Network Working Group                               Kohei Shiomoto(NTT)
     Internet Draft                           Dimitri Papadimitriou(Alcatel)
     Proposed Category: Informational     Jean-Louis Le Roux(France Telecom)
     Expires: October 2006                           Deborah Brungard (AT&T)
                                                         Kenji Kumaki (KDDI)
                                      Zafar Ali (Cisco)
                                                               Eiji Oki(NTT)
                                                           Ichiro Inoue(NTT)
                                                       Tomohiro Otani (KDDI)
                                                                  April 2006
                      Framework for MPLS-TE to GMPLS migration
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        The migration from Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) Traffic
        Engineering (TE) to Generalized MPLS (GMPLS) is the process of
        evolving an MPLS-TE control plane to a GMPLS control plane. An
        appropriate migration strategy can be selected based on various
        factors including the service provider's network deployment plan,
        customer demand, and operational policy.
        This document presents several migration models and strategies for
        migrating from MPLS-TE to GMPLS and notes that in the course of
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        migration MPLS-TE and GMPLS devices or networks may coexist which may
        require interworking between MPLS-TE and GMPLS protocols. The
        applicability? of the interworking that is required is discussed as
        it appears to influence the choice of a migration strategy.
     Table of Contents
        1. Introduction...................................................3
        2. Conventions Used in This Document..............................3
        3. Motivations for Migration......................................4
        4. MPLS to GMPLS Migration Models.................................5
           4.1. Island model..............................................5
              4.1.1. Balanced Islands.....................................6
              4.1.2. Unbalanced Islands...................................6
           4.2. Integrated model..........................................7
           4.3. Phased model..............................................8
        5. Migration Strategies and Solutions.............................9
           5.1. Solutions Toolkit.........................................9
              5.1.1. Layered Networks....................................10
              -  The overlay model preserves strict separation of routing
              information between network layers. This is suitable for the
              balanced island model and there is no requirement to handle
              routing interworking. Signaling interworking is still required
              as described for the peer model.  The overlay model requires
              the establishment of control plane connectivity for the higher
              layer across the lower layer...............................10
              5.1.2. Routing Interworking................................11
              5.1.3. Signaling Interworking..............................12
        6. Manageability Considerations..................................13
           6.1. Control of Function and Policy...........................13
           6.2. Information and Data Models..............................14
           6.3. Liveness Detection and Monitoring........................14
           6.4. Verifying Correct Operation..............................14
           6.5. Requirements on Other Protocols and Functional Components14
           6.6. Impact on Network Operation..............................15
           6.7. Other Considerations.....................................15
        7. Security Considerations.......................................15
        8. Recommendations for Migration.................................16
        9. IANA Considerations...........................................16
        10. Full Copyright Statement.....................................16
        11. Intellectual Property........................................16
        12. Acknowledgements.............................................17
        13. Authors' Addresses...........................................18
        14. References...................................................19
           14.1. Normative References....................................19
           14.2. Informative References..................................20
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     1. Introduction
        Multiprotocol Label Switching Traffic Engineering (MPLS-TE) to
        Generalized MPLS (GMPLS) migration is the process of evolving an
        MPLS-TE-based control plane to a GMPLS-based control plane. The
        network under consideration is, therefore, a packet-switching network.
        There are several motivations for such migration and they focus
        mainly on the desire to take advantage of new features and functions
        that have been added to the GMPLS protocols but which are not present
        in MPLS-TE.
        Although an appropriate migration strategy can be selected based on
        various factors including the service provider's network deployment
        plan, customer demand, deployed network equipments, operational
        policy, etc., the transition mechanisms used should also provide
        consistent operation of GMPLS networks while minimizing the impact on
        the operation of existing MPLS-TE networks.
        In the course of migration MPLS-TE and GMPLS devices or networks may
        need to coexist. Such cases may occur as parts of the network are
        migrated from MPLS-TE protocols to GMPLS protocols. Additionally, as
        part of the preparation for migrating a packet-switching network from
        MPLS-TE to GMPLS, it may be desirable to first migrate a lower-layer
        network from having control plane to using a GMPLS control plane, and
        this can also lead to the need for MPLS-TE/GMPLS interworking.
        This document describes several migration strategies and shows the
        interworking scenarios that arise during migration, and examines the
        implications for network deployments and for protocol usage. Since
        GMPLS signaling and routing protocols are different from the MPLS-TE
        control protocols, interworking between MPLS-TE and GMPLS networks or
        network elements needs mechanisms to compensate for the differences.
        Note that MPLS-TE and GMPLS protocols can co-exist as "ships in the
        night" without any interworking issue.
        Also note that, in this document, the term "MPLS" is used to refer to
        MPLS-TE protocols only ([RFC3209], [RFC3630], [RFC3473]) and excludes
        other MPLS protocols such as the Label Distribution Protocol (LDP).TE
        functionalities of MPLS could be migrated to GMPLS-TE, but non-TE
        functionalities could not.
     2. Conventions Used in This Document
        This is not a requirements document, nevertheless the key words
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        "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document
        are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [RFC2119] in order to
        clarify the recommendations that are made.
        In the rest of this document, the term "GMPLS" includes both packet
        switching capable (PSC) and non-PSC. Otherwise the term "PSC GMPLS"
        or "non-PSC GMPLS" is explicitly used.
        In general, the term "MPLS" is used to indicate MPLS traffic
        engineering (MPLS-TE). If non-TE MPLS is intended, it is explicitly
        The reader is assumed to be familiar with the terminology introduced
        in [RFC3945].
     3. Motivations for Migration
        Motivations for migration will vary for different service providers.
        This section is only presented to provide background so that the
        migration discussions may be seen in the context. Sections 4 and 5
        illustrate the migration models and processes with possible examples.
        Migration of an MPLS-capable LSR to include GMPLS capabilities may be
        performed for one or more reasons, including, no exhaustively:
        o  To add all GMPLS capabilities to an existing MPLS network.
        o  To add a GMPLS network without upgrading existing MPLS PSC LSRs.
        o  To pick up specific GMPLS features and operate them within an MPLS
           PSC network.
        o  To allow existing MPLS-capable LSRs to interoperate with new LSRs
           that only support GMPLS.
        o  To integrate multiple networks managed by separate administrative
           organizations, which independently utilize MPLS or GMPLS.
        o  To build integrated PSC and non-PSC networks where the non-PSC
           networks can only be controlled by GMPLS since MPLS does not
           operate in non-PSC networks.
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        It must be understood that the ultimate objective of migration from
        MPLS to GMPLS is that all LSRs and the entire network end up running
        GMPLS protocols. During this process various interim situations may
        exist giving rise to the interworking situations described in this
        document. Those interim situations may persist for considerable
        periods of time, but the ultimate objective is not to preserve these
        situations, and for the purpose of this document, they should be
        considered as temporary.
     4. MPLS to GMPLS Migration Models
        Three migration models are described below. Multiple migration models
        may co-exists in the same network.
     4.1. Island model
        In the island model, "islands" of network nodes operating one
        protocol exist within a "sea" of nodes using the other protocol.
        The most obvious example is to consider an island of GMPLS-capable
        nodes which is introduced into a legacy MPLS network. Such an island
        might be composed of newly added GMPLS network nodes, or might arise
        from the upgrade of existing nodes that previously operated MPLS
        protocols. The opposite is also quite possible. That is, there is a
        possibility that an island happens to be MPLS-capable within a GMPLS
        sea. Such a situation might arise in the later stages of migration,
        when all but a few islands of MPLS-capable nodes have been upgraded
        to GMPLS.
        It is also possible that a lower-layer, manually-provisioned network
        (for example, a TDM network) supports an MPLS PSC network. During the
        process of migrating both networks to GMPLS, the lower-layer network
        might be migrated first. This would appear as a GMPLS island within
        an MPLS sea.
        Lastly, it is possible to consider individual nodes as islands. That
        is, it would be possible to upgrade or insert an individual GMPLS-
        capable node within an MPLS network, and to treat that GMPLS node as
        an island.
        Over time, collections of MPLS devices are replaced or upgraded to
        create new GMPLS islands or to extend existing ones, and distinct
        GMPLS islands may be joined together until the whole network is
        From a migration/interworking point of view, we need to examine how
        these islands are positioned and how LSPs run between the islands.
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        Four categories of interworking scenarios are considered: (1) MPLS-
        In case 1 the interworking behavior is examined based on whether the
        GMPLS islands are PSC or non-PSC.
        Figure 1 shows an example of the island model for MPLS-GMPLS-MPLS
        interworking. The model consists of a transit GMPLS island in an MPLS
        sea. The nodes at the boundary of the GMPLS island (G1, G2, G5, and
        G6) are referred to as "island border nodes". If the GMPLS island was
        non-PSC, all nodes except the island border nodes in the GMPLS-based
        transit island (G3 and G4) would be non-PSC devices, i.e., optical
        equipment (TDM, LSC, and FSC).
        .................  ..........................  ..................
        :      MPLS      :  :          GMPLS         :  :     MPLS       :
        :+---+  +---+   +----+         +---+        +----+   +---+  +---+:
        :|R1 |__|R11|___| G1 |_________|G3 |________| G5 |___|R31|__|R3 |:
        :+---+  +---+   +----+         +-+-+        +----+   +---+  +---+:
        :      ________/ :  :  _______/  |   _____ / :  :  ________/     :
        :     /          :  : /          |  /        :  : /              :
        :+---+  +---+   +----+         +-+-+        +----+   +---+  +---+:
        :|R2 |__|R21|___| G2 |_________|G4 |________| G6 |___|R41|__|R4 |:
        :+---+  +---+   +----+         +---+        +----+   +---+  +---+:
        :................:  :........................:  :................:
                                       e2e LSP
        Figure 1 Example of the island model for MPLS-GMPLS-MPLS interworking.
     4.1.1. Balanced Islands
        In the MPLS-GMPLS-MPLS and GMPLS-MPLS-GMPLS cases, LSPs start and end
        using the same protocols. Available strategies include:
        - tunneling the signaling across the island network using LSP
          nesting or stitching (only with GMPLS-PSC)
        - protocol interworking or mapping (only with GMPLS-PSC)
     4.1.2. Unbalanced Islands
        As just mentioned, there are two island interworking models
        consisting of abutting islands. GMPLS(PSC)-MPLS and MPLS-GMPLS(PSC)
        islands cases are likely to arise where the migration strategy is not
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        based on a core infrastructure, but has edge nodes (ingress or
        egress) located in islands of different capabilities.
        In this case, an LSP starts or ends in a GMPLS (PSC) island and
        correspondingly ends or starts in an MPLS island. This mode of
        operation can only be addressed using protocol interworking or
        mapping. Figure 2 shows the reference model for this migration
        scenario. Head-end and tail-end LSR are in distinct control plane
             ............................  .............................
             :            MPLS          :  :       GMPLS (PSC)         :
             :+---+        +---+       +----+        +---+        +---+:
             :|R1 |________|R11|_______| G1 |________|G3 |________|G5 |:
             :+---+        +---+       +----+        +-+-+        +---+:
             :      ______/  |   _____/ :  :  ______/  |   ______/     :
             :     /         |  /       :  : /         |  /            :
             :+---+        +---+       +----+        +-+-+        +---+:
             :|R2 |________|R21|_______| G2 |________|G4 |________|G6 |:
             :+---+        +---+       +----+        +---+        +---+:
             :..........................:  :...........................:
                                       e2e LSP
                       Figure 2 GMPLS-MPLS interworking model.
        It is important to underline that this scenario is also impacted by
        the directionality of the LSP, and the direction in which the LSP is
     4.2. Integrated model
        The second migration model involves a more integrated migration
        strategy. New devices that are capable of operating both MPLS and
        GMPLS protocols are introduced into the MPLS network.
        In the island model, a GMPLS-capable device does not support the MPLS
        protocols except border nodes , while in the integrated model there
        are two types of node present during migration:
           - those that support MPLS only (legacy nodes)
           - those that support MPLS and GMPLS.
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        In the island model only island border nodes may support both MPLS
        and GMPLS while in the integrated model all GMPLS LSRs also support
        That is, in integrated model, existing MPLS devices are upgraded to
        support both MPLS and GMPLS. The network continues to provide MPLS
        services, and also offers GMPLS services. So, where one end point of
        a service is a legacy MPLS node, the service is supported using MPLS
        protocols. Similarly, where the selected path between end points
        traverses a legacy node that is not GMPLS-capable, MPLS protocols are
        used. But where the service can be provided using only GMPLS-capable
        nodes, it may be routed accordingly and can achieve a higher level of
        functionality by utilizing GMPLS features.
        Once all devices in the network are GMPLS-capable, the MPLS specific
        protocol elements may be turned off, and no new devices need to
        support these elements.
        In this model, the questions to be addressed concern the co-existence
        of the two protocol sets within the network. Actual interworking is
        not a concern.
     4.3. Phased model
        The phased model introduces GMPLS features and protocol elements into
        an MPLS network one by one. For example, some object or sub-object
        (such as the ERO label sub-object, [RFC3473]) might be introduced
        into the signaling used by LSRs that are otherwise MPLS-capable. This
        would produce a kind of hybrid LSR.
        This approach may appear simpler to implement as one is able to
        quickly and easily pick up key new functions without needing to
        upgrade the whole protocol implementation. It is most likely to be
        used where there is a desire to rapidly implement a particular
        function within a network without the necessity to install and test
        the full GMPLS function.
        Interoperability concerns are exacerbated by this migration model,
        unless all LSRs in the network are updated simultaneously and there
        is a clear understanding of which subset of features are to be
        included in the hybrid LSRs. Interworking between a hybrid LSR and an
        unchanged MPLS LSR would put the hybrid in the role of a GMPLS LSR as
        described in the previous sections and puts the hybrid in the role of
        an MPLS LSR. The potential for different hybrids within the network
        will complicate matters considerably.
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     5. Migration Strategies and Solutions
        An appropriate migration strategy is selected by a network operator
        based on factors including the service provider's network deployment
        plan, customer demand, existing network equipment, operational policy,
        support from its vendors, etc.
        For PSC networks, the migration strategy involves the selection
        between the models described in the previous section. The choice will
        depend upon the final objective (full GMPLS capability, partial
        upgrade to include specific GMPLS features, or no change to existing
        IP/MPLS networks), and upon the immediate objectives (full, phased,
        or staged upgrade).
        For PSC networks serviced by non-PSC networks, two basic migration
        strategies can be considered. In the first strategy, the non-PSC
        network is made GMPLS-capable first and then the PSC network is
        migrated to GMPLS. This might arise when, in order to expand the
        network capacity, GMPLS-based non-PSC sub-networks are introduced
        into or underneath the legacy MPLS-based networks. Subsequently, the
        legacy MPLS-based PSC network is migrated to be GMPLS-capable as
        described in the previous paragraph. Finally the entire network,
        including both PSC and non-PSC nodes, may be controlled by GMPLS.
        The second strategy for PSC and non-PSC networks is to migrate from
        the PSC network to GMPLS first and then enable GMPLS within the non-
        PSC network. The PSC network is migrated as described before, and
        when the entire PSC network is completely converted to GMPLS, GMPLS-
        based non-PSC devices and networks may be introduced without any
        issues of interworking between MPLS and GMPLS.
        These migration strategies and the migration models described in the
        previous section are not necessarily mutually exclusive. Mixtures of
        all strategies and models could be applied. The migration models and
        strategies selected will give rise to one or more of the interworking
        cases described in the following section.
     5.1. Solutions Toolkit
        As described in the previous sections, an essential part of a
        migration and deployment strategy is how the MPLS and GMPLS or hybrid
        LSRs interwork. This section sets out some of the alternatives for
        achieving interworking between MPLS and GMPLS, and points out some of
        the issues that need to be addressed if the alternatives are adopted.
        This document does not describe solutions to these issues.
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        Note that it is possible to consider upgrading the routing and
        signaling capabilities of LSRs from MPLS to GMPLS separately.
     5.1.1. Layered Networks
        In the balanced island model, LSP tunnels [RFC4206] is a solution to
        carry the end-to-end LSPs across islands of incompatible nodes.
        Network layering is often used to separate domains of different data
        plane technology. It can also be used to separate domains of
        different control plane technology (such as MPLS and GMPLS protocols),
        and the solutions developed for multiple data plane technologies can
        be usefully applied to this situation [RFC3945], [RFC4206], and
        [INTER-DOM]. [MLN-REQ] gives a discussion of the requirements for
        multi-layered networks.
        The GMPLS architecture [RFC3945] identifies three architectural
        models for supporting multi-layer GMPLS networks, and these models
        may be applied to the separation of MPLS and GMPLS control plane
        - In the peer model, both MPLS and GMPLS nodes run the same routing
          instance, and routing advertisements from within islands of one
          level of protocol support are distributed to the whole network.
          This is achievable only as described in section 5.1.2 either by
          direct distribution or by mapping of parameters.
          Signaling in the peer model may result in contiguous LSPs,
          stitched LSPs (only for GMPLS PSC), or nested LSPs. If the network
          islands are non-PSC then the techniques of [MLN] may be applied,
          and these techniques may be extrapolated to networks where all
          nodes are PSC, but where there is a difference in signaling
        - The overlay model preserves strict separation of routing
          information between network layers. This is suitable for the
          balanced island model and there is no requirement to handle
          routing interworking. Even though the overlay model preserves
          separation of signaling information between network layers, there
          may be some interaction in signaling between network layers.
          The overlay model requires the establishment of control plane
          connectivity for the higher layer across the lower layer.
        - The augmented model allows limited routing exchange from the lower
          layer network to the higher layer network. Generally speaking,
          this assumes that the border nodes provide some form of filtering,
          mapping or aggregation of routing information advertised from the
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          lower layer network. This architectural model can also be used for
          balanced island model migrations. Signaling interworking is
          required as described for the peer model.
        - The border peer architecture model is defined in [MPLS-OVER-GMPLS].
          This is a modification of the augmented model where the layer
          border routers have visibility into both layers, but no routing
          information is otherwise exchanged between models. This
          architectural model is particularly suited to the MPLS-GMPLS-MPLS
          island model for PSC and non-PSC GMPLS islands.  Signaling
          interworking is required as described for the peer model.
     5.1.2. Routing Interworking
        Migration strategies may necessitate some interworking between MPLS
        and GMPLS routing protocols. GMPLS extends the TE information
        advertised by the IGPs to include non-PSC information and extended
        PSC information. Because the GMPLS information is provided as
        additional TLVs that are carried along with the MPLS information,
        MPLS LSRs are able to "see" all GMPLS LSRs as though they were MPLS
        PSC LSRs. They will also see other GMPLS information, but will ignore
        it, flooding it transparently across the MPLS network for use by
        other GMPLS LSRs.
        - Routing separation is achieved in the overlay, and border peer
          models. This is convenient since only the border nodes need to be
          aware of the different protocol variants, and no mapping is
          required. It is suitable to the MPLS-GMPLS-MPLS and GMPLS-MPLS-
          GMPLS island migration models.
        - Direct distribution involves the flooding of MPLS routing
          information into a GMPLS network, and GMPLS routing information
          into an MPLS network. The border nodes make no attempt to filter
          the information. This mode of operation relies on the fact that
          MPLS routers will ignore, but continue to flood, GMPLS routing
          information that they do not understand. The presence of
          additional GMPLS routing information will not interfere with the
          way that MPLS LSRs select routes, and although this is not a
          problem in a PSC-only network, it could cause problems in a peer
          architecture network that includes non-PSC nodes as the MPLS nodes
          are not capable of determining the switching types of the other
          LSRs and will attempt to signal end-to-end LSPs assuming all LSRs
          to be PSC. This fact would require island border nodes to take
          triggered action to set up tunnels across islands of different
          switching capabilities.
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          GMPLS LSRs might be impacted by the absence of GMPLS-specific
          information in advertisements initiated by MPLS LSRs. Specific
          procedures might be required to ensure consistent behavior by
          GMPLS nodes. If this issue is addressed, then direct distribution
          can be used in all migration models (except the overlay and border
          peer architectural models where the problem does not arise).
        - Protocol mapping converts routing advertisements so that they can
          be received in one protocol and transmitted in the other. For
          example, a GMPLS routing advertisement could have all of its
          GMPLS-specific information removed and could be flooded as an MPLS
          advertisement. This mode of interworking would require careful
          standardization of the correct behavior especially where an MPLS
          advertisement requires default values of GMPLS-specific fields to
          be generated before the advertisement can be flooded further.
          There is also considerable risk of confusion in closely meshed
          networks where many LSRs have MPLS and GMPLS capable interfaces.
          This option for routing interworking during migration is NOT
          RECOMMENDED for any migration model.
        - Ships in the night refers to a mode of operation where both MPLS
          and GMPLS routing protocol variants are operated in the same
          network at the same time as separate routing protocol instances.
          The two instances are independent and are used to create routing
          adjacencies between LSRs of the same type. This mode of operation
          may be appropriate to the integrated migration model.
     5.1.3. Signaling Interworking
        Signaling protocols are used to establish LSPs and are the principal
        concern for interworking during migration. Issues of compatibility
        arise because of simple changes in the encodings and codepoints used
        by MPLS and GMPLS signaling, but also because of changes in function
        levels provided by MPLS and GMPLS.
        - Tunneling and stitching (GMPLS-PSC case) mechanisms are a good way
          to avoid any requirement for direct protocol interworking during
          migration in the island model because protocol elements are
          transported transparently across migration islands without being
          inspected. However, care may be needed to achieve functional
          mapping in these modes of operation since one set of features must
          be carried across a network designed to support a different set of
          features. In general, this is easily achieved for the MPLS-GMPLS-
          MPLS model, but may be hard to achieve in the GMPLS-MPLS-GMPLS
          model for example, when end-to-end bidirectional LSPs are
          requested since the MPLS island does not support bidirectional
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          Note that tunneling and stitching are not available in unbalanced
          island models because in these cases the LSP end points use
          different protocol variants.
        - Protocol mapping is the conversion of signaling messages between
          MPLS and GMPLS variants. This mechanism requires careful
          documentation of the protocol fields and how they are mapped, but
          is relatively simple in the MPLS-GMPLS unbalanced island model.
          However, the MPLS-GMPLS island model may manifest as the GMPLS-
          MPLS model for LSPs signaled in the opposite direction and this
          will lead to considerable complications for providing GMPLS
          services over the MPLS island and for terminating those services
          at an egress LSR that is not GMPLS-capable. Further, in balanced
          island models, and in particular where there are multiple small
          (individual node) islands, the repeated conversion of signaling
          parameters may lead to loss of information or mis-requests.
        - Ships in the night could be used in the integrated migration model
          to allow MPLS-capable LSRs to establish LSPs using MPLS signaling
          protocols and GMPLS LSRs to establish LSPs using GMPLS signaling
          protocols. LSRs that can handle both sets of protocols could play
          a part in either case, but no conversion of protocols would be
     6.  Manageability Considerations
        Attention should be given during migration planning to how the
        network will be managed during and after migration. For example, will
        the LSRs of different protocol capabilities be managed separately or
        as a whole. This is most clear in the Island Model where it is
        possible to consider managing islands of one capability separately
        from the surrounding sea. In the case of islands that have different
        switching capabilities, it is possible that the islands already had
        different management in place before the migration: the resultant
        migrated network may seek to merge the management or to preserve it.
     6.1. Control of Function and Policy
        The most important control to be applied is at the moment of
        changeover between different levels of protocol support. Such a
        change may be made dynamically or during a period of network
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        Where island boundaries exist, it must be possible to manage the
        relationships between protocols and to indicate which interfaces
        support which protocols on a border LSR. Further, island borders are
        a natural place to apply policy, and management should allow
        configuration of such policies.
     6.2. Information and Data Models
        No special information or data models are required to support
        migration, but note that migration in the control plane implies
        migration from MPLS management tools to GMPLS management tools.
        During migration, therefore, it may be necessary for LSRs and
        management applications to support both MPLS and GMPLS variants of
        management data.
        The GMPLS MIB modules are designed to allow support of the MPLS
        protocols and build on the MPLS MIB modules through extensions and
        augmentations. This may make it possible to migrate management
        applications ahead of the LSRs that they manage.
     6.3. Liveness Detection and Monitoring
        Migration will not imposes additional issues for OAM above those that
        already exist for inter-domain OAM and for OAM across multiple
        switching capabilities.
        Note, however, that if a flat PSC MPLS network is migrated using the
        island model, and is treated as a layered network using tunnels to
        connect across GMPLS islands, then requirements for a multi-layer OAM
        technique may be introduced into what was previously defined in the
        flat OAM problem-space. The OAM framework of MPLS/GMPLS interworking
        may be described in more detail in a later version.
     6.4. Verifying Correct Operation
        The concerns for verifying correct operation (and in particular
        correct connectivity) are the same as for liveness detection and
        monitoring. Principally, the process of migration may introduce
        tunneling or stitching into what was previously a flat network.
     6.5. Requirements on Other Protocols and Functional Components
        No particular requirements are introduced on other protocols. As it
        has been observed, the management components may need to migrate in
        step with the control plane components, but this does not impact the
        management protocols, just the data that they carry.
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        It should also be observed that providing signaling and routing
        connectivity across a migration island in support of a layered
        architecture may require the use of protocol tunnels (such as GRE)
        between island border nodes. Such tunnels may impose additional
        configuration requirements at the border nodes.
     6.6. Impact on Network Operation
        The process of migration is likely to have significant impact on
        network operation while migration is in progress. The main objective
        of migration planning should be to reduce the impact on network
        operation and on the services perceived by the network users.
        To this end, planners should consider reducing the number of
        migration steps that they perform, and minimizing the number of
        migration islands that are created.
        A network manager may prefer the island model especially when
        migration will extend over a significant operational period because
        it allows the different network islands to be administered as
        separate management domains. This is particularly the case in the
        overlay and augmented network models where the details of the
        protocol islands remain hidden from the surrounding LSRs.
     6.7. Other Considerations
        A migration strategy may also imply moving an MPLS state to a GMPLS
        state for an in-service LSP. This may arise once all of the LSRs
        along the path of the LSP have been updated to be both MPLS and
        GMPLS-capable. Signaling mechanisms to achieve the replacement of an
        MPLS LSP with a GMPLS LSP without disrupting traffic exist through
        make-before-break procedures [RFC3209] and [RFC3473], and should be
        carefully managed under operator control.
     7. Security Considerations
        Security and confidentiality is often applied (and attacked) at
        administrative boundaries. Some of the models described in this
        document introduce such boundaries, for example between MPLS and
        GMPLS islands. These boundaries offer the possibility of applying or
        modifying the security as one might when crossing an IGP area or AS
        boundary, even though these island boundaries might lie within an IGP
        area or AS.
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        No changes are proposed to the security procedures built into MPLS
        and GMPLS signaling and routing. GMPLS signaling and routing inherit
        their security mechanisms from MPLS signaling and routing without any
        changes. Hence, there will be no issues with security in interworking
        scenarios. Further, since the MPLS and GMPLS signaling and routing
        security is provided on a hop-by-hop basis, and since all signaling
        and routing exchanges described in this document for use between any
        pair of LSRs are based on either MPLS or GMPLS, there are no changes
        necessary to the security procedures.
     8. IANA Considerations
        This informational framework document makes no requests for IANA
     9. Full Copyright Statement
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     11. Acknowledgements
        The authors are grateful to Daisaku Shimazaki for discussion during
        initial work on this document. The authors are grateful to Dean Cheng
        for his valuable comments.
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     12. Authors' Addresses
        Kohei Shiomoto, Editor
        Midori 3-9-11
        Musashino, Tokyo 180-8585, Japan
        Phone: +81 422 59 4402
        Dimitri Papadimitriou
        Francis Wellensplein 1,
        B-2018 Antwerpen, Belgium
        Phone: +32 3 240 8491
        Jean-Louis Le Roux
        France Telecom
        av Pierre Marzin 22300
        Lannion, France
        Phone: +33 2 96 05 30 20
        Deborah Brungard
        Rm. D1-3C22 - 200 S. Laurel Ave.
        Middletown, NJ 07748, USA
        Phone: +1 732 420 1573
        Kenji Kumaki
        KDDI Corporation
        Garden Air Tower
        Iidabashi, Chiyoda-ku,
        Tokyo 102-8460, JAPAN
        Phone: +81-3-6678-3103
        Zafar Alli
        Cisco Systems, Inc.
        Eiji Oki
        Midori 3-9-11
        Musashino, Tokyo 180-8585, Japan
        Phone: +81 422 59 3441
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        Ichiro Inoue
        Midori 3-9-11
        Musashino, Tokyo 180-8585, Japan
        Phone: +81 422 59 3441
        Tomohiro Otani
        KDDI Laboratories
     13. References
     13.1. Normative References
        [RFC2119] Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
                  Requirement Levels," BCP 14, IETF RFC 2119, March 1997.
        [RFC4090] Pan, P., Swallow, G. and A. Atlas, "Fast Reroute Extensions
                  to RSVP-TE for LSP Tunnels", RFC 4090, May 2005.
        [RFC3945] Mannie, E., "Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching
                  Architecture", RFC 3945, October 2004.
        [SEGMENT-RECOVERY]Berger, L., "GMPLS Based Segment Recovery", draft-
                  ietf-ccamp-gmpls-segment-recovery, work in progress.
        [E2E-RECOVERY] Lang, J. P., Rekhter, Y., Papadimitriou, D. (Editors),
                  " RSVP-TE Extensions in support of End-to-End Generalized
                  Multi-Protocol Label Switching (GMPLS)-based Recovery",
                  draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-recovery-e2e-signaling, work in
        [RFC3473] Berger, L., "Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching
                  (GMPLS) Signaling Resource ReserVation Protocol-Traffic
                  Engineering (RSVP-TE) Extensions ", RFC 3473, January 2003.
        [TE-NODE-CAPS] Vasseur, Le Roux, editors " IGP Routing Protocol
        Extensions for Discovery of Traffic Engineering Node Capabilities",
        draft-ietf-ccamp-te-node-cap, work in progress.
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     13.2. Informative References
        [MLN-REQ] Shiomoto, K., Papadimitriou, D., Le Roux, J.L., Vigoureux,
                  M., Brungard, D., "Requirements for GMPLS-based multi-
                  region and multi-layer networks (MRN/MLN)", draft-ietf-
                  ccamp-gmpls-mln-reqs, work in progress.
        [RFC4206] Kompella, K., and Rekhter, Y., "Label Switched Paths (LSP)
                  Hierarchy with Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching
                  (GMPLS) Traffic Engineering (TE)", RFC 4206, October 2005.
        [STITCH] Ayyangar, A., Vasseur, JP. "Label Switched Path Stitching
                  with Generalized MPLS Traffic Engineering", draft-ietf-
                  ccamp-lsp-stitching, work in progress.
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