IP fast reroute with remote Loop-Free Alternates: The unit link cost case

Levente Csikor, Gabor Retvari
2012 2012 IV International Congress on Ultra Modern Telecommunications and Control Systems  
Up to not so long ago, Loop-Free Alternates (LFA) was the only viable option for providing fast protection in pure IP and MPLS/LDP networks. Unfortunately, LFA cannot provide protection for all possible failure cases in general. Recently, the IETF has initiated the Remote Loop-Free Alternates (rLFA) technique, as a simple extension to LFA, to boost the fraction of failure cases covered by fast protection. Before further standardization and deployment, however, it is crucial to determine to what
more » ... extent rLFA can improve the level of protection in a general IP network, as well as to find optimization methods to tweak a network for 100% rLFA coverage. In this paper, we take the first steps towards this goal by solving these problems in the special, but practically relevant, case when each network link is of unit cost. We also provide preliminary numerical evaluations conducted on real IP network topologies, which suggest that rLFA significantly improves the level of protection, and most networks need only 2 − 3 new links to be added to attain 100% failure case coverage.
doi:10.1109/icumt.2012.6459750 dblp:conf/icumt/CsikorR12 fatcat:gujjezr56zbv7fsvhkl46qn5lm