[rfc-dist] RFC 6754 on Protocol Independent Multicast Equal-Cost Multipath (ECMP) Redirect

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        RFC 6754

        Title:      Protocol Independent Multicast 
                    Equal-Cost Multipath (ECMP) Redirect 
        Author:     Y. Cai, L. Wei, H. Ou, 
                    V. Arya, S. Jethwani
        Status:     Standards Track
        Stream:     IETF
        Date:       October 2012
        Mailbox:    yiqunc at microsoft.com, lwei at cisco.com, 
                    hou at cisco.com, varya at directv.com, 
                    sjethwani at directv.com
        Pages:      12
        Characters: 24599
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:   None

        I-D Tag:    draft-ietf-pim-ecmp-05.txt

        URL:        http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc6754.txt

A Protocol Independent Multicast (PIM) router uses the Reverse Path
Forwarding (RPF) procedure to select an upstream interface and router
in order to build forwarding state.  When there are equal cost
multipaths (ECMPs), existing implementations often use hash
algorithms to select a path.  Such algorithms do not allow the spread
of traffic among the ECMPs according to administrative metrics.  This
usually leads to inefficient or ineffective use of network resources.
This document introduces the ECMP Redirect, a mechanism to improve
the RPF procedure over ECMPs.  It allows ECMP selection to be based
on administratively selected metrics, such as data transmission
delays, path preferences, and routing metrics.  [STANDARDS-TRACK]

This document is a product of the Protocol Independent Multicast Working Group of the IETF.

This is now a Proposed Standard Protocol.

STANDARDS TRACK: This document specifies an Internet standards track
protocol for the Internet community,and requests discussion and suggestions
for improvements.  Please refer to the current edition of the Internet
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