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I-D ACTION:draft-kini-restoration-shared-backup-00.txt



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	Title		: Shared backup Label Switched Path restoration
	Author(s)	: S. Kini, M. Kodialam, T. Lakshman, C. Villamizar
	Filename	: draft-kini-restoration-shared-backup-00.txt
	Pages		: 8
	Date		: 08-Nov-00
	
Traffic engineering using MPLS involves the setting up of label
switched paths (LSP) possibly with explicit routing and with
bandwidth guarantees (for label switched paths). The reliability of
these LSPs can be increased by providing a backup LSP onto which
traffic can be switched upon failure of an element in the path of the
active LSP. Backup LSPs can be routed in a way that bandwidth can be
shared between backup links of more than one active path while still
guaranteeing recoverability for a set of failures. This sharing greatly
increases the network efficiency, thereby increasing the number of LSPs
that can be carried while maintaining guarantees. Algorithms which can
route such recoverable LSPs while using only aggregate network usage 
information are being developed.
This informational draft illustrates the concept of sharing links along
backup paths and examines the requirements from link state
information and the signaling functions.

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