Synonymous Flow Label Framework
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MPLS Working Group                                             S. Bryant
Internet-Draft                                Futurewei Technologies Inc
Intended status: Standards Track                                 M. Chen
Expires: April 5, 2021                                            Huawei
                                                              G. Swallow
                                               Southend Technical Center
                                                            S. Sivabalan
                                                       Ciena Corporation
                                                               G. Mirsky
                                                               ZTE Corp.
                                                        October 02, 2020

                    Synonymous Flow Label Framework
                    draft-ietf-mpls-sfl-framework-11

Abstract

   RFC 8372 (MPLS Flow Identification Considerations) describes the
   requirement for introducing flow identities within the MPLS
   architecture.  This document describes a method of accomplishing this
   by using a technique called Synonymous Flow Labels in which labels
   which mimic the behaviour of other labels provide the identification
   service.  These identifiers can be used to trigger per-flow
   operations on the packet at the receiving label switching router.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Requirements Language . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   3.  Synonymous Flow Labels  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   4.  User Service Traffic in the Data Plane  . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     4.1.  Application Label Present . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
       4.1.1.  Setting TTL and the Traffic Class Bits  . . . . . . .   5
     4.2.  Single Label Stack  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
       4.2.1.  Setting TTL and the Traffic Class Bits  . . . . . . .   6
     4.3.  Aggregation of SFL Actions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   5.  Equal Cost Multipath Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   6.  Privacy Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   7.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   8.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   9.  Contributing Authors  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
   10. References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     10.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     10.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10

1.  Introduction

   [RFC8372] (MPLS Flow Identification Considerations) describes the
   requirement for introducing flow identities within the MPLS
   architecture.  This document describes a method of providing the
   required identification by using a technique called Synonymous Flow
   Labels (SFL) in which labels which mimic the behaviour of other MPLS
   labels provide the identification service.  These identifiers can be
   used to trigger per-flow operations on the packet at the receiving
   label switching router.

2.  Requirements Language

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "NOT RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and
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