Network Working Group                 Eric Mannie (Ebone) - Editor
   Internet Draft
   Expiration date: Sept. 2002           Peter Ashwood-Smith (Nortel)
                                               Daniel Awduche (Movaz)
                                              Ayan Banerjee (Calient)
                                           Debashis Basak (Accelight)
                                                   Lou Berger (Movaz)
                                               Greg Bernstein (Ciena)
                                          Sudheer Dharanikota (Nayna)
                                                 John Drake (Calient)
                                                 Yanhe Fan (Axiowave)
                                                   Don Fedyk (Nortel)
                                               Gert Grammel (Alcatel)
                                                      Dan Guo (Turin)
                                           Kireeti Kompella (Juniper)
                                             Alan Kullberg (NetPlane)
                                           Jonathan P. Lang (Calient)
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                                             Thomas D. Nadeau (Cisco)
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                                              Debanjan Saha (Tellium)
                                                 Hal Sandick (Nortel)
                                             Vishal Sharma (Metanoia)
                                               George Swallow (Cisco)
                                                 Z. Bo Tang (Tellium)
                                                Jennifer Yates (AT&T)
                                           George R. Young (Edgeflow)
                                                    John Yu (Zaffire)
                                           Alex Zinin (Nexsi Systems)

                                                           March 2002

      Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching (GMPLS) Architecture


Status of this Memo

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Table of Contents

   Status of this Memo................................................1
   Table of Contents..................................................2
   1. Abstract........................................................4
   2. Conventions used in this document...............................4
   3. Introduction....................................................4
   3.1. Acronyms & abbreviations......................................5
   3.2. Multiple Types of Switching and Forwarding Hierarchies........5
   3.3. Extension of the MPLS Control Plane...........................7
   3.4. GMPLS Key Extensions to MPLS-TE..............................10
   4. Routing and addressing model...................................11
   4.1. Addressing of PSC and non-PSC layers.........................12
   4.2. GMPLS scalability enhancements...............................12
   4.3. TE Extensions to IP routing protocols........................13
   5. Unnumbered links...............................................14
   5.1. Unnumbered Forwarding Adjacencies............................15
   6. Link bundling..................................................15
   6.1. Restrictions on bundling.....................................16
   6.2. Routing considerations for bundling..........................16
   6.3. Signaling considerations.....................................17
   6.3.1. Mechanism 1: Implicit Indication...........................17
   6.3.2. Mechanism 2: Explicit Indication by Numbered Interface ID..17
   6.3.3. Mechanism 3: Explicit Indication by Unnumbered Interface ID17
   6.4. Unnumbered Bundled Link......................................18
   6.5. Forming bundled links........................................18
   7. Relationship with the UNI......................................19
   7.1. Relationship with the OIF UNI................................19
   7.2. Reachability across the UNI..................................19
   8. Link Management................................................20
   8.1. Control channel and control channel management...............21
   8.2. Link property correlation....................................22
   8.3. Link connectivity verification...............................22
   8.4. Fault management.............................................23
   8.5 LMP for DWDM Optical Line Systems (OLSs)......................23
   9. Generalized Signaling..........................................25
   9.1. Overview: How to Request an LSP..............................26
   9.2. Generalized Label Request....................................27
   9.3. SONET/SDH Traffic Parameters.................................28
   9.4. G.709 Traffic Parameters.....................................29
   9.5. Bandwidth Encoding...........................................30
   9.6. Generalized Label............................................30
   9.7. Waveband Switching...........................................31

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   9.8. Label Suggestion by the Upstream.............................31
   9.9. Label Restriction by the Upstream............................32
   9.10. Bi-directional LSP..........................................32
   9.11. Bi-directional LSP Contention Resolution....................33
   9.12. Rapid Notification of Failure...............................33
   9.13. Link Protection.............................................34
   9.14. Explicit Routing and Explicit Label Control.................35
   9.15. Route recording.............................................36
   9.16. LSP modification and LSP re-routing.........................36
   9.17. LSP administrative status handling..........................37
   9.18. Control channel separation..................................37
   10. Forwarding Adjacencies (FA)...................................38
   10.1. Routing and Forwarding Adjacencies..........................39
   10.2. Signaling aspects...........................................40
   10.3. Cascading of Forwarding Adjacencies.........................40
   11. Routing and Signaling Adjacencies.............................41
   12. Control Plane Fault Handling..................................42
   13. LSP Protection and Restoration................................43
   13.1. Protection escalation across domains and layers.............43
   13.2. Mapping of Services to P&R Resources........................44
   13.3. Classification of P&R mechanism characteristics.............45
   13.4. Different Stages in P&R.....................................45
   13.5. Recovery Strategies.........................................46
   13.6. Recovery mechanisms: Protection schemes.....................46
   13.7. Recovery mechanisms: Restoration schemes....................47
   13.8. Schema selection criteria...................................48
   14. Network Management............................................49
   14.1. Network Management Systems (NMS)............................49
   14.2. Management Information Base (MIB)...........................50
   14.3. Tools.......................................................50
   14.4. Fault Correlation Between Multiple Layers...................50
   15. Security considerations.......................................51
   16. Acknowledgements..............................................52
   17. References....................................................53
   18. Author's Addresses............................................55
   Full Copyright Statement..........................................58

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1. Abstract

   Future data and transmission networks will consist of elements such
   as routers, switches, DWDM systems, Add-Drop Multiplexors (ADMs),
   photonic cross-connects (PXCs), optical cross-connects (OXCs), etc
   that will use Generalized MPLS (GMPLS) to dynamically provision
   resources and to provide network survivability using protection and
   restoration techniques.

   This document describes the architecture of GMPLS. GMPLS extends
   MPLS to encompass time-division (e.g. SDH/SONET, PDH, G.709),
   wavelength (lambdas), and spatial switching (e.g. incoming port or
   fiber to outgoing port or fiber). The main focus of GMPLS is on the
   control plane of these various layers since each of them can use
   physically diverse data or forwarding planes. The intention is to
   cover both the signaling and the routing part of that control plane.

2. Conventions used in this document

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC-2119 [2].

3. Introduction

   The architecture presented in this document covers the main building
   blocks needed to build a consistent control plane for multiple
   switching layers. It does not restrict the way that these layers
   work together. Different models can be applied: e.g. overlay,
   augmented or integrated. Moreover, each pair of contiguous layer may
   work jointly in a different way, resulting in a number of possible
   combinations, at the discretion of manufacturers and operators.

   This architecture clearly separates the control plane and the
   forwarding plane. In addition, it also clearly separates the control
   plane in two parts, the signaling plane containing the signaling
   protocols and the routing plane containing the routing protocols.

   This document is a generalization of the MPLS architecture
   [RFC3031], and in some cases may differ slightly from that
   architecture since non packet-based forwarding planes are now
   considered. It is not the intention of this document to describe
   concepts already described in the current MPLS architecture. The
   goal is to describe specific concepts of Generalized MPLS (GMPLS).

   However, some of the concepts explained hereafter are not part of
   the current MPLS architecture and are applicable to both MPLS and
   GMPLS (i.e. link bundling, unnumbered links, and LSP hierarchy).
   Since these concepts were introduced together with GMPLS and since
   they are of paramount importance for an operational GMPLS network,
   they will be discussed here.

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   The organization of the remainder of this draft is as follows.  We
   begin with an introduction of GMPLS.  We then present the specific
   GMPLS building blocks and explain how they can be combined together
   to build an operational GMPLS networks.  Specific details of the
   separate building blocks can be found in the corresponding

3.1. Acronyms & abbreviations

   ABR          Area Border Router
   AS           Autonomous System
   ASBR         Autonomous System Boundary Router
   BGP          Border Gateway Protocol
   CR-LDP       Constraint-based Routing LDP
   CSPF         Constraint-based Shortest Path First
   DWDM         Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing
   FA           Forwarding Adjacency
   GMPLS        Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching
   IGP          Interior Gateway Protocol
   LDP          Label Distribution Protocol
   LMP          Link Management Protocol
   LSA          Link State Advertisement
   LSR          Label Switching Router
   LSP          Label Switched Path
   MIB          Management Information Base
   MPLS         Multi-Protocol Label Switching
   NMS          Network Management System
   OXC          Optical Cross-Connect
   PXC          Photonic Cross-Connect
   RSVP         ReSource reserVation Protocol
   SDH          Synchronous Digital Hierarchy
   STM(-N)      Synchronous Transport Module (-N)
   STS(-N)      Synchronous Transport Signal-Level N (SONET)
   TE           Traffic Engineering

3.2. Multiple Types of Switching and Forwarding Hierarchies

   Generalized MPLS (GMPLS) differs from traditional MPLS in that it
   supports multiple types of switching, i.e. the addition of support
   for TDM, lambda, and fiber (port) switching. The support for the
   additional types of switching has driven GMPLS to extend certain
   base functions of traditional MPLS and, in some cases, to add
   functionality.  These changes and additions impact basic LSP
   properties, how labels are requested and communicated, the
   unidirectional nature of LSPs, how errors are propagated, and
   information provided for synchronizing the ingress and egress LSRs.

   The MPLS architecture [RFC3031] was defined to support the
   forwarding of data based on a label. In this architecture, Label
   Switching Routers (LSRs) were assumed to have a forwarding plane
   that is capable of (a) recognizing either packet or cell boundaries,
   and (b) being able to process either packet headers (for LSRs
   capable of recognizing packet boundaries) or cell headers (for LSRs
   capable of recognizing cell boundaries).

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   The original MPLS architecture is here being extended to include
   LSRs whose forwarding plane recognizes neither packet, nor cell
   boundaries, and therefore, can't forward data based on the
   information carried in either packet or cell headers. Specifically,
   such LSRs include devices where the forwarding decision is based on
   time slots, wavelengths, or physical ports. So, the new set of LSRs,
   or more precisely interfaces on these LSRs, can be subdivided into
   the following classes:

   1. Packet Switch Capable (PSC) interfaces:

   Interfaces that recognize packet boundaries and can forward data
   based on the content of the packet header. Examples include
   interfaces on routers that forward data based on the content of the
   IP header and interfaces on routers that forward data based on the
   content of the MPLS "shim" header.

   2. Layer-2 Switch Capable (L2SC) interfaces:

   Interfaces that recognize frame/cell boundaries and can forward data
   based on the content of the frame/cell header. Examples include
   interfaces on Ethernet bridges that forward data based on the
   content of the MAC header and interfaces on ATM-LSRs that forward
   data based on the ATM VPI/VCI.

   3. Time-Division Multiplex Capable (TDM) interfaces:

   Interfaces that forward data based on the data's time slot in a
   repeating cycle.  An example of such an interface is that of a
   SDH/SONET Cross-Connect (XC), Terminal Multiplexer (TM), or Add-Drop
   Multiplexer (ADM). Other examples include interfaces providing G.709
   TDM capabilities (the "digital wrapper") and PDH interfaces.

   4. Lambda Switch Capable (LSC) interfaces:

   Interfaces that forward data based on the wavelength on which the
   data is received.  An example of such an interface is that of a
   Photonic Cross-Connect (PXC) or Optical Cross-Connect (OXC) that can
   operate at the level of an individual wavelength. Additional
   examples include PXC interfaces that can operate at the level of a
   group of wavelengths, i.e. a waveband and G.709 interfaces providing
   optical capabilities.

   5. Fiber-Switch Capable (FSC) interfaces:

   Interfaces that forward data based on a position of the data in the
   real world physical spaces.  An example of such an interface is that
   of a PXC or OXC that can operate at the level of a single or
   multiple fibers.

   A circuit can be established only between, or through, interfaces of
   the same type. Depending on the particular technology being used for
   each interface, different circuit names can be used, e.g. SDH

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   circuit, optical trail, light-path, etc. In the context of GMPLS,
   all these circuits are referenced by a common name: Label Switched
   Path (LSP).

   The concept of nested LSP (LSP within LSP), already available in the
   traditional MPLS, facilitates building a forwarding hierarchy, i.e.
   a hierarchy of LSPs. This hierarchy of LSPs can occur on the same
   interface, or between different interfaces.

   For example, a hierarchy can be built if an interface is capable of
   multiplexing several LSPs from the same technology (layer), e.g. a
   lower order SDH/SONET LSP (VC-12) nested in a higher order SDH/SONET
   LSP (VC-4). Several levels of signal (LSP) nesting are defined in
   the SDH/SONET multiplexing hierarchy.

   The nesting can also occur between interfaces. At the top of the
   hierarchy are FSC interfaces, followed by LSC interfaces, followed
   by TDM interfaces, followed by L2SC, and followed by PSC interfaces.
   This way, an LSP that starts and ends on a PSC interface can be
   nested (together with other LSPs) into an LSP that starts and ends
   on a L2SC interface. This LSP, in turn, can be nested (together with
   other LSPs) into an LSP that starts and ends on an TDM interface,
   which in turn can be nested (together with other LSPs) into an LSP
   that starts and ends on a LSC interface, which in turn can be nested
   (together with other LSPs) into an LSP that starts and ends on a FSC

3.3. Extension of the MPLS Control Plane

   The establishment of LSPs that span only Packet Switch Capable (PSC)
   or Layer-2 Switch Capable (L2SC) interfaces is defined for the
   original MPLS and/or MPLS-TE control planes. GMPLS extends these
   control planes to support each of the five classes of interfaces
   (i.e. layers) defined in the previous section.

   Note that the GMPLS control plane supports an overlay model, an
   augmented model, and a peer (integrated) model. In the near term,
   GMPLS is very suitable for controlling each layer independently.
   This elegant approach will facilitate the future deployment of other

   The GMPLS control plane is made of several building blocks are
   described in more detail in the following sections. These building
   blocks are based on well-known signaling and routing protocols that
   have been extended and/or modified to support GMPLS. They use IPv4
   and/or IPv6 addresses. Only one new specialized protocol is required
   to support the operations of GMPLS, a signaling protocol for link
   management [LMP].

   GMPLS is indeed based on the Traffic Engineering (TE) extensions to
   MPLS, a.k.a. MPLS-TE. This because most of the technologies that can
   be used below the PSC level require some traffic engineering. The
   placement of LSPs at these levels needs in general to take several
   constraints into consideration (such as framing, bandwidth,

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   protection capability, etc) and to bypass the legacy Shortest-Path
   First (SPF) algorithm. Note, however, that this is not mandatory and
   that in some cases SPF routing can be applied.

   In order to facilitate constrained-based SPF routing of LSPs, the
   nodes performing LSP establishment need more information about the
   links in the network than standard intra-domain routing protocols
   provide. These TE attributes are distributed using the transport
   mechanisms already available in IGPs (e.g. flooding) and taken into
   consideration by the LSP routing algorithm. Optimization of the LSP
   routes may also require some external simulations using heuristics
   that serve as input for the actual path calculation and LSP
   establishment process.

   By definition, a TE link is a representation in the ISIS/OSPF Link
   State advertisements and in the link state database of certain
   physical resources, and their properties, between two GMPLS nodes.
   TE Links are used by the GMPLS control plane (routing and signaling)
   for establishing LSPs.

   Extensions to traditional routing protocols and algorithms are
   needed to uniformly encode and carry TE link information, and
   explicit routes (e.g. source routes) are required in the signaling.
   In addition, the signaling must now be capable of transporting the
   required circuit (LSP) parameters such as the bandwidth, the type of
   signal, the desired protection and/or restoration, the position in a
   particular multiplex, etc. Most of these extensions have already
   been defined for PSC and L2SC traffic engineering with MPLS. GMPLS
   primarily defines additional extensions for TDM, LSC, and FSC
   traffic engineering. A very few elements are technology specific.

   Thus, GMPLS extends the two signaling protocols defined for MPLS-TE
   signaling, i.e. RSVP-TE and CR-LDP. However, GMPLS does not specify
   which one of these two signaling protocols must be used. It is the
   role of manufacturers and operators to evaluate the two possible
   solutions for their own interest.

   Since GMPLS is based on RSVP-TE and CR-LDP, it mandates a
   downstream-on-demand label allocation and distribution, with an
   ingress initiated ordered control. Liberal label retention is
   normally used, but conservative label retention mode could also be
   used. Furthermore, there is no restriction on the label allocation
   strategy, it can be request/signaling driven (obvious for circuit
   switching technologies), traffic/data driven, or even topology
   driven. There is also no restriction on the route selection;
   explicit routing is normally used (strict or loose) but hop-by-hop
   routing could be used as well.

   GMPLS also extends two traditional intra-domain link-state routing
   protocols already extended for TE purposes, i.e. OSPF-TE and IS-IS-
   TE. However, if explicit (source) routing is used, the routing
   algorithms used by these protocols no longer need to be
   standardized. Extensions for inter-domain routing (e.g. BGP) are for
   further study.

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   The use of technologies like DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division
   Multiplexing) implies that we can now have a very large number of
   parallel links between two directly adjacent nodes (hundreds of
   wavelengths, or even thousands of wavelengths if multiple fibers are
   used). Such a large number of links was not originally considered
   for an IP or MPLS control plane, although it could be done. Some
   slight adaptations of that control plane are thus required if we
   want to better reuse it in the GMPLS context.

   For instance, the traditional IP routing model assumes the
   establishment of a routing adjacency over each link connecting two
   adjacent nodes. Having such a large number of adjacencies does not
   scale well. Each node needs to maintain each of its adjacencies one
   by one, and link state routing information must be flooded
   throughout the network.

   To solve this issue the concept of link bundling was introduced.
   Moreover, the manual configuration and control of these links, even
   if they are unnumbered, becomes impractical. The Link Management
   Protocol (LMP) was specified to solve these issues.

   LMP runs between data plane adjacent nodes and is used to manage TE
   links.  Specifically, LMP provides mechanisms to maintain control
   channel connectivity (IP Control  Channel Maintenance), verify the
   physical connectivity of the data-bearing links (Link Verification),
   correlate the link property information (Link Property Correlation),
   and manage link failures (Fault Localization and Fault
   Notification). A unique feature of LMP is that it is able to
   localize faults in both opaque and transparent networks (i.e.
   independent of the encoding scheme and bit rate used for the data).

   LMP is defined in the context of GMPLS, but is specified
   independently of the GMPLS signaling specification since it is a
   local protocol running between data-plane adjacent nodes. As a
   result, LMP can be used in other contexts with non-GMPLS signaling

   The MPLS signaling and routing protocols require at least one bi-
   directional control channel to communicate even if two adjacent
   nodes are connected by unidirectional links. Several control
   channels can be used. LMP can be used to establish, maintain and
   manage these control channels.

   GMPLS does not specify how these control channels must be
   implemented, but GMPLS requires IP to transport the signaling and
   routing protocols over them. Control channels can be either in-band
   or out-of-band, and several solutions can be used to carry IP. Note
   also that one type of LMP message (the Test message) is used in-band
   in the data plane and may not be transported over IP, but this is a
   particular case, needed to verify connectivity in the data plane.

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3.4. GMPLS Key Extensions to MPLS-TE

   Some key extensions brought by GMPLS to MPLS-TE are highlighted in
   the following. Some of them are key advantages of GMPLS to control
   TDM, LSC and FSC layers.

   - In MPLS-TE, links traversed by an LSP can include an intermix of
   links with heterogeneous label encoding (e.g. links between routers,
   links between routers and ATM-LSRs, and links between ATM-LSRs.
   GMPLS extends this by including links where the label is encoded as
   a time slot, or a wavelength, or a position in the real world
   physical space.

   - In MPLS-TE, an LSP that carries IP has to start and end on a
   router. GMPLS extends this by requiring an LSP to start and end on
   similar type of LSR.

   - The type of a payload that can be carried in GMPLS by an LSP is
   extended to allow such payloads as SONET/SDH, G.709, 1 or 10Gb
   Ethernet, etc.

   - The use of Forwarding Adjacencies (FA), provides a mechanism that
   can improve bandwidth utilization, when bandwidth allocation can be
   performed only in discrete units, as well as a mechanism to
   aggregate forwarding state, thus allowing the number of required
   labels to be reduced.

   - GMPLS allows for a label to be suggested by an upstream node to
   reduce the setup latency. This suggestion may be overridden by a
   downstream node but, in some cases, at the cost of higher LSP setup

   - GMPLS extends on the notion of restricting the range of labels
   that may be selected by a downstream node. In GMPLS, an upstream
   node may restrict the labels for an LSP along either a single hop or
   along the entire LSP path. This feature is useful in photonic
   networks where wavelength conversion may not be available.

   - While traditional TE-based (and even LDP-based) LSPs are
   unidirectional, GMPLS supports the establishment of bi-directional

   - GMPLS supports the termination of an LSP on a specific egress
   port, i.e. the port selection at the destination side.

   - GMPLS with RSVP-TE supports an RSVP specific mechanism for rapid
   failure notification.

   Note also some other key differences between MPLS-TE and GMPLS:

   - For TDM, LSC and FSC interfaces, bandwidth allocation for an LSP
   can be performed only in discrete units.

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   - It is expected to have (much) fewer labels on TDM, LSC or FSC
   links than on PSC or L2SC links, because the former are physical
   labels instead of logical labels.

4. Routing and addressing model

   GMPLS is based on the IP routing and addressing models. This assumes
   that IPv4 and/or IPv6 addresses are used to identify interfaces and
   that traditional (distributed) IP routing protocols are also reused.
   Indeed, the discovery of the topology and the resource state of all
   links in a routing domain is achieved via these routing protocols.

   Since control and data planes are de-coupled in GMPLS, control-plane
   neighbors (i.e. IGP-learnt neighbors) may not be anymore data-plane
   neighbors, hence mechanisms like LMP are needed to associate TE
   links with neighboring nodes.

   IP addresses are not used only to identify interfaces of IP hosts
   and routers, but more generally to identify any PSC and non-PSC
   interfaces. Similarly, IP routing protocols are used to find routes
   for IP datagrams with a SPF algorithm, and are also used to find
   routes for non-PSC circuits by using a CSPF algorithm.

   However, some additional mechanisms are needed to increase the
   scalability of these models and to deal with specific traffic
   engineering requirements of non-PSC layers. These mechanisms will be
   introduced in the following.

   Re-using existing IP routing protocols allows for non-PSC layers to
   take advantages of all the valuable developments that took place
   since years for IP routing, in particular in the context of intra-
   domain routing (link-state routing) and inter-domain routing (policy

   In an overlay model, each particular non-PSC layer can be seen as a
   set of Autonomous Systems (ASs) interconnected in an arbitrary way.
   Similarly to the traditional IP routing, each AS is managed by a
   single administrative authority. For instance, an AS can be an
   SDH/SONET network operated by a given carrier. The set of
   interconnected ASs being an SDH/SONET Internetwork.

   Exchange of routing information between ASs can be done via an
   inter-domain routing protocol like BGP-4. There is obviously a huge
   value of re-using well-known policy routing facilities provided by
   BGP in a non-PSC context. Extensions for BGP traffic engineering
   (BGP-TE) in the context of non-PSC layers are left for further

   Each AS can be subdivided in different routing domains, and each can
   run a different intra-domain routing protocol. In turn, each
   routing-domain can be divided in areas.

   A routing domain is made of GMPLS enabled nodes (i.e. a network
   device including a GMPLS entity). These nodes can be either edge

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   nodes (i.e. hosts, ingress LSRs or egress LSRs), or internal LSRs.
   An example of non-PSC host is an SDH/SONET Terminal Multiplexer
   (TM). Another example is an SDH/SONET interface card within an IP
   router or ATM switch.

   Note that traffic engineering in the intra-domain requires the use
   of link-state routing protocols like OSPF or IS-IS.

   GMPLS defines extensions to these protocols. These extensions are
   needed to disseminate specific TDM, LSC and FSC static and dynamic
   characteristics related to nodes and links. The current focus is on
   intra-area traffic engineering. However, inter-area traffic
   engineering is also under investigation.

4.1. Addressing of PSC and non-PSC layers

   The fact that IPv4 and/or IPv6 addresses are used doesn't imply at
   all that they should be allocated in the same addressing space than
   public IPv4 and/or IPv6 addresses used for the Internet. Private IP
   addresses can be used if they don't require to be exchanged with any
   other operator, public IP addresses are otherwise required. Of
   course, if an integrated model is used, two layers could share the
   same addressing space.

   Note that there is a benefit of using public IPv4 and/or IPv6
   Internet addresses for non-PSC layers if an integrated model with
   the IP layer is foreseen.

   If we consider the scalability enhancements proposed in the next
   section, the IPv4 (32 bits) and the IPv6 (128 bits) addressing
   spaces are both more than sufficient to accommodate any non-PSC
   layer. We can reasonably expect to have much less non-PSC devices
   (e.g. SDH/SONET nodes) than we have today IP hosts and routers.

4.2. GMPLS scalability enhancements

   TDM, LSC and FSC layers introduce new constraints on the IP
   addressing and routing models since several hundreds of parallel
   physical links (e.g. wavelengths) can now connect two nodes. Most of
   the carriers already have today several tens of wavelengths per
   fiber between two nodes. New generation of DWDM systems will allow
   several hundreds of wavelengths per fiber.

   It becomes rather impractical to associate an IP address with each
   end of each physical link, to represent each link as a separate
   routing adjacency, and to advertise and to maintain link states for
   each of these links. For that purpose, GMPLS enhances the MPLS
   routing and addressing models to increase their scalability.

   Two optional mechanisms can be used to increase the scalability of
   the addressing and the routing: unnumbered links and link bundling.
   These two mechanisms can also be combined. They require extensions
   to signaling (RSVP-TE and CR-LDP) and routing (OSPF-TE and IS-IS-TE)

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4.3. TE Extensions to IP routing protocols

   Traditionally, a TE link is advertised as an adjunct to a "regular"
   OSPF or IS-IS link, i.e., an adjacency is brought up on the link,
   and when the link is up, both the regular IGP properties of the link
   (basically, the SPF metric) and the TE properties of the link are
   then advertised.

   However, GMPLS challenges this notion in three ways:

   - First, links that are non-PSC may yet have TE properties; however,
   an OSPF adjacency could not be brought up directly on such links.

   - Second, an LSP can be advertised as a point-to-point TE link in
   the routing protocol, i.e. as a Forwarding Adjacency (FA); thus, an
   advertised TE link need no longer be between two OSPF direct
   neighbors. Forwarding Adjacencies (FA) are further described in a
   separate section.

   - Third, a number of links may be advertised as a single TE link
   (e.g. for improved scalability), so again, there is no longer a one-
   to-one association of a regular adjacency and a TE link.

   Thus we have a more general notion of a TE link. A TE link is a
   logical link that has TE properties, some of which may be configured
   on the advertising LSR, others which may be obtained from other LSRs
   by means of some protocol, and yet others which may be deduced from
   the component(s) of the TE link.

   An important TE property of a TE link is related to the bandwidth
   accounting for that link. GMPLS will define different accounting
   rules for different non-PSC layers. Generic bandwidth attributes are
   however defined by the TE routing extensions and by GMPLS, such as
   the unreserved bandwidth, the maximum reservable bandwidth, the
   maximum LSP bandwidth.

   It is expected in a dynamic environment to have frequent changes of
   bandwidth accounting information. A flexible policy for triggering
   link state updates based on bandwidth thresholds and link-dampening
   mechanism can be implemented.

   TE properties associated with a link should also capture protection
   and restoration related characteristics. For instance, shared
   protection can be elegantly combined with bundling. Protection and
   restoration are mainly generic mechanisms also applicable to MPLS.
   It is expected that they will first be developed for MPLS and later
   on generalized to GMPLS.

   A TE link between a pair of LSRs doesn't imply the existence of an
   IGP adjacency between these LSRs. A TE link must also have some
   means by which the advertising LSR can know of its liveness (e.g. by
   using LMP hellos). When an LSR knows that a TE link is up, and can
   determine the TE link's TE properties, the LSR may then advertise

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   that link to its GMPLS enhanced OSPF or IS-IS neighbors using the TE
   objects/TLVs. We call the interfaces over which GMPLS enhanced OSPF
   or ISIS adjacencies are established "control channels".

5. Unnumbered links

   Unnumbered links (or interfaces) are links (or interfaces) that do
   not have IP addresses. Using such links involves two capabilities:
   the ability to specify unnumbered links in MPLS TE signaling, and
   the ability to carry (TE) information about unnumbered links in IGP
   TE extensions of ISIS-TE and OSPF-TE.

   A. The ability to specify unnumbered links in MPLS TE signaling
     requires extensions to RSVP-TE and CR-LDP. The MPLS-TE signaling
     doesn't provide support for unnumbered links, because it doesnÆt
     provide a way to indicate an unnumbered link in its Explicit Route
     Object/TLV and in its Record Route Object (there is no such TLV
     for CR-LDP). GMPLS defines simple extensions to indicate an
     unnumbered link in these two Objects/TLVs, using a new Unnumbered
     Interface ID sub-object/sub-TLV.

     Since unnumbered links are not identified by an IP address, then
     for the purpose of MPLS TE each end need some other identifier,
     local to the LSR to which the link belongs. LSRs at the two end
     points of an unnumbered link exchange with each other the
     identifiers they assign to the link. Exchanging the identifiers
     may be accomplished by configuration, by means of a protocol such
     as LMP ([LMP]), by means of RSVP/CR-LDP (especially in the case
     where a link is a Forwarding Adjacency, see below), or by means of
     IS-IS or OSPF extensions ([ISIS-GMPLS], [OSPF-GMPLS]).

     Consider an (unnumbered) link between LSRs A and B. LSR A chooses
     an identifier for that link. So is LSR B. From A's perspective we
     refer to the identifier that A assigned to the link as the "link
     local identifier" (or just "local identifier"), and to the
     identifier that B assigned to the link as the "link remote
     identifier" (or just "remote identifier"). Likewise, from B's
     perspective the identifier that B assigned to the link is the
     local identifier, and the identifier that A assigned to the link
     is the remote identifier.

     The new Unnumbered Interface ID sub-object/sub-TLV for the ER
     Object/TLV contains the Router ID of the LSR at the upstream end
     of the unnumbered link and the outgoing interface identifier or
     the link local identifier with respect to that upstream LSR.

     The new Unnumbered Interface ID sub-object for the RR Object
     contains the outgoing interface identifier with respect to the LSR
     that adds it in the RR Object.

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   B. The ability to carry (TE) information about unnumbered links in
     IGP TE extensions requires new sub-TLVs for the extended IS
     reachability TLV defined in ISIS-TE and for the TE LSA (which is
     an opaque LSA) defined in OSPF-TE. A Link Local Identifier sub-TLV
     and a Link Remote Identifier sub-TLV are defined.

5.1. Unnumbered Forwarding Adjacencies

   If an LSR that originates an LSP advertises this LSP as an
   unnumbered FA in IS-IS or OSPF, or the LSR uses this FA as an
   unnumbered component link of a bundled link, the LSR must allocate
   an Interface ID to that FA. If the LSP is bi-directional, the tail
   end does the same and allocates an Interface ID to the reverse FA.

   Signaling has been enhanced to carry the Interface ID of a FA in the
   new LSP Tunnel Interface ID object/TLV. This object/TLV contains the
   Router ID of the LSR that generates it, and the Interface ID. It is
   called the Forward Interface ID when it appears in a Path/REQUEST
   message, and it is called the Reverse Interface ID when it appears
   in the Resv/MAPPING message.

6. Link bundling

   The concept of link bundling is essential in certain networks
   employing the GMPLS control plane as is defined in [BUNDLE]. A
   typical example is an optical meshed network where adjacent optical
   cross-connects (LSRs) are connected by several hundreds of parallel
   wavelengths. In this network, consider the application of link state
   routing protocols, like OSPF or IS-IS, with suitable extensions for
   resource discovery and dynamic route computation. Each wavelength
   must be advertised separately in order to be used, except if link
   bundling is used.

   When a pair of LSRs is connected by multiple links, it is possible
   to advertise several (or all) of these links as a single link into
   OSPF and/or IS-IS. This process is called link bundling, or just
   bundling. The resulting logical link is called a bundled link as its
   physical links are called component links (and are identified by
   interface indexes).

   It results that a combination of three identifiers ((bundled) link
   identifier, component link identifier, label) is sufficient to
   unambiguously identify the appropriate resources used by an LSP.

   The purpose of link bundling is to improve routing scalability by
   reducing the amount of information that has to be handled by OSPF
   and/or IS-IS. This reduction is accomplished by performing
   information aggregation/abstraction. As with any other information
   aggregation/abstraction, this results in losing some of the
   information. To limit the amount of losses one need to restrict the
   type of the information that can be aggregated/abstracted.

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6.1. Restrictions on bundling

   The following restrictions are required for bundling links. All
   component links in a bundle must begin and end on the same pair of
   LSRs; and share some common characteristics or properties defined in
   [OSPF-TE] and [ISIS-TE], i.e. they must have the same:

   - Link Type (i.e. point-to-point or multi-access),
   - TE Metric (i.e. an administrative cost),
   - Set of Resource Classes at each end of the links (i.e. colors).

   Note that an FA may also be a component link. In fact, a bundle can
   consist of a mix of point-to-point links and FAs, but all sharing
   some common properties.

6.2. Routing considerations for bundling

   A bundled link is just another kind of TE link such as those defined
   by [GMPLS-ROUTING]. The liveness of the bundled link is determined
   by the liveness of each its component links, a bundled link is alive
   when at least one of its component links is alive. The liveness of a
   component link can be determined by any of several means: IS-IS or
   OSPF hellos over the component link, or RSVP Hello (hop local), or
   LMP hellos (link local), or from layer 1 or layer 2 indications.

   Note that according to the RSVP-TE Tunnel specification the RSVP
   Hello mechanism is intended to be used when notification of link
   layer failures is not available and unnumbered links are not used,
   or when the failure detection mechanisms provided by the link layer
   are not sufficient for timely node failure detection.

   Once a bundled link is determined to be alive, it can be advertised
   as a TE link and the TE information can be flooded.  If IS-IS/OSPF
   hellos are run over the component links, IS-IS/OSPF flooding can be
   restricted to just one of the component links.

   Note that advertising a (bundled) TE link between a pair of LSRs
   doesn't imply that there is an IGP adjacency between these LSRs that
   is associated with just that link. In fact, in certain cases a TE
   link between a pair of LSRs could be advertised even if there is no
   IGP adjacency at all between the LSR (e.g. when the TE link is an

   Forming a bundled link consist in aggregating the identical TE
   parameters of each individual component link to produce aggregated
   TE parameters. A TE link as defined by [GMPLS-ROUTING] has many
   parameters, adequate aggregation rules must be defined for each one.

   Some parameters can be sums of component characteristics such as the
   unreserved bandwidth and the maximum reservable bandwidth. Bandwidth
   information is an important part of a bundle advertisement and it
   must be clearly defined since an abstraction is done.

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   A GMPLS node with bundled links must apply admission control on a
   per-component link basis.

6.3. Signaling considerations

   Typically, an LSP's explicit route (e.g. contained in an explicit
   route TLV/Object) will choose the bundled link to be used for the
   LSP, but not the component link(s), since information about the
   bundled link is flooded, but information about the component links
   is not.

   The choice of the component link to use is always made by an
   upstream node. If the LSP is bidirectional, the upstream node
   chooses a component link in each direction.

   Three mechanisms for indicating this choice to the downstream node
   are possible.

6.3.1. Mechanism 1: Implicit Indication

   This mechanism requires that each component link has a dedicated
   signaling channel (e.g. the link is a Sonet/SDH link using the DCC
   for in-band signaling). The upstream node tells the receiver which
   component link to use by sending the message over the chosen
   component link's dedicated signaling channel. Note that this
   signaling channel can be in-band or out-of-band. In this last case,
   the association between the signaling channel and that component
   link need to be explicitly configured.

6.3.2. Mechanism 2: Explicit Indication by Numbered Interface ID

   This mechanism requires that the component link has a unique remote
   IP address. The upstream node indicates the choice of the component
   link by including a new IF_ID RSVP_HOP object/IF_ID TLV carrying
   either an IPv4 or an IPv6 address in the Path/Label Request message
   [RSVP-TE-GMPLS] [CR-LDP-GMPLS]. For a bi-directional LSP, a component
   link is provided for each direction by the upstream node.

   This mechanism does not require each component link to have its own
   control channel. In fact, it doesn't even require the whole
   (bundled) link to have its own control channel.

6.3.3. Mechanism 3: Explicit Indication by Unnumbered Interface ID

   With this mechanism, each component link that is unnumbered is
   assigned a unique Interface Identifier (32 bits value). The upstream
   node indicates the choice of the component link by including a new
   IF_ID RSVP_HOP object/IF_ID TLV in the Path/Label Request message

   This object/TLV carries the component interface ID in the downstream
   direction for a unidirectional LSP, and in addition the component
   interface ID in the upstream direction for a bi-directional LSP.

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   The two LSRs at each end of the bundled link exchange these
   identifiers. Exchanging the identifiers may be accomplished by
   configuration, by means of a protocol such as LMP (preferred
   solution), by means of RSVP/CR-LDP (especially in the case where a
   component link is a Forwarding Adjacency), or by means of IS-IS or
   OSPF extensions.

   This mechanism does not require each component link to have its own
   control channel. In fact, it doesn't even require the whole
   (bundled) link to have its own control channel.

6.4. Unnumbered Bundled Link

   A bundled link may itself be numbered or unnumbered independent of
   whether the component links are numbered or not. This affects how
   the bundled link is advertised in IS-IS/OSPF, and the format of LSP
   EROs that traverse the bundled link. Furthermore, unnumbered
   Interface Identifiers for all unnumbered outgoing links of a given
   LSR (whether component links, Forwarding Adjacencies or bundled
   links) must be unique in the context of that LSR.

6.5. Forming bundled links

   The generic rule for bundling component links is to place those
   links that are correlated in some manner in the same bundle. If
   links may be correlated based on multiple properties then the
   bundling may be applied sequentially based on these properties. For
   instance, links may be first grouped based on the first property.
   Each of these groups may be then divided into smaller groups based
   on the second property and so on. The main principle followed in
   this process is that the properties of the resulting bundles should
   be concisely summarizable. Link bundling may be done automatically
   or by configuration. Automatic link bundling can apply bundling
   rules sequentially to produce bundles.

   For instance, the first property on which component links may be
   correlated could be the Interface Switching Capability [GMPLS-
   ROUTING], the second property could be the Encoding [GMPLS-ROUTING],
   the third property could be the Administrative Weight (cost), the
   fourth property could be the Resource Classes and finally links may
   be correlated based on other metrics such as SRLG (Shared Risk Link

   When routing an alternate path for protection purposes, the general
   principle followed is that the alternate path is not routed over any
   link belonging to an SRLG that some link in the primary path belongs
   to. Thus, the rule to be followed is to group links belonging to
   exactly the same set of SRLGs.

   This type of sequential sub-division may result in a number of
   bundles between two adjacent nodes. In practice, however, the link
   properties may not be very heterogeneous among component links
   between two adjacent nodes. Thus, the number of bundles in practice
   may not be large.

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7. Relationship with the UNI

   The interface between an edge GMPLS node and a GMPLS LSR on the
   network side may be referred to as a User to Network Interface
   (UNI), while the interface between two network side LSRs may be
   referred to as a Network to Network Interface (NNI).

   GMPLS does not specify separately a UNI and an NNI. Edge nodes are
   connected to LSRs on the network side, and these LSRs are in turn
   connected between them. Of course, the behavior of an edge node is
   not exactly the same as the behavior of an LSR on the network side.
   Note also, that an edge node may run a routing protocol, however it
   is expected that in most of the cases it will not (see also section
   7.2 and the section about signaling with an explicit route).

   Conceptually, a difference between UNI and NNI make sense either if
   both interface uses completely different protocols, or if they use
   the same protocols but with some outstanding differences. In the
   first case, separate protocols are often defined successively, with
   more or less success.

   The GMPLS approach consisted in building a consistent model from day
   one, considering both the UNI and NNI interfaces at the same time.
   For that purpose a very few specific UNI particularities have been
   ignored in a first time. GMPLS has been enhanced to support such
   particularities at the UNI by some other standardization bodies (see

7.1. Relationship with the OIF UNI

   This section is only given for reference to the OIF work related to
   GMPLS. The current OIF UNI specification [OIF-UNI] defines an
   interface between a client SDH/SONET equipment and an SDH/SONET
   network, each belonging to a distinct administrative authority. It
   is designed for an overlay model. The OIF UNI defines additional
   mechanisms on the top of GMPLS for the UNI.

   For instance, the OIF service discovery procedure is a precursor to
   obtaining UNI services. Service discovery allows a client to
   determine the static parameters of the interconnection with the
   network, including the UNI signaling protocol, the type of
   concatenation, the transparency level as well as the type of
   diversity (node, link, SRLG) supported by the network.

   Since the current OIF UNI interface does not cover photonic
   networks, G.709 Digital Wrapper, etc, it is from that perspective a
   subset of the GMPLS Architecture at the UNI.

7.2. Reachability across the UNI

   This section discusses the selection of an explicit route by an edge
   node. The selection of the first LSR by an edge node connected to
   multiple LSRs is part of that problem.

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   An edge node (host or LSR) can participate more or less deeply in
   the GMPLS routing. Four different routing models can be supported at
   the UNI: configuration based, partial peering, silent listening and
   full peering.

   - Configuration based: this routing model requires the manual or
   automatic configuration of an edge node with a list of neighbor LSRs
   sorted by preference order. Automatic configuration can be achieved
   using DHCP for instance. No routing information is exchanged at the
   UNI, except maybe the ordered list of LSRs. The only routing
   information used by the edge node is that list. The edge node sends
   by default an LSP request to the preferred LSR. ICMP redirects could
   be send by this LSR to redirect some LSP requests to another LSR
   connected to the edge node. GMPLS does not preclude that model.

   - Partial peering: limited routing information (mainly reachability)
   can be exchanged across the UNI using some extensions in the
   signaling plane. The reachability information exchanged at the UNI
   may be used to initiate edge node specific routing decision over the
   network. GMPLS does not have any capability to support this model

   - Silent listening: the edge node can silently listen to routing
   protocols and take routing decisions based on the information
   obtained. An edge node receives the full routing information,
   including traffic engineering extensions. One LSR should forward
   transparently all routing pdus to the edge node. An edge node can
   now compute a complete explicit route taking into consideration all
   the end-to-end routing information. GMPLS does not preclude this

   - Full peering: In addition to silent listening, the edge node
   participates within the routing, establish adjacencies with its
   neighbors and advertises LSAs. This is useful only if there are
   benefits for edge nodes to advertise themselves traffic engineering
   information. GMPLS does not preclude this model.

8. Link Management

   In the context of GMPLS, a pair of nodes (e.g., a photonic switch)
   may be connected by tens of fibers, and each fiber may be used to
   transmit hundreds of wavelengths if DWDM is used. Multiple fibers
   and/or multiple wavelengths may also be combined into one or more
   bundled links for routing purposes. Furthermore, to enable
   communication between nodes for routing, signaling, and link
   management, control channels must be established between a node

   Link management is a collection of useful procedures between
   adjacent nodes that provide local services such as control channel
   management, link connectivity verification, link property
   correlation, and fault management. The Link Management Protocol
   (LMP) has been defined to fulfill these operations. LMP was

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   initiated in the context of GMPLS but is a generic toolbox that can
   be also used in other contexts.

   Control channel management and link property correlation are
   mandatory procedures of LMP. Link connectivity verification and
   fault management are optional procedures.

8.1. Control channel and control channel management

   LMP control channel management is used to establish and maintain
   control channels between nodes. Control channels exist independently
   of TE links, and can be used to exchange MPLS control-plane
   information such as signaling, routing, and link management

   An "LMP adjacency" is formed between two nodes that support the same
   LMP capabilities. Multiple control channels may be active
   simultaneously for each adjacency. A control channel can be either
   explicitly configured or automatically selected, however, LMP
   currently assume that control channels are explicitly configured
   while the configuration of the control channel capabilities can be
   dynamically negotiated.

   For the purposes of LMP, the exact implementation of the control
   channel is left unspecified. The control channel(s) between two
   adjacent nodes is no longer required to use the same physical medium
   as the data-bearing links between those nodes. For example, a
   control channel could use a separate wavelength or fiber, an
   Ethernet link, or an IP tunnel through a separate management

   A consequence of allowing the control channel(s) between two nodes
   to be physically diverse from the associated data-bearing links is
   that the health of a control channel does not necessarily correlate
   to the health of the data-bearing links, and vice-versa. Therefore,
   new mechanisms have been developed in LMP to manage links, both in
   terms of link provisioning and fault isolation.

   LMP does not specify the signaling transport mechanism used in the
   control channel, however it states that messages transported over a
   control channel must be IP encoded. Furthermore, since the messages
   are IP encoded, the link level encoding is not part of LMP. A 32-bit
   non-zero integer control channel identifier (CCId) is assigned to
   each direction of a control channel.

   Each control channel individually negotiates its control channel
   parameters and maintains connectivity using a fast Hello protocol.
   The latter is required if lower-level mechanisms are not available
   to detect link failures.

   The Hello protocol of LMP is intended to be a lightweight keep-alive
   mechanism that will react to control channel failures rapidly so
   that IGP Hellos are not lost and the associated link-state
   adjacencies are not removed unnecessarily.

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   The Hello protocol consists of two phases: a negotiation phase and a
   keep-alive phase. The negotiation phase allows negotiation of some
   basic Hello protocol parameters, like the Hello frequency. The keep-
   alive phase consists of a fast lightweight bi-directional Hello
   message exchange.

   If a group of control channels share a common node pair and support
   the same LMP capabilities, then LMP control channel messages (except
   Configuration messages, and Hello) may be transmitted over any of
   the active control channels without coordination between the local
   and remote nodes.

   For LMP, it is essential that at least one control channel is always
   available. In the event of a control channel failure, it may be
   possible to use an alternate active control channel without

8.2. Link property correlation

   As part of LMP, a link property correlation exchange is defined.
   The exchange is used to aggregate multiple data-bearing links (i.e.
   component links) into a bundled link and exchange, correlate, or
   change TE link parameters. The link property correlation exchange
   may be done at any time a link is up and not in the Verification
   process (see next section).

   It allows for instance to add component links to a link bundle,
   change a link's protection mechanism, change port identifiers, or
   change component identifiers in a bundle. This mechanism is
   supported by an exchange of link summary messages.

8.3. Link connectivity verification

   Link connectivity verification is an optional procedure that may be
   used to verify the physical connectivity of data-bearing links as
   well as to exchange the link identifiers that are used in the GMPLS

   The use of this procedure is negotiated as part of the configuration
   exchange that take place during the negotiation phase of the Hello
   protocol. This procedure should be done initially when a data-
   bearing link is first established, and subsequently, on a periodic
   basis for all unallocated (free) data-bearing links.

   The verification procedure consists of sending Test messages in-band
   over the data-bearing links. This requires that the unallocated
   links must be opaque; however, multiple degrees of opaqueness (e.g.,
   examining overhead bytes, terminating the payload, etc.), and hence
   different mechanisms to transport the Test messages, are specified.
   Note that the Test message is the only LMP message that is
   transmitted over the link, and that Hello messages continue to be
   exchanged over the control channel during the link verification
   process. Data-bearing links are tested in the transmit direction as

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   they are unidirectional. As such, it is possible for LMP neighboring
   nodes to exchange the Test messages simultaneously in both

   To initiate the link verification procedure, a node must first
   notify the adjacent node that it will begin sending Test messages
   over a particular data-bearing link, or over the component links of
   a particular bundled link. The node must also indicate the number of
   data-bearing links that are to be verified; the interval at which
   the test messages will be sent; the encoding scheme, the transport
   mechanism that are supported, data rate for Test messages; and, in
   the case where the data-bearing links correspond to fibers, the
   wavelength over which the Test messages will be transmitted.
   Furthermore, the local and remote bundled link identifiers are
   transmitted at this time to perform the component link association
   with the bundled link identifiers.

8.4. Fault management

   Fault management is an important requirement from the operational
   point of view. Fault management includes usually: fault detection,
   fault localization and fault notification. When a failure occurs and
   is detected (fault detection), an operator needs to know exactly
   where it happened (fault localization) and a source node may need to
   be notified in order to take some actions (fault notification).

   Note that fault localization can also be used to support some
   specific local protection/restoration mechanisms.

   In new technologies such as transparent photonic switching currently
   no method is defined to locate a fault, and the mechanism by which
   the fault information is propagated must be sent "out of band" (via
   the control plane).

   LMP provides a fault localization procedure that can be used to
   rapidly localize link failures, by notifying a fault up to the node
   upstream of that fault (i.e. through a fault notification

   A downstream LMP neighbor that detects data link failures will send
   an LMP message to its upstream neighbor notifying it of the failure.
   When an upstream node receives a failure notification, it can
   correlate the failure with the corresponding input ports to
   determine if the failure is between the two nodes. Once the failure
   has been localized, the signaling protocols can be used to initiate
   link or path protection/restoration procedures.

8.5 LMP for DWDM Optical Line Systems (OLSs)

   In an all-optical environment, LMP focuses on peer communications
   (e.g. OXC-to-OXC). A great deal of information about a link between
   two OXCs is known by the OLS (Optical Line System or WDM Terminal
   multiplexer). Exposing this information to the control plane can
   improve network usability by further reducing required manual

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   configuration and also by greatly enhancing fault detection and

   LMP-WDM [LMP-WDM] defines extensions to LMP for use between and OXC
   and an OLS. These extensions are intended to satisfy the Optical Link
   Interface Requirements described in [OLI-REQ].

   Fault detection is particularly an issue when the network is using
   all-optical photonic switches (PXC). Once a connection is
   established, PXCs have only limited visibility into the health of the
   connection. Even though the PXC is all-optical, long-haul OLSs
   typically terminate channels electrically and regenerate them
   optically, which presents an opportunity to monitor the health of a
   channel between PXCs. LMP-WDM can then be used by the OLS to provide
   this information to the PXC.

   In addition to the link information known to the OLS that is
   exchanged through LMP-WDM, some information known to the OXC may also
   be exchanged with the OLS through LMP-WDM. This information is useful
   for alarm management and link monitoring (e.g. trace monitoring).
   Alarm management is important because the administrative state of a
   connection, known to the OXC (e.g. this information may be learned
   through the Admin Status object of GMPLS signaling [GMPLS]), can be
   used to suppress spurious alarms. For example, the OXC may know that
   a connection is "up", "down", in a "testing" mode, or being deleted
   ("deletion-in-progress"). The OXC can use this information to inhibit
   alarm reporting from the OLS when a connection is "down", "testing",
   or being deleted.

   It is important to note that an OXC may peer with one or more OLSs
   and an OLS may peer with one or more OXCs. Although there are many
   similarities between an OXC-OXC LMP session and an OXC-OLS LMP
   session, particularly for control management and link verification,
   there are some differences as well. These differences can primarily
   be attributed to the nature of an OXC-OLS link, and the purpose of
   OXC-OLS LMP sessions. The OXC-OXC links can be used to provide the
   basis for GMPLS signaling and routing at the optical layer. The
   information exchanged over LMP-WDM sessions is used to augment
   knowledge about the links between OXCs.

   In order for the information exchanged over the OXC-OLS LMP sessions
   to be used by the OXC-OXC session, the information must be
   coordinated by the OXC. However, the OXC-OXC and OXC-OLS LMP sessions
   are run independently and must be maintained separately. One critical
   requirement when running an OXC-OLS LMP session is the ability of the
   OLS to make a data link transparent when not doing the verification
   procedure. This is because the same data link may be verified between
   OXC-OLS and between OXC-OXC. The verification procedure of LMP is
   used to coordinate the Test procedure (and hence the
   transparency/opaqueness of the data links). To maintain independence
   between the sessions, it must be possible for the LMP sessions to
   come up in any order. In particular, it must be possible for an OXC-
   OXC LMP session to come up without an OXC-OLS LMP session being
   brought up, and vice-versa.

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9. Generalized Signaling

   The GMPLS signaling extends certain base functions of the RSVP-TE
   and CR-LDP signaling and, in some cases, adds functionality. These
   changes and additions impact basic LSP properties, how labels are
   requested and communicated, the unidirectional nature of LSPs, how
   errors are propagated, and information provided for synchronizing
   the ingress and egress.

   The core GMPLS signaling specification is available in three parts:

      1. A signaling functional description [GMPLS-SIG].
      2. RSVP-TE extensions [RSVP-TE-GMPLS].
      3. CR-LDP extensions [CR-LDP-GMPLS].

   In addition, independent parts are available per technology:

      1. GMPLS extensions for SONET and SDH control [SONETSDH-GMPLS].
      2. GMPLS extensions for G.709 control [G709-GMPLS].

   The following MPLS profile expressed in terms of MPLS features
   [RFC3031] applies to GMPLS:

      - Downstream-on-demand label allocation and distribution.
      - Ingress initiated ordered control.
      - Liberal (typical), or conservative (could) label retention
      - Request, traffic/data, or topology driven label allocation
      - Explicit routing (typical), or hop-by-hop routing.

   The GMPLS signaling defines the following new building blocks on the
   top of MPLS-TE:

      1. A new generic label request format.
      2. Labels for TDM, LSC and FSC interfaces, generically known as
         Generalized Label.
      3. Waveband switching support.
      4. Label suggestion by the upstream for optimization purposes
         (e.g. latency).
      5. Label restriction by the upstream to support some optical
      6. Bi-directional LSP establishment with contention
      7. Rapid failure notification extensions.
      8. Protection information currently focusing on link protection,
         plus primary and secondary LSP indication.
      9. Explicit routing with explicit label control for a fine
         degree of control.
     10. Specific traffic parameters per technology.
     11. LSP administrative status handling.

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   These building blocks will be described in mode details in the
   following. A complete specification can be found in the
   corresponding documents.

   Note that GMPLS is highly generic and has many options. Only
   building blocks 1, 2 and 10 are mandatory, and only within the
   specific format that is needed. Typically building blocks 6 and 9
   should be implemented. Building blocks 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 11 are

   A typical SDH/SONET switching network would implement building
   blocks: 1, 2 (the SDH/SONET label), 6, 9, 10 and 11. Building blocks
   7 and 8 are optional since the protection/restoration can be
   achieved using SDH/SONET overhead bytes.

   A typical wavelength switching network would implement building
   blocks: 1, 2 (the generic format), 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11. Building
   block 3 is only needed in the particular case of waveband switching.

   A typical fiber switching network would implement building blocks:
   1, 2 (the generic format), 6, 7, 8, 9 and 11.

   A typical MPLS-IP network would not implement any of these building
   blocks, since the absence of building block 1 would indicate regular
   MPLS-IP. Note however that building block 1 and 8 can be used to
   signal MPLS-IP as well. In that case, the MPLS-IP network can
   benefit from the link protection type (not available in CR-LDP, some
   very basic form being available in RSVP-TE). Building block 2 is
   here a regular MPLS label and no new label format is required.

   GMPLS does not specify any profile for RSVP-TE and CR-LDP
   implementations that have to support GMPLS - except for what is
   directly related to GMPLS procedures. It is to the manufacturer to
   decide which are the optional elements and procedures of RSVP-TE and
   CR-LDP that need to be implemented. Some optional MPLS-TE elements
   can be useful for TDM, LSC and FSC layers, for instance the setup
   and holding priorities that are inherited from MPLS-TE.

9.1. Overview: How to Request an LSP

   A TDM, LSC or FSC LSP is established by sending a PATH/Label Request
   message downstream to the destination. This message contains a
   Generalized Label Request with the type of LSP (i.e. the layer
   concerned), and its payload type. An Explicit Route (ERO) is also
   normally added to the message, but this can be added and/or
   completed by the first/default LSR.

   The requested bandwidth is encoded in the RSVP-TE SENDER_TSPEC
   object, or in the CR-LDP Traffic Parameters TLV. Specific parameters
   for a given technology are given in these traffic parameters, such
   as the type of signal, concatenation and/or transparency for a
   SDH/SONET LSP. For some other technology there be could just one
   bandwidth parameter indicating the bandwidth as a floating-point

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   The requested local protection per link may be requested using the
   Protection Information Object/TLV. The end-to-end LSP protection is
   for further study and is introduced LSP protection/restoration
   section (see after).

   If the LSP is a bi-directional LSP, an Upstream Label is also
   specified in the Path/Label Request message. This label will be the
   one to use in the upstream direction.

   Additionally, a Suggested Label, a Label Set and a Waveband Label
   can also be included in the message. Other operations are defined in

   The downstream node will send back a Resv/Label Mapping message
   including one Generalized Label object/TLV that can contain several
   Generalized Labels. For instance, if a concatenated SDH/SONET signal
   is requested, several labels can be returned.

   In case of SDH/SONET virtual concatenation, a list of labels is
   returned. Each label identifying one element of the virtual
   concatenated signal. This limits virtual concatenation to remain
   within a single (component) link.

   In case of any type of SDH/SONET contiguous concatenation, only one
   label is returned. That label is the lowest signal of the contiguous
   concatenated signal (given an order specified in [SONETSDH-GMPLS]).

   In case of SDH/SONET "multiplication", i.e. co-routing of circuits
   of the same type but without concatenation but all belonging to the
   same LSP, the explicit ordered list of all signals that take part in
   the LSP is returned.

9.2. Generalized Label Request

   The Generalized Label Request is a new object/TLV to be added in an
   RSVP-TE Path message instead of the regular Label Request, or in a
   CR-LDP Request message in addition to the already existing TLVs.
   Only one label request can be used per message, so a single LSP can
   be requested at a time per signaling message.

   The Generalized Label Request gives three major characteristics
   (parameters) required to support the LSP being requested: the LSP
   Encoding Type, the Switching Type that must be used and the LSP
   payload type called Generalized PID (G-PID).

   The LSP Encoding Type indicates the encoding type that will be used
   with the data associated with the LSP, i.e. the type of technology
   being considered. For instance, it can be SDH, SONET, Ethernet, ANSI
   PDH, etc. It represents the nature of the LSP, and not the nature of
   the links that the LSP traverses. This is used hop-by-hop by each

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   A link may support a set of encoding formats, where support means
   that a link is able to carry and switch a signal of one or more of
   these encoding formats. The Switching Type indicates then the type
   of switching that should be performed on a particular link for that
   LSP. This information is needed for links that advertise more than
   one type of switching capability.

   Nodes must verify that the type indicated in the Switching Type is
   supported on the corresponding incoming interface; otherwise the node
   must generate a notification message with a "Routing
   problem/Switching Type" indication.

   The LSP payload type (G-PID) identifies the payload carried by the
   LSP, i.e. an identifier of the client layer of that LSP. For some
   technologies it also indicates the mapping used by the client layer,
   e.g. byte synchronous mapping of E1. This must be interpreted
   according to the LSP encoding type of the LSP and is used by the
   nodes at the endpoints of the LSP to know to which client layer a
   request is destined, and in some cases by the penultimate hop.

   Other technology specific parameters are not transported in the
   Generalized Label Request but in technology specific traffic
   parameters as explained hereafter. Currently, two set of traffic
   parameters are defined, one for SONET/SDH and one for G.709.

   Note that it is expected than specific traffic parameters will be
   defined in the future for photonic (all optical) switching.

9.3. SONET/SDH Traffic Parameters

   The GMPLS SDH/SONET traffic parameters [SONETSDH-GMPLS] specify a
   powerful set of capabilities for SONET (ANSI T1.105) and SDH (ITU-T
   G.707). Optional non-standard capabilities are also available in

   The first traffic parameter specifies the type of the elementary
   SONET/SDH signal that comprises the requested LSP, e.g. VC-11, VT6,
   VC-4, STS-3c, etc. Several transforms can then be applied
   successively on the elementary Signal to build the final signal
   being actually requested for the LSP.

   These transforms are the contiguous concatenation, the virtual
   concatenation, the transparency and the multiplication. Each one is
   optional. They must be applied strictly in the following order:

   - First, contiguous concatenation can be optionally applied on the
     Elementary Signal, resulting in a contiguously concatenated
   - Second, virtual concatenation can be optionally applied either
     directly on the elementary Signal, or on the contiguously
     concatenated signal obtained from the previous phase.
   - Third, some transparency can be optionally specified when
     requesting a frame as signal rather than a container. Several
     transparency packages are defined.

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   - Fourth, a multiplication can be optionally applied either directly
     on the elementary Signal, or on the contiguously concatenated
     signal obtained from the first phase, or on the virtually
     concatenated signal obtained from the second phase, or on these
     signals combined with some transparency.

   For RSVP-TE, the SONET/SDH traffic parameters are carried in a new
   SENDER_TSPEC and FLOWSPEC. The same format is used for both. There
   is no Adspec associated with the SENDER_TSPEC, either it is omitted
   or a default value is used. The content of the FLOWSPEC object
   received in a Resv message should be identical to the content of the
   SENDER_TSPEC of the corresponding Path message. In other words, the
   receiver is normally not allowed to change the values of the traffic
   parameters. However some level of negotiation may be achieved as
   explained in [SONETSDH-GMPLS]

   For CR-LDP, the SONET/SDH traffic parameters are simply carried in a
   new TLV.

   Note that a general discussion on SDH/SONET and GMPLS can be found

9.4. G.709 Traffic Parameters

   Simply said, an ITU-T G.709 based network is decomposed in two major
   layers: an optical layer (i.e. made of wavelengths) and a digital
   layer. These two layers are divided into sub-layers and switching
   occurs at two specific sub-layers: at the OCh (Optical Channel)
   optical layer and at the ODU (Optical channel Data Unit) electrical
   layer. The ODUk notation is used to denotes ODUs at different

   The GMPLS G.709 traffic parameters [G709-GMPLS] specify a powerful
   set of capabilities for ITU-T G.709 networks.

   The first traffic parameter specifies the type of the elementary
   G.709 signal that comprises the requested LSP, e.g. ODU1, OCh at 40
   Gbps, etc. Several transforms can then be applied successively on
   the elementary Signal to build the final signal being actually
   requested for the LSP.

   These transforms are the virtual concatenation and the
   multiplication. Each one of these transforms is optional. They must
   be applied strictly in the following order:

   - First, virtual concatenation can be optionally applied directly on
     the elementary Signal,
   - Second, a multiplication can be optionally applied, either
     directly on the elementary Signal, or on the virtually
     concatenated signal obtained from the first phase.

   Additional ODUk Multiplexing traffic parameters allow indicating an
   ODUk mapping (ODUj into ODUk) for an ODUk multiplexing LSP request.

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   G.709 supports the following multiplexing capabilities: ODUj into
   ODUk (k > j); and ODU1 with ODU2 multiplexing into ODU3.

   For RSVP-TE, the SONET/SDH traffic parameters are carried in a new
   SENDER-TSPEC and FLOWSPEC. The same format is used for both. There
   is no Adspec associated with the SENDER_TSPEC, either it is omitted
   or a default value is used. The content of the FLOWSPEC object
   received in a Resv message should be identical to the content of the
   SENDER_TSPEC of the corresponding Path message.

   For CR-LDP, the SONET/SDH traffic parameters are simply carried in a
   new TLV.

9.5. Bandwidth Encoding

   Some technologies that do not have (yet) specific traffic parameters
   just require a bandwidth encoding transported in a generic form.
   Bandwidth is carried in 32-bit number in IEEE floating-point format
   (the unit is bytes per second). Values are carried in a per protocol
   specific manner. For non-packet LSPs, it is useful to define
   discrete values to identify the bandwidth of the LSP.

   It should be noted that this bandwidth encoding do not apply to
   SONET/SDH and G.709, for which the traffic parameters fully define
   the requested SONET/SDH or G.709 signal.

   The bandwidth is coded in the Peak Data Rate field of Int-Serv
   objects for RSVP-TE in the SENDER_TSPEC and FLOWSPEC objects; and in
   the Peak and Committed Data Rate fields of the CR-LDP Traffic
   Parameters TLV.

9.6. Generalized Label

   The Generalized Label extends the traditional MPLS label by allowing
   the representation of not only labels that travel in-band with
   associated data packets, but also (virtual) labels that identify
   time-slots, wavelengths, or space division multiplexed positions.

   For example, the Generalized Label may identify (a) a single fiber
   in a bundle, (b) a single waveband within fiber, (c) a single
   wavelength within a waveband (or fiber), or (d) a set of time-slots
   within a wavelength (or fiber). It may also be a generic MPLS label,
   a Frame Relay label, or an ATM label (VCI/VPI). The format of a
   label can be as simple as an integer value such as a wavelength
   label or can be more elaborated such as an SDH/SONET or a G.709

   SDH and SONET define each a multiplexing structure. These
   multiplexing structures will be used as naming trees to create
   unique labels. Such a label will identify the exact position (times-
   lot(s)) of a signal in a multiplexing structure. Since the SONET
   multiplexing structure may be seen as a subset of the SDH
   multiplexing structure, the same format of label is used for SDH and

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   SONET. A similar concept is applied to build a label at the G.709
   ODU layer.

   Since the nodes sending and receiving the Generalized Label know
   what kinds of link they are using, the Generalized Label does not
   identify its type, instead the nodes are expected to know from the
   context what type of label to expect.

   A Generalized Label only carries a single level of label, i.e. it is
   non-hierarchical. When multiple levels of labels (LSPs within LSPs)
   are required, each LSP must be established separately.

9.7. Waveband Switching

   A special case of wavelength switching is waveband switching. A
   waveband represents a set of contiguous wavelengths, which can be
   switched together to a new waveband. For optimization reasons it may
   be desirable for a photonic cross-connect to optically switch
   multiple wavelengths as a unit. This may reduce the distortion on
   the individual wavelengths and may allow tighter separation of the
   individual wavelengths. A Waveband label is defined to support this
   special case.

   Waveband switching naturally introduces another level of label
   hierarchy and as such the waveband is treated the same way all other
   upper layer labels are treated. As far as the MPLS protocols are
   concerned there is little difference between a waveband label and a
   wavelength label except that semantically the waveband can be
   subdivided into wavelengths whereas the wavelength can only be
   subdivided into time or statistically multiplexed labels.

   In the context of waveband switching, the generalized label used to
   indicate a waveband contains three fields, a waveband ID, a Start
   Label and an End Label. The Start and End Labels are channel
   identifiers from the sender perspective that identify respectively,
   the lowest value wavelength and the highest value wavelength making
   up the waveband.

9.8. Label Suggestion by the Upstream

   GMPLS allows for a label to be optionally suggested by an upstream
   node. This suggestion may be overridden by a downstream node but in
   some cases, at the cost of higher LSP setup time. The suggested
   label is valuable when establishing LSPs through certain kinds of
   optical equipment where there may be a lengthy (in electrical terms)
   delay in configuring the switching fabric. For example micro mirrors
   may have to be elevated or moved, and this physical motion and
   subsequent damping takes time. If the labels and hence switching
   fabric are configured in the reverse direction (the norm) the
   MAPPING/Resv message may need to be delayed by 10's of milliseconds
   per hop in order to establish a usable forwarding path. It can be
   important for restoration purposes where alternate LSPs may need to
   be rapidly established as a result of network failures.

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9.9. Label Restriction by the Upstream

   An upstream node can optionally restrict (limit) the choice of label
   of a downstream node to a set of acceptable labels. Giving lists
   and/or ranges of inclusive (acceptable) or exclusive (unacceptable)
   labels in a Label Set provides this restriction. If not applied, all
   labels from the valid label range may be used. There are at least
   four cases where a label restriction is useful in the "optical"

   1. The first case is where the end equipment is only capable of
   transmitting and receiving on a small specific set of

   2. The second case is where there is a sequence of interfaces, which
   cannot support wavelength conversion and require the same wavelength
   be used end-to-end over a sequence of hops, or even an entire path.

   3. The third case is where it is desirable to limit the amount of
   wavelength conversion being performed to reduce the distortion on
   the optical signals.

   4. The last case is where two ends of a link support different sets
   of wavelengths.

   The receiver of a Label Set must restrict its choice of labels to
   one that is in the Label Set. A Label Set may be present across
   multiple hops. In this case each node generates it's own outgoing
   Label Set, possibly based on the incoming Label Set and the node's
   hardware capabilities. This case is expected to be the norm for
   nodes with conversion incapable interfaces.

9.10. Bi-directional LSP

   GMPLS allows establishment of bi-directional symmetric LSPs (not of
   asymmetric LSPs). A symmetric bi-directional LSP has the same
   traffic engineering requirements including fate sharing, protection
   and restoration, LSRs, and resource requirements (e.g. latency and
   jitter) in each direction.

   In the remainder of this section, the term "initiator" is used to
   refer to a node that starts the establishment of an LSP and the term
   "terminator" is used to refer to the node that is the target of the
   LSP. For a bi-directional LSPs, there is only one initiator and one

   Normally to establish a bi-directional LSP when using [RSVP-TE] or
   [CR-LDP] two unidirectional paths must be independently established.
   This approach has the following disadvantages:

   1. The latency to establish the bi-directional LSP is equal to one
   round trip signaling time plus one initiator-terminator signaling
   transit delay. This not only extends the setup latency for

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   successful LSP establishment, but it extends the worst-case latency
   for discovering an unsuccessful LSP to as much as two times the
   initiator-terminator transit delay. These delays are particularly
   significant for LSPs that are established for restoration purposes.

   2. The control overhead is twice that of a unidirectional LSP. This
   is because separate control messages (e.g. Path and Resv) must be
   generated for both segments of the bi-directional LSP.

   3. Because the resources are established in separate segments, route
   selection is complicated. There is also additional potential race
   for conditions in assignment of resources, which decreases the
   overall probability of successfully establishing the bi-directional

   4. It is more difficult to provide a clean interface for SDH/SONET
   equipment that may rely on bi-directional hop-by-hop paths for
   protection switching. Note that existing SDH/SONET gear transmits
   the control information in-band with the data.

   5. Bi-directional optical LSPs (or lightpaths) are seen as a
   requirement for many optical networking service providers.

   With bi-directional LSPs both the downstream and upstream data
   paths, i.e. from initiator to terminator and terminator to
   initiator, are established using a single set of signaling messages.
   This reduces the setup latency to essentially one initiator-
   terminator round trip time plus processing time, and limits the
   control overhead to the same number of messages as a unidirectional

   For bi-directional LSPs, two labels must be allocated. Bi-
   directional LSP setup is indicated by the presence of an Upstream
   Label in the appropriate signaling message.

9.11. Bi-directional LSP Contention Resolution

   Contention for labels may occur between two bi-directional LSP setup
   requests traveling in opposite directions. This contention occurs
   when both sides allocate the same resources (ports) at effectively
   the same time. The GMPLS signaling defines a procedure to resolve
   that contention, basically the node with the higher node ID will win
   the contention. To reduce the probability of contention, some
   mechanisms are also suggested.

9.12. Rapid Notification of Failure

   GMPLS defines several signaling extensions that enable expedited
   notification of failures and other events to nodes responsible for
   restoring failed LSPs, and error handling.

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   1. Acceptable Label Set for notification on Label Error:

   There are cases in traditional MPLS and in GMPLS that result in an
   error message containing an "Unacceptable label value" indication.
   When these cases occur, it can useful for the node generating the
   error message to indicate which labels would be acceptable. To cover
   this case, GMPLS introduces the ability to convey such information
   via the "Acceptable Label Set". An Acceptable Label Set is carried
   in appropriate protocol specific error messages. The format of an
   Acceptable Label Set is identical to a Label Set.

   2. Expedited notification:

   Extensions to RSVP-TE enable expedited notification of failures and
   other events to determined nodes. For CR-LDP there is not currently
   a similar mechanism. The first extension identifies where event
   notifications are to be sent. The second provides for general
   expedited event notification with a Notify message. Such extensions
   can be used by fast restoration mechanisms. Notifications may be
   requested in both the upstream and downstream directions.

   The Notify message differs from the currently defined error messages
   in that it can be "targeted" to a node other than the immediate
   upstream or downstream neighbor and that it is a generalized
   notification mechanism. The Notify message does not replace existing
   error messages. The Notify message may be sent either (a) normally,
   where non-target nodes just forward the Notify message to the target
   node, similar to ResvConf processing in [RSVP]; or (b) encapsulated
   in a new IP header whose destination is equal to the target IP

   3. Faster removal of intermediate states:

   A specific RSVP optimization allowing in some cases the faster
   removal of intermediate states. This extension is used to deal with
   specific RSVP mechanisms.

9.13. Link Protection

   Protection information is carried in the new optional Protection
   Information Object/TLV. It currently indicates the desired link
   protection for each link of an LSP. If a particular protection type,
   i.e., 1+1, or 1:N, is requested, then a connection request is
   processed only if the desired protection type can be honored. Note
   that GMPLS advertises the protection capabilities of a link in the
   routing protocols. Path computation algorithms may take this
   information into account when computing paths for setting up LSPs.

   Protection information also indicates if the LSP is a primary or
   secondary LSP. A secondary LSP is a backup to a primary LSP. The
   resources of a secondary LSP are normally not used until the primary
   LSP fails, but they may be used by other LSPs until the primary LSP
   fails over the secondary LSP. At that point, any LSP that is using
   the resources for the secondary LSP must be preempted.

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   Six link protection types are currently defined as individual flags
   and can be combined: enhanced, dedicated 1+1, dedicated 1:1, shared,
   unprotected, extra traffic. See [GMPLS-SIG] section 7.1 for a
   precise definition of each.

9.14. Explicit Routing and Explicit Label Control

   By using an explicit route the path taken by an LSP can be
   controlled more or less precisely. Typically, the node at the head-
   end of an LSP finds an explicit route and builds an Explicit Route
   Object (ERO)/ Explicit Route (ER) TLV that contains that route.
   Possibly, the edge node does not build any explicit route, and just
   transmit a signaling request to a default neighbor LSR (as IP/MPLS
   hosts would). For instance, an explicit route could be added to a
   signaling message by the first switching node, on behalf of the edge
   node. Note also that an explicit route is altered by intermediate
   LSRs during its progression towards the destination.

   The explicit route is originally defined by MPLS-TE as a list of
   abstract nodes (i.e. groups of nodes) along the explicit route. Each
   abstract node can be an IPv4 address prefix, an IPv6 address prefix,
   or an AS number. This capability allows the generator of the
   explicit route to have incomplete information about the details of
   the path. In the simplest case, an abstract node can be a full IP
   address (32 bits) that identifies a specific node (called a simple
   abstract node).

   MPLS-TE allows strict and loose abstract nodes. The path between a
   strict node and its preceding node must include only network nodes
   from the strict node and its preceding abstract node. The path
   between a loose node and its preceding abstract node may include
   other network nodes that are not part of the loose node or its
   preceding abstract node.

   This explicit route was extended to include interface numbers as
   abstract nodes to support unnumbered interfaces; and further
   extended by GMPLS to include labels as abstract nodes. Having labels
   in an explicit route is an important feature that allows controlling
   the placement of an LSP with a very fine granularity. This is more
   likely to be used for TDM, LSC and FSC links.

   In particular, the explicit label control in the explicit route
   allows terminating an LSP on a particular outgoing port of an egress
   node. Indeed, a label sub-object/TLV must follow a sub-object/TLV
   containing the IP address, or the interface identifier (in case of
   unnumbered interface), associated with the link on which it is to be

   This can also be used when it is desirable to "splice" two LSPs
   together, i.e. where the tail of the first LSP would be "spliced"
   into the head of the second LSP.

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   Another use is when an optimization algorithm is used for an
   SDH/SONET network. This algorithm can provide very detailed explicit
   routes, including the label (time-slot) to use on a link, in order
   to minimize the fragmentation of the SDH/SONET multiplex on the
   corresponding interface.

9.15. Route recording

   In order to improve the reliability and the manageability of the LSP
   being established, the concept of the route recording was introduced
   in RSVP-TE to function as:

   - First, a loop detection mechanism to discover L3 routing loops, or
   loops inherent in the explicit route (this mechanism is strictly
   exclusive with the use of explicit routing objects).

   - Second, a route recording mechanism collects up-to-date detailed
   path information on a hop-by-hop basis during the LSP setup process.
   This mechanism provides valuable information to the source and
   destination nodes. Any intermediate routing change at setup time, in
   case of loose explicit routing, will be reported.

   - Third, a recorded route can be used as input for an explicit
   route. This is useful if a source node receives the recorded route
   from a destination node and applies it as an explicit route in order
   to "pin down the path".

   Within the GMPLS architecture only the second and third functions
   are mainly applicable for TDM, LSC and FSC layers.

9.16. LSP modification and LSP re-routing

   LSP modification and re-routing are two features already available
   in MPLS-TE. GMPLS does not add anything new. Elegant re-routing is
   possible with the concept of "make-before-break" whereby an old path
   is still used while a new path is set up by avoiding double
   reservation of resources. Then, the node performing the re-routing
   can swap on the new path and close the old path. This feature is
   supported with RSVP-TE (using shared explicit filters) and CR-LDP
   (using the action indicator flag).

   LSP modification consists in changing some LSP parameters, but
   normally without changing the route. It is supported using the same
   mechanism as re-routing. However, the semantic of LSP modification
   will differ from one technology to the other. For instance, further
   studies are required to understand the impact of dynamically
   changing some SDH/SONET circuit characteristics such as the
   bandwidth, the protection type, the transparency, the concatenation,

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9.17. LSP administrative status handling

   GMPLS provides the optional capability to indicate the
   administrative status of an LSP by using a new Admin Status
   object/TLV. Administrative Status Information is currently used in
   two ways.

   In the first usage, Admin Status the object/TLV is carried in a
   Path/Label Request or Resv/Label Mapping message to indicate the
   administrative state of an LSP. In this usage, Administrative Status
   Information indicates the state of the LSP, which include "up" or
   "down", if it in a "testing" mode, and if deletion is in progress.

   Based on that administrative status, a node can take local
   decisions, like to inhibit alarm reporting when an LSP is in "down"
   or "testing" states, or to report alarms associated with the
   connection at a priority equal to or less than "Non service

   It is possible that some nodes along an LSP will not support the
   Admin Status Object/TLV. In the case of a non-supporting transit
   node, the object will pass through the node unmodified and normal
   processing can continue.

   In some circumstances, particularly optical networks, it is useful
   to set the administrative status of an LSP to "being deleted" before
   tearing it down in order to avoid non-useful generation of alarms.
   The ingress LSR precedes an LSP deletion by inserting an appropriate
   Admin Status Object/TLV in a Path/Label Request (with the
   modification action indicator flag set to modify) message. Transit
   LSRs process the Admin Status Object/TLV and forward it. The egress
   LSR answers in a Resv/Label Mapping (with the modification action
   indicator flag set to modify) message with the Admin Status object.
   Upon receiving this message and object, the ingress node sends a
   PathTear/Release message downstream to remove the LSP and normal
   RSVP/CR-LDP processing takes place.

   In the second usage, the Admin Status object/TLV is carried in a
   Notification/Label Mapping (with the modification action indicator
   flag set to modify) message to request that the ingress node change
   the administrative state of an LSP. This allows intermediate and
   egress nodes to trigger the setting of administrative status. In
   particular this allows, intermediate or egress LSRs to request a
   release of an LSP initiated by the ingress node.

9.18. Control channel separation

   In GMPLS, a control channel can be separated from the data channel.
   Indeed, the control channel can be implemented completely out-of-
   band for various reasons, e.g. when the data channel cannot carry
   in-band control information. This issue was even originally
   introduced to MPLS in connection with link bundling.

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   In traditional MPLS there is an implicit one-to-one association of a
   control channel to a data channel. When such an association is
   present, no additional or special information is required to
   associate a particular LSP setup transaction with a particular data

   Otherwise it is necessary to convey additional information in
   signaling to identify the particular data channel being controlled.
   GMPLS supports explicit data channel identification by providing
   interface identification information. GMPLS allows the use of a
   number of interface identification schemes including IPv4 or IPv6
   addresses, interface indexes (for unnumbered interfaces) and
   component interfaces (for bundled interfaces), unnumbered bunled
   interfaces are also supported.

   The choice of the data interface to use is always made by the sender
   of the Path/Label Request message, and indicated by including the
   data channel's interface identifier in the message using a new
   RSVP_HOP object sub-type/Interface TLV.

   For bi-directional LSPs, the sender chooses the data interface in
   each direction. In all cases but bundling, the upstream interface is
   implied by the downstream interface. For bundling, the Path/Label
   Request sender explicitly identifies the component interface used in
   each direction. The new object/TLV is used in Resv/Label Mapping
   message to indicate the downstream node's usage of the indicated

   The new object/TLV can contain a list of embedded TLVs, each
   embedded TLV can be an IPv4 address, and IPv6 address, an interface
   index, a downstream component interface ID or an upstream component
   interface ID. In the last three cases, the embedded TLV contains
   itself an IP address plus an Interface ID, the IP address being used
   to identify the interface ID (it can be the router ID for instance).

   There are cases where it is useful to indicate a specific interface
   associated with an error. To support these cases the IF_ID
   ERROR_SPEC RSVP Objects are defined.

10. Forwarding Adjacencies (FA)

   To improve scalability of MPLS TE (and thus GMPLS) it may be useful
   to aggregate multiple TE LSPs inside a bigger TE LSP. Intermediate
   nodes see the external LSP only, they don't have to maintain
   forwarding states for each internal LSP, less signaling messages
   need to be exchanged and the external LSP can be somehow protected
   instead (or in addition) to the internal LSPs. This can considerably
   increase the scalability of the signaling.

   The aggregation is accomplished by (a) an LSR creating a TE LSP, (b)
   the LSR forming a forwarding adjacency out of that LSP (advertising
   this LSP as a Traffic Engineering (TE) link into ISIS/OSPF), (c)
   allowing other LSRs to use forwarding adjacencies for their path
   computation, and (d) nesting of LSPs originated by other LSRs into

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   that LSP (e.g. by using the label stack construct in the case of

   An LSR may (under its local configuration control) announce an LSP
   as a TE link into ISIS/OSPF.  When this link is advertised into the
   same instance of ISIS/OSPF as the one that determines the route
   taken by the LSP, we call such a link a "forwarding adjacency" (FA).
   We refer to the LSP as the "forwarding adjacency LSP", or just FA-
   LSP.  Note that since the advertised entity is a link in ISIS/OSPF,
   both the endpoint LSRs of the FA-LSP must belong to the same ISIS
   level/OSPF area (intra-area improvement of scalability).

   In general, creation/termination of a FA and its FA-LSP could be
   driven either by mechanisms outside of MPLS (e.g., via configuration
   control on the LSR at the head-end of the adjacency), or by
   mechanisms within MPLS (e.g., as a result of the LSR at the head-end
   of the adjacency receiving LSP setup requests originated by some
   other LSRs).

   ISIS/OSPF floods the information about FAs just as it floods the
   information about any other links.  As a result of this flooding, an
   LSR has in its TE link state database the information about not just
   conventional links, but FAs as well.

   An LSR, when performing path computation, uses not just conventional
   links, but FAs as well.  Once a path is computed, the LSR uses RSVP-
   TE/CR-LDP for establishing label binding along the path. FAs need
   simple extensions to signaling and routing protocols.

10.1. Routing and Forwarding Adjacencies

   Forwarding adjacencies may be represented as either unnumbered or
   numbered links. A FA can also be a bundle of LSPs between two nodes.

   FAs are advertised as GMPLS TE links such as defined in [HIERARCHY].
   GMPLS TE links are advertised in OSPF and ISIS such as defined in
   [OSPF-TE-GMPLS] and [ISIS-TE-GMPLS]. These last two specifications
   enhance [OSPF-TE] and [ISIS-TE] that defines a base TE link.

   When a FA is created dynamically, its TE attributes are inherited
   from the FA-LSP that induced its creation. [HIERARCHY] specifies how
   each TE parameter of the FA is inherited from the FA-LSP. Note that
   the bandwidth of the FA must be at least as big as the FA-LSP that
   induced it, but may be bigger if only discrete bandwidths are
   available for the FA-LSP. In general, for dynamically provisioned
   forwarding adjacencies, a policy-based mechanism may be needed to
   associate attributes to forwarding adjacencies.

   A FA advertisement could contain the information about the path
   taken by the FA-LSP associated with that FA. Other LSRs may use this
   information for path computation. This information is carried in a
   new OSPF and IS-IS TLV called the Path TLV.

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   It is possible that the underlying path information might change
   over time, via configuration updates, or dynamic route
   modifications, resulting in the change of that TLV.

   If forwarding adjacencies are bundled (via link bundling), and if
   the resulting bundled link carries a Path TLV, the underlying path
   followed by each of the FA-LSPs that form the component links must
   be the same.

   It is expected that forwarding adjacencies will not be used for
   establishing ISIS/OSPF peering relation between the routers at the
   ends of the adjacency.

   LSP hierarchy could exist both with the peer and with the overlay
   models. With the peer model the LSP hierarchy is realized via FAs
   and an LSP is both created and used as a TE link by exactly the same
   instance of the control plane. Creating LSP hierarchy with overlays
   doesn't involve the concept of FA. With the overlay model an LSP
   created (and maintained) by one instance of the GMPLS control plane
   is used as a TE link by another instance of the GMPLS control plane.
   Moreover, the nodes using a TE link are expected to have a routing
   and signaling adjacency.

10.2. Signaling aspects

   For the purpose of processing the explicit route in a Path/Request
   message of an LSP that is to be tunneled over a forwarding
   adjacency, an LSR at the head-end of the FA-LSP views the LSR at the
   tail of that FA-LSP as adjacent (one IP hop away).

10.3. Cascading of Forwarding Adjacencies

   With an integrated model several layers are controlled using the
   same routing and signaling protocols. A network may then have links
   with different multiplexing/demultiplexing capabilities. For
   example, a node may be able to multiplex/demultiplex individual
   packets on a given link, and may be able to multiplex/demultiplex
   channels within a SONET payload on other links.

   A new OSPF and IS-IS sub-TLV has been defined to advertise the
   multiplexing capability of each interface: PSC, L2SC, TDM, LSC or
   FSC. This sub-TLV is named the Link Multiplex Capability sub-TLV and
   complements the sub-TLVs defined in [OSPF-TE-GMPLS] and [ISIS-TE-
   GMPLS]. The information carried in this sub-TLV is used to construct
   LSP regions, and determine regionÆs boundaries.

   Path computation may take into account region boundaries when
   computing a path for an LSP. For example, path computation may
   restrict the path taken by an LSP to only the links whose
   multiplexing/demultiplexing capability is PSC. When an LSP need to
   cross a region boundary, it can trigger the establishment of an FA
   at the underlying layer (i.e. the L2SC layer). This can trigger a
   cascading of FAs between layers with the following obvious order:
   L2SC, then TDM, then LSC, and then finally FSC.

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11. Routing and Signaling Adjacencies

   By definition, two nodes have a routing (ISIS/OSPF) adjacency if
   they are neighbors in the ISIS/OSPF sense.

   By definition, two nodes have a signaling (RSVP-TE/CR-LDP) adjacency
   if they are neighbors in the RSVP-TE/CR-LDP sense. Nodes A and B are
   RSVP-TE neighbors if they directly exchange RSVP-TE messages
   (Path/Resv) (e.g., as described in sections 7.1.1 and 7.1.2 of
   [HIERARCHY]). The neighbor relationship includes exchanging RSVP-TE

   By definition, a Forwarding Adjacency (FA) is a TE Link between two
   GMPLS nodes whose path transits one or more other (G)MPLS nodes in
   the same instance of the (G)MPLS control plane. If two nodes have
   one or more non-FA TE Links between them, these two nodes are
   expected (although not required) to have a routing adjacency. If two
   nodes do not have any non-FA TE Links between them, it is expected
   (although not required) that these two nodes would not have a
   routing adjacency. To state the obvious, if the TE links between two
   nodes are to be used for establishing LSPs, the two nodes must have
   a signaling adjacency.

   If one wants to establish routing and/or signaling adjacency between
   two nodes, there must be an IP path between them.  This IP path can
   be, for example, a TE Link with an interface switching capability of
   PSC, anything that looks likes an IP link (e.g., GRE tunnel, or a
   (bi-directional) LSP that with an interface switching capability of

   A TE link may not be capable of being used directly for maintaining
   routing and/or signaling adjacencies. This is because GMPLS routing
   and signaling adjacencies requires exchanging data on a per (IP/ISO)
   packet basis, and a TE link (e.g. a link between OXCs) may not be
   capable of exchanging data on a per packet basis. In this case the
   routing and signaling adjacencies are maintained via a set of one or
   more control channels (see [LMP]).

   Two nodes may have a TE link between them even if they don't have a
   routing adjacency. Naturally, each node must run OSPF/ISIS with
   GMPLS extensions in order for that TE link to be advertised. More
   precisely, the node needs to run GMPLS extensions for TE Links with
   an interface switching capability (see [GMPLS-ROUTING]) other than
   PSC, and it needs to run either GMPLS or MPLS extensions for TE
   links with an interface switching capability of PSC.

   The mechanisms for Control Channel Separation [GMPLS-SIG] should be
   used (even if the IP path between two nodes is a TE link). I.e.,
   RSVP-TE/CR-LDP signaling should use the Interface_ID (IF_ID) object
   to specify a particular TE link when establishing an LSP.

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   The IP path could consist of multiple IP hops. In this case, the
   mechanisms of sections 7.1.1 and 7.1.2 of [HIERARCHY] should be used
   (in addition to Control Channel Separation).

12. Control Plane Fault Handling

   There are two major types of faults that can impact a control plane.
   The first, referred to as control channel fault, relates to the case
   where control communication is lost between two neighboring nodes.
   If the control channel is embedded with the data channel, data
   channel recovery procedure should solve the problem. If the control
   channel is independent of the data channel additional procedures are
   required to recover from that problem.

   The second, referred to as nodal faults, relates to the case where a
   node losses its control state (e.g., after a restart) but does not
   loose its data forwarding state.

   In transport networks, such types of control plane faults should not
   have service impact on the existing connections. Under such
   circumstances, a mechanism must exist to detect a control
   communication failure and a recovery procedure must guarantee
   connection integrity at both ends of the control channel.

   For a control channel fault, once communication is restored routing
   protocols are naturally able to recover but the underlying signaling
   protocols must indicate that the nodes have maintained their state
   through the failure. The signaling protocol must also ensure that
   any state changes that were instantiated during the failure are
   synchronized between the nodes.

   For a nodal fault, a node's control plane restarts and losses most
   of it's state information. In this case, both upstream and
   downstream nodes must synchronize their state information with the
   restarted node. In order for any resynchronization to occur the node
   undergoing the restart will need to preserve some information, such
   as it's mappings of incoming to outgoing labels.

   These issues are addressed in protocol specific fashions, see [RSVP-
   TE-GMPLS] and [CR-LDP-GMPLS]. Note that these cases only apply when
   there are mechanisms to detect data channel failures independent of
   control channel failures.

   The LDP Fault tolerant draft [LDP-FT] specifies the procedures to
   recover from a control channel failure. [RSVP-TE-GMPLS] specifies
   how to recover from both a control channel failure and a node

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13. LSP Protection and Restoration

   This section discusses Protection and Restoration (P&R) issues for
   GMPLS LSPs. It is driven by the requirements outlined in [TEWG-
   RESTORE] and some of the principles outlined in [MPLS-RECOVERY]. It
   will be enhanced, as more GMPLS P&R mechanisms are defined. The
   scope of this section is clarified hereafter:

   - This section is only applicable when a fault impacting LSP(s)
     happens in the data/transport plane. Section 11 deals with control
     plane fault handling for nodal and control channel faults.

   - This section focuses on P&R at the TDM, LSC and FSC layers. There
     are specific P&R requirements at these layers not present at the
     PSC layer.

   - This section focuses on intra-area P&R as opposed to inter-area
     P&R and even inter-domain P&R. Note that the P&R can even be more
     restricted, e.g. to a collection of like customer equipment, or a
     collection of equipment of like capabilities, in one single
     routing area.

   - This section focuses on intra-layer P&R (horizontal hierarchy as
     defined in [TEWG-RESTORE]) as opposed to the inter-layer P&R
     (vertical hierarchy).

   - P&R mechanisms are in general designed to handle single failures,
     which makes SRLG diversity a necessity. Recovery from multiple
     failures requires further study.

   - Both mesh and ring like topologies are supported.

   In the following, we assume that:

   - TDM, LSC and FSC devices are more generally committing recovery
     resources in a non best effort way. Recovery resources are either
     allocated and used, or at least logically reserved (used or not by
     preemptable extra traffic but unavailable anyway for regular
     working traffic).

   - Shared P&R mechanisms are valuable to operators in order to
     maximize their network utilization.

   - Sending preemptable excess traffic on recovery resources is a
     valuable feature for operators.

13.1. Protection escalation across domains and layers

   To describe the P&R architecture, one must consider two dimensions
   of hierarchy [TE-RESTORE]:

   - A horizontal hierarchy consisting of multiple P&R domains, which
     is important in an LSP based protection scheme. The scope of P&R

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     may extend over a link (or span), an administrative domain or sub-
     network, an entire LSP.

     An administrative domain may consist of a single P&R domain or as
     a concatenation of several smaller P&R domains. The operator can
     configure P&R domains, based on customers' requirements, and on
     network topology and traffic engineering constraints.

   - A vertical hierarchy consisting of multiple layers of P&R with
     varying granularities (packet flows, STS trails, lightpaths,
     fibers, etc).

     In the absence of adequate P&R coordination, a fault may propagate
     from one level to the next within a P&R hierarchy. It can lead to
     "collisions" and simultaneous recovery actions may lead to race
     conditions, reduced resource utilization, or instabilities
     [MANCHESTER]. Thus, a consistent escalation strategy is needed to
     coordinate recovery across domains and layers. The fact that GMPLS
     can be used at different layers could simplify this coordination.

     There are two types of escalation strategies: bottom-up and top-
     down. The bottom-up approach assumes that "lower-level" recovery
     schemes are more expedient, and therefore we can inhibit or hold
     off higher-level P&R. The Top-down approach attempts service P&R
     at the higher levels before invoking "lower level" P&R. Higher-
     layer P&R is service selective, and permits "per-CoS" or "per-LSP"

   SLA's between network operators and their clients are needed to
   determine the necessary timescales for P&R at each layer and at each

13.2. Mapping of Services to P&R Resources

   The choice of a P&R scheme is a tradeoff between network utilization
   (cost) and service interruption time. In light of this tradeoff,
   network service providers are expected to support a range of
   different service offerings or service levels.

   One can classify LSPs into one of a small set of service levels.
   Among other things, these service levels define the reliability
   characteristics of the LSP. The service level associated with a
   given LSP is mapped to one or more P&R schemes during LSP
   establishment. An advantage that mapping is that an LSP may use
   different P&E schemes in different segments of a network (e.g. some
   links may be span protected, whilst other segments of the LSP may
   utilize ring protection). These details are likely to be service
   provider specific.

   An alternative to using service levels is for an application to
   specify the set of specific P&R mechanisms to be used when
   establishing the LSP. This allows greater flexibility in using
   different mechanisms to meet the application requirements.

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   A differentiator between these service levels is service
   interruption time in the event of network failures, which is defined
   as the length of time between when a failure occurs and when
   connectivity is re-established. The choice of service level (or P&R
   scheme) should be dictated by the service requirements of different

13.3. Classification of P&R mechanism characteristics

   The following figure provides a classification of the possible
   provisioning types of recovery LSPs, and of the levels of
   overbooking that is possible for them.

                  + Computed on  +Established     +--Resources pre
                  |  demand      | on demand      |   allocated
    Recovery LSP  |              |                |
    Provisioning -+ Pre computed +Pre established +--Resources
                                                     allocated on
                  +--Dedicated - 1:1, 1
                  +-- Shared - 1:N, Ring, Shared mesh
   Level of       |
   Overbooking ---+-- Best effort

13.4. Different Stages in P&R

   Recovery from a network fault or impairment takes place in several
   stages as discussed in [MPLS-RECOVERY], including fault detection,
   fault localization, notification, recovery (i.e. the P&R itself) and
   restoral (i.e. returning the traffic to the original working LSP or
   to a new one) of traffic.

   - Fault detection is technology and implementation dependent. In
     general, failures are detected by lower layer mechanisms (e.g.
     SONET/SDH, Loss-of-Light (LOL)). When a node detects a failure, an
     alarm may be passed up to a GMPLS entity, which will take
     appropriate actions, or the alarm may be propagated at the lower
     layer (e.g. SONET/SDH AIS).

   - Fault localization can be done with the help of GMPLS, e.g. using
     LMP for fault localization (see section 8.4).

   - Fault notification can also be achieved through GMPLS, e.g. using
     GMPLS RSVP-TE/CR-LDP notification (see section 9.12).

   - This section focuses on the different mechanisms available for
     recovery and restoral of traffic once fault detection,
     localization and notification have taken place.

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13.5. Recovery Strategies

   Network P&R techniques can be divided into Protection and
   Restoration. In protection, resources between the protection
   endpoints are established before failure, and connectivity after
   failure is achieved simply by switching performed at the protection
   end-points. In contrast, restoration uses signaling after failure to
   allocate resources along the recovery path.

   - Protection aims at extremely fast reaction times and may rely on
     the use of overhead control fields for achieving end-point
     coordination. Protection for SONET/SDH networks is described in
     [G.841] and [ANSI-T1.105]. Protection mechanisms can be further
     classified by the level of redundancy and sharing.

   - Restoration mechanisms rely on signaling protocols to coordinate
     switching actions during recovery, and may involve simple re-
     provisioning, i.e. signaling only at the time of recovery; or pre-
     signaling, i.e., signaling prior to recovery.

   In addition, P&R can be applied on a local or end-to-end basis. In
   the local approach, P&R is focused on the local proximity of the
   fault in order to reduce delay in restoring service. In the end-to-
   end approach, the LSP originating and terminating nodes control

   Using these strategies, the following recovery mechanisms can be

   Editor's note: for each mechanism hereafter, it is intended to add
   references to the appropriate GMPLS and/or technology specific

13.6. Recovery mechanisms: Protection schemes

   Note that protection schemes are usually defined in technology
   specific ways, but this does not preclude other solutions.

   - 1+1 Link Protection: Two pre-provisioned resources are used in
     parallel. For example, data is transmitted simultaneously on two
     parallel links and a selector is used at the receiving node to
     choose the best source. [Mechanisms reference to be added].

   - 1:N Link Protection: Working and protecting resources (N working,
     1 backup) are pre-provisioned. If a working resource fails, the
     data is switched to the protecting resource, using a coordination
     mechanism (e.g. in overhead bytes). More generally, N working and
     M protecting resources can be assigned for M:N link protection.
     [Mechanisms reference to be added].

   - Enhanced Protection: Various mechanisms such as protection rings
     can be used to enhance the level of protection beyond single link
     failures to include the ability to switch around a node failure or
     multiple link failures within a span, based on a pre-established

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     topology of protection resources. [Mechanisms reference to be

   - 1+1 LSP Protection: Simultaneous data transmission on working and
     protecting LSPs and tail-end selection can be applied. [Mechanisms
     reference to be added].

13.7. Recovery mechanisms: Restoration schemes

   Restoration is possible thanks to the use of a distributed control
   plane like GMPLS in multiple of tenths of ms. It is much harder to
   achieve when only an NMS is used, and can only be done in that case
   in a multiple of seconds.

   - End-to-end LSP restoration with re-provisioning: An end-to-end
     restoration path is established after failure. The restoration
     path may be dynamically calculated after failure, or pre-
     calculated before failure (often during LSP establishment).
     Importantly, no signaling is used along the restoration path
     before failure, and no restoration bandwidth is reserved. As a
     result, there is no guarantee that a given restoration path is
     available when a failure occurs. Thus one may have to crankback to
     search for an available path. [Mechanisms reference to be added].

   - End-to-end LSP restoration with pre-signaled recovery bandwidth
     reservation and no label pre-selection: An end-to-end restoration
     path is pre-calculated before failure and a signaling message is
     sent along this pre-selected path to reserve bandwidth, but labels
     are not selected. [Mechanisms reference to be added].

     The resources reserved on each link of a restoration path may be
     shared across different working LSPs that are not expected to fail
     simultaneously. Local node policies can be applied to define the
     degree to which capacity is shared across independent failures.
     Upon failure detection, LSP signaling is initiated along the
     restoration path to select labels, and to initiate the appropriate
     cross-connections. [Mechanisms reference to be added].

   - End-to-end LSP restoration with pre-signaled recovery bandwidth
     reservation and label pre-selection: An end-to-end restoration
     path is pre-calculated before failure and a signaling procedure is
     initiated along this pre-selected path on which bandwidth is
     reserved and labels are selected. Resources reserved on each link
     may be shared across different working LSPs that are not expected
     to fail simultaneously. In networks based on TDM, LSC and FSC
     technology, LSP signaling is used after failure detection to
     establish cross-connections at the intermediate switches on the
     restoration path using the pre-selected labels. [Mechanisms
     reference to be added].

   - Local LSP restoration: the above approaches can be applied on a
     local basis rather than end-to-end, in order to reduce recovery
     time. [Mechanisms reference to be added].

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13.8. Schema selection criteria

   This section discusses criteria that could be used by the operator
   in order to make a choice among the various P&R mechanisms.

   - Robustness: In general, the less pre-planning of the restoration
     path, the more robust the restoration scheme is to a variety of
     failures, provided that adequate resources are available.
     Restoration schemes with pre-planned paths, will not be able to
     recover from network failures that simultaneously affect both the
     working and restoration paths. Thus, these paths should ideally be
     chosen to be as disjoint as possible (i.e. SRLG and node
     disjoint), so that any single failure event will not affect both
     paths. The risk of simultaneous failure of the two paths can be
     reduced by recalculating the restoration path whenever a failure
     occurs along it.

     The pre-selection of a label gives less flexiblity for multiple
     failure scenarios than no label pre-selection. If failures occur
     that affect two LSPs that are sharing a label at a common node
     along their restoration routes, then only one of these LSPs can be
     recovered, unless the label assignment is changed.

     The robustness of a restoration scheme is also determined by the
     amount of reserved restoration bandwidth - as the amount of
     restoration bandwidth sharing increases (reserved bandwidth
     decreases), the restoration scheme becomes less robust to
     failures. Restoration schemes with pre-signaled bandwidth
     reservation (with or without label pre-selection) can reserve
     adequate bandwidth to ensure recovery from any specific set of
     failure events, such as any single SRLG failure, any two SRLG
     failures etc. Clearly, more restoration capacity is allocated if a
     greater degree of failure recovery is required. Thus, the degree
     to which the network is protected is determined by the policy that
     defines the amount of reserved restoration bandwidth.

   - Recovery time: In general, the more pre-planning of the
     restoration route, the more rapid the P&R scheme. Protection
     schemes generally recover faster than restoration schemes.
     Restoration with pre-signaled bandwidth reservation are likely to
     be (significantly) faster than path restoration with re-
     provisioning, especially because of the elimination of any
     crankback. Local restoration will generally be faster than end-to-
     end schemes.

     Recovery time objectives for SONET/SDH protection switching (not
     including time to detect failure) are specified in [G.841] at 50
     ms, taking into account constraints on distance, number of
     connections involved, and in the case of ring enhanced protection,
     number of nodes in the ring.

     Recovery time objectives for restoration mechanisms are being
     defined through a separate effort [TE-RESTORE].

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   - Resource Sharing: 1+1 and 1:N link and LSP protection require
     dedicated recovery paths with limited ability to share resources:
     1+1 allows no sharing, 1:N allows some sharing of protection
     resources and support of extra (preemptable) traffic. Flexibility
     is limited because of topology restrictions, e.g. fixed ring
     topology for traditional enhanced protection schemes.

     The degree to which restoration schemes allow sharing amongst
     multiple independent failures is directly dictated by the size of
     the restoration pool. In restoration schemes with re-provisioning,
     a pool of restoration capacity can be defined from which all
     restoration routes are selected after failure. Thus, the degree of
     sharing is defined by the amount of available restoration
     capacity. In restoration with pre-signaled bandwidth reservation,
     the amount of reserved restoration capacity is determined by the
     local bandwidth reservation policies. In all restoration schemes,
     pre-emptable resources can use spare restoration capacity when
     that capacity is not being used for failure recovery.

14. Network Management

   Service Providers (SPs) use network management extensively to
   configure, monitor or provision various devices in their network. It
   is important to note that a SPÆs equipment may be distributed across
   geographically separate sites, making distributed management even
   more important. The service provider should utilize an NMS system
   and standard management protocols such as SNMP [RFC1901] [RFC1902]
   [RFC1903] [RFC1904] [RFC1905] [RFC1906] and its associated MIBs as
   standard interfaces to configure, monitor and provision devices at
   various locations. The service provider may also wish to use the
   command line interface (CLI) provided by vendors with their devices,
   but this however, is not a standard or recommended solution due to
   the fact that there is no standard CLI language or interface, which
   results in N different CLIÆs in a network with devices from N
   different vendors. In the context of GMPLS, it is extremely
   important for standard interfaces to the SPÆs devices (SNMP) to
   exist due to the nature of the technology itself. Since GMPLS
   comprises many different layers of control-plane and data-plane
   technology, it is important for management interfaces in this area
   to be flexible enough to allow the manager to manage GMPLS easily,
   and in a standard way.

14.1. Network Management Systems (NMS)

   The NMS system should maintain the collective information about each
   device within the system. Note that the NMS system may actually be
   comprised of several distributed applications (i.e.: alarm
   aggregators, configuration consoles, polling applications, etc...)
   that collectively comprises the SPÆs NMS. In this way, it can make
   provisioning and maintenance decisions with the full knowledge of
   the entire SP network. Configuration or provisioning information
   (i.e.: requests for new services) could be entered into the NMS and
   subsequently distributed via SNMP to the remote devices, making the
   SPÆs job of managing the network much more compact and effortless

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   than having to manage each device individually (i.e.: via CLI).
   Security and access control can be achieved through the use of
   SNMPv3 and the View Access Control Model [SNMPv3VACM]. This approach
   can be very effectively used within an SP network, since the SP has
   access to and control over all devices within its domain.
   Standardized MIBs will need to be developed before this approach can
   be used ubiquitously to provision, configure and monitor devices in
   non-heterogeneous networks or across SP boundaries.

14.2. Management Information Base (MIB)

   In the context of GMPLS, it is extremely important for standard
   interfaces to devices to exist due to the nature of the technology
   itself. Since GMPLS comprises many different layers of control-plane
   technology, it is important for SNMP MIBs in this area to be
   flexible enough to allow the manager to manage the entire control
   plane. This should be through a set of MIBs that may cooperate
   (i.e.: coordinated row-creation on the agent), or through more
   generalized MIBs that aggregate some of the desired actions to be
   taken and push those details down to the devices. It is important to
   note that in certain circumstances, it may be necessary to duplicate
   some small subset of manageable objects in new MIBs for the
   convenience of management. Control of some parts of GMPLS may also
   be achieved though the use of existing MIB interfaces (i.e.:
   existing SONET MIB), or though separate ones, which are yet to be
   defined. MIBs may have been previously defined in the IETF or ITU.
   Existing MIBs may need to be extended to facilitate some of the new
   functionality desired by GMPLS. In these cases, the working group
   should work on new versions of these MIBs so that these extensions
   can be added.

14.3. Tools

   As in traditional networks, standard tools such as traceroute
   [RFC1393] and ping [RFC1739] are needed for debugging and
   performance monitoring of GMPLS networks, and mainly for the control
   plane topology that will mimic the data plane topology. Furthermore,
   such tools provide network reachability information. The GMPLS
   control protocols will need to expose certain pieces of information
   in order for these tools to function properly and to provide
   information germane to GMPLS. These tools should be made available
   via the CLI. These tools should also be made available for remote
   invocation via the SNMP interface [RFC2925].

14.4. Fault Correlation Between Multiple Layers

   Due to the nature of GMPLS and the fact that potential layers may be
   involved in the control and transmission of GMPLS data and control
   information, it is therefore required that a fault in one layer be
   passed to the adjacent higher and lower layers in an effort to
   notify them of the fault. However, due to nature of these many
   layers, it is possible and even probable, that hundreds or even
   thousands of notifications may need to transpire between layers.
   This is undesirable for several reasons. First, these notifications

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   will overwhelm the device. Second, if the device(s) are programmed
   to emit SNMP Notifications [RFC1901] then the large number of
   notifications the device may attempt to emit may overwhelm the
   network with a storm of notifications. Furthermore, even if the
   device emits the notifications, the NMS that must process these
   notifications will either be overwhelmed, or will be processing
   redundant information. That is, if 1000 interfaces at layer B are
   stacked above a single interface below it at layer A, and the
   interface at A goes down, the interfaces at layer B should not emit
   notifications. Instead, the interface at layer A should emit a
   single notification. The NMS receiving this notification should be
   able to correlate the fact that this interface has many others
   stacked above it and take appropriate action, if necessary.

   Devices that support GMPLS should provide mechanisms for
   aggregating, summarizing, enabling and disabling of inter-layer
   notifications for the reasons described above. In the context of
   SNMP MIBs, all MIBs that are used by GMPLS must provide
   enable/disable objects for all notification objects. Furthermore,
   these MIBs must also provide notification summarization objects or
   functionality (as described above) as well. NMS systems and standard
   tools which process notifications or keep track of the many layers
   on any given devices must be capable of processing the vast amount
   of information which may potentially be emitted by network devices
   running GMPLS at any point in time.

15. Security considerations

   GMPLS defines a new control plane architecture for multiple types of
   network elements. In general, since LSPs established using GMPLS are
   expected to carry high volumes of data and consume significant
   network resources, security mechanisms are required to safeguard the
   underlying network against attacks on the control plane and/or
   unauthorized usage of data transport resources.

   Security requirements depend on the level of trust between nodes
   that exchange GMPLS control messages as well as the exposure of the
   control channel to third parties. In general, a network node may
   apply more relaxed security requirements when exchanging GMPLS
   control messages with nodes under the same administrative domain
   than when talking to nodes in a different domain. In this respect,
   network to user (UNI) and network-to-network interfaces are expected
   to have higher security requirements than node-to-node interfaces.

   Security mechanisms can provide two main properties: authentication
   and confidentiality. Authentication can provide origin verification,
   message integrity and replay protection, while confidentiality
   ensures that a third party cannot decipher the contents of a
   message. In situations where GMPLS deployment requires primarily
   authentication, the respective authentication mechanisms of the
   GMPLS component protocols may be used ([RFC2747], [LDP], [RFC2385],
   [LMP]). Additionally, the IPSEC suite of protocols ([RFC2402],
   [RFC2406], [RFC2409]) may be used to provide authentication,
   confidentiality or both, for a GMPLS control channel; this option

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   offers the benefit of combined protection of all GMPLS component

   Note however that GMPLS itself introduces no new security
   considerations to the current MPLS-TE signaling (RSVP-TE, CR-LDP),
   routing protocols (OSPF-TE, IS-IS-TE) or network management
   protocols (SNMP).

16. Acknowledgements

   This draft is the work of numerous authors and consists of a
   composition of a number of previous drafts in this area.

   Many thanks to Ben Mack-Crane (Tellabs) for all the useful SDH/SONET
   discussions that we had together. Thanks also to Pedro Falcao,
   Alexandre Geyssens, Michael Moelants, Xavier Neerdaels, and Philippe
   Noel from Ebone for their SDH/SONET and optical technical advice and
   support. Finally, many thanks also to Krishna Mitra (Calient) and
   Curtis Villamizar (Avici).

   A list of the drafts from which material and ideas were incorporated

   [GMPLS-SIG]     draft-ietf-mpls-generalized-signaling-07.txt
                   Generalized MPLS - Signaling Functional Description

   [RSVP-TE-GMPLS] draft-ietf-mpls-generalized-rsvp-te-06.txt
                   Generalized MPLS Signaling - RSVP-TE Extensions

   [CR-LDP-GMPLS]  draft-ietf-mpls-generalized-cr-ldp-05.txt
                   Generalized MPLS Signaling - CR-LDP Extensions

   [SONETSDH-GMPLS] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-sonet-sdh-03.txt
                   GMPLS Extensions for SONET and SDH Control

   [SONETSDH-EXT-GMPLS] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-sonet-sdh-extensions-
                   01.txt. GMPLS Extensions to Control Non-Standard
                   SONET and SDH Features

   [G709-GMPLS]    draft-fontana-ccamp-gmpls-g709-01.txt
                   GMPLS Signaling Extensions for G.709 Optical
                   Transport Networks Control

   [LMP]           draft-ietf-mpls-lmp-02.txt
                   Link Management Protocol (LMP)

   [LMP-WDM]       draft-ietf-ccamp-lmp-wdm-00.txt
                   LMP for WDM Optical Line Systems (LMP-WDM)

   [HIERARCHY]     draft-ietf-mpls-lsp-hierarchy-04.txt
                   LSP Hierarchy with MPLS TE

   [RSVP-TE-UNNUM] draft-ietf-mpls-rsvp-unnum-04.txt
                   Signalling Unnumbered Links in RSVP-TE

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   [CR-LDP-UNNUM]  draft-ietf-mpls-crldp-unnum-04.txt
                   Signalling Unnumbered Links in CR-LDP

   [BUNDLE]        draft-ietf-mpls-bundle-01.txt
                   Link Bundling in MPLS Traffic Engineering

   [GMPLS-ROUTING] draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-routing-02.txt
                   Routing Extensions in Support of Generalized MPLS

   [OSPF-TE-GMPLS] draft-ietf-ccamp-ospf-gmpls-extensions-04.txt
                   OSPF Extensions in Support of Generalized MPLS

   [ISIS-TE-GMPLS] draft-ietf-isis-gmpls-extensions-08.txt
                   IS-IS Extensions in Support of Generalized MPLS

17. References

   [RFC1393]    G. Malkin, "Traceroute Using an IP Option", IETF
                RFC 1393, January 1993.

   [RFC1901]    Case, J., McCloghrie, K., Rose, M., and S.
                Waldbusser, "Introduction to Community-based
                SNMPv2", IETF RFC 1901, January 1996.

   [RFC1902]    Case, J., McCloghrie, K., Rose, M., and S.
                Waldbusser, "Structure of Management Information for
                Version 2 of the Simple Network Management Protocol
                (SNMPv2)", IETF RFC 1901, January 1996.

   [RFC1903]    Case, J., McCloghrie, K., Rose, M., and S.
                Waldbusser, "Textual Conventions for Version 2 of the
                Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMPv2)",
                IETF RFC 1901, January 1996.

   [RFC1904]    Case, J., McCloghrie, K., Rose, M., and S.
                Waldbusser, "Conformance Statements for Version 2 of
                the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMPv2)",
                IETF RFC 1901, January 1996.

   [RFC1905]    Case, J., McCloghrie, K., Rose, M., and S.
                Waldbusser, "Protocol Operations for Version 2 of
                the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMPv2)",
                IETF RFC 1905, January 1996.

   [RFC1906]    Case, J., McCloghrie, K., Rose, M., and S.
                Waldbusser, "Transport Mappings for Version 2 of
                the Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMPv2)",
                IETF RFC 1906, January 1996.

   [SNMPv3VACM] Wijnen, B., Presuhn, R., and K. McCloghrie, "View-
                based Access Control Model (VACM) for the Simple
                Network Management Protocol (SNMP)", IETF RFC 2575,
                April 1999.

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   [RFC1739]    G. Kessler, S. Shepard , "A Primer On Internet and
                TCP/IP Tools", RFC1739, December 1994.

  [RFC2328]    J. Moy, "OSPF Version 2", RFC 2328, Standard
               Track, April 1998.

   [RFC2370]    R. Coltun, "The OSPF Opaque LSA Option", RFC 2370
                Standard Track, July 1998.

   [RFC2385]    A. Heffernan, "Protection of BGP Sessions via the TCP
                MD5 Signature Option," IETF RFC 2385.

   [RFC2402]    S. Kent and R. Atkinson, "IP Authentication Header,"
                RFC 2402.

   [RFC2406]    S. Kent and R. Atkinson, "IP Encapsulating Security
                Payload (ESP)," IETF RFC 2406.

   [RFC2409]    D. Harkins and D. Carrel, "The Internet Key Exchange
               (IKE)", IETF RFC 2409.

   [RFC2747]    F. Baker et al., "RSVP Cryptographic Authentication",
                IETF RFC 2747.

   [RFC2925]    K. White, "Definitions of Managed Objects for Remote
                Ping, Traceroute, and Lookup Operations", IETF RFC
                2925, September 2000.

   [RFC3031]    E. Rosen, A. Viswanathan, R. Callon, "Multiprotocol
                Label Switching Architecture", IETF RFC 3031, January

   [RFC3032]    E. Rosen, D. Tappan, G. Fedorkow, Y. Rekhter, D.
                Farinacci, T. Li, A. Conta, " MPLS Label Stack
                Encoding", IETF RFC 3032, January 2001.

   [LPD]        L. Andersson, P. Doolan, N. Feldman, A. Fredette,
                B. Thomas, "LDP Specification", IETF RFC 3036, January

   [OSPF-TE]    D. Katz, D. Yeung, and K. Kompella, "Traffic
                Engineering Extensions to OSPF", draft-katz-yeung-ospf-

  [MPLS-TEO]   D. Awduche et al., "Multi-Protocol Lambda Switching:
                Combining MPLS Traffic Engineering Control With Optical
                Crossconnects," Internet Draft, Work in Progress,
                draft-awduche-mpls-te-optical-03.txt, April 2001.

   [G.841]      ITU-T Recommendation G.841, "Types and Characteristics
                of SDH Network Protection Architectures," July 1995.

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   [ANSI-T1.105] "Synchronous Optical Network (SONET): Basic
                Description Including Multiplex Structure, Rates, and
                Formats" ANSI T1.105, 2000.

   [TE-RESTORE] W. Lai, D. McDysan, J. Boyle, et al, "Network Hierarchy
                and Multi-layer Survivability", Internet Draft, Work in
                Progress, draft-team-tewg-restore-hierarchy-00.txt,
                July 2001.

   [MPLS-RECOVERY] V. Sharma and F. Hellstrand (Editors), "A Framework
                for MPLS Recovery", Internet Draft, Work in Progress,
                draft-ietf-mpls-recovery-frmwrk-03.txt, July 2001.

   [SDH/SONET-GMPLS-FRAMEWORK] G. Bernstein, E. Mannie, V. Sharma,
                "Framework for GMPLS-based Control of SDH/SONET
                Networks", Internet Draft, Work in Progress,
                00.txt, February 2002.

   [OLI-REQ]    A. Fredette (Editor), "Optical Link Interface
                Requirements", Internet Draft, Work in Progress,
                draft-ietf-ccamp-oli-reqts-00.txt, February 2002.

   [MANCHESTER] J. Manchester, P. Bonenfant, C. Newton, "The Evolution
                of Transport Network Survivability," IEEE
                Communications, August 1999.

18. Author's Addresses

   Peter Ashwood-Smith                Eric Mannie (editor)
   Nortel Networks Corp.              Ebone (GTS)
   P.O. Box 3511 Station C,           Terhulpsesteenweg 6A
   Ottawa, ON K1Y 4H7                 1560 Hoeilaart
   Canada                             Belgium
   Phone: +1 613 763 4534             Phone: +32 2 658 56 52
   Email:                             Email:

   Daniel O. Awduche                  Thomas D. Nadeau
   Movaz Networks                     Cisco Systems, Inc.
   7296 Jones Branch Drive            250 Apollo Drive
   Suite 615                          Chelmsford, MA 01824
   McLean, VA 22102                   USA
   USA                                Phone: +1 978 244 3051
   Phone: +1 703 847-7350             Email:

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   Ayan Banerjee                      Lyndon Ong
   Calient Networks                   Ciena Systems
   5853 Rue Ferrari                   10480 Ridgeview Ct
   San Jose, CA 95138                 Cupertino, CA 95014
   USA                                USA
   Phone: +1 408 972-3645             Email:

   Debashis Basak                     Dimitri Papadimitriou
   Accelight Networks                 Alcatel - IPO NSG
   70 Abele Road, Bldg.1200           Francis Wellesplein, 1
   Bridgeville, PA 15017              B-2018 Antwerpen
   USA                                Belgium
   Phone: +1 412 220-2102 (ext115)    Phone: +32 3 240-84-91
   email:        Email:

   Lou Berger                         Dimitrios Pendarakis
   Movaz Networks, Inc.               Tellium, Inc.
   7926 Jones Branch Drive            2 Crescent Place
   Suite 615                          P.O. Box 901
   MCLean VA, 22102                   Oceanport, NJ 07757-0901
   USA                                USA
   Phone: +1 703 847-1801             Email:

   Greg Bernstein                     Bala Rajagopalan
   Ciena Corporation                  Tellium, Inc.
   10480 Ridgeview Court              2 Crescent Place
   Cupertino, CA 94014                P.O. Box 901
   USA                                Oceanport, NJ 07757-0901
   Phone: +1 408 366 4713             USA
   Email:              Phone: +1 732 923 4237

   Sudheer Dharanikota                Yakov Rekhter
   Nayna Networks Inc.                Juniper
   481 Sycamore Drive                 Email:
   Milpitas, CA 95035

   John Drake                         Debanjan Saha
   Calient Networks                   Tellium Optical Systems
   5853 Rue Ferrari                   2 Crescent Place
   San Jose, CA 95138                 Oceanport, NJ 07757-0901
   USA                                USA
   Phone: +1 408 972 3720             Phone: +1 732 923 4264
   Email:          Email:

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   Yanhe Fan                          Hal Sandick
   Axiowave Networks, Inc.            Nortel Networks
   200 Nickerson Road                 Email:
   Marlborough, MA 01752    
   Phone: +1 774 348 4627

   Don Fedyk                          Vishal Sharma
   Nortel Networks Corp.              Metanoia, Inc.
   600 Technology Park Drive          305 Elan Village Lane, Unit
   Billerica, MA 01821                121
   USA                                San Jose, CA 95134-2545
   Phone: +1-978-288-4506             USA
   Email:                             Phone:  +1 408 895 50 30         Email:

   Gert Grammel                       George Swallow
   Alcatel                            Cisco Systems, Inc.
   Via Trento, 30                     250 Apollo Drive
   20059 Vimercate (Mi)               Chelmsford, MA 01824
   Italy                              USA
   Email:     Phone: +1 978 244 8143

   Dan Guo                            Z. Bo Tang
   Turin Networks, Inc.               Tellium, Inc.
   1415 N. McDowell Blvd,             2 Crescent Place
   Petaluma, CA 95454                 P.O. Box 901
   USA                                Oceanport, NJ 07757-0901
   Email:      USA
                                      Phone: +1 732 923 4231

   Kireeti Kompella                   Jennifer Yates
   Juniper Networks, Inc.             AT&T
   1194 N. Mathilda Ave.              180 Park Avenue
   Sunnyvale, CA 94089                Florham Park, NJ 07932
   USA                                USA
   Email:         Email:

   Alan Kullberg                      George R. Young
   NetPlane Systems, Inc.             Edgeflow
   888 Washington                     329 March Road
   St.Dedham, MA 02026                Ottawa, Ontario, K2K 2E1
   USA                                Canada
   Phone: +1 781 251-5319             Email:

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   Jonathan P. Lang                   John Yu
   Calient Networks                   Zaffire Inc.
   25 Castilian                       2630 Orchard Parkway
   Goleta, CA 93117                   San Jose, CA 95134
   Email:         USA

   Fong Liaw                          Alex Zinin
   Zaffire Inc.                       Nexsi Systems
   2630 Orchard Parkway               178 East Tasman Dr
   San Jose, CA 95134                 San Jose, CA 95134
   USA                                USA

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