route

   This document requests IANA to assign one flag bit from the EVPN
   Multicast Flags Extended Community Flags registry to be created in

   o  Bit-S - Segmentation Procedure Support

9.  Security Considerations

   The Selective Forwarding procedures via S-PMSI/Leaf A-D routes in
   this document are based on the same procedures for MVPN [RFC6513]
   [RFC6514] and VPLS Multicast [RFC7117].  The tunnel segmentation
   procedures in this document are based on the similar procedures for
   MVPN inter-AS [RFC6514] and inter-area [RFC7524] tunnel segmentation,
   and procedures for VPLS Multicast [RFC7117] inter-as tunnel
   segmentation.  When applied to EVPN, they do not introduce new
   security concerns besides what have been discussed in [RFC6513],
   [RFC6514], [RFC7117], and [RFC7524].  They also do not introduce new
   security concerns compared to [RFC7432].

10.  Acknowledgements

   The authors thank Eric Rosen, John Drake, and Ron Bonica for their
   comments and suggestions.

11.  Contributors

   The following also contributed to this document through their earlier
   work in EVPN selective multicast.

Zhang, et al.             Expires May 22, 2022                 [Page 17]

Internet-Draft          evpn-bum-procedure-update          November 2021

   Junlin Zhang
   Huawei Technologies
   Huawei Bld., No.156 Beiqing Rd.
   Beijing  100095


   Zhenbin Li
   Huawei Technologies
   Huawei Bld., No.156 Beiqing Rd.
   Beijing  100095


12.  References

12.1.  Normative References

              Sajassi, A., Thoria, S., Mishra, M., Drake, J., and W.
              Lin, "IGMP and MLD Proxy for EVPN", draft-ietf-bess-evpn-
              igmp-mld-proxy-14 (work in progress), October 2021.

              Zhang, Z., Rosen, E., Lin, W., Li, Z., and I. Wijnands,
              "MVPN/EVPN Tunnel Aggregation with Common Labels", draft-
              ietf-bess-mvpn-evpn-aggregation-label-06 (work in
              progress), April 2021.

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

   [RFC6513]  Rosen, E., Ed. and R. Aggarwal, Ed., "Multicast in MPLS/
              BGP IP VPNs", RFC 6513, DOI 10.17487/RFC6513, February
              2012, <>.

   [RFC6514]  Aggarwal, R., Rosen, E., Morin, T., and Y. Rekhter, "BGP
              Encodings and Procedures for Multicast in MPLS/BGP IP
              VPNs", RFC 6514, DOI 10.17487/RFC6514, February 2012,

Zhang, et al.             Expires May 22, 2022                 [Page 18]

Internet-Draft          evpn-bum-procedure-update          November 2021

   [RFC7117]  Aggarwal, R., Ed., Kamite, Y., Fang, L., Rekhter, Y., and
              C. Kodeboniya, "Multicast in Virtual Private LAN Service
              (VPLS)", RFC 7117, DOI 10.17487/RFC7117, February 2014,

   [RFC7432]  Sajassi, A., Ed., Aggarwal, R., Bitar, N., Isaac, A.,
              Uttaro, J., Drake, J., and W. Henderickx, "BGP MPLS-Based
              Ethernet VPN", RFC 7432, DOI 10.17487/RFC7432, February
              2015, <>.

   [RFC7524]  Rekhter, Y., Rosen, E., Aggarwal, R., Morin, T.,
              Grosclaude, I., Leymann, N., and S. Saad, "Inter-Area
              Point-to-Multipoint (P2MP) Segmented Label Switched Paths
              (LSPs)", RFC 7524, DOI 10.17487/RFC7524, May 2015,

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

   [RFC8534]  Dolganow, A., Kotalwar, J., Rosen, E., Ed., and Z. Zhang,
              "Explicit Tracking with Wildcard Routes in Multicast VPN",
              RFC 8534, DOI 10.17487/RFC8534, February 2019,

   [RFC8584]  Rabadan, J., Ed., Mohanty, S., Ed., Sajassi, A., Drake,
              J., Nagaraj, K., and S. Sathappan, "Framework for Ethernet
              VPN Designated Forwarder Election Extensibility",
              RFC 8584, DOI 10.17487/RFC8584, April 2019,

12.2.  Informative References

              Rabadan, J., Henderickx, W., Drake, J. E., Lin, W., and A.
              Sajassi, "IP Prefix Advertisement in Ethernet VPN (EVPN)",
              draft-ietf-bess-evpn-prefix-advertisement-11 (work in
              progress), May 2018.

   [RFC4684]  Marques, P., Bonica, R., Fang, L., Martini, L., Raszuk,
              R., Patel, K., and J. Guichard, "Constrained Route
              Distribution for Border Gateway Protocol/MultiProtocol
              Label Switching (BGP/MPLS) Internet Protocol (IP) Virtual
              Private Networks (VPNs)", RFC 4684, DOI 10.17487/RFC4684,
              November 2006, <>.

Zhang, et al.             Expires May 22, 2022                 [Page 19]

Internet-Draft          evpn-bum-procedure-update          November 2021

   [RFC4875]  Aggarwal, R., Ed., Papadimitriou, D., Ed., and S.
              Yasukawa, Ed., "Extensions to Resource Reservation
              Protocol - Traffic Engineering (RSVP-TE) for Point-to-
              Multipoint TE Label Switched Paths (LSPs)", RFC 4875,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC4875, May 2007,

   [RFC6388]  Wijnands, IJ., Ed., Minei, I., Ed., Kompella, K., and B.
              Thomas, "Label Distribution Protocol Extensions for Point-
              to-Multipoint and Multipoint-to-Multipoint Label Switched
              Paths", RFC 6388, DOI 10.17487/RFC6388, November 2011,

   [RFC7988]  Rosen, E., Ed., Subramanian, K., and Z. Zhang, "Ingress
              Replication Tunnels in Multicast VPN", RFC 7988,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC7988, October 2016,

   [RFC8279]  Wijnands, IJ., Ed., Rosen, E., Ed., Dolganow, A.,
              Przygienda, T., and S. Aldrin, "Multicast Using Bit Index
              Explicit Replication (BIER)", RFC 8279,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC8279, November 2017,

Authors' Addresses

   Zhaohui Zhang
   Juniper Networks


   Wen Lin
   Juniper Networks


   Jorge Rabadan


   Keyur Patel


Zhang, et al.             Expires May 22, 2022                 [Page 20]

Internet-Draft          evpn-bum-procedure-update          November 2021

   Ali Sajassi
   Cisco Systems


Zhang, et al.             Expires May 22, 2022                 [Page 21]