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Network Working Group                                  S. Sivabalan, Ed.
Request for Comments: 5455                                     J. Parker
Category: Standards Track                                     S. Boutros
                                                     Cisco Systems, Inc.
                                                               K. Kumaki
                                             KDDI R&D Laboratories, Inc.
                                                              March 2009


                 Diffserv-Aware Class-Type Object for
          the Path Computation Element Communication Protocol

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Abstract

   This document specifies a CLASSTYPE object to support Diffserv-Aware
   Traffic Engineering (DS-TE) where path computation is performed with
   the aid of a Path Computation Element (PCE).

Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................2
      1.1. Conventions Used in This Document ..........................3
   2. Terminology .....................................................3
   3. CLASSTYPE Object ................................................3
      3.1. Object Definition ..........................................4
      3.2. Path Computation Request Message with CLASSTYPE Object .....4
      3.3. Processing CLASSTYPE Object ................................5
      3.4. Determination of Traffic Engineering Class (TE-Class) ......6
      3.5. Significance of Class-Type and TE-Class ....................6
      3.6. Error Codes for CLASSTYPE Object ...........................6
   4. Security Considerations .........................................7
   5. IANA Considerations .............................................7
   6. Acknowledgments .................................................7
   7. References ......................................................8
      7.1. Normative References .......................................8
      7.2. Informative References .....................................8

1.  Introduction

   [RFC5440] specifies the Path Computation Element Communication
   Protocol (PCEP) for communications between a Path Computation Client
   (PCC) and a Path Computation Element (PCE), or between two PCEs, in
   compliance with [RFC4657].

   Diffserv-aware MPLS Traffic Engineering (DS-TE) addresses the
   fundamental requirement to be able to enforce different bandwidth
   constraints for different classes of traffic.  It describes
   mechanisms to achieve per-class traffic engineering, rather than on
   an aggregate basis across all classes by enforcing Bandwidth
   Constraints (BCs) on different classes.  Requirements for DS-TE and
   the associated protocol extensions are specified in [RFC3564] and
   [RFC4124], respectively.

   As per [RFC4657], PCEP must support traffic Class-Type as an MPLS-
   TE-specific constraint.  However, in the present form, PCEP [RFC5440]
   does not have the capability to specify the Class-Type in the path
   computation request.

   In this document, we define a new PCEP object called CLASSTYPE, which
   carries the Class-Type of the TE LSP in the path computation request.
   During path computation, a PCE uses the Class-Type to identify the
   bandwidth constraint of the TE LSP.

1.1.  Conventions Used in This Document

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
   document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [RFC2119].

2.  Terminology

   CT (Class-Type): A set of Traffic Trunks governed by a set of
   bandwidth constraints.  Used for the purpose of link bandwidth
   allocation, constraint-based routing and admission control.  A given
   Traffic Trunk belongs to the same CT on all links.

   DS-TE: Diffserv-Aware Traffic Engineering.

   LSR: Label Switching Router.

   LSP: Label Switched Path.

   PCC (Path Computation Client): any client application requesting a
   path computation to be performed by a Path Computation Element.

   PCE (Path Computation Element): an entity (component, application, or
   network node) that is capable of computing a network path or route
   based on a network graph and applying computational constraints.

   PCEP Peer: an element involved in a PCEP session (i.e., a PCC or the
   PCE).

   TE-Class: A pair consisting of a Class-Type and a preemption priority
   allowed for that Class-Type.  An LSP transporting a Traffic Trunk
   from that Class-Type can use that preemption priority as the setup
   priority, the holding priority, or both.

   TE LSP: Traffic Engineering Label Switched Path.

   Traffic Trunk: An aggregation of traffic flows of the same class
   (i.e., treated equivalently from the DS-TE perspective), which is
   placed inside a TE LSP.

3.  CLASSTYPE Object

   The CLASSTYPE object is optional and is used to specify the Class-
   Type of a TE LSP.  This object is meaningful only within the path
   computation request, and is ignored in the path reply message.  If
   the TE LSP for which the path is to be computed belongs to Class 0,
   the

   path computation request MUST NOT contain the CLASSTYPE object.  This
   allows backward compatibility with a PCE that does not support the
   CLASSTYPE object.

3.1.  Object Definition

   The CLASSTYPE object contains a 32-bit word PCEP common object header
   defined in [RFC5440] followed by another 32-bit word object body as
   shown in Figure 1.

       0                   1                   2                   3
       0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |                       PCEP common header                      |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |            Reserved                                     | CT  |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

                      Figure 1: CLASSTYPE object format

   The fields in the common object header are processed as specified in
   [RFC5440].  The values of object class and object type are 22 and 1,
   respectively.  If included, the CLASSTYPE object must be taken into
   account by the PCE.  As such, the P flag MUST be set.  The I flag is
   ignored.

   The CLASSTYPE object body contains the following fields:

   CT: 3-bit field that indicates the Class-Type.  Values allowed are 1,
   2, ... , 7.  The value of 0 is Reserved.

   Reserved: 29-bit reserved field.  It MUST be set to zero on
   transmission and MUST be ignored on receipt.

3.2.  Path Computation Request Message with CLASSTYPE Object

   [RFC5440] specifies the order in which objects must be inserted in
   the PCEP messages.  This document specifies that the CLASSTYPE object
   be inserted after the END-POINT objects as shown below:

   The format of a Path Computation Request (PCReq) message is as
   follows:

      <PCReq Message>::= <Common Header>
                         [<SVEC-list>]
                         <request-list>
      where:
         <svec-list>::=<SVEC>[<svec-list>]
         <request-list>::=<request>[<request-list>]
         <request>::= <RP> 
             <END-POINTS>
             [<CLASSTYPE>]
             [<LSPA>]
             [<BANDWIDTH>]
             [<metric-list>]
             [<RRO>[<BANDWIDTH>]]
             [<IRO>]
             [<LOAD-BALANCING>] 
EID 3396 (Verified) is as follows:

Section: 3.2

Original Text:

<request>::= <RP>
             <END-POINTS>
             [<CLASSTYPE>]
             [<LSPA>]
             [<BANDWIDTH>]
             [<metric-list>]
             [<RRO>]
             [<IRO>]
             [<LOAD-BALANCING>]

Corrected Text:

<request>::= <RP>
             <END-POINTS>
             [<CLASSTYPE>]
             [<LSPA>]
             [<BANDWIDTH>]
             [<metric-list>]
             [<RRO>[<BANDWIDTH>]]
             [<IRO>]
             [<LOAD-BALANCING>] 
Notes:
Reoptimization BANDWIDTH object was allowed to appear as BANDWIDTH to RRO in PCReq message in draft-ietfd-pce-pcep-10, which became RFC5440. This change was never reflected in the history of RFC5455.
where: <metric-list>::=<METRIC>[<metric-list>] Note that an implementation MUST form the PCEP messages using the object ordering rules specified using Backus-Naur Form. Please refer to [OBJ-ORD] for more details. 3.3. Processing CLASSTYPE Object If the LSP is associated with Class-Type N (1 <= N <= 7), the PCC originating the PCReq MUST include the CLASSTYPE object in the PCReq message with the Class-Type (CT) field set to N. If a path computation request contains multiple CLASSTYPE objects, only the first one is meaningful; subsequent CLASSTYPE object(s) MUST be ignored and MUST NOT be forwarded. If the CLASSTYPE object is not present in the path computation request message, the LSR MUST associate the Class-Type 0 to the LSP. A path computation reply message MUST NOT include a CLASSTYPE object. If a PCE needs to forward a path computation request containing the CLASSTYPE object to another PCE, it MUST store the Class-Type of the TE LSP in order to complete the path computation when the path computation reply arrives. A PCE that does not recognize the CLASSTYPE object MUST reject the entire PCEP message and MUST send a PCE error message with Error- Type="Unknown Object" or "Not supported object", defined in [RFC5440]. A PCE that recognizes the CLASSTYPE object, but finds that the P flag is not set in the CLASSTYPE object, MUST send PCE error message towards the sender with the error type and error value specified in [RFC5440]. A PCE that recognizes the CLASSTYPE object, but does not support the particular Class-Type, MUST send a PCE error message towards the sender with the error type "Diffserv-aware TE error" and the error value of "Unsupported Class-Type" (Error-value 1). A PCE that recognizes the CLASSTYPE object, but determines that the Class-Type value is not valid (i.e., Class-Type value 0), MUST send a PCE error towards the sender with the error type "Diffserv-aware TE error" and an error value of "Invalid Class-Type" (Error-value 2). 3.4. Determination of Traffic Engineering Class (TE-Class) As specified in RFC 4124, a CT and a preemption priority map to a Traffic Engineering Class (TE-class), and there can be up to 8 TE-classes. The TE-class value is used to determine the unreserved bandwidth on the links during path computation. In the case of a PCE, the CT value carried in the CLASSTYPE object and the setup priority in the LSP Attribute (LSPA) object are used to determine the TE-class corresponding to the path computation request. If the LSPA object is absent, the setup priority is assumed to be 0. 3.5. Significance of Class-Type and TE-Class To ensure coherent DS-TE operation, a PCE and a PCC should have a common understanding of a particular DS-TE Class-Type and TE-class. If a path computation request crosses an Autonomous System (AS) boundary, these should have global significance in all domains. Enforcement of this global significance is outside the scope of this document. 3.6. Error Codes for CLASSTYPE Object This document defines the following error type and values: Error-Type Meaning 12 Diffserv-aware TE error Error-value=1: Unsupported Class-Type Error-value=2: Invalid Class-Type Error-value=3: Class-Type and setup priority do not form a configured TE-class 4. Security Considerations This document does not introduce new security issues. The security considerations pertaining to PCEP [RFC5440] remain relevant. 5. IANA Considerations IANA maintains a registry of parameters for PCEP. This contains a sub-registry for PCEP objects. IANA has made allocations from this registry as follows: Object-Class Name Reference 22 CLASSTYPE RFC 5455 Object-Type 1: Class-Type RFC 5455 IANA has allocated error types and values as follows: Error-Type Meaning Reference 12 Diffserv-aware TE error RFC 5455 Error-value = 1: RFC 5455 Unsupported Class-Type Error-value = 2: RFC 5455 Invalid Class-Type Error-value = 3: RFC 5455 Class-Type and setup priority do not form a configured TE-class 6. Acknowledgments The authors would like to thank Jean Philippe Vasseur, Adrian Farrel, and Zafar Ali for their valuable comments. 7. References 7.1. Normative References [RFC2119] Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, March 1997. [RFC4124] Le Faucheur, F., Ed., "Protocol Extensions for Support of Diffserv-aware MPLS Traffic Engineering", RFC 4124, June 2005. [RFC5440] Vasseur, JP., Ed., and JL. Le Roux, Ed., "Path Computation Element (PCE) Communication Protocol (PCEP)", RFC 5440, March 2009. 7.2. Informative References [RFC4657] Ash, J., Ed., and J. Le Roux, Ed., "Path Computation Element (PCE) Communication Protocol Generic Requirements", RFC 4657, September 2006. [RFC3564] Le Faucheur, F. and W. Lai, "Requirements for Support of Differentiated Services-aware MPLS Traffic Engineering", RFC 3564, July 2003. [OBJ-ORD] Farrel, A., "Reduced Backus-Naur Form (RBNF) A Syntax Used in Various Protocol Specifications", Work in Progress, November 2008. Authors' Addresses Siva Sivabalan (editor) Cisco Systems, Inc. 2000 Innovation Drive Kanata, Ontario, K2K 3E8 Canada EMail: msiva@cisco.com Jon Parker Cisco Systems, Inc. 2000 Innovation Drive Kanata, Ontario, K2K 3E8 Canada EMail: jdparker@cisco.com Sami Boutros Cisco Systems, Inc. 3750 Cisco Way San Jose, California 95134 USA EMail: sboutros@cisco.com Kenji Kumaki KDDI R&D Laboratories, Inc. 2-1-15 Ohara Fujimino Saitama 356-8502, JAPAN EMail: ke-kumaki@kddi.com