Re: [CCAMP] Poll on ODUFlex-related encoding

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Subject: Re: [CCAMP] Poll on ODUFlex-related encoding
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On 2/4/2013 10:40 AM, Daniele Ceccarelli wrote:
> Hi Lou, all,
> 
> The only reference we need to add is to G.874.1 (April 2011 amendment
> 2) when saying that NEs will use 100ppm tolerance for every signal
> type and that there is no need to signal tolerance any longer.
> 

100ppm tolerance for every signal type, is this right?  Do you mean for
all ODUFlex signal types? (And that now tolerance, i.e., either 20ppm or
100ppm, is implicit in signal type?)

> This needs to be reflected in framework and info model and will be done asap. 
> 

Excellent.

> On the ODUFlex:
> -ODUFlex (GFP) uses the same number of TSs when transported along different HO ODUk links
> -ODUFlex (CBR) uses a bandwidth that is 239/238 times the client bit rate so can occupy different TSs on different HO ODUk link.
> 
> PROPOSED CHANGES FOR SIGNALING
> - Remove the tolerance from the traffic parameters and any reference to the configurability of 20 or 100 PPM

Sounds like you're in sync with Fatai.

> - Both ODUFlex will be signaled using the Bit Rate. 
> 

And this is per the poll closed last week; glad we don't have to revisit.

> PROPOSED CHANGES FOR ROUTING (2 options to be evaluated)
> - Option 1: keep on advertising bit rate for both ODUFlex GFP and CBR
> - Option 2: since Max LSP BW and Unreserved BW are computed for both ODU Flex types as:
> 	Max LSP BW = (# available TS) * (ODTUk.ts nominal bit rate) * (1-HO OPUk bit rate tolerance)

> And given that (ODTUk.ts nominal bit rate) and (1-HO OPUk bit rate
> tolerance) are now understood to be implicit in all cases, it could
> be possible to advertise variable containers unreserved badwidth and
> MAX LSP bandwidth in number of #TS instead of IEEE format bytes/sec.
> 

Do you and your coauthors of (the routing draft) have any
recommendations/preferences?

Does anyone else in the WG have any views they wish to share?

> Hope i'm not forgetting about anything. Please feel free to add/modify.
> 

Much thanks,
Lou

> BR
> Daniele
> 
> 
>  
> 
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: ccamp-bounces@ietf.org [mailto:ccamp-bounces@ietf.org] 
>> On Behalf Of Lou Berger
>> Sent: lunedì 4 febbraio 2013 14.31
>> To: Fatai Zhang
>> Cc: CCAMP; draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-ospf-g709v3@tools.ietf.org; 
>> draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-signaling-g709v3@tools.ietf.org
>> Subject: Re: [CCAMP] Poll on ODUFlex-related encoding
>>
>> Fatai, Authors,
>>
>> On 2/1/2013 8:31 PM, Fatai Zhang wrote:
>>> Hi Lou and all,
>>>
>>> As we discussed with ITU-T experts (You can also see more about 
>>> "Question on G.709 ODUflex (CBR)" in Q11), tolerance is not 
>> needed in 
>>> the signaling as it is now fixed for all ODUk, including 
>> ODUflex(CBR), 
>>> ie., network elements will always use 100 ppm tolerance.
>>>
>>
>> Can someone summarize the new information, and appropriate 
>> references, for the WG? (ITU-T lists and prepublication 
>> versions of specifications are not available to all IETF participants.)
>>
>> It also sounds like a couple of corresponding (minor) updates 
>> are needed in g709-framework and g709-info-model.
>>
>>> I will remove Tolerance field and modify the text accordingly.
>>>
>>
>> Can you send the proposed changes to the list, prior to 
>> rev'ing the draft, to ensure all are in agreement on the changes?
>>
>> Much thanks,
>> Lou
>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Best Regards
>>>
>>> Fatai
>>>
>>>
>>> -----Original Message-----
>>> From: ccamp-bounces@ietf.org [mailto:ccamp-bounces@ietf.org] 
>> On Behalf 
>>> Of Lou Berger
>>> Sent: Saturday, February 02, 2013 12:07 AM
>>> To: CCAMP
>>> Cc: draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-ospf-g709v3@tools.ietf.org; 
>>> draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-signaling-g709v3@tools.ietf.org
>>> Subject: Re: [CCAMP] Poll on ODUFlex-related encoding
>>>
>>> All,
>>>
>>> I like to close this poll. It looks like there is solid consensus 
>>> behind option 2. i.e., (a) use a new c-type for OTN-TDM SENDER_TSPEC 
>>> and OTN-TDM FLOWSPEC, and (b) encode ODUflex consistently as an IEEE 
>>> single-precision floating-point number.
>>>
>>> I also understand that there has been some discussion this 
>> week among 
>>> ITU-T participants regarding tolerance as specified in the current 
>>> version of G.874.1.  I'd like to ask that the authors of the G.709 
>>> documents to discuss this and propose any desired document 
>> changes to 
>>> the WG via the list -- hopefully next week.
>>>
>>> Much thanks,
>>> Lou
>>>
>>> On 1/28/2013 3:25 PM, Lou Berger wrote:
>>>> All,
>>>> 	We would like to try to close the discussion on the 
>> G.709 drafts so 
>>>> that we can move rapidly towards publication request.  The 
>> discussion 
>>>> of (one of my) LC comments has resulted in several options for the 
>>>> signaling ODU-related traffic parameters, and the point has been 
>>>> raised that realigning routing with signaling should be discussed.
>>>>
>>>> Please keep in mind that the objective of any PS is 
>> interoperability, 
>>>> and that there may be early implementations that match g709v3-04.
>>>>
>>>> The basic question is one of if N, the number of time slots 
>> needed to 
>>>> support a ODUflex(GFP) signal, should be carried as a 
>> calculated IEEE
>>>> floating point number or directly.   Options 1 and 2 below 
>> reflect the
>>>> former, options 3 and 4 match the latter.  It is worth noting that 
>>>> only options 1 and 2 are proposed for ODUflex(GFP), i.e., N must be 
>>>> calculated for ODUflex(CBR) signal types with all options.
>>>>
>>>> Please state your support for one the options and, if you wish, the 
>>>> justification for your position:
>>>>
>>>> 1) Follow draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-signaling-g709v3-04
>>>>    i.e., redefine [RFC4328] Traffic Parameters c-type when used with
>>>>    OTN-TDM labels. ODUflex(GFP) number of tributary slots (N) is
>>>>    encoded as:
>>>>
>>>>    ... the Bit_Rate field for ODUflex(GFP) MUST
>>>>    equal to one of the 80 values listed below:
>>>>
>>>>        1 * ODU2.ts; 2 * ODU2.ts; ...; 8 * ODU2.ts;
>>>>        9 * ODU3.ts; 10 * ODU3.ts, ...; 32 * ODU3.ts;
>>>>        33 * ODU4.ts; 34 * ODU4.ts; ...; 80 * ODU4.ts.
>>>>
>>>> 2) Follow draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-signaling-g709v3-05
>>>>    i.e., use a new C-type for OTN-TDM labels.  Encoding details
>>>>    unchanged from g709v3-04.
>>>>    (This option addresses the issue of the same c-type needing to
>>>>     be parsed based on label/switching type.)
>>>>
>>>> 3) Follow draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-signaling-g709v3-06
>>>>    i.e.,  use a new C-type for OTN-TDM labels. N is directly carried
>>>>    for ODUflex(GFP) only.
>>>>
>>>> 4) Discussed, but not in any draft
>>>>    Use draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-signaling-g709v3-04 encoding for all
>>>>    but ODUflex(GFP), and define new ODUflex(GFP) specific Traffic
>>>>    Parameters based on g709v3-06, presumably with unused fields
>>>>    removed.
>>>>    (This also addresses the issue of the same c-type needing to be
>>>>     parsed based on label type, but means there are different types
>>>>     based on signal type.)
>>>>
>>>> Option 1 and 2 do not imply any changes to routing, while options 3 
>>>> and
>>>> 4 may.  Routing implications will be discussed based on the results 
>>>> of this poll, and only if there is consensus to support 
>> positions 3 or 4.
>>>>
>>>> We hope to make a consensus call by the end of the week, but will 
>>>> continue the discussion as needed.
>>>>
>>>> Much thanks,
>>>> Lou (and Deborah)
>>>>
>>>> On 1/28/2013 5:08 AM, Daniele Ceccarelli wrote:
>>>>>  All,
>>>>>
>>>>> I think the changes proposed are meaningful and would 
>> support them in an individual or early WG draft, but they 
>> don't seem to provide significative advantages to risk 
>> interworking issues with early implementations.
>>>>> Moreover the changes don't allow us getting totally rid of 
>> of the bit_rate field as it is still needed for ODUflex (CBR).
>>>>>
>>>>> My 2c
>>>>> Daniele
>>>>>
>>>>>
>>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>>> From: Zafar Ali (zali) [mailto:zali@cisco.com]
>>>>>> Sent: lunedì 28 gennaio 2013 4.47
>>>>>> To: Lou Berger
>>>>>> Cc: Gruman, Fred; Fatai Zhang; Daniele Ceccarelli; CCAMP; 
>>>>>> draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-signaling-g709v3@tools.ietf.org
>>>>>> Subject: Re: [CCAMP] WG Last Call comments on
>>>>>> draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-signaling-g709v3-04
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Hi Lou-
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Please see in-line.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Thanks
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Regards...Zafar
>>>>>>
>>>>>> On 1/27/13 9:46 PM, "Lou Berger" <lberger@labn.net> wrote:
>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Zafar,
>>>>>>> 	Is your comment with respect to just routing or both
>>>>>> signaling and
>>>>>>> routing?
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Both, including consistency between signaling and routing 
>> attributes.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Also, when you say "implementations based on draft versions",
>>>>>> do these
>>>>>>> implementations include support for ODUflex?  (Which has really 
>>>>>>> been the focus of the discussion.)
>>>>>>
>>>>>> Yes, I was referring to ODUFlex. As you know, fixed ODU 
>> is signaled 
>>>>>> via level (0 BW) so its not an issue.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> BTW I took Fred's comments as related to just the new
>>>>>> OTN-specific ISCD
>>>>>>> definitions (section 4.1.2 of ospf-g709v3-05, in particular).  
>>>>>>> Note that section 4.1.1 already carries N (number of ODUs) not
>>>>>> IEEE floating
>>>>>>> point representations of available bandwidth.
>>>>>>
>>>>>> What I meant is Unreserved Bandwidth at priority x and Max LSP 
>>>>>> Bandwidth at priority x.
>>>>>>
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> Much thanks,
>>>>>>> Lou
>>>>>>>
>>>>>>> On 1/27/2013 7:46 PM, Zafar Ali (zali) wrote:
>>>>>>>> All-
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> This impacts existing implementations based on draft versions 
>>>>>>>> (and hence interop with these implementations moving forward).
>>>>>> IMO this is
>>>>>>>> a bigger change for us to assume at the last call stage. 
>>>>>> Furthermore
>>>>>>>> we have been using IEEE floating point format for Unreserved 
>>>>>>>> Bandwidth/ Max LSP BW in IEEE floating point format for other 
>>>>>>>> technologies. Overall, I think this change suffers from the
>>>>>> "law of diminishing returns".
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Thanks
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> Regards Š Zafar
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>> On 1/27/13 10:28 AM, "Gruman, Fred" 
>>>>>> <fred.gruman@us.fujitsu.com> wrote:
>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Hi Lou, Fatai, Daniele,
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> I understand the latest change to the way bandwidth is
>>>>>> signaled for
>>>>>>>>> ODUflex(GFP), i.e., signaling the number of tributary slots
>>>>>> N instead
>>>>>>>>> of  the bandwidth rate in bps.  I believe that this simplifies 
>>>>>>>>> the signaling  and interoperability so I'm in agreement with
>>>>>> this change.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> However, it seems we are now inconsistent between how we
>>>>>> represent
>>>>>>>>> bandwidth in routing and signaling for ODUflex(GFP).  Routing 
>>>>>>>>> advertises  the bandwidth using a floating point 
>> representation 
>>>>>>>>> of bandwidth, while  signaling is using the number of 
>> tributary slots.
>>>>>>>>> It seems the same  benefits would be obtained by
>>>>>> advertising the max
>>>>>>>>> LSP bandwidth and  unreserved bandwidth for ODUflex(GFP) in
>>>>>> terms of
>>>>>>>>> the number of tributary  slots.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Fred
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>>>>>> From: ccamp-bounces@ietf.org 
>> [mailto:ccamp-bounces@ietf.org] On 
>>>>>>>>> Behalf Of  Lou Berger
>>>>>>>>> Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 9:08 AM
>>>>>>>>> To: Fatai Zhang
>>>>>>>>> Cc: CCAMP; 
>>>>>>>>> draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-signaling-g709v3@tools.ietf.org
>>>>>>>>> Subject: Re: [CCAMP] WG Last Call comments on
>>>>>>>>> draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-signaling-g709v3-04
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Fatai,
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> On 1/23/2013 6:49 AM, Fatai Zhang wrote:
>>>>>>>>>> Hi Lou,
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> For ODUflex(CBR), the formula is from [G.709-2012] and it
>>>>>> has been
>>>>>>>>>> discussed before, so please trust that there is no
>>>>>> opportunity for
>>>>>>>>>> misinterpretation. (Note that there are two cases, one is
>>>>>>>>>> ODUflex(CBR) and another one is ODUflex(GFP)).
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> In addtion, ODUflex cannot be concatenated by [G.709-2012].
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Thanks for confirming my understanding.  This raises the
>>>>>> question of
>>>>>>>>> if the new traffic should just apply to ODUFlex?  Correct
>>>>>> me if I'm
>>>>>>>>> wrong, but I believe the [RFC4328] is sufficient in all
>>>>>> other cases.  
>>>>>>>>> This may also make it easier for early implementations of
>>>>>> the draft
>>>>>>>>> as then they can limit code changes from the (-03) rev to
>>>>>> only ODUflex LSPs.
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Just to be clear, I'm really just *asking* about this.  As I 
>>>>>>>>> said before, I'm open on specifics...
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Any thoughts/comments? Authors?  Implementors?
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>>>>>> Lou
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> I will issue a new version tomorrow to capture all 
>> your comments.
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> Best Regards
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> Fatai
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>>>>>>> From: Lou Berger [mailto:lberger@labn.net]
>>>>>>>>>> Sent: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 2:11 AM
>>>>>>>>>> To: Fatai Zhang
>>>>>>>>>> Cc: CCAMP; 
>>>>>>>>>> draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-signaling-g709v3@tools.ietf.org
>>>>>>>>>> Subject: Re: [CCAMP] WG Last Call comments on
>>>>>>>>>> draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-signaling-g709v3-04
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> Fatai,
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> On 1/20/2013 9:43 PM, Fatai Zhang wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>> Hi Lou,
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> You said:
>>>>>>>>>>>> but you're says encoded as (N*Nominal Rate) right? 
>> Wat's the 
>>>>>>>>>>>> value of  this vs just carrying N?
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> [Fatai] The original way (in version 04&05) is putting
>>>>>> (N* Nominal
>>>>>>>>>>> Rate) in "Bit_Rate" field for ODUflex(GFP), the 
>> value is that 
>>>>>>>>>>> we can generalize to just use one single "Bit_Rate" field to 
>>>>>>>>>>> carry IEEE float number for both cases, it seems that you
>>>>>> don't agree on
>>>>>>>>>>> this value, :-)
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> I've seen differences in calculated floating point 
>> values from 
>>>>>>>>>> different  implementations, so I just want to ensure that
>>>>>> such cases
>>>>>>>>>> are avoided.
>>>>>>>>>> I'm open to specific solutions and certainly will 
>> deffer on the 
>>>>>>>>>> specifics assuming there is no opportunity for 
>>>>>>>>>> misinterpretation/interop  issues. I don't think the
>>>>>> original passed
>>>>>>>>>> this threshold, i.e.,:
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>          N = Ceiling of
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>    ODUflex(CBR) nominal bit rate * (1 + ODUflex(CBR) bit rate
>>>>>>>>>> tolerance)
>>>>>>>>>>    
>>>>>>>>>> -----------------------------------------------------------
>>>>>> ----------
>>>>>>>>>>        ODTUk.ts nominal bit rate * (1 - HO OPUk bit rate
>>>>>> tolerance)
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> . Therefore, I (was) am saying that I am going to 
>> accept your 
>>>>>>>>>>> suggestion to carry N for ODUflex(GFP). We are
>>>>>> discussing where to
>>>>>>>>>>> put N for ODUflex(GFP).
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> You said:
>>>>>>>>>>>> bits in the control plane are generally cheap, IMO it's
>>>>>> better to
>>>>>>>>>>>> have simpler encoding than to optimize every bit (or 8 in 
>>>>>>>>>>>> this case).
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> [Fatai] OK, I will add a new field (to occupy the reserved 
>>>>>>>>>>> bits) to carry N.
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> As you see fit.
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> Just to clarify my understanding, ODUflex and Virtual
>>>>>> concatenation
>>>>>>>>>> can  never be combined for the same signal type/level, right? 
>>>>>>>>>> (Although an  ODUflex client signal could be carried over
>>>>>> a virtual
>>>>>>>>>> concatenated  ODUk).  Is this correct or did I miss something 
>>>>>>>>>> in G709?
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>> Thanks,
>>>>>>>>>> Lou
>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> Best Regards
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> Fatai
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> -----Original Message-----
>>>>>>>>>>> From: Lou Berger [mailto:lberger@labn.net]
>>>>>>>>>>> Sent: Friday, January 18, 2013 1:42 AM
>>>>>>>>>>> To: Fatai Zhang
>>>>>>>>>>> Cc: CCAMP; 
>>>>>>>>>>> draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-signaling-g709v3@tools.ietf.org
>>>>>>>>>>> Subject: Re: [CCAMP] WG Last Call comments on
>>>>>>>>>>> draft-ietf-ccamp-gmpls-signaling-g709v3-04
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> On 1/15/2013 10:16 PM, Fatai Zhang wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>>> Hi Lou,
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> To avoid misunderstanding, I would like to clarify more on 
>>>>>>>>>>>> the following point.
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> It is better to have consistent format and the same 
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> meaning of one
>>>>>>>>>>> field for both ODUflex(CBR) and GFP. This is why we have 
>>>>>>>>>>> section
>>>>>>>>>>> 5.1
>>>>>>>>>>> &5.2 to describe the complex stuff.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I actually wasn't suggesting that N be carried in
>>>>>> the bit rate
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> field.
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> The bit rate field can either be set as described or to 
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> zero (i.e.,  ignored).  At the time, I was thinking about
>>>>>> carrying N
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> in the  reserved  field. But perhaps the right place
>>>>>> is MT, if
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> my understanding is  right  (would always be 1
>>>>>> otherwise). I'm
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> open to either...
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> [Fatai] Why not just use "bit rate"field to carry
>>>>>> "N"because "N"
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> implies bit rate?  I am OK if you like to use a new
>>>>>> filed (like
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> "TS
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Number") to occupy the reserved field even though
>>>>>> that I prefer
>>>>>>>>>>>>>> the  original approach (ie., use "bit rate"field 
>> to carry "N").
>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>> Are you proposing dropping carrying bit rates
>>>>>> represented as an
>>>>>>>>>>>>> IEEE  floating point and just carrying N for ODUflex? 
>>>>>> This seems
>>>>>>>>>>>>> workable  to  me, but we should ensure that there are no 
>>>>>>>>>>>>> significant objections.
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> [Fatai] There are two usages for " Bit_Rate " field as
>>>>>> described
>>>>>>>>>>>> in the lines 287-310.
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> (1)    For ODUflex(CBR), the Bit_Rate field indicates 
>>>>>> the nominal
>>>>>>>>>>>> bit
>>>>>>>>>>>> rate of ODUflex(CBR) expressed in bytes per second,
>>>>>> encoded as a
>>>>>>>>>>>> 32-bit  IEEE single precision floating-point 
>> number. For this 
>>>>>>>>>>>> case, we MUST  use  32-bit IEEE floating point instead of 
>>>>>>>>>>>> "N"(Please see more in section  5.1).
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> I guess you really still need (to be based on) the client 
>>>>>>>>>>> signal rate at the edges.
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> (2)    For ODUflex(GFP), we can change the text (the 
>>>>>> lines from 305
>>>>>>>>>>>> to
>>>>>>>>>>>> 310) based on your suggestion, ie., the Bit_Rate field
>>>>>> is used to
>>>>>>>>>>>> carry  "N"to indicate the nominal bit rate of the  
>> ODUflex(GFP).
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> but you're says encoded as (N*Nominal Rate) right?  
>> Wat's the 
>>>>>>>>>>> value of  this vs just carrying N?
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> Therefore, I am proposing using one single filed ("Bit_Rate 
>>>>>>>>>>>> ") for these two cases, in this way, we can leave 
>> the "Reserved"
>>>>>>>>>>>> bits for future.
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> bits in the control plane are generally cheap, IMO it's
>>>>>> better to
>>>>>>>>>>> have  simpler encoding than to optimize every bit (or 8 in 
>>>>>>>>>>> this case).
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>> Lou
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> Hope we are now at the same page.
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> Best Regards
>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>> Fatai
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>
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