[Time] Control Protocol Functionality or OAM function

Qin Wu <bill.wu@huawei.com> Wed, 25 June 2014 09:07 UTC

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From: Qin Wu <bill.wu@huawei.com>
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Sometimes I am confused when we talk about Control Protocol Functionality in the data plane OAM.
Do we have control plane OAM protocol, Can BFD, LSP Ping, ICMP be viewed as control plane OAM?

It looks to me there is no control plane OAM protocol such thing, although BFD defines control packet,
I think it is still a data plane OAM protocol.

The control protocol functionality in the data plane OAM is, in my opinion,
referred to various OAM functions(e.g.,Ping, Traceroute) implemented by OAM protocols.
OAM tools can use control-plane functions in the control plane, e.g., to initialize OAM sessions and to
exchange various parameters.  But such control plane functions are not strictly OAM related.

But we do need to distinct OAM protocol like BFD from OAM information being put into data packet header or data packet payload?
Can the latter be regarded as OAM protocol as well or data plane OAM protocol? Do we need to define the new term "control plane OAM"
Is there anybody like to clarify this?