[trill] RFC 8243 on Alternatives for Multilevel Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL)

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Subject: [trill] RFC 8243 on Alternatives for Multilevel Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links (TRILL)
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        RFC 8243

        Title:      Alternatives for Multilevel Transparent Interconnection 
                    of Lots of Links (TRILL) 
        Author:     R. Perlman, 
                    D. Eastlake 3rd,
                    M. Zhang,
                    A. Ghanwani,
                    H. Zhai
        Status:     Informational
        Stream:     IETF
        Date:       September 2017
        Mailbox:    radia@alum.mit.edu, 
        Pages:      29
        Characters: 66920
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:   None

        I-D Tag:    draft-ietf-trill-rbridge-multilevel-07.txt

        URL:        https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc8243

        DOI:        10.17487/RFC8243

Although TRILL is based on IS-IS, which supports multilevel unicast
routing, extending TRILL to multiple levels has challenges that are
not addressed by the already-existing capabilities of IS-IS.  One
issue is with the handling of multi-destination packet distribution
trees.  Other issues are with TRILL switch nicknames.  How are such
nicknames allocated across a multilevel TRILL network?  Do nicknames
need to be unique across an entire multilevel TRILL network?  Or can
they merely be unique within each multilevel area?

This informational document enumerates and examines alternatives
based on a number of factors including backward compatibility,
simplicity, and scalability; it makes recommendations in some cases.

This document is a product of the Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links Working Group of the IETF.

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