Liaison statement
In answer to your questions on GMPLS Calls

State Posted
Posted Date 2007-08-24
From Group ccamp
From Contact Adrian Farrel
To Group ITU-T-SG-15-Q14
To Contacts Greg Jones
CcKam Lam
Stephen Trowbridge
Ross Callon
David Ward
Scott Bradner
CCAMP Mailing List
Response Contact Adrian Farrel
Deborah Brungard
Technical Contact Adrian Farrel
Deborah Brungard
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The CCAMP working group of the IETF thanks you for your continued
correspondence on GMPLS Calls.

Please note that "Generalized MPLS (GMPLS) RSVP-TE Signaling Extensions
in Support of Calls" has now been published as RFC 4974 available from

In your liaison 'Reply to IETF CCAMP Liaison "GMPLS Calls"' produced at
your June plenary in Geneva you raised two points.

1. "Call identifiers.  Please note that G.7713.x series has a call
identifier format.  For G.7713.2, this is described in RFC3474 and has
RSVP class num of 230."

Thank you for this pointer. We are aware that a number of applications
require different call identifier formats (or Long Form Call Identifiers
in the language of RFC 4974). For this reason, RFC 4974 is careful to
place no restrictions on the form of the call identifier, and we expect
that ASON call identifiers can be encoded and carried in GMPLS Call

2. "Specifying the destination of a call in ASON is done with a UNI
Transport Resource identifier (G.8080 section 10.2).  For G.7713.2, this
is described in RFC3476 as a Transport Network Address (TNA) and has
RSVP class num of 229.  We suggest that an equivalent should be included
in a future ASON applicability draft."

Thank you, again. RFC 4974 (and, indeed, the whole of the GMPLS
architecture) is predicated on the use of IP addresses, so that we
expect Call Controllers, Connection Controllers, and connection end-
points to be IP-addressable.

However, we understand that Call Controllers and their associated
applications may wish to exchange transparent information (such as TNAs)
that is used in the context of those applications, for example to derive
IP addressing information and to identify resources or applications. We
may consider that the Call message (i.e. the Notify message) uses IP
addressing to achieve delivery, but may carry transparent information
on behalf of its client application (i.e. the Call Controller). Such
information is not used in the propagation or delivery of the message,
but may be used freely by the application for any purpose.

WHen this is the case in IETF protocols, the payload is often presented
as a fully transparent object. In some cases, however, commonly
applicable (that is, applicable to multiple different applications)
objects may be defined with encoding rules. We expect that a generic
end-point identifier object will be defined for inclusion in GMPLS Call
messages when the first application that needs them is documented. At
the moment, it looks as though the first such application will be ASON,
and we expect work to resume on the ASON applicability draft in the
latter part of this year.

Deborah Brungard and Adrian Farrel
Co-Chairs, IETF CCAMP Working Group