Re: [Isis-wg] [Bier] WGLC : draft-ietf-bier-isis-extensions-07.txt

"Les Ginsberg (ginsberg)" <> Fri, 16 February 2018 05:51 UTC

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From: "Les Ginsberg (ginsberg)" <>
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Andrew –

There is no change being considered to the size of the algorithm field for Segment Routing.  That is 8 bits – there are mature SR documents and multiple implementations that use that encoding. There is also the IGP registry defined in an SR document (though not necessarily exclusively for SR use) which defines 8 bit values.

The only thing which is being discussed here is whether BIER should use an 8 bit or 16 bit algorithm field. Also, even if it is decided BIER should use a 16 bit algorithm, it is conceivable that the values defined in the IGP algorithm registry may still be of use to BIER.


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Subject: Re: [Bier] [Isis-wg] WGLC : draft-ietf-bier-isis-extensions-07.txt


Now, there are multiple treads being discussed here under one topic:

- how big should the the field be?
- should there be common registry for all technologies?
- where should it be defined and which WG should standardize it?

To me the first question is totally dependent on the answer to the last two, since the use case pointed out suggests a common registry.

Now there may be different opinions (I believe there are from this exchange) whether we should or should not have a common registry, how complicated would it be and whether it would tax all groups trying to use that. But even before we go there, the basic question has to be answered:
- which WG would own that registry. It is not in a charter of BIER to own it nor it is in a charter of SR nor it is in a charter of ISIS. Do none of them should own and mandate use. We are chartering LSR now - should we add registry for all IGP algorithms, we have routing WG, others?  Would like to hear AD’s opinion. Note that although LSR appears obvious, the algorithms to compute BIER may be controller-based that do bot require LSR (same applies to SR).

- if we do agree to have a common registry, I would assume we all then tax everyone to signal that the same way. That would mean changes to SR and changes to BIER.

This seems a lot. We have implementations of both technologies, so are changes to those warranted or is it too late and we should pursue independent  alg definition and registry as it has been set-up in the existing drafts. And we are talking only of those two but more WG will come and want to define things for them as well.


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On Feb 16, 2018, at 2:51 AM, IJsbrand Wijnands <<>> wrote:
I think its clear from the discussion there are different opinions on the matter on how to make BIER use the BAR field. The reason for me to support 16 bits is that everybody seemed ok go move forward with an 8bits BAR without a registry, a 16bits BAR does not change anything, its just a bigger field. But at least with 16bits, we can split in Type, Value, and support different use-cases. IMO, pointing to whatever the Unicast underlay is providing is the main use-case, but it allows other ways to do things.

One thing is clear, with just 8bits, it will be very hard to reach an agreement what the registry would look like. If we make it 16bits, we know we can solve multiple use-cases. The main question (I think) is whether we document how a 16bit BAR is carved up now, or we defer that to later. And as I said, since everybody seemed ok with 8bit BAR without a registry, I don’t see why its now different for 16bits. It gives us time to workout exactly how to use it and get input from the WGs.

And, of course, the goal is to create a registry for the 16 bits through a new draft!



On 15 Feb 2018, at 18:28, Tony Przygienda <<>> wrote:

On Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 9:20 AM, Greg Shepherd <<>> wrote:
On Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 8:53 AM, Tony Przygienda <<>> wrote:

On Thu, Feb 15, 2018 at 8:38 AM, Greg Shepherd <<>> wrote:
For the record, there is no SR Registry. There is only an IGP Algo Type Registry as defined in draft-ietf-ospr-segment-routing-extensions-24 section 8.5

So is that a good idea, having multiple drafts in flight with fields expecting to have magic couplings to each other while leaving e'thing "unspecified" to "publish RFCs" while we "decide things later"?

That was a pivot, but still; there is no reference, there is no coupling.

Tangental: draft-ietf-ospr-segment-routing-extensions-24 has been around for a while, and the IGP Algo registry will be tied to this draft and it's fate. If anyone is expecting to use this registry outside of the scope of this draft, it would be in their best interest to pull the registry description out into a separate draft.

OK, and I agree that if such a registry is pulled and under a clear charter of mandating multiple technologies within an independent body then a discussion starts to make sense and what the size of that should be given that mandates algorithms over multiple technologies (SR, unicast, mcast, whatever) and implies a "God's eye view" of all the elements of all the technologies (and if a computation touches elements from two technologies they become [optionally] coupled).  We are not talking IGP registry or multicast computation registry or SR registry then but a "wider scope registry". Yes, that is an intriguing thought with its own validity but outside the scope of charter we're under as BIER.  Personally, I consider multiple, if needed loosely coupled registries for each technology a less centralized and hence "more Internet like" solution but I see how opinions on such a thing can diverge ...


--- tony

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