RFC 8663

MPLS Segment Routing over IP, December 2019

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X. Xu
S. Bryant
A. Farrel
S. Hassan
W. Henderickx
Z. Li
mpls (rtg)

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DOI:  https://doi.org/10.17487/RFC8663

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MPLS Segment Routing (SR-MPLS) is a method of source routing a packet through an MPLS data plane by imposing a stack of MPLS labels on the packet to specify the path together with any packet-specific instructions to be executed on it. SR-MPLS can be leveraged to realize a source-routing mechanism across MPLS, IPv4, and IPv6 data planes by using an MPLS label stack as a source-routing instruction set while making no changes to SR-MPLS specifications and interworking with SR-MPLS implementations.

This document describes how SR-MPLS-capable routers and IP-only routers can seamlessly coexist and interoperate through the use of SR-MPLS label stacks and IP encapsulation/tunneling such as MPLS-over-UDP as defined in RFC 7510.

For the definition of Status, see RFC 2026.

For the definition of Stream, see RFC 8729.

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