Path Computation Element Communication Protocol (PCEP) Extensions for Establishing Relationships between Sets of Label Switched Paths (LSPs)
RFC 8697

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Authors Ina Minei  , Edward Crabbe  , Siva Sivabalan  , Hariharan Ananthakrishnan  , Dhruv Dhody  , Yosuke Tanaka 
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                          I. Minei
Request for Comments: 8697                                  Google, Inc.
Category: Standards Track                                      E. Crabbe
ISSN: 2070-1721                                   Individual Contributor
                                                            S. Sivabalan
                                                     Cisco Systems, Inc.
                                                      H. Ananthakrishnan
                                                                D. Dhody
                                                               Y. Tanaka
                                          NTT Communications Corporation
                                                            January 2020

 Path Computation Element Communication Protocol (PCEP) Extensions for
 Establishing Relationships between Sets of Label Switched Paths (LSPs)


   This document introduces a generic mechanism to create a grouping of
   Label Switched Paths (LSPs) in the context of a Path Computation
   Element (PCE).  This grouping can then be used to define associations
   between sets of LSPs or between a set of LSPs and a set of attributes
   (such as configuration parameters or behaviors), and it is equally
   applicable to the stateful PCE (active and passive modes) and the
   stateless PCE.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction
     1.1.  Requirements Language
   2.  Terminology
   3.  Architectural Overview
     3.1.  Motivations
     3.2.  Relationship to the SVEC List
     3.3.  Operational Overview
     3.4.  Operator-Configured Association Range
   4.  Discovery of Supported Association Types
     4.1.  ASSOC-Type-List TLV
       4.1.1.  Procedure
   5.  Operator-Configured Association Range TLV
     5.1.  Procedure
   6.  ASSOCIATION Object
     6.1.  Object Definition
       6.1.1.  Global Association Source TLV
       6.1.2.  Extended Association ID TLV
       6.1.3.  Association Source
       6.1.4.  Unique Identification for an Association Group
     6.2.  Relationship to the RSVP ASSOCIATION Object
     6.3.  Object Encoding in PCEP Messages
       6.3.1.  Stateful PCEP Messages
       6.3.2.  Request Message
       6.3.3.  Reply Message
     6.4.  Processing Rules
   7.  IANA Considerations
     7.1.  PCEP Object
     7.2.  PCEP TLV
     7.3.  Association Flags
     7.4.  Association Type
     7.5.  PCEP-Error Object
   8.  Security Considerations
   9.  Manageability Considerations
     9.1.  Control of Function and Policy
     9.2.  Information and Data Models
     9.3.  Liveness Detection and Monitoring
     9.4.  Verifying Correct Operation
     9.5.  Requirements on Other Protocols
     9.6.  Impact on Network Operations
   10. References
     10.1.  Normative References
     10.2.  Informative References
   Appendix A.  Example of an Operator-Configured Association Range
   Authors' Addresses

1.  Introduction

   [RFC5440] describes the Path Computation Element (PCE) Communication
   Protocol (PCEP).  PCEP enables communication between a Path
   Computation Client (PCC) and a PCE, or between a PCE and another PCE,
   for the purpose of the computation of Multiprotocol Label Switching
   (MPLS) as well as Generalized MPLS (GMPLS) Traffic Engineering Label
   Switched Path (TE LSP) characteristics.

   [RFC8231] specifies a set of extensions to PCEP to enable stateful
   control of TE LSPs within and across PCEP sessions in compliance with
   [RFC4657].  It includes mechanisms to effect LSP State
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