SBM (Subnet Bandwidth Manager): A Protocol for RSVP-based Admission Control over IEEE 802-style networks
RFC 2814

Document Type RFC - Proposed Standard (May 2000; No errata)
Authors Fred Baker  , Don Hoffman  , Yoram Bernet  , Michael Speer  , Raj Yavatkar 
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Network Working Group                                        R. Yavatkar
Request for Comments: 2814                                         Intel
Category: Standards Track                                     D. Hoffman
                                                               Y. Bernet
                                                                F. Baker
                                                                M. Speer
                                                        Sun Microsystems
                                                                May 2000

                    SBM (Subnet Bandwidth Manager):
A Protocol for RSVP-based Admission Control over IEEE 802-style networks

Status of this Memo

   This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the
   Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
   improvements.  Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet
   Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state
   and status of this protocol.  Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2000).  All Rights Reserved.


   This document describes a signaling method and protocol for RSVP-
   based admission control over IEEE 802-style LANs.  The protocol is
   designed to work both with the current generation of IEEE 802 LANs as
   well as with the recent work completed by the IEEE 802.1 committee.

1. Introduction

   New extensions to the Internet architecture and service models have
   been defined for an integrated services Internet [RFC-1633, RFC-2205,
   RFC-2210] so that applications can request specific qualities or
   levels of service from an internetwork in addition to the current IP
   best-effort service.  These extensions include RSVP, a resource
   reservation setup protocol, and definition of new service classes to
   be supported by Integrated Services routers.  RSVP and service class
   definitions are largely independent of the underlying networking
   technologies and it is necessary to define the mapping of RSVP and
   Integrated Services specifications onto specific subnetwork
   technologies.  For example, a definition of service mappings and

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RFC 2814             SBM (Subnet Bandwidth Manager)             May 2000

   reservation setup protocols is needed for specific link-layer
   technologies such as shared and switched IEEE-802-style LAN

   This document defines SBM, a signaling protocol for RSVP-based
   admission control over IEEE 802-style networks.  SBM provides a
   method for mapping an internet-level setup protocol such as RSVP onto
   IEEE 802 style networks.  In particular, it describes the operation
   of RSVP-enabled hosts/routers and link layer devices (switches,
   bridges) to support reservation of LAN resources for RSVP-enabled
   data flows.  A framework for providing Integrated Services over
   shared and switched IEEE-802-style LAN technologies and a definition
   of service mappings have been described in separate documents [RFC-

2. Goals and Assumptions

   The SBM (Subnet Bandwidth Manager) protocol and its use for admission
   control and bandwidth management in IEEE 802 level-2 networks is
   based on the following architectural goals and assumptions:

      I. Even though the current trend is towards increased use of
      switched LAN topologies consisting of newer switches that support
      the priority queuing mechanisms specified by IEEE 802.1p, we
      assume that the LAN technologies will continue to be a mix of
      legacy shared/ switched LAN segments and newer switched segments
      based on IEEE 802.1p specification.  Therefore, we specify a
      signaling protocol for managing bandwidth over both legacy and
      newer LAN topologies and that takes advantage of the additional
      functionality (such as an explicit support for different traffic
      classes or integrated service classes) as it becomes available in
      the new generation of switches, hubs, or bridges.  As a result,
      the SBM protocol would allow for a range of LAN bandwidth
      management solutions that vary from one that exercises purely
      administrative control (over the amount of bandwidth consumed by
      RSVP-enabled traffic flows) to one that requires cooperation (and
      enforcement) from all the end-systems or switches in a IEEE 802

      II. This document specifies only a signaling method and protocol
      for LAN-based admission control over RSVP flows.  We do not define
      here any traffic control mechanisms for the link layer; the
      protocol is designed to use any such mechanisms defined by IEEE
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