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RFC 5994 - Application of Ethernet Pseudowires to MPLS Transport Networks

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) S. Bryant, Ed. Request for Comments: 5994 M. Morrow Category: Informational G. Swallow ISSN: 2070-1721 Cisco Systems R. Cherukuri Juniper Networks T. Nadeau Huawei Technologies N. Harrison BT B. Niven-Jenkins Velocix October 2010
Application of Ethernet Pseudowires to MPLS Transport Networks Abstract Ethernet pseudowires are widely deployed to support packet transport of Ethernet services. These services in-turn provide transport for a variety of client networks, e.g., IP and MPLS. This document uses procedures defined in the existing IETF specifications of Ethernet pseudowires carried over MPLS networks. Many of the requirements for the services provided by the mechanisms explained in this document are also recognized by the MPLS transport profile (MPLS-TP) design effort formed jointly by the IETF and ITU-T. The solution described here does not address all of the MPLS-TP requirements, but it provides a viable form of packet transport service using tools that are already available. This document also serves as an indication that existing MPLS techniques form an appropriate basis for the design of a fully- featured packet transport solution addressing all of the requirements of MPLS-TP. 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 Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG). Not all documents approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of Internet Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741. Bryant, et al. Informational [Page 1] RFC 5994 Eth PWs to MPLS Transport Ntwks October 2010 Information about the current status of this document, any errata, and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc5994. Copyright Notice Copyright (c) 2010 IETF Trust and the persons identified as the document authors. All rights reserved. This document is subject to BCP 78 and the IETF Trust's Legal Provisions Relating to IETF Documents (http://trustee.ietf.org/license-info) in effect on the date of publication of this document. Please review these documents carefully, as they describe your rights and restrictions with respect to this document. Code Components extracted from this document must include Simplified BSD License text as described in Section 4.e of the Trust Legal Provisions and are provided without warranty as described in the Simplified BSD License. This document may contain material from IETF Documents or IETF Contributions published or made publicly available before November 10, 2008. The person(s) controlling the copyright in some of this material may not have granted the IETF Trust the right to allow modifications of such material outside the IETF Standards Process. Without obtaining an adequate license from the person(s) controlling the copyright in such materials, this document may not be modified outside the IETF Standards Process, and derivative works of it may not be created outside the IETF Standards Process, except to format it for publication as an RFC or to translate it into languages other than English. Table of Contents 1. Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 1.1. Requirements Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 2. PWE3 Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 3. Operations, Administration, and Maintenance (OAM) . . . . . . 5 3.1. VCCV Profile 1: BFD without IP/UDP Headers . . . . . . . . 6 3.2. VCCV Profile 2: BFD with IP/UDP Headers . . . . . . . . . 6 4. MPLS Layer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 4.1. External Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 4.2. Control Plane Configuration . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 5. Congestion Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 6. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 7. Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 8. References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 8.1. Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 8.2. Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Bryant, et al. Informational [Page 2] RFC 5994 Eth PWs to MPLS Transport Ntwks October 2010 1. Introduction Ethernet pseudowires are widely deployed to support packet transport of Ethernet services. These services in-turn provide transport for a variety of client networks, e.g., IP and MPLS. This document uses procedures defined in the existing IETF specifications of Ethernet pseudowires carried over MPLS networks. Many of the requirements for the services provided by the mechanisms explained in this document are also recognized by the MPLS transport profile (MPLS-TP) design effort formed jointly by the IETF and ITU-T [RFC5654]. For example, the ability to operate solely with network management control, the ability to use Operations, Administration, and Maintenance (OAM) that does not rely on IP forwarding, and the ability to provide light-weight proactive connection verification (CV) functionality. The solution described in this document does not address all of the MPLS-TP requirements, but it provides a viable form of packet transport service using tools that are already available. The key purpose of this document is to demonstrate that there is an existing IETF mechanism with known implementations that satisfies the requirements posed by the operator community. It is recognized that it is possible to design a more efficient method of satisfying the requirements, and the IETF anticipates that improved solutions will be proposed in the future as part of the MPLS-TP effort. Indeed, the solution described in this document is not intended to detract from the MPLS-TP effort. Instead, it provides legitimacy for that work by showing that there is a real demand from networks that are already deployed, and by indicating that the MPLS-TP solutions work is based on sound foundations. Much of the notation used in this document is defined in [RFC3985] to which the reader is referred for definitions. The architecture required for this mechanism is illustrated in Figure 1. Bryant, et al. Informational [Page 3] RFC 5994 Eth PWs to MPLS Transport Ntwks October 2010 +----------------------------------------------------------------+ | | | IP/MPLS PSN (PHP may be enabled) | | (client) | | | | +---------------------------+ | | | | | | | MPLS PSN (No PHP) | | | | (server) | | | | | | | CE1 |PE1 PE2| CE2 | | +-----+ +-----+ +-----+ +-----+ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | | +------+ | | | | | | +------+ | | | | | | | | | 802.3| | | | | | | | 802.3| | | | | | +-----+ +-----+ +-----+ +-----+ | | | | | | | | | | | | | | +-- ---------------------- -+ | | | +----- --- -------- -- ---------------------- - -------- --- ----+ | | | |<--MPLS LSP (no PHP)->| | | | | | | | (server) | | | | | | | | | | | | |<------------PW----------->| | | | | | (server) | | | | | | | | |<-------------802.3 (Ethernet)-------------->| | | | (client) | | | | |<---------IP/MPLS LSP (PHP may be supported)-------->| | (client) | Figure 1: Application Ethernet over MPLS PW to MPLS Transport Networks An 802.3 (Ethernet) circuit is established between CE1 and CE2. This circuit may be used for the concurrent transport of MPLS packets as well as IPv4 and IPv6 packets. The MPLS packets may carry IPv4, IPV6, or pseudowire payloads, and Penultimate Hop Popping (PHP) may be used. For clarity, these paths are labeled as the client in Figure 1. An Ethernet pseudowire (PW) is provisioned between PE1 and PE2 and is used to carry the Ethernet from PE1 to PE2. The Ethernet PW is carried over an MPLS Packet Switched Network (PSN), but this PSN MUST NOT be configured with PHP. For clarity, this Ethernet PW and the MPLS PSN are labeled as the server in Figure 1. In the remainder of this document, call the server network a transport network. Bryant, et al. Informational [Page 4] RFC 5994 Eth PWs to MPLS Transport Ntwks October 2010 1.1. Requirements Language The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [RFC2119]. 2. PWE3 Configuration The PWE3 encapsulation used by this specification to satisfy the transport requirement is Ethernet [RFC4448]. This is used in "raw" mode. The Control Word MUST be used. The sequence number MUST be zero. The use of the Pseudowire Setup and Maintenance Label Distribution Protocol [RFC4447] is not required by the profile of the PWE3 Ethernet pseudowire functionality defined in this document. The pseudowire label is statically provisioned. 3. Operations, Administration, and Maintenance (OAM) Within a connection, traffic units sent from the single source are constrained to stay within the connection under defect-free conditions. During misconnected defects, a connection can no longer be assumed to be constrained, and traffic units (and by implication also OAM packets) can 'leak' unidirectionally outside a connection. Therefore, during a misconnected state, it is not possible to rely on OAM, which relies on a request/response mechanism, and, for this reason, such OAM should be treated with caution if used for diagnostic purposes. Further, when implementing an Equal Cost Multipath (ECMP) function with MPLS, use of the label stack as the path selector such that the OAM and data are not in a co-path SHOULD be avoided, as any failure in the data path will not be reflected in the OAM path. Therefore, an OAM that is carried within the data-path below the PW label (such as Virtual Circuit Connectivity Verification (VCCV)) is NOT vulnerable to the above failure mode. For these reasons, the OAM mechanism is as described in [RFC5085], which uses Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD) [RFC5880] for connection verification (CV). The method of using BFD as a CV method in VCCV is described in [RFC5885]. One of the VCCV profiles described in Section 3.1 or Section 3.2 MUST be used. Once a VCCV control channel is provisioned and the operational status of the PW is UP, no other profile should be used until such time as the PW's operational status is set to DOWN. Bryant, et al. Informational [Page 5] RFC 5994 Eth PWs to MPLS Transport Ntwks October 2010 3.1. VCCV Profile 1: BFD without IP/UDP Headers When PE1 and PE2 are not IP capable or have not been configured with IP addresses, the following VCCV mechanism SHOULD be used. The connection verification method used by VCCV is BFD with diagnostics as defined in [RFC5885]. [RFC5085] specifies that the first nibble is set to 0x1 to indicate a channel associated with a pseudowire [RFC4385]. The Version and the Reserved fields are set to zero, and the Channel Type is set to 0x7 to indicate that the payload carried is BFD without IP/UDP headers, as is defined in [RFC5885]. 3.2. VCCV Profile 2: BFD with IP/UDP Headers When PE1 and PE2 are IP capable and have been configured with IP addresses, the following VCCV mechanism may be used. The connection verification method used by VCCV is BFD with diagnostics as defined in [RFC5885]. [RFC5085] specifies that the first nibble is set to 0x1 to indicate a channel associated with a pseudowire [RFC4385]. The Version and the Reserved fields are set to 0, and the Channel Type is set to 0x21 for IPv4 and 0x56 for IPv6 payloads [RFC4446]. 4. MPLS Layer The architecture of MPLS-enabled networks is described in [RFC3031]. This section describes a subset of the functionality of the MPLS- enabled PSN. There are two cases that need to be considered: 1. The case where external configuration is used. 2. The case where a control plane is available. Where the use of a control plane is desired, this may be based on Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching (GMPLS) [RFC3945]. 4.1. External Configuration The use of external provisioning is not precluded from being supported by the current MPLS specifications. It is however explicitly described in this specification to address the Bryant, et al. Informational [Page 6] RFC 5994 Eth PWs to MPLS Transport Ntwks October 2010 requirements specified by the ITU [RFC5654] to address the needs in a transport environment. The MPLS encapsulation is specified in [RFC3032]. All MPLS labels used in the server layer (Figure 1) MUST be statically provisioned. Labels may be selected from either the per-platform or the per- interface label space. All transport Label Switched Paths (LSPs) utilized by the PWs described in Section 2 MUST support both unidirectional and bidirectional point-to-point connections. The transport LSPs SHOULD support unidirectional point-to-multipoint connections. The forward and backward directions of a bidirectional connection SHOULD follow a symmetrically routed (reciprocal) LSP in the server network. Equal Cost Multipath (ECMP) load balancing MUST NOT be configured on the transport LSPs utilized by the PWs described in Section 2. The merging of Label Switched Paths is prohibited and MUST NOT be configured for the transport LSPs utilized by the PWs described in Section 2. Penultimate hop popping by the transport Label Switched Routers (LSRs) MUST be disabled on transport LSPs. Both EXP-Inferred-PSC LSPs (E-LSP) and Label-Only-Inferred-PSC LSPs (L-LSP) MUST be supported as defined in [RFC3270]. For the MPLS EXP field [RFC3270] [RFC5462], only the pipe and short- pipe models are supported. 4.2. Control Plane Configuration In this section, we describe the control plane configuration when [RFC3209] or the bidirectional support in GMPLS ([RFC3471] and [RFC3473]) are used to configure the transport MPLS PSN. When these protocols are used to provide the control plane, the following are automatically provided: 1. There is no label merging unless it is deliberately enabled to support Fast Re-route (FRR) [RFC3209]. 2. A single path is provided end-to-end (there is no ECMP). Bryant, et al. Informational [Page 7] RFC 5994 Eth PWs to MPLS Transport Ntwks October 2010 3. Label Switched Paths may be unidirectional or bidirectional as required. Additionally, the following configuration restrictions required to support external configuration MUST be applied: o Penultimate hop popping [RFC3031] by the LSRs MUST be disabled on LSPs providing PWE3 transport network functionality. o Both E-LSP and L-LSP MUST be supported as defined in [RFC3270]. o The MPLS EXP [RFC5462] field is supported according to [RFC3270] only when the pipe and short-pipe models are utilized. 5. Congestion Considerations This document describes a method of using the existing PWE3 Ethernet pseudowire [RFC4448] to solve a particular network application. The congestion considerations associated with that pseudowire and all subsequent work on congestion considerations regarding Ethernet pseudowires are applicable to this RFC. 6. Security Considerations This RFC provides a description of the use of existing IETF Proposed Standards to solve a network problem, and raises no new security issues. The PWE3 security considerations are described in [RFC3985] and the Ethernet pseudowire security considerations of [RFC4448]. The Ethernet pseudowire is transported on an MPLS PSN; therefore, the security of the pseudowire itself will only be as good as the security of the MPLS PSN. The server MPLS PSN can be secured by various methods, as described in [RFC3031]. The use of static configuration exposes an MPLS PSN to a different set of security risks to those found in a PSN using dynamic routing. If a path is misconfigured in a statically configured network, the result can be a persistent black hole, or much worse, a persistent forwarding loop. On the other hand, most of the distributed components are less complex. This is however offset by the need to provide fail-over and redundancy in the management and configuration system and the communications paths between those central systems and the LSRs. Bryant, et al. Informational [Page 8] RFC 5994 Eth PWs to MPLS Transport Ntwks October 2010 Security achieved by access control of media access control (MAC) addresses, and the security of the client layers, is out of the scope of this document. 7. Acknowledgements The authors wish to thank Matthew Bocci, John Drake, Adrian Farrel, Andy Malis, and Yaakov Stein for their review and proposed enhancements to the text. 8. References 8.1. Normative References [RFC2119] Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, March 1997. [RFC3031] Rosen, E., Viswanathan, A., and R. Callon, "Multiprotocol Label Switching Architecture", RFC 3031, January 2001. [RFC3032] Rosen, E., Tappan, D., Fedorkow, G., Rekhter, Y., Farinacci, D., Li, T., and A. Conta, "MPLS Label Stack Encoding", RFC 3032, January 2001. [RFC3209] Awduche, D., Berger, L., Gan, D., Li, T., Srinivasan, V., and G. Swallow, "RSVP-TE: Extensions to RSVP for LSP Tunnels", RFC 3209, December 2001. [RFC3270] Le Faucheur, F., Wu, L., Davie, B., Davari, S., Vaananen, P., Krishnan, R., Cheval, P., and J. Heinanen, "Multi- Protocol Label Switching (MPLS) Support of Differentiated Services", RFC 3270, May 2002. [RFC3471] Berger, L., "Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching (GMPLS) Signaling Functional Description", RFC 3471, January 2003. [RFC3473] Berger, L., "Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching (GMPLS) Signaling Resource ReserVation Protocol-Traffic Engineering (RSVP-TE) Extensions", RFC 3473, January 2003. [RFC3945] Mannie, E., "Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching (GMPLS) Architecture", RFC 3945, October 2004. [RFC4385] Bryant, S., Swallow, G., Martini, L., and D. McPherson, "Pseudowire Emulation Edge-to-Edge (PWE3) Control Word for Use over an MPLS PSN", RFC 4385, February 2006. Bryant, et al. Informational [Page 9] RFC 5994 Eth PWs to MPLS Transport Ntwks October 2010 [RFC4446] Martini, L., "IANA Allocations for Pseudowire Edge to Edge Emulation (PWE3)", BCP 116, RFC 4446, April 2006. [RFC4447] Martini, L., Rosen, E., El-Aawar, N., Smith, T., and G. Heron, "Pseudowire Setup and Maintenance Using the Label Distribution Protocol (LDP)", RFC 4447, April 2006. [RFC4448] Martini, L., Rosen, E., El-Aawar, N., and G. Heron, "Encapsulation Methods for Transport of Ethernet over MPLS Networks", RFC 4448, April 2006. [RFC5085] Nadeau, T. and C. Pignataro, "Pseudowire Virtual Circuit Connectivity Verification (VCCV): A Control Channel for Pseudowires", RFC 5085, December 2007. [RFC5462] Andersson, L. and R. Asati, "Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) Label Stack Entry: "EXP" Field Renamed to "Traffic Class" Field", RFC 5462, February 2009. [RFC5880] Katz, D. and D. Ward, "Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD)", RFC 5880, June 2010. [RFC5885] Nadeau, T. and C. Pignataro, "Bidirectional Forwarding Detection (BFD) for the Pseudowire Virtual Circuit Connectivity Verification (VCCV)", RFC 5885, June 2010. 8.2. Informative References [RFC3985] Bryant, S. and P. Pate, "Pseudo Wire Emulation Edge-to- Edge (PWE3) Architecture", RFC 3985, March 2005. [RFC5654] Niven-Jenkins, B., Brungard, D., Betts, M., Sprecher, N., and S. Ueno, "Requirements of an MPLS Transport Profile", RFC 5654, September 2009. Authors' Addresses Stewart Bryant (editor) Cisco Systems 250, Longwater, Green Park Reading RG2 6GB UK EMail: stbryant@cisco.com Bryant, et al. Informational [Page 10] RFC 5994 Eth PWs to MPLS Transport Ntwks October 2010 Monique Morrow Cisco Systems Glatt-com CH-8301 Glattzentrum Switzerland EMail: mmorrow@cisco.com George Swallow Cisco Systems 1414 Massachusetts Ave. Boxborough, MA 01719 EMail: swallow@cisco.com Rao Cherukuri Juniper Networks 1194 N. Mathilda Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94089 EMail: cherukuri@juniper.net Thomas D. Nadeau Huawei Technologies Central Expressway Santa Clara, CA 95050 EMail: thomas.nadeau@huawei.com Neil Harrison BT EMail: neil.2.harrison@bt.com Ben Niven-Jenkins Velocix 326 Science Park Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 0WG UK EMail: ben@niven-jenkins.co.uk Bryant, et al. Informational [Page 11]

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