RFC 7311 on The Accumulated IGP Metric Attribute for BGP

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A new Request for Comments is now available in online RFC libraries.

        RFC 7311

        Title:      The Accumulated IGP Metric Attribute 
                    for BGP 
        Author:     P. Mohapatra, R. Fernando,
                    E. Rosen, J. Uttaro
        Status:     Standards Track
        Stream:     IETF
        Date:       August 2014
        Mailbox:    mpradosh@yahoo.com, 
        Pages:      15
        Characters: 32615
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:   None

        I-D Tag:    draft-ietf-idr-aigp-18.txt

        URL:        https://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc7311.txt

Routing protocols that have been designed to run within a single
administrative domain (IGPs) generally do so by assigning a metric
to each link and then choosing, as the installed path between two
nodes, the path for which the total distance (sum of the metric of
each link along the path) is minimized.  BGP, designed to provide
routing over a large number of independent administrative domains
(autonomous systems), does not make its path-selection decisions
through the use of a metric.  It is generally recognized that any
attempt to do so would incur significant scalability problems as
well as inter-administration coordination problems.  However, there
are deployments in which a single administration runs several
contiguous BGP networks.  In such cases, it can be desirable, within
that single administrative domain, for BGP to select paths based on a
metric, just as an IGP would do.  The purpose of this document is to
provide a specification for doing so.

This document is a product of the Inter-Domain Routing Working Group of the IETF.

This is now a Proposed Standard.

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