Trainet: A new label switching scheme

Yehuda Afek*, Anat Bremler-Barr

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Trainet, a new scheme to extend MPLS (Multi Protocol Label Switching) is presented. The scheme works much like the subway system in a large metropolitan area. Each (unidirectional) subway line corresponds to a labeled path, and a route in the network is defined by either a pair 〈label,count-value〉, where count specifies how many hops a packet still has to take in the specified train, or a route may be defined by a sequence of such pairs. A sequence of such pairs specifies that the packet has to take a number of hops in one train-line, and then continue for a certain number of hops on another train-line and so forth. While slightly increasing the number of labels in a header and adding a counter to each label, the scheme reduces the total number of different labels necessary in the network, and in each switch. Thus, for a given number of labels it may support a larger number of flows. Moreover, our scheme considerably simplifies the path set up cost while still providing all the features of MPLS: switching, supporting QoS, explicit routing, and traffic engineering.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)874-883
Number of pages10
JournalProceedings - IEEE INFOCOM
StatePublished - 2000
Event19th Annual Joint Conference of the IEEE Computer and Communications Societies - IEEE INFOCOM2000: 'Reaching the Promised Land of Communications' - Tel Aviv, Isr
Duration: 26 Mar 200030 Mar 2000


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