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This draft is a work item of the Multiprotocol Label Switching Working Group of the IETF.

	Title		: Applicability Statement for Restart Mechanisms for the
                          Label Distribution Protocol
	Author(s)	: A. Farrel
	Filename	: draft-ietf-mpls-ldp-restart-applic-01.txt
	Pages		: 14
	Date		: 2003-6-11
	
Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) systems will be used in core
networks where system downtime must be kept to a minimum. Similarly,
where MPLS is at the network edges (for example, in Provider Edge
routers) system downtime must also be kept as small as possible.
Many MPLS Label Switching Routers (LSRs) may, therefore, exploit
Fault Tolerant (FT) hardware or software to provide high availability
of the core networks.
The details of how FT is achieved for the various components of an
FT LSR, including the switching hardware and the TCP stack are
implementation specific.  How the software module itself chooses to
implement FT for the state created by the Label Distribution Protocol
(LDP) is also implementation specific but there are several issues in
the LDP specification in RFC 3036 'LDP Specification' that make it
difficult to implement an FT LSR using the LDP protocols without some
extensions to those protocols.
Proposals have been made in 'Fault Tolerance for the Label
Distribution Protocol (LDP)' [LDP-FT] and

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