Re: [CCAMP] Objective function draft

Julien Meuric <> Mon, 17 September 2012 13:37 UTC

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Hi George.

Sorry for the late response. You are right: the minutes are not enough 
to trace the full discussion (which we also resumed right after the 
meeting). Let us start by thanking Adrian (as AD? former PCE co-chair? 
author of... ;-) ) for bringing the PCE-associated vocabulary to a 
common understanding.

Actually my concern is sustained by 2 points:

1- The scope of the draft is about giving control of the routing 
objective function to the client node facing a transport layer. I see 
already several existing solution to achieve it:
- a PCEP request from the signaling head node is an option (which is 
associated to the advertisement of the supported objectives in PCEP);
- building IGP adjacencies between client and transport edge nodes 
(a.k.a. "border model") is another one.
In this context, it do not think extending RSVP-TE for this kind of 
application is worth the effort, since the requirement can already be 

2- There are cases when previous options are ruled out of a given 
deployment. I do believe that it is not simply due to protocol 
exclusion, but rather to the fact that the SP wants transport routing 
decisions to remain entirely within the transport network (in order to 
fully leave the routing policy in the hands of people doing the layer 
dimensioning). Thus, I feel this trade-off in path selection tuning is 
rather unlikely to happen and I fear we may be talking about RSVP-TE 
over-engineering here. (That is also why I preferred to consider your 
I-Ds separately during the CCAMP meeting.)

However, my comments are mostly related to the client/transport 
relationship. If the I-D is extended to cover more use cases with wider 
scopes (Adrian has made interesting suggestions), turning the overlay 
interconnection into one among a longer list, then my conclusion may be 



Le 11/09/2012 21:28, George Swallow (swallow) a écrit :
> Julien -
> Reading the CCAMP notes (which capture little of the actual 
> discussion) I see that there may have been a perception in the room 
> that PCE functionality at the UNI-N was assumed (actual or proxy).
> This is not the case. The reason for our draft is that with the UNI, 
> much of the functionality that resides at the headend is moved to the 
> UNI-N. So the UNI-C needs a way to express an objective function even 
> if there is no PCE.
> Operationally it seems burdensome to require a PCEP at the UNI-C and a 
> PCEP at the UNI-N, when all that is being done is enabling the UNI-N 
> to perform what the client would do if it were connected to the 
> network via a normal link.
> Do you still object to the draft?
> Thanks,
> …George