Re: [Isis-wg] Request for WG adoption of draft-xu-isis-mpls-elc-00

Robert Raszuk <> Thu, 05 June 2014 12:25 UTC

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Hi Xu,

Actually let me express an opinion that while for other MPLS
signalling protocols the concept of entropy label as describe in RFC
6790 may be useful I would rather question if the same applies to
segment routing architecture.

Fundamental difference here is that other MPLS signalling protocols
bind labels to FECs. SR on the other hand binds SIDs (which one of the
special case of can be label) to nodes or links. That means that
number of such bindings will naturally be orders of magnitude less in
the SR concept.

That means that perhaps one could really analyze if the tuple ELI + EL
(one or many) is that much needed as opposed to advertise wider range
of SIDs and simply use those in flat layer for loadbalancing reasons ?
Just mapping different flows on ingress to different label from said

Also that not only can accomplish egress node loadbalancing, but also
all via nodes will have no problem with such input to a hash function
regardless if they are SR capable or not ?

Maybe rather then copying all fixes of MPLS original architecture to
SR its better to adjust SR architecture to at least not repeat the
same mistakes we have already made in the past ?

Comments ?


On Sat, May 31, 2014 at 10:05 AM, Xuxiaohu <> wrote:
> Hi WG co-chairs,
> This draft ( describes how to advertise the MPLS Entropy Label Capability (ELC) using IS-IS in SPRING networks. Since ( has been adopted as a WG draft, as co-authors of draft-xu-isis-mpls-elc-00, we hope you could consider the WG adoption for this draft as well.
> Best regards,
> Xiaohu (on behalf of all-authors)
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