Making Route Servers Aware of Data Link Failures at IXPs

Document Type Expired Internet-Draft (idr WG)
Last updated 2020-03-05 (latest revision 2019-09-02)
Replaces draft-ymbk-idr-rs-bfd
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When BGP route servers are used, the data plane is not congruent with the control plane. Therefore, peers at an Internet exchange can lose data connectivity without the control plane being aware of it, and packets are lost. This document proposes the use of a newly defined BGP Subsequent Address Family Identifier (SAFI) both to allow the route server to request its clients use BFD to track data plane connectivity to their peers' addresses, and for the clients to signal that connectivity state back to the route server.


Randy Bush (
Jeffrey Haas (
John Scudder (
Arnold Nipper (
Christoph Dietzel (

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