Graceful Restart mechanism for BGP

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Authors Srihari Sangli  , Yakov Rekhter  , Rex Fernando  , John Scudder 
Last updated 2000-11-01
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This document proposes a mechanism for BGP that would help minimize the negative effects on routing caused by BGP restart. An End-of-RIB marker is specified and can be used to convey routing convergence information. A new BGP capability, termed 'Graceful Restart Capability', is defined which would allow a BGP speaker to express its ability to preserve forwarding state during BGP restart. Finally, procedures are outlined for temporarily retaining routing information across a TCP transport reset.


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