Internet Engineering Task Force                   T. Przygienda/P. Droz/R.
INTERNET DRAFT                                                    Bell
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                         OSPF over ATM and Proxy PAR

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    This draft specifes for OSPF implementors and users mechanisms
    describing how the protocol operates in ATM networks over PVC and
    SVC meshes with the presence of Proxy PAR. These recommendations
    do not require any protocol changes and allow for simpler, more
    efficient and cost-effective network designs.  It is recommended that
    OSPF implementations should be able to support logical interfaces,
    each consisting of one or more virtual circuits and used either
    as numbered logical point-to-point links (one VC), logical NBMA
    networks (more than one VC) or point-to-multipoint networks (more
    than one VC), where a solution simulating broadcast interfaces is
    not appropriate.  PAR can help to distribute across the ATM cloud
    configuration set-up and changes of such interfaces when OSPF capable
    routers are (re-)configured.  Proxy-PAR can in turn be used to
    exchange this information between the ATM cloud and the routers
    connected to it.

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1.  Introduction

    Proxy-PAR and PAR have been accepted as standards by the ATM Forum in
    January 1999 [Dro99 ].  A more complete overview of Proxy PAR than in
    the section below is given in [PD99 ].

1.1.  Introduction to Proxy PAR

    Proxy PAR [Dro99 ] is an extension allowing for different ATM
    attached devices (like routers) to interact with PAR capable switches
    and query information about non-ATM services without executing
    PAR themselves.  The Proxy PAR client side in the ATM attached
    device is much simpler in terms of implementation complexity and
    memory requirements than a complete PAR protocol stack (which
    includes the full PNNI [AF96b ] protocol stack) and should allow
    easy implementation in e.g.  existing IP routers.  Additionnaly,
    clients can use Proxy PAR to register different non-ATM services
    and protocols they support.  Proxy PAR has consciously not been
    included as part of ILMI [AF96a ] due to the complexity of PAR
    information passed in the protocol and the fact that it is intended
    for integration of non-ATM protocols and services only.  A device
    executing Proxy PAR does not necessarily need to execute ILMI or UNI
    signaling, although this normally will be the case.

    The protocol in itself does not specify how the distributed service
    registration and data delivered to the client is supposed to be
    driving other protocols so e.g.  OSPF routers finding themselves
    through Proxy PAR could use this information in a Classical IP over
    ATM [ML98 ] fashion, forming a full mesh of point-to-point connections
    to interact with each other to simulate broadcast interfaces.  For
    the same purpose LANE [AF95 ] or MARS [Arm96 ] could be used.  As a
    by-product, Proxy PAR could provide the ATM address resolution for
    IP attached devices but such resolution can be achieved by other
    protocols under specification at the IETF as well, e.g.  [Col98 ].
    And last but not least, it should be mentioned here that the protocol
    coexists with and complements the ongoing work in IETF on server
    detection via ILMI extensions [Dav99a , Dav99b , Dav99c ].

1.1.1.  Proxy PAR Scopes

    Any Proxy PAR registration is carried only within a defined scope
    that is set during registration and is equivalent to the PNNI routing
    level.  Since no assumptions except scope values can be made about
    the information distributed (e.g.  IP addresses bound to NSAPs

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    are not assumed to be aligned with them in any respect such as
    encapsulation or functional mapping), registration information cannot
    be summarized.  This makes a careful handling of scopes necessary to
    preserve the scalability.  More details on the usage of scope can be
    found in [PD99 ].

1.2.  Introduction to OSPF

    OSPF (Open Shortest Path First) is an Interior Gateway Protocol
    (IGP) and described in [Moy98 ] from which most of the following
    paragraphs has been taken almost literally.  OSPF distributes routing
    information between routers belonging to a single Autonomous System.
    The OSPF protocol is based on link-state or SPF technology.  It was
    developed by the OSPF working group of the Internet Engineering
    Task Force.  It has been designed expressly for the TCP/IP internet
    environment, including explicit support for IP subnetting, and
    the tagging of externally-derived routing information.  OSPF also
    utilizes IP multicast when sending/receiving the updates.  In
    addition, much work has been done to produce a protocol that responds
    quickly to topology changes, yet involves small amounts of routing
    protocol traffic.

    To cope with the needs of NBMA and demand circuits capable networks
    such as Frame Relay or X.25, [Moy95 ] has been made available that
    standardizes extensions to the protocol allowing for efficient
    operation over on-demand circuits.

    OSPF supports three types of networks today:

     -  Point-to-point networks:  A network that joins a single pair
        of routers.  Point- to-point networks can either be numbered
        or unnumbered in the latter case the interfaces do not have IP
        addresses nor masks.  Even when numbered, both sides of the link
        do not have to agree on the IP subnet.

     -  Broadcast networks:  Networks supporting many (more than two)
        attached routers, together with the capability to address
        a single physical message to all of the attached routers
        (broadcast).  Neighboring routers are discovered dynamically on
        these networks using the OSPF Hello Protocol.  The Hello Protocol
        itself takes advantage of the broadcast capability.  The protocol
        makes further use of multicast capabilities, if they exist.  An
        Ethernet is an example of a broadcast network.
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     -  Non-broadcast networks:  Networks supporting many (more than
        two) attached routers, but having no broadcast capability.
        Neighboring routers are maintained on these nets using
        OSPF's Hello Protocol.  However, due to the lack of broadcast
        capability, some configuration information is necessary for the
        correct operation of the Hello Protocol.  On these networks, OSPF
        protocol packets that are normally multicast need to be sent to
        each neighboring router, in turn.  An X.25 Public Data Network
        (PDN) is an example of a non-broadcast network.

        OSPF runs in one of two modes over non-broadcast networks.  The
        first mode, called non-broadcast multi-access (NBMA), simulates
        the operation of OSPF on a broadcast network.  The second mode,
        called Point-to-MultiPoint, treats the non-broadcast network as a
        collection of point-to-point links.  Non-broadcast networks are
        referred to as NBMA networks or Point-to-MultiPoint networks,
        depending on OSPF's mode of operation over the network.

2.  OSPF over ATM

2.1.  Model

    Contrary to broadcast-simulation based solutions such as LANE
    [AF95 ] or Classical IP over ATM [ML98 ], this document elaborates
    on how to handle virtual OSPF interfaces over ATM such as
    NBMA, point-to-multipoint or point-to-point and allow for their
    auto-configuration in presence of Proxy PAR. One advantage is the
    circumvention of server solutions that often present single points of
    failure or hold large amounts of configuration information.

    The other main benefit is the possibility to execute OSPF on top
of NBMA and point-to-multpoint ATM networks, and still benefit from
the automatic discovery of OSPF neighbors.  As opposed to broadcast
networks, broadcast-simulation based networks (like LANE or Classical IP
over ATM), and point-to-point networks, where an OSPF router dynamically
discovers its neighbors by sending Hello packets to the AllSPFRouters
multicast address, this is not the case on NBMA and point-to-multipoint
networks.  On NBMA networks, the list of all other attached routers to
the same NBMA network has to be manually configured or discovered by
some other means:  Proxy PAR allows to automate this configuration.
Also on point-to-multipoint networks, the set of routers that are
directly reachable must be configured:  it can be dynamically discovered
by Proxy PAR or through mechanisms like Inverse ATMARP. In an ATM
network, (see 8.2 in [ML98 ]) Inverse ATMARP can be used to discover the

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IP address of the router at the remote end of a given PVC, whether or
not its ATM address is known.  But Inverse ATMARP does not return for
instance whether the remote router is running OSPF, as opposed to Proxy

    Parallel to [dR94 ] that describes the recommended operation of
    OSPF over Frame Relay networks, a similar model is assumed where
    the underlying ATM network can be used to model single VCs as
    point-to-point interfaces or collections of VCs as non-broadcast
    interfaces, whether in NBMA or point-to-multipoint mode.  Such
    a VC or collection of VCs is called a logical interface and
    specified through its type (either point-to-point, NBMA or
    point-to-multipoint), VPN ID (the Virtual Private Network to which
    interface belongs), address and mask.  Layer 2 specific configuration
    such as address resolution method, class and quality of service
    of used circuits and other must be also included.  As logical
    consequence thereof, a single, physical interface could encompass
    multiple IP subnets or even multiple VPNs.  In contrary to layer 2
    and IP addressing information, when running Proxy PAR, most of the
    OSPF information needed to operate such a logical interface does not
    have to be configured into routers statically but can be provided
    through Proxy PAR queries.  This allows for much more dynamic
    configuration of VC meshes in OSPF environments than e.g.  in Frame
    Relay solutions.

    Proxy PAR queries can also be issued with a subnet address set to, instead of a specific subnet address.  This type of query
returns information on all OSPF routers available in all subnets, within
the scope specified in the query.  This can be used for instance when
the IP addressing information has not been configured.

2.2.  Configuration of OSPF interfaces with Proxy PAR

    To achieve the goal of simplification of VC mesh reconfiguration,
    Proxy PAR allows the router to learn automatically most of the
    configuration that has to be provided to OSPF. Non-broadcast
    and point-to-point interface information can be learned across
    an ATM cloud as described in the ongoing sections.  It is up to
    the implementation to possibly allow for a mixture of Proxy PAR
    autoconfiguration and manual configuration of neighbor information.
    Moreover, manual configuration could e.g.  override or complement
    information derived from a Proxy PAR client.  Additionally, OSPF
    extensions to handle on-demand circuits [Moy95 ] can be used to allow
    for graceful tearing down of VCs not carrying any OSPF traffic over

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    prolonged periods of time.  The different interactions are described
    in sections 2.2.1, 2.2.2 and 2.2.3.

    Even after autoconfiguration of interfaces has been provided, the
    problem of VC setups in an ATM network is unsolved since none of the
    normally used mechanisms such as Classical IP [ML98 ] or LANE [AF95 ]
    are assumed to be present.  Section 2.5 describes the behavior of
    OSPF routers necessary to allow for router connectivity.

2.2.1.  Autoconfiguration of Non-Broadcast Multiple-Access (NMBA)

    Proxy PAR allows to autoconfigure the list of all routers residing on
    the same IP network in the same VPN by simply querying the Proxy PAR
    server.  Each router can easily obtain the list of all OSPF routers
    on the same subnet with their router priorities and corresponding
    ATM addresses.  This is the precondition for OSPF to work properly
    across such logical NBMA interfaces.  Note that this memberlist, when
    learned through Proxy PAR queries, can dynamically change with PNNI
    (in)stability and general ATM network behavior.  It maybe preferable
    for an implementation to withdraw list membership (de-register
    itself as an OSPF router) e.g.  much slower than detect new members
    (done by querying).  Relying on OSPF mechanism to discover lack of
    reachability in the overlaying logical IP network could alleviate the
    risk of thrashing DR elections and excessive information flooding.
    Once the DR registration is completed and the router has not been
    elected DR or BDR, an implementation of [Moy95 ] can ignore the fact
    that all routers on the specific NBMA subnet are available in its
    configuration since it only needs to maintain VCs to the DR and BDR.

    Traditionally, router configuration for a NBMA network provides
    the list of all neighboring routers to allow for proper protocol
    operation.  For stability purposes, the user may choose to provide a
    list of neighbors through such static means but additionally enable
    the operation of Proxy PAR protocol to complete the list.  It is left
    to specific router implementations whether the manual configuration
    is used in addition to the information provided by Proxy PAR, used
    as filter of the dynamic information or whether a concurrent mode
    of operation is prohibited.  In any case it should be obvious that
    allowing for more flexibility may facilitate operation but provides
    more possibilities for misconfiguration as well.
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2.2.2.  Autoconfiguration of Point-to-Multipoint Interfaces

    Point-to-Multipoint interfaces in ATM networks only make sense if
    no VCs can be dynamically set up since an SVC-capable ATM network
    normally presents a NBMA cloud to OSPF. This is e.g.  the case if
    OSPF executes over a network composed of a partial PVC or SPVC mesh
    or pre-determined SVC meshes.  Such a network could be modeled using
    the point-to-multipoint OSPF interface and the neighbor detection
    could be provided by Proxy PAR or other means.  In the Proxy PAR case
    the router queries for all OSPF routers on the same network in the
    same VPN but it installs in the interface configuration only routers
    that are already reachable through existing PVCs.  The underlying
    assumption is that a router knows the remote ATM address of a PVC
    and can compare it with appropriate Proxy PAR registrations.  If the
    remote ATM address of the PVC is unknown, it can be discovered by
    mechanisms like Inverse ARP [TB99 ].

    Proxy PAR provides a true OSPF neighbor detection mechanism, whereas
    a mechanism like Inverse ARP only returns addresses of directly
    reachable routers (which are not necessarily running OSPF), in the
    point-to-multipoint environment.

2.2.3.  Autoconfiguration of Numbered Point-to-Point Interfaces

    OSPF point-to-point links do not necessarily have an IP address
    assigned and even when having one, the mask is undefined.  As a
    precondition to successfully register a service with Proxy PAR, IP
    address and mask is required.  Therefore, if a router desires to use
    Proxy PAR to advertise the local end of a point-to-point link to the
    router it intends to form an adjacency with, an IP address has to
    be provided and a netmask set or a default of (this
    gives as the default case a subnet with 2 routers on it) assumed.  To
    allow the discovery of the remote end of the interface, IP address
    of the remote side has to be provided and a netmask set or a default
    of assumed.  Obviously the discovery can only be
    successfull when both sides of the interface are configured with the
    same network mask and are within the same IP network.  The situation
    where more than two possible neighbors are discovered through
    queries and the interface type is set to point-to-point presents a
    configuration error.

    Sending multicast Hello packets on the point-to-point links allows
to automatically discover OSPF neighbors.  On the other hand, using
Proxy PAR instead avoids sending Hello messages to routers which are not
necessarily running OSPF.
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2.2.4.  Autoconfiguration of Unnumbered Point-to-Point Interfaces

    For reasons given already in [dR94 ] using unnumbered point-to-point
    interfaces with Proxy PAR is not a very attractive alternative
    since the lack of an IP address prevents efficient registration and
    retrieval of configuration information.  Relying on the numbering
    method based on MIB entries generates conflicts with the dynamic
    nature of creation of such entries and is beyond the scope of this

2.3.  Registration of OSPF interfaces with Proxy PAR

    To allow other routers to discover an OSPF interface automatically,
    the IP address, mask, Area ID, interface type and router priority
    information given must be registered with the Proxy PAR server at an
    appropriate scope.  A change in any of these parameters has to force
    a reregistration with Proxy PAR.

    It should be emphasized here that since the registration information
    can be used by other routers to resolve IP addresses against NSAPs as
    explained in section 2.4 already, whole IP address of the router must
    be registered.  It is not enough to just indicate the subnet up to
    the mask length but all address bits must be provided.

2.3.1.  Registration of Non-Broadcast Multiple-Access Interfaces

    For an NBMA interface the appropriate parameters are available and
    can be registered through Proxy PAR without further complications.

2.3.2.  Registration of Point-to-Multipoint Interfaces

    In case of a point-to-multipoint interface the router registers its
    information in the same fashion as in the NBMA case except that the
    interface type is modified accordingly.

2.3.3.  Registration of Numbered Point-to-Point Interfaces

    In case of point-to-point numbered interfaces the address mask is not
    specified in the OSPF configuration.  If the router has to use Proxy
    PAR to advertise its capability, a mask must be defined or a default
    value of used.

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2.3.4.  Registration of Unnumbered Point-to-Point Interfaces

    Due to the lack of a configured IP address and difficulties generated
    by this fact as described earlier, registration of unnumbered
    point-to-point interfaces is not covered in this document.

2.4.  IP address to NSAP Resolution Using Proxy PAR

    As a byproduct of Proxy PAR presence, an OSPF implementation could
    use the information in registrations for the resolution of IP
    addresses to ATM NSAPs on a subnet without having to use static data
    or mechanisms such as ATMARP [ML98 ].  This again should allow for
    drastic simplification of number of mechanisms involved in operation
    of OSPF over ATM to provide an IP overlay.

2.5.  Connection Setup Mechanisms

    This sections describes OSPF behavior in an ATM network under
    different assumptions in terms of signaling capabilities and preset

2.5.1.  OSPF in PVC Environments

    In environments where only partial PVCs (or SPVCs) meshes are
    available and modeled as point-to-multipoint interfaces, the routers
    see reachable routers through autodiscovery provided by Proxy PAR.
    This leads to expected OSPF behavior.  In cases where a full mesh of
    PVCs is present, such a network should preferably be modeled as NBMA.

2.5.2.  OSPF in SVC Environments

    In SVC-capable environments the routers can initiate VCs after having
    discovered the appropriate neighbors, preferably driven by the need
    to send data such as Hello-packets.  Since this can lead to race
    conditions where both sides can open a VC and it is desirable to
    minimize this valuable resource, if the router with lower Router ID
    detects that the VC initiated by the other side is bidirectional, it
    is free to close its own VC and use the detected one.

    Observe that this behavior operates correctly in case OSPF over
    Demand Circuits extensions are used [Moy95 ] over SVC capable

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           +           +                             +
           |   +---+   |                             |
    +--+   |---|RTA|---|          +-------+          |   +--+
    |H1|---|   +---+   |          | ATM   |          |---|H2|
    +--+   |           |   +---+  | Cloud |  +---+   |   +--+
           |LAN Y      |---|RTB|-------------|RTC|---|
           +           |   +---+  | PPAR  |  +---+   |
                       +          +-------+          +
 Figure 1:  Simple Topology with Router B and Router C operating across
                     NBMA ATM interfaces with Proxy PAR

    The existence of VCs used for OSPF exchanges is orthogonal to the
    number and type of VCs the router chooses to use within the logical
    interface to forward data to other routers.  OSPF implementations are
    free to use any of these VCs (1)  to send packets if their endpoints
    are adequate and must accept hello packets arriving on any of the VCs
    belonging to the logical interface even if OSPF operating on such an
    interface is not aware of their existence.  An OSPF implementation
    may not accept or close connections being initiated by another router
    that has either not been discovered by Proxy PAR or whose Proxy PAR
    registration is indicating that it is not adjacent.

    As an example consider the topology in figure 2.5.2 where router
    RTB and RTC are connected to a common ATM cloud offering Proxy PAR
    services.  Assuming that RTB's OSPF implementation is aware of SVCs
    initiated on the interface and RTC only makes minimal use of Proxy
    PAR information the following sequence could develop illustrating
    some of the cases described above:

     1. RTC and RTB register with ATM cloud as Proxy PAR capable and
        discover each other as adjacent OSPF routers.

     2. RTB sends a hello which forces it to establish a SVC connection
        to RTC.

1. in case they are aware of their existence

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     3. RTC sends a hello to RTB but disregards the already existing VC
        and establishes a new VC to RTB to deliver the packet.

     4. RTB sees a new bi-directional VC and assuming here that RTC's
        OSPF Id is higher, closes the VC originated in step 2.

     5. Host H1 sends data to H2 and RTB establishes a new data SVC
        between itself and RTC.

     6. RTB sends a Hello to RTC and decides to do it using the newly
        establish data SVC. RTC must accept the hello despite the minimal

3.  Acknowledgments

    Comments and contributions from several sources, especially Rob
    Coltun, Doug Dykeman and John Moy are included in this work.

4.  Security Consideration

    Several aspects are to be considered when talking about security of
operating OSPF over ATM and/or Proxy PAR. The security of registered
information handed to the ATM cloud must be guaranteed by the underlying
PNNI protocol.  Extensions to PNNI are available and given their
implementation spoofing of registrations and/or denial-of-service issues
can be addressed [PB97 ].  The registration itself through proxy PAR is
not secured and appropriate mechanisms are for further study.  However,
even if the security at the ATM layer is not guaranteed, OSPF security
mechanisms can be used to verify that detected neighbors are authorized
to interact with the entity discovering them.

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              Version 1.0.  ATM Forum af-pnni-0055.000, March 1996.

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Authors' Addresses

Tony Przygienda
Bell Labs, Lucent Technologies
101 Crawfords Corner Road
Holmdel, NJ 07733-3030

Patrick Droz
IBM Research Division
Saumerstrasse 4
8803 Ruschlikon

Robert Haas
IBM Research Division
Saumerstrasse 4
8803 Ruschlikon

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