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MPLS                                                       D. Frost, Ed.
Internet-Draft                                            S. Bryant, Ed.
Intended status: Informational                             Cisco Systems
Expires: June 27, 2011                                 December 24, 2010


  A Packet Loss and Delay Measurement Profile for MPLS-based Transport
                                Networks
                draft-ietf-mpls-tp-loss-delay-profile-01

Abstract

   Procedures and protocol mechanisms to enable the efficient and
   accurate measurement of packet loss, delay, and throughput in MPLS
   networks are defined in RFC XXXX.

   The MPLS Transport Profile (MPLS-TP) is the set of MPLS protocol
   functions applicable to the construction and operation of packet-
   switched transport networks.

   This document describes a profile of the general MPLS loss, delay,
   and throughput measurement techniques that suffices to meet the
   specific requirements of MPLS-TP.

   This document is a product of a joint Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF) / International Telecommunication Union Telecommunication
   Standardization Sector (ITU-T) effort to include an MPLS Transport
   Profile within the IETF MPLS and Pseudowire Emulation Edge-to-Edge
   (PWE3) architectures to support the capabilities and functionalities
   of a packet transport network as defined by the ITU-T.

   This Informational Internet-Draft is aimed at achieving IETF
   Consensus before publication as an RFC and will be subject to an IETF
   Last Call.

   [RFC Editor, please remove this note before publication as an RFC and
   insert the correct Streams Boilerplate to indicate that the published
   RFC has IETF consensus.]

   [RFC Editor, please replace XXXX with the RFC number assigned to
   draft-ietf-mpls-loss-delay.]

Status of this Memo

   This Internet-Draft is submitted in full conformance with the
   provisions of BCP 78 and BCP 79.

   Internet-Drafts are working documents of the Internet Engineering



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1.  Introduction

   Procedures for the measurement of packet loss, delay, and throughput
   in MPLS networks are defined in [I-D.ietf-mpls-loss-delay].  This
   document describes a profile, i.e. a simplified subset, of these
   procedures that suffices to meet the specific requirements of MPLS-
   based transport networks [RFC5921] as defined in [RFC5860].  This
   profile is presented for the convenience of implementors who are
   concerned exclusively with the transport network context.

   The use of the profile specified in this document is purely optional.
   Implementors wishing to provide enhanced functionality that is within
   the scope of [I-D.ietf-mpls-loss-delay] but outside the scope of this
   profile may do so, whether or not the implementation is restricted to
   the transport network context.

   The assumption of this profile is that the devices involved in a
   measurement operation are configured for measurement by a means
   external to the measurement protocols themselves, for example via a
   Network Management System (NMS) or separate configuration protocol.




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   This document is a product of a joint Internet Engineering Task Force
   (IETF) / International Telecommunication Union Telecommunication
   Standardization Sector (ITU-T) effort to include an MPLS Transport
   Profile within the IETF MPLS and Pseudowire Emulation Edge-to-Edge
   (PWE3) architectures to support the capabilities and functionalities
   of a packet transport network as defined by the ITU-T.


2.  Packet Loss Measurement (LM) Profile

   When an LM session is externally configured, the values of several
   protocol parameters can be fixed in advance at the endpoints involved
   in the session, so that inspection or negotiation of these parameters
   is not required:

   o  The Query control code

   o  The byte/packet count (B) flag

   o  The extended data format (X) flag

   o  The Traffic-Class-specific (T) flag

   o  The Traffic Class (TC)

   o  The Origin Timestamp Format (OTF)

   The default values for these parameters are specified by this profile
   as follows:

   o  Query control code: In-band response requested

   o  B flag: packet count

   o  X flag: 32-bit

   o  T flag: traffic-class-scoped

   o  OTF: IEEE 1588 version 1

   The TC field is set according to the class of traffic to be measured.

   This profile is restricted to direct-mode LM and therefore uses the
   MPLS Direct Packet Loss Measurement (DLM) Channel Type in the
   Associated Channel Header (ACH).

   A simple implementation may assume externally-determined
   configuration and need only support the functionality required by



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   these defaults.


3.  Packet Delay Measurement (DM) Profile

   When a DM session is externally configured, the values of several
   protocol parameters can be fixed in advance at the endpoints involved
   in the session, so that inspection or negotiation of these parameters
   is not required:

   o  The Query control code

   o  The Querier Timestamp Format (QTF) field

   o  The Responder Timestamp Format (RTF) field

   o  The Responder's Preferred Timestamp Format (RPTF) field

   o  The Traffic Class (TC)

   The default values for these parameters are specified by this profile
   as follows:

   o  Query control code: In-band response requested

   o  QTF: IEEE 1588 version 1

   o  RTF: IEEE 1588 version 1

   o  RPTF: IEEE 1588 version 1

   The TC field is set according to the class of traffic to be measured.

   This profile uses the MPLS Delay Measurement (DM) Channel Type in the
   Associated Channel Header (ACH).

   A simple implementation may assume externally-determined
   configuration and need only support the functionality required by
   these defaults.


4.  Security Considerations

   This document delineates a subset of the procedures specified in
   [I-D.ietf-mpls-loss-delay], and as such introduces no new security
   considerations in itself.  The security considerations discussed in
   [I-D.ietf-mpls-loss-delay] apply also to the profile presented in
   this document.



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5.  IANA Considerations

   This document introduces no new IANA considerations.


6.  References

6.1.  Normative References

   [I-D.ietf-mpls-loss-delay]
              Frost, D. and S. Bryant, "Packet Loss and Delay
              Measurement for MPLS Networks",
              draft-ietf-mpls-loss-delay-00 (work in progress),
              December 2010.

   [RFC5586]  Bocci, M., Vigoureux, M., and S. Bryant, "MPLS Generic
              Associated Channel", RFC 5586, June 2009.

   [RFC5860]  Vigoureux, M., Ward, D., and M. Betts, "Requirements for
              Operations, Administration, and Maintenance (OAM) in MPLS
              Transport Networks", RFC 5860, May 2010.

6.2.  Informative References

   [RFC5921]  Bocci, M., Bryant, S., Frost, D., Levrau, L., and L.
              Berger, "A Framework for MPLS in Transport Networks",
              RFC 5921, July 2010.


Authors' Addresses

   Dan Frost (editor)
   Cisco Systems

   Email: danfrost@cisco.com


   Stewart Bryant (editor)
   Cisco Systems

   Email: stbryant@cisco.com










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