Path Computation Element Communication Protocol (PCEP) Extensions for Associating Working and Protection Label Switched Paths (LSPs) with Stateful PCE
RFC 8745

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Authors Hariharan Ananthakrishnan  , Siva Sivabalan  , Colby Barth  , Ina Minei  , Mahendra Negi 
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                H. Ananthakrishnan
Request for Comments: 8745                                       Netflix
Category: Standards Track                                   S. Sivabalan
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                    Cisco
                                                                C. Barth
                                                        Juniper Networks
                                                                I. Minei
                                                             Google, Inc
                                                                 M. Negi
                                                     Huawei Technologies
                                                              March 2020

 Path Computation Element Communication Protocol (PCEP) Extensions for
  Associating Working and Protection Label Switched Paths (LSPs) with
                              Stateful PCE


   An active stateful Path Computation Element (PCE) is capable of
   computing as well as controlling via Path Computation Element
   Communication Protocol (PCEP) Multiprotocol Label Switching Traffic
   Engineering (MPLS-TE) Label Switched Paths (LSPs).  Furthermore, it
   is also possible for an active stateful PCE to create, maintain, and
   delete LSPs.  This document defines the PCEP extension to associate
   two or more LSPs to provide end-to-end path protection.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction
     1.1.  Requirements Language
   2.  Terminology
   3.  PCEP Extensions
     3.1.  Path Protection Association Type
     3.2.  Path Protection Association TLV
   4.  Operation
     4.1.  State Synchronization
     4.2.  PCC-Initiated LSPs
     4.3.  PCE-Initiated LSPs
     4.4.  Session Termination
     4.5.  Error Handling
   5.  Other Considerations
   6.  IANA Considerations
     6.1.  Association Type
     6.2.  Path Protection Association TLV
     6.3.  PCEP Errors
   7.  Security Considerations
   8.  Manageability Considerations
     8.1.  Control of Function and Policy
     8.2.  Information and Data Models
     8.3.  Liveness Detection and Monitoring
     8.4.  Verify Correct Operations
     8.5.  Requirements on Other Protocols
     8.6.  Impact on Network Operations
   9.  References
     9.1.  Normative References
     9.2.  Informative References
   Authors' Addresses

1.  Introduction

   [RFC5440] describes Path Computation Element Communication Protocol
   (PCEP) for communication between a Path Computation Client (PCC) and
   a PCE or between a pair of PCEs as per [RFC4655].  A PCE computes
   paths for MPLS-TE Label Switched Paths (LSPs) based on various
   constraints and optimization criteria.

   Stateful PCE [RFC8231] specifies a set of extensions to PCEP to
   enable stateful control of paths such as MPLS-TE LSPs between and
   across PCEP sessions in compliance with [RFC4657].  It includes
   mechanisms to affect LSP state synchronization between PCCs and PCEs,
   delegation of control of LSPs to PCEs, and PCE control of timing and
   sequence of path computations within and across PCEP sessions.  The
   focus is on a model where LSPs are configured on the PCC, and control
   over them is delegated to the stateful PCE.  Furthermore, [RFC8281]
   specifies a mechanism to dynamically instantiate LSPs on a PCC based
   on the requests from a stateful PCE or a controller using stateful

   Path protection [RFC4427] refers to a paradigm in which the working
   LSP is protected by one or more protection LSP(s).  When the working
   LSP fails, protection LSP(s) is/are activated.  When the working LSPs
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