Re: [Idr] ietf-104 responding to Rüdiger's comment about bfd strict mode

Jeffrey Haas <> Thu, 28 March 2019 15:52 UTC

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On Thu, Mar 28, 2019 at 04:36:49PM +0100, Robert Raszuk wrote:
> Yes clarification of the scope is needed.
> But my broader point also was to clarify which operational model fits best
> to different scenarios.

While I agree it's a useful discussion, either in IDR or BFD, it's partially
orthogonal here.

The draft is not about whether we should run BFD.  The draft is about when
we run BFD how we should behave to do the Right Thing and interoperate.

> We have clearny two options:
> * keeping up/down of bgp session on say loosy links

In some cases a religious discussion.  There are scenarios where BGP
stability is more important than whether packets go over a lossy network or

> * extend the notion of valid/invalid next hop in the same env.

Again, a religious discussion.  In environments where nexthop reachability
is intended to be highly reliable, things like rs-bfd nexthop behaviors may
be desirable.  For ibgp, it's generally more preferable to leverage BGP
protecting the underlying IGP.  In cases where there's no IGP, reliability
of connectivity will impact whether you want to do this or not.

-- Jeff