|Authors||T. Cicic, A. F. Hansen, A. Kvalbein, M. Hartmann, R. Martin and M. Menth|
|Title||Relaxed Multiple Routing Configurations for IP Fast Reroute|
|Afilliation||, Communication Systems|
|Publication Type||Proceedings, refereed|
|Year of Publication||2008|
|Conference Name||IEEE/IFIP Network Operations and Management Symposium (NOMS'08)|
Multi-topology routing is an increasingly popular IP network management concept that allows transport of different traffic types over disjoint network paths. The concept is of particular interest for implementation of IP fast reroute (IP FRR). First, it can support guaranteed, instantaneous recovery from any link or node failure. Second, different failures result in routing over different network topologies, which augments the parameter space for load distribution optimizations. Multiple Routing Configurations (MRC) is the state-of-the-art IP FRR scheme based on multi-topology routing today. In this paper we present a new, enhanced IP FRR scheme which we call “relaxed MRC” (rMRC). rMRC simplifies the topology construction and increases the routing flexibility in each topology. According to our experimental evaluation, rMRC has several benefits compared to MRC. The number of backup topologies required to provide protection against the same set of failures is reduced, hence reducing state in routers. In addition, the backup paths are shorter, and the link utilization is significantly better.