[mpls] Tsvart last call review of draft-ietf-mpls-lsp-ping-lag-multipath-05

Joerg Ott <jo@acm.org> Tue, 11 December 2018 20:44 UTC

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Reviewer: Joerg Ott
Review result: Ready with Nits

This document has been reviewed as part of the transport area review team's
ongoing effort to review key IETF documents. These comments were written
primarily for the transport area directors, but are copied to the document's
authors and WG to allow them to address any issues raised and also to the IETF
discussion list for information.

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I have reviewed draft-ietf-mpls-lsp-ping-lag-multipath-05.  It defines a set of
TLVs to extend the MPLS LSP Ping request and response packets to support
debugging L2 multipath connectivity.  Looking at the fact that this document
only defines additional fields for extending an existing mechanism, there are
no direct transport issues.  However, some may arise in conjunction with the
base documents this one is extending.  I am careful here as I have not followed
the MPLS work and reading up on all the documents would not been possible.
Therefore, I am phrasing my observations as observations and questions:

1. With the potentially substantial stacking of TLVs, I am wondering how large
   packets can get, especially if numerous links might constitute a LAG and all
   of those are extensively described.  It may be useful to provide the reader 
   with some intuition.   There are many useful examples in the document, but
   they all refer to individual fields.  A complete packet could be helpful.

2. I assume the MPLS LSP Ping mechanism specifies a packet pacing
   rules. Would those need refinement for multipath probing as all echo
   request packets may traverse a common path as a burst on their way
   to a load balancing router.  The same would hold for returning the

Irrespective of this transport review, the beginning of section 2 points to
RFC 8029 section 3.3, which is a pointer to a deprecated Annex. Even if just
informal, the reader should probably not be expected to know the details
of deprecated technologies.

p9, 2nd para "A LAG member may also..." should probably be MAY.
p11, section 5, 1st line: "to constructs" -> "to construct"
p13, 1st line: additional logics -> additional logic