Re: [spring] WG Adoption Call for draft-dong-spring-sr-for-enhanced-vpn

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Hi Robert,

Thanks for your email. Please see some replies inline with [Jie]:

From: spring [] On Behalf Of Robert Raszuk
Sent: Wednesday, January 27, 2021 8:03 PM
To: James Guichard <>
Subject: Re: [spring] WG Adoption Call for draft-dong-spring-sr-for-enhanced-vpn


Before I make a decision on expressing my support or indicate no support I would like to better understand what resource reservation is being discussed here.

[Jie] The resource reservation here refers to the data plane resources reserved for different virtual transport networks.

draft-ietf-spring-resource-aware-segments-01 also talks about "reservations" yet lacks clarity what those reservations will actually be. It provides analogy to MPLS-TE, but at least those who build MPLS-TE products are aware MPLS-TE or even MPLS GB-TE does not provide any data plane reservations. All both do is to provide control plane resource bookings.

[Jie] Agree that with MPLS-TE the reservation could just happen in the control plane and does not have to be in the data plane. draft-ietf-spring-resource-aware-segments-01 also mentions the inefficiency of the controller based resource management with existing SR in some scenarios, thus both the resource-aware-segments draft and this draft are talking about data plane resource reservation.

So fundamentally does draft-ietf-spring-resource-aware-segments-01 and this draft in question also are trying to now map SIDs to control plane resource bookings ? Note fundamentally in all above cases it only works when all traffic in yr network is actually using such reservations as otherwise unaccounted traffic will destroy the game completely for those who think we see green light we are good to go. That is also why for real TE it is/was critical in MPLS-TE to provide such engineering for all of your ingress-egress macro flows.

[Jie] As explained above, the idea is to associate different SIDs with different sets of data plane resources reserved in the network, so that traffic encapsulated with different SIDs will be steered into different set of data plane resources. This way the unaccounted traffic in your example will only be allowed to occupy the set of resources which are associated with the SIDs carried in the packet. Thus the mechanism could work without per-flow engineering.

Even then if you start to run other traffic on the same links ... say multicast or control plane storms of any sort - again all of your assumed reservations are immediately becoming unnecessary complexity with zero benefits.

[Jie] Similarly, based on the above mechanism, the impact of multicast or control plane storms can also be limited to a subset of data plane resources. This is the benefit of the data plane resource reservation.

So with that let's make sure we understand what is being proposed here.

Btw if someone has a pointer to discussion about  spring-resource-aware-segments it would be great too. My few years of email history does not return much. Maybe the draft got renamed during publishing as SPRING WG item.

[Jie] The history is, draft-ietf-spring-resource-aware-segments was part of draft-dong-spring-sr-for-enhanced-vpn. After the first the adoption poll on this document last year, based on the received comments and the chairs’ suggestion, it was split out as a general enhancement to SR, and the rest part of draft-dong-spring-sr-for-enhanced-vpn continues as an application of the resource-aware segments.

Hope the above helps to provide some background information.

Best regards,


On Wed, Jan 27, 2021 at 12:46 PM James Guichard <<>> wrote:
Dear WG:

This message starts a 2 week WG adoption call for ending February 10th 2021.

After review of the document please indicate support (or not) for WG adoption to the mailing list and if you are willing to work on the document, please state this explicitly. This gives the chairs an indication of the energy level of people in the working group willing to work on this document. Please also provide comments/reasons for your support (or lack thereof) as this is a stronger way to indicate your (non) support as this is not a vote.


Jim, Bruno & Joel

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