MPLS-TP Applicability; Use Cases and Design

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Document Type Expired Internet-Draft (mpls WG)
Authors Luyuan Fang  , Nabil Bitar  , Raymond Zhang  , Masahiro Daikoku 
Last updated 2012-12-13 (latest revision 2012-06-11)
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This document provides applicability, use case studies and network design considerations for Multiprotocol Label Switching Transport profile (MPLS-TP). In the recent years, MPLS-TP has emerged as the technology of choice for the new generation of packet transport. Many service providers (SPs) are working to replace the legacy transport technologies, e.g. SONET/SDH, TDM, and ATM technologies, with MPLS-TP for packet transport, in order to achieve higher efficiency, lower operational cost, while maintaining transport characteristics. The use cases for MPLS-TP include Metro Ethernet access and aggregation, Mobile backhaul, and packet optical transport. The design considerations discussed in this documents ranging from operational experience; standards compliance; technology maturity; end-to-end forwarding and OAM consistency; compatibility with IP/MPLS networks; multi-vendor interoperability; and optimization vs. simplicity design trade off discussion. The general design principle is to provide reliable, manageable, and scalable transport solutions.


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