Multicast using Bit Index Explicit Replication
draft-wijnands-bier-architecture-05

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Last updated 2015-10-14 (latest revision 2015-03-06)
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Abstract

This document specifies a new architecture for the forwarding of multicast data packets. It provides optimal forwarding of multicast packets through a "multicast domain". However, it does not require any explicit tree-building protocol, nor does it require intermediate nodes to maintain any per-flow state. This architecture is known as "Bit Index Explicit Replication" (BIER). When a multicast data packet enters the domain, the ingress router determines the set of egress routers to which the packet needs to be sent. The ingress router then encapsulates the packet in a BIER header. The BIER header contains a bitstring in which each bit represents exactly one egress router in the domain; to forward the packet to a given set of egress routers, the bits corresponding to those routers are set in the BIER header. Elimination of the per-flow state and the explicit tree-building protocols results in a considerable simplification.

Authors

IJsbrand Wijnands (ice@cisco.com)
Eric Rosen (erosen@juniper.net)
Andrew Dolganow (andrew.dolganow@alcatel-lucent.com)
Tony Przygienda (antoni.przygienda@ericsson.com)
Sam Aldrin (aldrin.ietf@gmail.com)

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