Re: [Idr] New Draft Notification draft-dickson-idr-last-resort

Olivier Bonaventure <> Thu, 12 June 2008 18:43 UTC

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Subject: Re: [Idr] New Draft Notification draft-dickson-idr-last-resort
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> Version -01 of the document has been uploaded, mostly fixing typos, 
> adding/removing appropriate References, and condensing the formatting
> (so as to avoid the mostly-blank pages - thanks Joel.)
> Comments are more than welcome, they are invited. :-)

One problem which is not discussed in the draft is the incremental 
deployment. You propose to change the BGP decision process, which could 
be dangerous as you could have in an AS different BGP decision processes.

Assume that in a given network some routers have been upgraded and 
support LAST_RESSORT, while other have not been upgraded and completely 
ignore it. In this case, you may easily enter in a situation where a 
permanent loop is created between routers that understand LAST_RESSORT 
and routers that do not understand it. I think that a safer approach 
would be to use the second option that you propose, namely to convert 
LAST_RESSORT into an appropriate LOCAL_PREF value when entering an AS.

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