Title PAR for an amendment to existing Standard 802.1Q-2011 P802.1Qxx IEEE Standard for Local and Metropolitan Area Networks-- -Virtual Bridged Local Area Networks : Amendment: Equal Cost Multiple Paths (ECMP)
Scope This standard specifies protocols, procedures and managed objects to support utilizing multiple possible next hop choices for frames within a single service in SPBM networks. This is accomplished by applying one of a set of standard functions per frame at ingress and using the result as an input to all subsequent choices among multiple next hops as the frame transits the SPBM network. These functions are selected to ensure that frames belonging to the same data flow take the same path. It is anticipated that a new Tag will be defined possibly including a Time to Live (TTL) field. The standard will ensure that Connectivity Fault Management (CFM) can be used to proactively monitor and diagnose the paths that data takes through the network.
Dependencies This standard is dependent on the completion of 802.1aq.
Purpose.1Qxx provides the additional capability to use many more equal cost paths than 802.1aqs current ECT mechanism due to improved scaling properties with respect to network diameter..1Qxx would be used in conjunction with an 802.1aq based control plane and would use specific B-VIDs and new ECT-ALGORITHMs as defined by 802.1aq..1Qxx may include multipath function information and may use TTL loop mitigation. Corresponding new EtherTypes would identify the new Tag formats. It is expected that both the current 802.1aq ECT and 802.1Qxx ECMP would be used at the same time in the same network (for different traffic/service categories) but differentiated by B-VID. 802.1Qxx enhances Connectivity Fault Management (CFM) to monitor and diagnose the richer connectivity of.1Qxx.
Need As diameter and number of adjacencies grow the number of paths increases exponentially. In such richly connected networks ECMP in addition to ECT allows for better utilization in proportion to the state required. TTL augments loop mitigation in the face of hardware, software and design failures. An augmented SPBM with this capability addresses urgent customer requests to meet the above needs with a single protocol, a single data path and a unified OA&M suite.
Stakeholders Vendors, users, administrators, designers, customers, and owners of Provider Backbone Bridged Networks, Carrier Ethernet Networks or next generation data centers.
Other Standards with a Similar Scope There are no IEEE standards solving this problem. There are other standards (TRILL, VPLS) that cover parts of the problem encompassed by 802.1Qxx but the scope of this standard is more complete than any of them.
Broad Market Potential –Broad sets of applicability. The commercial provision of Ethernet services across a Data Center, metropolitan or larger networks is large and growing business. Provider Backbone Networks are a significant part of this market and a required component of the evolving Data Center. 802.1Qxx enables even greater use of these richer topologies. –Multiple vendors and numerous users. This work is being proposed by a number of major vendors representing the majority of current users in the market. –Balanced costs (LAN versus attached stations). This project does not materially alter the existing cost structure of bridged networks. Attached stations would not be aware of the operations by transit bridges.
Compatibility –IEEE 802 defines a family of standards. All standards shall be in conformance with the IEEE 802.1 Architecture, Management and Inter- working documents as follows: 802- Overview and Architecture, 802.1D, 802.1Q and parts of 802.1f. If any variances in conformance emerge, they shall be thoroughly disclosed and reviewed with 802. 802.1Qxx would use the 802.1aq SBPM ECT-Algorithm framework for forwarding compatibility. This guarantees that 802.1Qxx bridges can be added to a network of 802.1aq bridges to increment the network functionality. –Each standard in the IEEE 802 family of standards shall include a definition of managed objects that are compatible with systems management standards. Such a definition will be included..
Distinct Identity –Substantially different from other IEEE 802 standards. This is an amendment to 802.1Q the only standard for VLAN aware bridges. –One unique solution per problem (not two solutions to a problem). There is currently no general on-data-path solution for ECMP forwarded frames. –Easy for the document reader to select the relevant specification. This project will amend only the IEEE 802 standard defining VLAN aware bridges.
Technical Feasibility –Demonstrated system feasibility. Hash based ECMP is widely deployed in IP networks and is well understood. The main issue is one of OA&M and we will standardize Ethernet solutions to OA&M issues raised by this new behavior. –Proven technology, reasonable testing. The main concepts are well proven. No unproven test technologies are required. –Confidence in reliability. ECMP has wide spread use today with known acceptable reliability. –Coexistence of 802 wireless standards specifying devices for unlicensed operation. Not applicable
Economic Feasibility –Known cost factors, reliable data. Minimally this will require either a software upgrade to NPU based Ethernet switches, or in the case of ASIC based devices a new B- VID behavior that mirrors existing 802.1ah with the exception of a hash based choice of possible next hops. There would therefore be a cost upgrade for ASIC based switches. –Reasonable cost for performance. The required hardware and software changes are a fraction of the cost of a typical network and provide commensurate additional capabilities. –Consideration of installation costs. This functionality can be incrementally introduced thus minimizing installation costs.