Open Shortest Path First IGP S. Hegde
Internet-Draft Juniper Networks, Inc.
Intended status: Standards Track P. Sarkar
Expires: January 9, 2017 H. Gredler
M. Nanduri
Microsoft Corporation
L. Jalil
July 8, 2016

OSPF Link Overload


When a link is being prepared to be taken out of service, the traffic needs to be diverted from both ends of the link. Increasing the metric to the highest metric on one side of the link is not sufficient to divert the traffic flowing in the other direction.

It is useful for routers in an OSPFv2 or OSPFv3 routing domain to be able to advertise a link being in an overload state to indicate impending maintenance activity on the link. This information can be used by the network devices to re-route the traffic effectively.

This document describes the protocol extensions to disseminate link overload information in OSPFv2 and OSPFv3.

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction

When a node is being prepared for a planned maintenance or upgrade, [RFC6987] provides mechanisms to advertise the node being in an overload state by setting all outgoing link costs to MAX-METRIC (0xffff). These procedures are specific to the maintenance activity on a node and cannot be used when a single link attached to the node requires maintenance.

In traffic-engineering deployments, LSPs need to be moved away from the link without disrupting the services. It is useful to be able to advertise the impending maintenance activity on the link and to have LSP re-routing policies at the ingress to route the LSPs away from the link.

Many OSPFv2 or OSPFv3 deployments run on overlay networks provisioned by means of pseudo-wires or L2-circuits. When the devices in the underlying network go for maintenance, it is useful to divert the traffic away from the node before the maintenance is actually scheduled. Since the nodes in the underlying network are not visible to OSPF, the existing stub router mechanism described in [RFC6987] cannot be used. Application specific to this use case is described in Section 7.1

This document provides mechanisms to advertise link overload state in the flexible encodings provided by RI LSA( [RFC7770]) for OSPFv2 and OSPFv3. Throughout this document, OSPF is used when the text applies to both OSPFv2 and OSPFv3. OSPFv2 or OSPFv3 is used when the text is specific to one version of the OSPF protocol.

2. Motivation

The motivation of this document is to reduce manual intervention during maintenance activities. The following objectives help to accomplish this in a range of deployment scenarios.

  1. Advertise impending maintenance activity so that the traffic from both directions can be diverted away from the link.
  2. Allow the solution to be backward compatible so that nodes that do not understand the new advertisement do not cause routing loops.
  3. Advertise the maintenance activity to other nodes in the network so that LSP ingress routers/controllers can learn the impending maintenance activity and apply specific policies to re-route the LSP for traffic-engineering based deployments.
  4. Allow the link to be used as last resort link to prevent traffic disruption when alternate paths are not available.

3. Link overload sub-TLV

3.1. OSPF Link overload sub-TLV