Multi-Segment Pseudowires in Passive Optical Networks
RFC 6456

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                             H. Li
Request for Comments: 6456                                      R. Zheng
Category: Informational                              Huawei Technologies
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                A. Farrel
                                                      Old Dog Consulting
                                                           November 2011

         Multi-Segment Pseudowires in Passive Optical Networks

Abstract

   This document describes the application of MPLS multi-segment
   pseudowires (MS-PWs) in a dual-technology environment comprising a
   Passive Optical Network (PON) and an MPLS Packet Switched Network
   (PSN).

   PON technology may be used in mobile backhaul networks to support the
   end segments closest to the aggregation devices.  In these cases,
   there may be a very large number of pseudowire (PW) Terminating
   Provider Edge (T-PE) nodes.  The MPLS control plane could be used to
   provision these end segments, but support for the necessary protocols
   would complicate the management of the T-PEs and would significantly
   increase their expense.  Alternatively, static, or management plane,
   configuration could be used to configure the end segments, but the
   very large number of such segments in a PON places a very heavy
   burden on the network manager.

   This document describes how to set up the end segment of an end-to-
   end MPLS PW over a Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Network (G-PON) or
   10 Gigabit-capable Passive Optical Network (XG-PON) using the G-PON
   and XG-PON management protocol, Optical Network Termination
   Management and Control Interface (OMCI).  This simplifies and speeds
   up PW provisioning compared with manual configuration.

   This document also shows how an MS-PW may be constructed from an end
   segment supported over a PON, and switched to one or more segments
   supported over an MPLS PSN.

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Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
   published for informational purposes.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has
   received public review and has been approved for publication by the
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   Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.

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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................2
   2. Terminology for G-PON/XG-PON ....................................5
   3. Multi-Segment Pseudowire over PON Network Reference Model .......6
   4. Label Provisioning for Pseudowires over PON .....................9
   5. Security Considerations .........................................9
   6. References .....................................................10
      6.1. Normative References ......................................10
      6.2. Informative References ....................................11

1.  Introduction

   The use of PWs in Packet Switched Networks (PSNs) is defined in
   [RFC3985].  This architecture is extended in [RFC5659] for multi-
   segment pseudowires (MS-PWs) satisfying the requirements in
   [RFC5254].  More detail on MS-PWs is provided in [RFC6073].

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   An MS-PW is a useful technology for certain applications where there
   is an aggregation of paths toward a common point in the network,
   e.g., mobile backhaul; the segments can be aggregated within tunnels
   between PW switching points thus improving scalability and reducing
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