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Network Working Group                                      A. Atlas, Ed.
Internet-Draft                                       Avici Systems, Inc.
Expires: August 22, 2005                               February 21, 2005

     Basic Specification for IP Fast-Reroute: Loop-free Alternates

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   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2005).


   This document describes the use of loop-free alternates to provide
   local protection for unicast traffic in pure IP and MPLS/LDP networks
   in the event of a single failure, whether link, node or shared risk
   link group (SRLG).  The goal of this technology is to reduce the
   micro-looping and packet loss that happens while routers converge
   after a topology change due to a failure.  Rapid failure repair is
   achieved through use of precalculated backup next-hops that are
   loop-free and safe to use until the distributed network convergence

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   process completes.

Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
     1.1   Failure Scenarios  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
   2.  Applicability of Described Mechanisms  . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
   3.  Alternate Next-Hop Calculation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
     3.1   Basic Loop-free Condition  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
     3.2   Node-Protecting Alternate Next-Hops  . . . . . . . . . . .  8
     3.3   Broadcast and NBMA Links . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
     3.4   Downstream Alternate Next-Hops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
     3.5   ECMP and Alternates  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
     3.6   Interactions with ISIS Overload, RFC 3137 and Costed
           Out Links  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
     3.7   Selection Procedure  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
   4.  Using an Alternate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
     4.1   Terminating Use of Alternate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
   5.  Requirements on LDP Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
   6.  Routing Aspects  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
     6.1   Multi-Homed Prefixes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
     6.2   OSPF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
       6.2.1   OSPF External Routing  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
     6.3   BGP Next-Hop Synchronization . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
     6.4   Multicast Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
   7.  Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
   8.  References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
       Authors' Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
   A.  OSPF Example Where LFA Based on Local Area Topology is
       Insufficient . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
       Intellectual Property and Copyright Statements . . . . . . . . 23

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1.  Introduction

   Applications for interactive multimedia services such as VoIP and
   pseudo-wires can be very sensitive to traffic loss, such as occurs
   when a link or router in the network fails.  A router's convergence
   time is generally on the order of seconds; the application traffic
   may be sensitive to losses greater than 10s of milliseconds.

   As discussed in [FRAMEWORK], minimizing traffic loss requires a
   mechanism for the router adjacent to a failure to rapidly invoke a
   repair path, which is minimally affected by any subsequent
   re-convergence.  This specification describes such a mechanism which
   allows a router whose local link has failed to forward traffic to a
   pre-computed alternate until the router installs the new primary
   next-hops based upon the changed network topology.  The terminology
   used in this specification is given in [FRAMEWORK].  The described
   mechanism assumes that routing in the network is performed using a
   link-state routing protocol-- OSPF[RFC2328] or ISIS

   When a local link fails, a router currently must signal the event to
   its neighbors via the IGP, recompute new primary next-hops for all
   affected prefixes, and only then install those new primary next-hops
   into the forwarding plane.  Until the new primary next-hops are
   installed, traffic directed towards the affected prefixes is
   discarded.  This process can take seconds.

                        /------|  S  |--\
                       /       +-----+   \
                      / 5               8 \
                     /                     \
                   +-----+                +-----+
                   |  E  |                | N_1 |
                   +-----+                +-----+
                      \                     /
                  \    \  4              3 /  /
                   \|   \                 / |/
                   -+    \    +-----+    /  +-
                          \---|  D  |---/

                        Figure 1: Basic Topology

   The goal of IP Fast-Reroute is to reduce failure reaction time to 10s
   of milliseconds by using a pre-computed alternate next-hop, in the
   event that the currently selected primary next-hop fails, so that the

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   alternate can be rapidly used when the failure is detected.  A
   network with this feature experiences less traffic loss and less
   micro-looping of packets than a network without IPFRR.  There are
   cases where micro-looping is still a possibility since IPFRR coverage
   varies but in the worst possible situation a network with IPFRR is
   equivalent with respect traffic convergence to a network without

   To clarify the behavior of IP Fast-Reroute, consider the simple
   topology in Figure 1.  When router S computes its shortest path to
   router D, router S determines to use the link to router E as its
   primary next-hop.  Without IP Fast-Reroute, that link is the only
   next-hop that router S computes to reach D.  With IP Fast-Reroute, S
   also looks for an alternate next-hop to use.  In this example, S
   would determine that it could send traffic destined to D by using the
   link to router N_1 and therefore S would install the link to N_1 as
   its alternate next-hop.  At some later time, the link between router
   S and router E could fail.  When that link fails, S and E will be the
   first to detect it.  On detecting the failure, S will stop sending
   traffic destined for D towards E via the failed link, and instead
   send the traffic to S's pre-computed alternate next-hop, which is the
   link to N_1, until a new SPF is run and its results are installed.
   As with the primary next-hop, an alternate next-hop is computed for
   each destination.  The process of computing an alternate next-hop
   does not alter the primary next-hop computed via a standard SPF.

   If in the example of Figure 1, the link cost from N_1 to D increased
   to 30 from 3, then N_1 would not be a loop-free alternate, because
   the cost of the path from N_1 to D via S would be 17 while the cost
   from N_1 directly to D would be 30.  In real networks, we may often
   face this situation.  The existence of a suitable loop-free alternate
   next-hop is topology dependent.

   A neighbor N can provide a loop-free alternate (LFA) if and only if

        Distance_opt(N, D) < Distance_opt(N, S) + Distance_opt(S, D)

                    Equation 1: Loop-Free Criterion

   A sub-set of loop-free alternate are downstream paths which must meet
   the more restrictive condition of

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                 Distance_opt(N, D) < Distance_opt(S, D)

                 Equation 2: Downstream Path Criterion

1.1  Failure Scenarios

   The alternate next-hop can protect against a single link failure, a
   single node failure, one or more shared risk link group failure, or a
   combination of these.  Whenever a failure occurs that is more
   extensive than what the alternate was intended to protect, there is
   the possibility of looping traffic.  The example where a node fails
   when the alternate provided only link protection is illustrated
   below.  If unexpected simultaneous failures occur, then micro-looping
   may occur since the alternates are not pre-computed to avoid the set
   of failed links.

   If only link protection is provided and the node fails, it is
   possible for traffic using the alternates to experience
   micro-looping.  This issue is illustrated in Figure 2.  If Link(S->E)
   fails, then the link-protecting alternate via N will work correctly.
   However, if router E fails, then both S and N will detect a failure
   and switch to their alternates.  In this example, that would cause S
   to redirect the traffic to N and N to redirect the traffic to S and
   thus causing a forwarding loop.  Such a scenario can arise because
   the key assumption, that all other routers in the network are
   forwarding based upon the shortest path, is violated because of a
   second simultaneous correlated failure - another link connected to
   the same primary neighbor.  If there are not other protection
   mechanisms a node failure is still a concern when only using link

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                    +-----+       +-----+
                    |  S  |-------|  N  |
                    +-+---+   5   +-----+
                      |              |
                      | 5          4 |  |
                   |  |              | \|/
                  \|/ |              |
                      |    +-----+   |
                      +----|  E  |---+
                              | 10
                           |  D  |

   Figure 2: Link-Protecting Alternates Causing Loop on Node Failure

   Micro-looping of traffic via the alternates caused when a more
   extensive failure than planned for can be prevented via selection of
   only downstream paths as alternates.  In Figure 2, S would be able to
   use N as an alternate, but N could not use S; therefore N would have
   no alternate and would discard the traffic, thus avoiding the
   micro-loop.  A micro-loop due to the use of alternates can be avoided
   by using downstream paths because each router in the path to the
   destination must be closer to the destination (according to the
   topology prior to the failures).  Although use of downstream paths
   ensures that the micro-looping via alternates does not occur, such a
   restriction can severely limit the coverage of alternates.

   It may be desirable to find an alternate that can protect against
   other correlated failures (of which node failure is a specific
   instance).  In the general case, these are handled by shared risk
   link groups (SRLGs) where any links in the network can belong to the
   SRLG.  General SRLGs may add unacceptably to the computational
   complexity of finding a loop-free alternate.

   However, a sub-category of SRLGs is of interest and can be applied
   only during the selection of an acceptable alternate.  This
   sub-category is to express correlated failures of links that are
   connected to the same router.  For example, if there are multiple
   logical sub-interfaces on the same physical interface, such as VLANs
   on an Ethernet interface, if multiple interfaces use the same
   physical port because of channelization, or if multiple interfaces

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   share a correlated failure because they are on the same line-card.
   This sub-category of SRLGs will be referred to as local-SRLGs.  A
   local-SRLG has all of its member links with one end connected to the
   same router.  Thus, router S could select a loop-free alternate which
   does not use a link in the same local-SRLG as the primary next-hop.
   The local-SRLGs belonging to E can be protected against via
   node-protection; i.e.  picking a loop-free node-protecting alternate.

2.  Applicability of Described Mechanisms

   IP Fast Reroute mechanisms described in this memo cover intra-domain
   routing only, with OSPF[RFC2328] or ISIS [RFC1195][RFC2966] as the
   IGP.  Specifically, Fast Reroute for BGP inter-domain routing is not
   part of this specification.

3.  Alternate Next-Hop Calculation

   In addition to the set of primary next-hops obtained through a
   shortest path tree (SPT) computation that is part of standard
   link-state routing functionality, routers supporting IP Fast Reroute
   also calculate a set of backup next hops that are engaged when a
   local failure occurs.  These backup next hops are calculated to
   provide required type of protection (i.e.  link-protecting and/or
   node-protecting) and to guarantee that when the expected failure
   occurs, forwarding traffic through them will not result in a loop.
   Such next hops are called loop-free alternates or LFAs throughout
   this specification.

   In general, to be able to calculate the set of LFAs for a specific
   destination D, a router needs to know the following basic pieces of

   o  Shortest-path distance from the calculating router to the
      destination (Distance_opt(S, D))

   o  Shortest-path distance from the routerĘs IGP neighbors to the
      destination (Distance_opt(N, D))

   o  Shortest path distance from the routerĘs IGP neighbors to itself
      (Distance_opt(N, S))

   o  Distance_opt(S, D) is normally available from the regular SPF
      calculation performed by the link-state routing protocols.
      Distance_opt(N, D) and Distance_opt(N, S) can be obtained by
      performing additional SPF calculations from the perspective of
      each IGP neighbor (i.e.  considering the neighbor's vertex as the
      root of the SPT--called SPT(N) hereafter--rather than the
      calculating router's one, called SPT(S)).

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   This specification defines a form of SRLG protection limited to those
   SRLGs that include a link that the calculating router is directly
   connected to.  Information about local link SRLG membership is
   manually configured.  Information about remote link SRLG membership
   is dynamically obtained using [ISIS-SRLG] or [OSPF-SRLG].  In order
   to choose among all available LFAs those that provide required SRLG
   protection for a given destination, the calculating router needs to
   track the set of SRLGs that the path through a specific IGP neighbor
   involves.  To do so, each node D in the network topology is
   associated with SRLG_set(N, D), which is the set of SRLGs that would
   be crossed if traffic to D was forwarded through N.  To calculate
   this set, the router initializes SRLG_set(N, N) for each of its IGP
   neighbors to be empty.  During the SPT(N) calculation, when a new
   vertex V is added to the SPT, its SRLG_set(N, V) is set to the union
   of SRLG sets associated with its parents, and the SRLG sets
   associated with the links from V's parents to V.  The union of the
   set of SRLG associated with a candidate alternate next-hop and the
   SRLG_set(N, D) for the neighbor reached via that candidate next-hop
   is used to determine SRLG protection.

   The following sections provide information required for calculation
   of LFAs.  Sections Section 3.1 through Section 3.5 define different
   types of LFA conditions.  Section 3.6 describes constrains imposed by
   the IS-IS overload and OSPF stub router functionality.  Section 3.7
   defines the summarized algorithm for LFA calculation using the
   definitions in the previous sections.

3.1  Basic Loop-free Condition

   Alternate next hops used by implementations following this
   specification MUST conform to at least the loop-freeness condition
   stated above in Equation 1.  This condition guarantees that
   forwarding traffic to an LFA will not result in a loop after a link

   Further conditions may be applied when determining link-protecting
   and/or node-protecting alternate next-hops as described in Sections
   Section 3.2 and Section 3.3.

3.2  Node-Protecting Alternate Next-Hops

   For an alternate next-hop N to protect against node failure of a
   primary neighbor E for destination D, N must be loop-free with
   respect to both E and D.  In other words, N's path to D must not go
   through E.  This is the case if Equation 3 is true, where N is the
   neighbor providing a loop-free alternate.

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           Distance_opt(N, D) < Distance_opt(N, E) + Distance_opt(E, D)

     Equation 3: Criteria for a Node-Protecting Loop-Free Alternate

   If Distance_opt(N,D) = Distance_opt(N, E) + Distance_opt(E, D), it is
   possible that N has equal-cost paths and one of those could provide
   protection against E's node failure.  However, it is equally possible
   that one of N's paths goes through E, and the calculating router has
   no way to influence N's decision to use it.  Therefore, it must be
   assumed that an alternate next-hop does not offer node protection if
   Equation 3 is not met.

3.3  Broadcast and NBMA Links

   Verification of the link-protection property of a next hop in the
   case of a broadcast link is more elaborate than for a point-to-point
   link.  This is because of the fact that a broadcast link is
   represented as a pseudo-node with zero-cost links connecting it to
   other nodes.

   Because failure of an interface attached to a broadcast segment may
   mean loss of connectivity of the whole segment, the condition for
   broadcast link protection is pessimistic and requires that the
   alternate is loop- free with regard to the pseudo-node.  Consider the
   example in Figure 3.

                       +-----+    15
                       |  S  |--------
                       +-----+       |
                          | 5        |
                          |          |
                          | 0        |
                        /----\ 0 5 +-----+
                        | PN |-----|  N  |
                        \----/     +-----+
                           | 0        |
                           |          | 8
                           | 5        |
                        +-----+ 5  +-----+
                        |  E  |----|  D  |
                        +-----+    +-----+

         Figure 3: Loop-Free Alternate that is Link-Protecting

   In Figure 3, N offers a loop-free alternate which is link-protecting.
   If the primary next-hop uses a broadcast link, then an alternate must
   be loop-free with respect to that link's pseudo-node to provide link
   protection.  This requirement is described in Equation 4 below.

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              D_opt(N, D) < D_opt(N, pseudo) + D_opt(pseudo, D)

  Equation 4: Loop-Free Link-Protecting Criterion for Broadcast Links

   Because the shortest path from the pseudo-node goes through E, if a
   loop-free alternate from a neighbor N is node-protecting, the
   alternate will also be link-protecting unless the router S can only
   reach the neighbor N via the same pseudo-node.  This can occur
   because S will direct traffic away from the shortest path to use an
   alternate.  Therefore link protection must be considered during the
   alternate selection.

3.4  Downstream Alternate Next-Hops

   In certain situations, described later, alternate next-hops must
   comply with the stricter condition provided in Equation 2 that
   defines a downstream path.  The main property of the downstream paths
   is that traffic is always forwarded to a node that is closer to the
   destination, i.e.  a node with a smaller metric.  This property
   guarantees that no looping occurs regardless of the type of failure
   or the network architecture.

   To ensure node-protection in certain scenarios, it is not sufficient
   to satisfy Equation 3.  Instead the stricter downstream condition
   given in Equation 5 must be satisfied.

         Distance_opt(N, D) < Distance_opt(E, D)

    Equation 5: Criteria for a Node-Protecting Downstream Alternate

   Similarly, to ensure link-protection in certain scenarios, the
   stricter downstream condition given in Equation 6 must be satisfied
   instead of merely Equation 4.

              D_opt(N, D) < D_opt(pseudo, D)

  Equation 6: Link-Protecting Downstream Criterion for Broadcast Links

   The following types of alternate next-hops are defined.  These
   describe increasingly contrained subsets of alternates; all strict
   downstream alternates are downstream alternates and all downstream
   alternates are loop-free alternates.

   Loop-Free Alternate (LFA): Satisfies Equation 1.  Link protection
      determined via Equation 4.  Node protection determined via
      Equation 3.

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   Downstream Alternate: Satisfies Equation 2.  Link protection
      determined via Equation 4.  Node protection determined via
      Equation 3.

   Strict Downstream Alternate (SDA): Satisfies Equation 2.  Link
      protection determined via Equation 6.  Node protection determined
      via Equation 5.

   A downstream alternate is sufficient to guarantee that no looping
   occurs regardless of the type of failure.  An SDA is necessary to
   guarantee protection in certain scenarios described in Section 6.2.

3.5  ECMP and Alternates

   With equal-cost multi-path, a prefix may have multiple primary
   next-hops that are used to forward traffic.  When a particular
   primary next-hop fails, alternate next-hops should be used to
   preserve the traffic.  These alternate next-hops may themselves also
   be primary next-hops, but need not be.  Other primary next-hops are
   not guaranteed to provide protection against the failure scenarios of

                           20 L1      L3  3
                        [N]-----[ S ]--------[E3]
                         |        |            |
                         |      5 | L2         |
                      20 |        |            |
                         |    ---------        | 2
                         |  5 |       | 5      |
                         |   [E1]    [E2]------|
                         |    |       |
                         | 10 |    10 |
                         |---[A]     [B]
                              |       |
                            2 |--[D]--| 2

   Figure 4: ECMP where Primary Next-Hops Provide Limited Protection

   In Figure 4 S has three primary next-hops to reach D; these are L2 to
   E1, L2 to E2 and L3 to E3.  The primary next-hop L1 to E1 can obtain
   link and node protection from L3 to E3, which is one of the other
   primary next-hops; L1 to E1 cannot obtain link protection from the
   other primary next-hop L2 to E2.  Similarly, the primary next-hop L2
   to E2 can only get node protection from L2 to E1 and can only get
   link protection from L3 to E3.  The third primary next-hop E3 can
   obtain link and node protection from L2 to E1, but can only get link
   protection from L2 to E2.  It is possible for both the primary
   next-hop L2 to E2 and the primary next-hop L2 to E1 to obtain an

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   alternate next-hop that provides both link and node protection by
   using L1.

   Alternate next-hops are determined for each primary next-hop
   separately.  As with alternate selection in the non-ECMP case, these
   alternate next-hops should maximize the coverage of the failure

3.6  Interactions with ISIS Overload, RFC 3137 and Costed Out Links

   As described in [RFC3137], there are cases where it is desirable not
   to have a router used as a transit node.  For those cases, it is also
   desirable not to have the router used on an alternate path.

   For computing an alternate, a router MUST NOT consider diverting from
   the SPF tree along a link whose cost or reverse cost is LSInfinity
   (for OSPF) or the maximum cost (for ISIS) or whose next-hop router
   has the overload bit set (for ISIS).

   In the case of OSPF, if all links from router S to a neighbor N_i
   have a reverse cost of LSInfinity, then router S MUST NOT consider
   using N_i as an alternate.

   Similarly in the case of ISIS, if N_i has the overload bit set, then
   S MUST NOT consider using N_i as an alternate.

   This preserves the desired behavior of diverting traffic away from a
   router which is following [RFC3137] and it also preserves the desired
   behavior when an operator sets the cost of a link to LSInfinity for
   maintenance which is not permitting traffic across that link unless
   there is no other path.

   If a link or router which is costed out was the only possible
   alternate to protect traffic from a particular router S to a
   particular destination, then there will be no alternate provided for

3.7  Selection Procedure

   A router supporting this specification SHOULD select at least one
   loop-free alternate next-hop for each primary next-hop used for a
   given prefix.  A router MAY decide to not use an available loop-free
   alternate next-hop.  A reason for such a decision might be that the
   loop-free alternate next-hop does not provide protection for the
   failure scenario of interest.

   The alternate selection should maximize the coverage of the failure

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   S SHOULD select a loop-free node-protecting alternate next-hop, if
   one is available.  If S has a choice between a loop-free
   link-protecting node-protecting alternate and a loop-free
   node-protecting alternate which is not link-protecting, S SHOULD
   select a loop-free node-protecting alternate which is also
   link-protecting.  This can occur as explained in Section 3.3.  If S
   has multiple primary next-hops, then S SHOULD select as a loop-free
   alternate either one of the other primary next-hops or a loop-free
   node-protecting alternate.  If no loop-free node-protecting alternate
   is available, then S MAY select a loop-free link-protecting

   Each next-hop can be categorized as to the type of alternate it can
   provide to a particular destination D from router S for a particular
   primary next-hop which goes to a neighbor E.  A next-hop may provide
   one of the following types of paths:

   Primary Path - This is the primary next-hop.

   Loop-Free Node-Protecting Alternate - This next-hop satisfies
      Equation 1 and Equation 3.  The path avoids S, S's primary
      neighbor E, and the link from S to E.

   Loop-Free Link-Protecting Alternate -  This next-hop satisfies
      Equation 1 but not Equation 3.  If the primary next-hop uses a
      broadcast link, then this next-hop satisfies Equation 4.

   Unavailable -  This may be because the path goes through S to reach
      D, because the link is costed out, etc.

   An alternate path may also provide none, some or complete SRLG
   protection as well as node and link or link protection.  For
   instance, a link may belong to two SRLGs G1 and G2.  The alternate
   path might avoid other links in G1 but not G2, in which case the
   alternate would only provide partial SRLG protection.

4.  Using an Alternate

   If an alternate next-hop is available, the router SHOULD redirect
   traffic to the alternate next-hop when the primary next-hop has

   When a local interface failure is detected, traffic that was destined
   to go out the failed interface must be redirected to the appropriate
   alternate next-hops.  Other failure detection mechanisms which detect
   the loss of a link or a node may also be used to trigger redirection
   of traffic to the appropriate alternate next-hops.  The mechanisms
   available for failure detection are discussed in [FRAMEWORK] and are

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   outside the scope of this specification.

   The alternate next-hop MUST be used only for traffic types which are
   routed according to the shortest path.  Multicast traffic is
   specifically out of scope for this specification.

4.1  Terminating Use of Alternate

   A router MUST limit the amount of time an alternate next-hop is used
   after the primary next-hop has become unavailable.  This ensures that
   the router will start using the new primary next-hops.  It ensures
   that all possible transient conditions are removed and the network
   converges according to the deployed routing protocol.

   It is desirable to avoid micro-forwarding loops involving S.  An
   example illustrating the problem is given in Figure 5.  If the link
   from S to E fails, S will use N1 as an alternate and S will compute
   N2 as the new primary next-hop to reach D.  If S starts using N2 as
   soon as S can compute and install its new primary, it is probable
   that N2 will not have yet installed its new primary next-hop.  This
   would cause traffic to loop and be dropped until N2 has installed the
   new topology.  This can be avoided by S delaying its installation and
   leaving traffic on the alternate next-hop.

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                          |  N2 |--------   |
                          +-----+   1   |  \|/
                              |         |
                              |     +-----+    @@>  +-----+
                              |     |  S  |---------|  N1 |
                           10 |     +-----+   10    +-----+
                              |        |               |
                              |      1 |    |          |
                              |        |   \|/    10   |
                              |     +-----+            |  |
                              |     |  E  |            | \|/
                              |     +-----+            |
                              |        |               |
                              |      1 |  |            |
                              |        | \|/           |
                              |    +-----+             |
                              |----|  D  |--------------

    Figure 5: Example where Continued Use of Alternate is Desirable

   This is an example of a case where the new primary is not a loop-free
   alternate before the failure and therefore may have been forwarding
   traffic through S.  This will occur when the path via a previously
   upstream node is shorter than the the path via a loop-free alternate
   neighbor.  In these cases, it is useful to give sufficient time to
   ensure that the new primary neighbor and other nodes on the new
   primary path have switched to the new route.

   If the newly selected primary was loop-free before the failure, then
   it is safe to switch to that new primary immediately; the new primary
   wasn't dependent on the failure and therefore its path will not have

   Given that there is an alternate providing appropriate protection and
   while the assumption of a single failure holds, it is safe to delay
   the installation of the new primaries; this will not create
   forwarding loops because the alternate's path to the destination is
   known to not go via S or the failed element and will therefore not be
   affected by the failure.

   An implementation SHOULD continue to use the alternate next-hops for
   packet forwarding even after the new routing information is available
   based on the new network topology.  The use of the alternate
   next-hops for packet forwarding SHOULD terminate:

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   a.  if the new primary next-hop was loop-free prior to the topology
       change, or

   b.  if a configured hold-down, which represents a worst-case bound on
       the length of the network convergence transition, has expired, or

   c.  if notification of an unrelated topological change in the network
       is received.

5.  Requirements on LDP Mode

   Since LDP traffic will follow the path specified by the IGP, it is
   also possible for the LDP traffic to follow the loop-free alternates
   indicated by the IGP.  To do so, it is necessary for LDP to have the
   appropriate labels available for the alternate so that the
   appropriate out-segments can be installed in the forwarding plane
   before the failure occurs.

   This means that a Label Switched Router (LSR) running LDP must
   distribute its labels for the FECs it can provide to all its
   neighbors, regardless of whether or not they are upstream.
   Additionally, LDP must be acting in liberal label retention mode so
   that the labels which correspond to neighbors that aren't currently
   the primary neighbor are stored.  Similarly, LDP should be in
   downstream unsolicited mode, so that the labels for the FEC are
   distributed other than along the SPT.

   If these requirements are met, then LDP can use the loop-free
   alternates without requiring any targeted sessions or signaling
   extensions for this purpose.

6.  Routing Aspects

6.1  Multi-Homed Prefixes

   An SPF-like computation is run for each topology, which corresponds
   to a particular OSPF area or ISIS level.  The IGP needs to determine
   loop-free alternates to multi-homed routes.  Multi-homed routes occur
   for routes obtained from outside the routing domain by multiple
   routers, for subnets on links where the subnet is announced from
   multiple ends of the link, and for routes advertised by multiple
   routers to provide resiliency.

   Figure 6 demonstrates such a topology.  In this example, the shortest
   path to reach the prefix p is via E.  The prefix p will have the link
   to E as its primary next-hop.  If the alternate next-hop for the
   prefix p is simply inherited from the router advertising it on the

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   shortest path to p, then the prefix p's alternate next-hop would be
   the link to C.  This would provide link protection, but not the node
   protection that is possible via A.

                      5   +---+  4   +---+  5  +---+
                    ------| S |------| A |-----| B |
                    |     +---+      +---+     +---+
                    |       |                    |
                    |     5 |                  5 |
                    |       |                    |
                  +---+ 5 +---+   5       7    +---+
                  | C |---| E |------ p -------| F |
                  +---+   +---+                +---+

                      Figure 6: Multi-homed prefix

   To determine the best protection possible, the prefix p can be
   treated in the SPF computations as a node with uni-directional links
   to it from those routers that have advertised the prefix.  Such a
   node need never have its links explored, as it has no out-going

   If there exist multiple multi-homed prefixes exist that share the
   same connectivity and the difference in metrics to those routers,
   then a single node can be used to represent the set.  For instance,
   if in Figure 6 there were another prefix X that was connected to E
   with a metric of 1 and to F with a metric of 3, then that prefix X
   could use the same alternate next-hop as was computed for prefix p.

   A router SHOULD compute the alternate next-hop for an IGP multi-homed
   prefix by considering alternate paths via all routers that have
   announced that prefix.

6.2  OSPF

   OSPF introduces certain complications because it is possible for the
   traffic path to exit an area and then re-enter that area.  This can
   occur whenever the same route is considered from multiple areas.
   There are several cases where issues such as this can occur.  They
   happen when another area permits a shorter path to connect two ABRs
   than is available in the area where the LFA has been computed.  To
   clarify, an example topology is given in Appendix A.

   a.  Virtual Links: These allow paths to leave the backbone area and
       traverse the transit area.  The path provided via the transit
       area can exit via any ABR.  The path taken is not the shortest
       path determined by doing an SPF in the backbone area.

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   b.  Alternate ABR[RFC3509]: When an ABR is not connected to the
       backbone, it considers the inter-area summaries from multiple
       areas.  The ABR A may determine to use area 2 but that path could
       traverse another alternate ABR B that determines to use area 1.
       This can lead to scenarios similar to that illustrated in Figure

   c.  ASBR Summaries: An ASBR may itself be an ABR and can be announced
       into multiple areas.  This presents other ABRs with a decision as
       to which area to use.  This is the example illustrated in Figure

   d.  AS External Prefixes: A prefix may be advertised by multiple
       ASBRs in different areas and/or with multiple forwarding
       addresses that are in different areas, which are connected via at
       least one common ABR.  This presents such ABRs with a decision as
       to which area to use to reach the prefix.

   This issue does not exist for non-backbone intra-area routes.  A
   candidate alternate next-hop must be an LFA.  For intra-area
   backbone, inter-area, and AS External routes, a candidate alternate
   next-hop must be an SDA to be used.

   If no virtual links exist, backbone intra-area routes can use
   candidate alternate next-hops that are LFAs and not SDAs.  If no
   Alternate ABRs exist, then inter-area routes can use candidate
   alternate next-hops that are LFAs and not SDAs.

   If no ASBR exists simultaneously in multiple non-backbone areas and
   no prefix is included in announcements either by two or more ASBRs
   that are in different areas or in announcements associated with
   multiple forwarding addresses that are in different areas, then AS
   External routes can use candidate alternate next-hops that are LFAs
   and not SDAs.

   The inappropriate use of an LFA that isn't an SDA can cause
   forwarding loops or lack of protection.

   In all cases where an SDA is required, this is because the path taken
   cannot be determined via the SPT in the local area.  The use of an
   SDA relies on the fact that any path taken will use hops with
   monotonically decreasing distance to the destination.  This does not
   allow knowledge of the actual path the traffic will traverse.
   Therefore, it is not possible, based on the computations described in
   this specification, to determine whether an SDA will provide
   protection against an SRLG failure.

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6.2.1  OSPF External Routing

   An additional complication comes from forwarding addresses, where an
   ASBR uses a forwarding address to indicate to all routers in the
   Autonomous System to use the specified address instead of going
   through the ASBR.  When a forwarding address has been indicated, all
   routers in the topology calculate the shortest path to the link
   specified in the external LSA.  In this case, the alternate next-hop
   should be computed by selecting among the alternate paths to the
   forwarding link(s) instead of among alternate paths to the ASBR.

6.3  BGP Next-Hop Synchronization

   Typically BGP prefixes are advertised with AS exit routers router-id,
   and AS exit routers are reached by means of IGP routes.  BGP resolves
   its advertised next-hop to the immediate next-hop by potential
   recursive lookups in the routing database.  IP Fast-Reroute computes
   the alternate next-hops to all IGP destinations, which include
   alternate next-hops to the AS exit router's router-id.  BGP simply
   inherits the alternate next-hop from IGP.  The BGP decision process
   is unaltered; BGP continues to use the IGP optimal distance to find
   the nearest exit router.  MBGP routes do not need to copy the
   alternate next hops.

   It is possible to provide ASBR protection if BGP selected a set of
   IGP next-hops and allowed the IGP to determine the primary and
   alternate next-hops as if the BGP route were a multi-homed prefix.
   This is for future study.

6.4  Multicast Considerations

   Multicast traffic is out of scope for this specification of IP
   Fast-Reroute.  The alternate next-hops SHOULD not used for multi-cast
   RPF checks.

7.  Security Considerations

   This document does not introduce any new security issues.  The
   mechanisms described in this document depend upon the network
   topology distributed via an IGP, such as OSPF or ISIS.  It is
   dependent upon the security associated with those protocols.

8  References

              Shand, M., "IP Fast Reroute Framework",
              draft-ietf-rtgwg-ipfrr-framework-02.txt (work in
              progress), October 2004.

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              Kompella, K. and Y. Rekhter, "IS-IS Extensions in Support
              of Generalized MPLS", draft-ietf-isis-gmpls-extensions-19
              (work in progress), October 2003.

              Kompella, K. and Y. Rekhter, "OSPF Extensions in Support
              of Generalized Multi-Protocol Label Switching",
              draft-ietf-ccamp-ospf-gmpls-extensions-12 (work in
              progress), October 2003.

   [RFC1195]  Callon, R., "Use of OSI IS-IS for routing in TCP/IP and
              dual environments", RFC 1195, December 1990.

   [RFC2328]  Moy, J., "OSPF Version 2", STD 54, RFC 2328, April 1998.

   [RFC2966]  Li, T., Przygienda, T. and H. Smit, "Domain-wide Prefix
              Distribution with Two-Level IS-IS", RFC 2966, October

   [RFC3036]  Andersson, L., Doolan, P., Feldman, N., Fredette, A. and
              B. Thomas, "LDP Specification", RFC 3036, January 2001.

   [RFC3137]  Retana, A., Nguyen, L., White, R., Zinin, A. and D.
              McPherson, "OSPF Stub Router Advertisement", RFC 3137,
              June 2001.

   [RFC3209]  Awduche, D., Berger, L., Gan, D., Li, T., Srinivasan, V.
              and G. Swallow, "RSVP-TE: Extensions to RSVP for LSP
              Tunnels", RFC 3209, December 2001.

   [RFC3509]  Zinin, A., Lindem, A. and D. Yeung, "Alternative
              Implementations of OSPF Area Border Routers", RFC 3509,
              April 2003.

Authors' Addresses

   Alia K. Atlas (editor)
   Avici Systems, Inc.
   101 Billerica Avenue
   N. Billerica, MA  01862

   Phone: +1 978 964 2070

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   Raveendra Torvi
   Avici Systems, Inc.
   101 Billerica Avenue
   N. Billerica, MA  01862

   Phone: +1 978 964 2026

   Gagan Choudhury
   200 Laurel Avenue, Room D5-3C21
   Middletown, NJ  07748

   Phone: +1 732 420-3721

   Christian Martin
   1880 Campus Commons Drive
   Reston, VA  20191

   Brent Imhoff
   14567 North Outer Forty Rd.
   Chesterfield, MO  63017

   Phone: +1 314 880 1851

   Don Fedyk
   Nortel Networks
   600 Technology Park
   Billerica, MA  01821

   Phone: +1 978 288 3041

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Appendix A.  OSPF Example Where LFA Based on Local Area Topology is

   This appendix provides an example scenario where the local area
   topology does not suffice to determine that an LFA is available.  As
   described in Section 6.2, one problem scenario is for ASBR summaries
   where the ASBR is available in two areas via intra-area routes and
   there is at least one ABR or alternate ABR that is in both areas.
   The following Figure 7 illustrates this case.

                     [ F ]-----------[ C ]
                       |               |
                       |               | 5
                    20 |          5    |     1
                       |   [ N ]-----[ A ]*****[ F ]
                       |     |         #         *
                       |  40 |         # 50      *  2
                       |     |    5    #    2    *
                       |   [ S ]-----[ B ]*****[ G ]
                       |     |         *
                       |   5 |         * 15
                       |     |         *
                       |   [ E ]     [ H ]
                       |     |         *
                       |   5 |         * 10**
                       |     |         *
                       |---[ X ]-----[ASBR]

                       ----  Link in Area 1
                       ****  Link in Area 2
                       ####  Link in Backbone Area 0

    Figure 7: Topology with Multi-area ASBR Causing Area Transiting

   In Figure 7, the ASBR is also an ABR and is announced into both area
   1 and area 2.  A and B are both ABRs that are also connected to the
   backbone area.  S determines that N can provide a loop-free alternate
   to reach the ASBR.  N's path goes via A.  A also sees an intra-area
   route to ASBR via Area 2; the cost of the path in area 2 is 30, which
   is less than 35, the cost of the path in area 1.  Therefore, A uses
   the path from area 2 and directs traffic to F.  The path from F in
   area 2 goes to B.  B is also an ABR and learns the ASBR from both
   areas 1 and area 2; B's path via area 1 is shorter (cost 20) than B's
   path via area 2 (cost 25).  Therefore, B uses the path from area 1
   that connects to S.

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