Tutorial on Network Layers 2 and 3

Radia Perlman Intel Labs (radia@alum.mit.edu)
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Why?
•  Demystify this portion of networking, so people don’t drown in the alphabet soup •  Think about these things critically •  N-party protocols are “the most interesting” •  Lots of issues are common to other layers •  You can’t design layer n without understanding layers n-1 and n+1
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What can we do in 1 ½ hours?
•  Understand the concepts •  Understand various approaches, and tradeoffs, and where to go to learn more •  A little of the history: without this, it’s hard to really “grok” why things are the way they are

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neighbor discovery. multiplexing. connectionless vs connection-oriented – Routing protocols •  Distance vector •  Link state •  Path vector 4 . bridges.Outline •  layer 2 issues: addresses. spanning tree algorithm •  layer 3: addresses.

Why this whole layer 2/3 thing? •  Myth: bridges/switches simpler devices. designed before routers •  OSI Layers – 1: physical 5 .

designed before routers •  OSI Layers – 1: physical – 2: data link (nbr-nbr.g. e.. Ethernet) 6 .Why this whole layer 2/3 thing? •  Myth: bridges/switches simpler devices.

designed before routers •  OSI Layers – 1: physical – 2: data link (nbr-nbr. e.. Ethernet) – 3: network (create entire path.g.Why this whole layer 2/3 thing? •  Myth: bridges/switches simpler devices. IP) 7 ..g. e.

IP) – 4 end-to-end (e.g. UDP) 8 .Why this whole layer 2/3 thing? •  Myth: bridges/switches simpler devices..g. Ethernet) – 3: network (create entire path. e.g.. TCP. designed before routers •  OSI Layers – 1: physical – 2: data link (nbr-nbr.. e.

Why this whole layer 2/3 thing? •  Myth: bridges/switches simpler devices. Ethernet) – 3: network (create entire path.g.. UDP) – 5 and above: boring 9 ..g.g.. designed before routers •  OSI Layers – 1: physical – 2: data link (nbr-nbr. IP) – 4 end-to-end (e. e. e. TCP.

Definitions •  Repeater: layer 1 relay 10 .

Definitions •  Repeater: layer 1 relay •  Bridge: layer 2 relay 11 .

Definitions •  Repeater: layer 1 relay •  Bridge: layer 2 relay •  Router: layer 3 relay 12 .

Definitions •  Repeater: layer 1 relay •  Bridge: layer 2 relay •  Router: layer 3 relay •  OK: What is layer 2 vs layer 3? 13 .

Definitions
•  Repeater: layer 1 relay •  Bridge: layer 2 relay •  Router: layer 3 relay •  OK: What is layer 2 vs layer 3?
– The “right” definition: layer 2 is neighborneighbor. “Relays” should only be in layer 3!

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Definitions
•  Repeater: layer 1 relay •  Bridge: layer 2 relay •  Router: layer 3 relay •  OK: What is layer 2 vs layer 3? •  True definition of a layer n protocol: Anything designed by a committee whose charter is to design a layer n protocol
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Layer 3 (e.g., IPv4, IPv6, DECnet, Appletalk, IPX, etc.)
•  Put source, destination, hop count on packet •  Then along came “the EtherNET”
–  rethink routing algorithm a bit, but it’s a link not a NET!

•  The world got confused. Built on layer 2 •  I tried to argue: “But you might want to talk from one Ethernet to another!” •  “Which will win? Ethernet or DECnet?”
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Layer 3 packet source dest hops data Layer 3 header 17 .

Ethernet packet source dest data Ethernet header 18 .

Ethernet (802) addresses OUI group/individual global/local admin •  Assigned in blocks of 224 •  Given 23-bit constant (OUI) plus g/i bit •  all 1’s intended to mean “broadcast” 19 .

error messages. congestion feedback) 20 .It’s easy to confuse “Ethernet” with “network” •  Both are multiaccess clouds •  But Ethernet does not scale. It can’t replace IP as the Internet Protocol –  Flat addresses –  No hop count –  Missing additional protocols (such as neighbor discovery) –  Perhaps missing features (such as fragmentation.

So where did bridges come from? 21 .

and let a station on one Ethernet talk to another A C 22 .Problem Statement Need something that will sit between two Ethernets.

Basic idea •  Listen promiscuously •  Learn location of source address based on source address in packet and port from which packet received •  Forward based on learned location of destination 23 .

What’s different between this and a repeater? •  no collisions •  with learning. can use more aggregate bandwidth than on any one link •  no artifacts of LAN technology (# of stations in ring. distance of CSMA/CD) 24 .

But loops are a disaster •  No hop count •  Exponential proliferation S B1 B2 B3 25 .

But loops are a disaster •  No hop count •  Exponential proliferation S B1 B2 B3 26 .

But loops are a disaster •  No hop count •  Exponential proliferation S B1 B2 B3 27 .

But loops are a disaster •  No hop count •  Exponential proliferation S B1 B2 B3 28 .

But loops are a disaster •  No hop count •  Exponential proliferation S B1 B2 B3 29 .

What to do about loops?
•  Just say “don’t do that” •  Or, spanning tree algorithm
– Bridges gossip amongst themselves – Compute loop-free subset – Forward data on the spanning tree – Other links are backups

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Algorhyme
I think that I shall never see A graph more lovely than a tree. A tree whose crucial property Is loop-free connectivity. A tree which must be sure to span So packets can reach every LAN. First the Root must be selected By ID it is elected. Least cost paths from Root are traced In the tree these paths are placed. A mesh is made by folks like me. Then bridges find a spanning tree. Radia Perlman
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..Bother with spanning tree? •  Maybe just tell customers “don’t do loops” •  First bridge sold. 35 .

First Bridge Sold A C 36 .

37 . need it for lower layer.So Bridges were a kludge. digging out of a bad decision •  Why are they so popular? – plug and play – simplicity – high performance •  Will they go away? – because of idiosyncracy of IP.

Note some things about bridges •  Certainly don’t get optimal source/ destination paths •  Temporary loops are a disaster – No hop count – Exponential proliferation •  But they are wonderfully plug-and-play 38 .

really.. •  source. really) 39 .So what is Ethernet? •  CSMA/CD. scalability (not any more.. destination (and no hop count) •  limited distance. right? Not any more.

Switches •  Ethernet used to be bus •  Easier to wire. more aggregate bandwidth •  Can cascade devices…do spanning tree •  We’re reinvented the bridge! 40 . more robust if star (one huge multiport repeater with pt-to-pt links •  If store and forward rather than repeater. and with learning.

Basic idea of a packet Destination address Source address data 41 .

destination addresses •  Layer 2 was just point-to-point links (mostly) •  If layer 2 is multiaccess. destination 42 . destination – Layer 2 has next hop source.When I started •  Layer 3 had source. then need two headers: – Layer 3 has ultimate source.

L3 hdr) As transmitted by R1? As received by D? 43 .Hdrs inside hdrs R1 β α χ δ R2 ε R3 φ D S As transmitted by S? (L2 hdr.

Hdrs inside hdrs R1 β α χ δ R2 Dest=β Source=α Layer 2 hdr Dest=D Source=S Layer 3 hdr 44 ε R3 φ D S S: .

Hdrs inside hdrs R1 β α χ δ R2 Dest=δ Source=χ Layer 2 hdr Dest=D Source=S Layer 3 hdr 45 ε R3 φ D S R1: .

Hdrs inside hdrs R1 β α χ δ R2 Dest=D Source=S Layer 2 hdr Layer 3 hdr 46 ε R3 φ D S R2: .

Hdrs inside hdrs R1 β α χ δ R2 Dest=φ Source=ε Layer 2 hdr Dest=D Source=S Layer 3 hdr 47 ε R3 φ D S R3: .

… •  A routing algorithm – Exchange information with your neighbors – Collectively compute routes with all rtrs – Compute a forwarding table 48 . DECnet) – Source. destination. hop count.What designing “layer 3” meant •  Layer 3 addresses •  Layer 3 packet format (IP.

25 •  Connection-oriented datagram fans designed ATM. IPv6. IPX. MPLS 49 . CLNP. AppleTalk. DECnet •  Connection-oriented reliable fans designed X.Network Layer •  connectionless fans designed IPv4.

fragmentation and reassembly. packet formats.Pieces of network layer •  interface to network: addressing. error reports •  routing protocols •  autoconfiguring addresses/nbr discovery/ finding routers 50 .

8)=(3.51)=(7.Connection-oriented Nets S 8 3 4 (3. 8.92) (4.8)=(7.6) (2. 92.15) (2.15)=(1. 6 (1.17)=(7.12) 7 92 R1 R3 2 3 4 A R2 8 (2.12)=(3.7) D 51 .8) R4 2 1 R5 3 6 VC=8.21) (4.92)=(4.

but fixed size packets (48 bytes data.25: also have sequence number and ack number in packets (like TCP).Lots of connection-oriented networks •  X. 5 bytes header) 52 . and layer 3 guarantees delivery •  ATM: datagram.

MPLS (multiprotocol label switching) •  Connectionless. like MPLS. but arbitrary sized packets •  Add 32-bit hdr on top of IP pkt – 20 bit “label” – Hop count (hooray!) 53 .

Hierarchical connections (stacks of MPLS labels) D8 S1 S2 S8 S4 S3 S6 S9 R2 S5 R1 D2 D3 D5 D4 D9 D2 D1 Routers in backbone only need to know about one flow: R1-R2 54 .

MPLS •  Originally for faster forwarding than parsing IP header •  later “traffic engineering” •  classify pkts based on more than destination address 55 .

custom routes) –  congestion indication •  Real diff: size of addresses 56 .g.. hop count •  Maybe other stuff –  fragmentation –  options (e. source. source routing) –  error reports –  special service requests (priority.Connectionless Network Layers •  Destination.

Addresses •  802 address “flat”. IPv6. IPX. AppleTalk: locator specific to a link – CLNP. No topological significance •  layer 3 addresses: locator/node : topologically hierarchical address •  interesting difference: – IPv4. whole campus 57 . though assigned with OUI/rest. DECnet: locator “area”.

Hierarchy within Locator •  Assume addresses assigned so that within a circle everything shares a prefix •  Can summarize lots of circles with a shorter prefix 2428* 27* 279* 272* 2* 23* 58 .

New topic: Routing Algorithms 59 .

Distributed Routing Protocols •  Rtrs exchange control info •  Use it to calculate forwarding table •  Two basic types – distance vector – link state 60 .

Distance Vector •  Know – your own ID – how many cables hanging off your box – cost. of getting to nbr cost 3 cost 2 j k I am “4” n m cost 2 cost 7 61 . for each cable.

cost 3 cost 2 j k I am “4” m n cost 2 cost 7 distance vector rcv’d from cable j cost 3 cost 2 12 3 15 3 12 5 3 18 0 7 15 distance vector rcv’d from cable k 5 8 3 2 10 7 4 20 5 0 15 distance vector rcv’d from cable m cost 2 0 5 3 2 19 9 5 22 2 4 7 distance vector rcv’d from cable n cost 7 6 2 0 7 8 5 8 12 11 3 2 your own calculated distance vector 2 6 5 0 12 8 6 19 3 your own calculated forwarding table m j m 0 k j k/j n j ? ? ? ? 62 .

cost 3 cost 2 j k I am “4” m n cost 2 cost 7 distance vector rcv’d from cable j cost 3 cost 2 12 3 15 3 12 5 3 18 0 7 15 distance vector rcv’d from cable k 5 8 3 2 10 7 4 20 5 0 15 distance vector rcv’d from cable m cost 2 0 5 3 2 19 9 5 22 2 4 7 distance vector rcv’d from cable n cost 7 6 2 0 7 8 5 8 12 11 3 2 your own calculated distance vector 2 6 5 0 12 8 6 19 3 your own calculated forwarding table m j m 0 k j k/j n j ? ? ? ? 63 .

cost 3 cost 2 j k I am “4” m n cost 2 cost 7 distance vector rcv’d from cable j cost 3 cost 2 12 3 15 3 12 5 3 18 0 7 15 distance vector rcv’d from cable k 5 8 3 2 10 7 4 20 5 0 15 distance vector rcv’d from cable m cost 2 0 5 3 2 19 9 5 22 2 4 7 distance vector rcv’d from cable n cost 7 6 2 0 7 8 5 8 12 11 3 2 your own calculated distance vector 2 6 5 0 12 8 6 19 3 your own calculated forwarding table m j m 0 k j k/j n j ? ? ? ? 64 .

cost 3 cost 2 j k I am “4” m n cost 2 cost 7 distance vector rcv’d from cable j cost 3 cost 2 12 3 15 3 12 5 3 18 0 7 15 distance vector rcv’d from cable k 5 8 3 2 10 7 4 20 5 0 15 distance vector rcv’d from cable m cost 2 0 5 3 2 19 9 5 22 2 4 7 distance vector rcv’d from cable n cost 7 6 2 0 7 8 5 8 12 11 3 2 your own calculated distance vector 2 6 5 0 12 8 6 19 3 your own calculated forwarding table m j m 0 k j k/j n j ? ? ? ? 65 .

cost 3 cost 2 j k I am “4” m n cost 2 cost 7 distance vector rcv’d from cable j cost 3 cost 2 12 3 15 3 12 5 3 18 0 7 15 distance vector rcv’d from cable k 5 8 3 2 10 7 4 20 5 0 15 distance vector rcv’d from cable m cost 2 0 5 3 2 19 9 5 22 2 4 7 distance vector rcv’d from cable n cost 7 6 2 0 7 8 5 8 12 11 3 2 your own calculated distance vector 2 6 5 0 12 8 6 19 3 your own calculated forwarding table m j m 0 k j k/j n j ? ? ? ? 66 .

cost 3 cost 2 j k I am “4” m n cost 2 cost 7 distance vector rcv’d from cable j cost 3 cost 2 12 3 15 3 12 5 3 18 0 7 15 distance vector rcv’d from cable k 5 8 3 2 10 7 4 20 5 0 15 distance vector rcv’d from cable m cost 2 0 5 3 2 19 9 5 22 2 4 7 distance vector rcv’d from cable n cost 7 6 2 0 7 8 5 8 12 11 3 2 your own calculated distance vector 2 6 5 0 12 8 6 19 3 your own calculated forwarding table m j m 0 k j k/j n j ? ? ? ? 67 .

Looping Problem A B C 68 .

Looping Problem A 2 B 1 C 0 Cost to C 69 .

Looping Problem direction towards C A 2 B 1 direction towards C C 0 Cost to C 70 .

Looping Problem A 2 B 1 What is B’s cost to C now? C 0 Cost to C 71 .

Looping Problem A 2 B 1 3 C 0 Cost to C 72 .

Looping Problem direction towards C A 2 direction towards C B 1 3 C 0 Cost to C 73 .

Looping Problem direction towards C A 2 4 direction towards C B 1 3 C 0 Cost to C 74 .

Looping Problem direction towards C A 2 4 direction towards C B 1 3 5 C 0 Cost to C 75 .

Looping Problem worse with high connectivity Q Z B A C N M V H 76 .

Split Horizon: one of several optimizations Don’t tell neighbor N you can reach D if you’d forward to D through N A B C A C D B 77 .

“shortest path” first—well known and efficient algorithm) 78 . i.e. cost) pairs •  Broadcast LSPs to all rtrs (“a miracle occurs”) •  Store latest LSP from each rtr •  Compute Routes (breadth first..Link State Routing •  meet nbrs •  Construct Link State Packet (LSP) –  who you are –  list of (nbr.

A 2 D A B/6 D/2 B A/6 C/2 E/1 6 B 1 2 E C B/2 F/2 G/5 2 C 2 F D A/2 E/2 5 G 1 E B/1 D/2 F/4 F C/2 E/4 G/1 G C/5 F/1 4 79 .

If for any nbr K. this is best path so far to K. child of N. go to step 1 80 .Computing Routes •  Edsgar Dijkstra’s algorithm: –  calculate tree of shortest paths from self to each –  also calculate cost from self to each –  Algorithm: •  step 0: put (SELF. c +dist(N. with dotted line •  step 2: make dotted line with smallest cost solid.K)) on tree. 0) on tree •  step 1: look at LSP of node (N.c) just put on tree. put (K.

Look at LSP of new tree node A B/6 D/2 B A/6 C/2 E/1 C B/2 F/2 G/5 D A/2 E/2 E B/1 D/2 F/4 F C/2 E/4 G/1 G C/5 F/1 C(0) B(2) G(5) F(2) 81 .

Make shortest TENT solid A B/6 D/2 B A/6 C/2 E/1 C B/2 F/2 G/5 D A/2 E/2 E B/1 D/2 F/4 F C/2 E/4 G/1 G C/5 F/1 C(0) B(2) G(5) F(2) 82 .

Look at LSP of newest tree node A B/6 D/2 B A/6 C/2 E/1 C B/2 F/2 G/5 D A/2 E/2 E B/1 D/2 F/4 F C/2 E/4 G/1 G C/5 F/1 C(0) B(2) E(4) G(5) G(3) 83 F(2) .

Make shortest TENT solid A B/6 D/2 B A/6 C/2 E/1 C B/2 F/2 G/5 D A/2 E/2 E B/1 D/2 F/4 F C/2 E/4 G/1 G C/5 F/1 C(0) B(2) E(4) F(2) G(3) 84 .

Look at LSP of newest tree node A B/6 D/2 B A/6 C/2 E/1 C B/2 F/2 G/5 D A/2 E/2 E B/1 D/2 F/4 F C/2 E/4 G/1 G C/5 F/1 C(0) B(2) A(8) E(3) F(2) G(3) 85 .

Make shortest TENT solid A B/6 D/2 B A/6 C/2 E/1 C B/2 F/2 G/5 D A/2 E/2 E B/1 D/2 F/4 F C/2 E/4 G/1 G C/5 F/1 C(0) B(2) A(8) E(3) F(2) G(3) 86 .

Look at LSP of newest tree node A B/6 D/2 B A/6 C/2 E/1 C B/2 F/2 G/5 D A/2 E/2 E B/1 D/2 F/4 F C/2 E/4 G/1 G C/5 F/1 C(0) B(2) A(8) E(3) D(5) 87 F(2) G(3) .

Make shortest TENT solid A B/6 D/2 B A/6 C/2 E/1 C B/2 F/2 G/5 D A/2 E/2 E B/1 D/2 F/4 F C/2 E/4 G/1 G C/5 F/1 C(0) B(2) A(8) E(3) D(5) 88 F(2) G(3) .

Look at newest tree node’s LSP A B/6 D/2 B A/6 C/2 E/1 C B/2 F/2 G/5 D A/2 E/2 E B/1 D/2 F/4 F C/2 E/4 G/1 G C/5 F/1 C(0) B(2) A(8) E(3) D(5) 89 F(2) G(3) .

Make shortest TENT solid A B/6 D/2 B A/6 C/2 E/1 C B/2 F/2 G/5 D A/2 E/2 E B/1 D/2 F/4 F C/2 E/4 G/1 G C/5 F/1 C(0) B(2) A(8) E(3) D(5) 90 F(2) G(3) .

Look at newest node’s LSP A B/6 D/2 B A/6 C/2 E/1 C B/2 F/2 G/5 D A/2 E/2 E B/1 D/2 F/4 F C/2 E/4 G/1 G C/5 F/1 C(0) B(2) A(8) E(3) D(5) F(2) G(3) A(7) 91 .

Make shortest TENT solid A B/6 D/2 B A/6 C/2 E/1 C B/2 F/2 G/5 D A/2 E/2 E B/1 D/2 F/4 F C/2 E/4 G/1 G C/5 F/1 C(0) B(2) E(3) D(5) F(2) G(3) A(7) 92 .

We’re done! A B/6 D/2 B A/6 C/2 E/1 C B/2 F/2 G/5 D A/2 E/2 E B/1 D/2 F/4 F C/2 E/4 G/1 G C/5 F/1 C(0) B(2) E(3) D(5) F(2) G(3) A(7) 93 .

“A miracle occurs” •  First link state protocol: ARPANET •  I wanted to do something similar for DECnet •  My manager said “Only if you can prove it’s stable” •  Given a choice between a proof and a counterexample… 94 .

Routing Robustness •  This failure mode actually occurred in the ARPANET •  I designed “self-stabilizing” link state protocol… but only after sick/evil node gone •  IS-IS and OSPF do it self-stabilizing •  My thesis: robust even if some of the routers are evil. More than securing the routing protocol: it deals with packet delivery 95 .

sabotage-proof routing 96 . mapping the net. troubleshooting. Complex new-fangled distance vector. custom routes. no •  Convergence speed: link state •  Functionality: link state.Distance vector vs link state •  Memory: distance vector wins (but memory is cheap) •  Computation: debatable •  Simplicity of coding: simple distance vector wins.

Specific Routing Protocols •  Interdomain vs Intradomain •  Intradomain: – link state (OSPF. IS-IS) – distance vector (RIP) •  Interdomain – BGP 97 .

or not to D. and configured preferences. or only as last resort •  Other policies: don’t tell nbr about D. choose your path to D – don’t ever route through domain X.BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) •  “Policies”. not just minimize path •  “Path vector”: given reported paths to D from each nbr. or lie to nbr about D making path look worse 98 .

list of AS’s in R’s chosen path to D)…} – Each rtr chooses best path based on configured policies 99 .Path vector/Distance vector •  Distance vector – Each router reports to its neighbors {(D.cost)} – Each router chooses best path based on min (reported cost to D+link cost to nbr) •  Path vector – Each rtr R reports {(D.

BGP Configuration •  path preference rules •  which nbr to tell about which destinations •  how to “edit” the path when telling nbr N about prefix P (add fake hops to discourage N from using you to get to P) 100 .

TRILL working group in IETF •  TRILL= TRansparent Interconnection of Lots of Links •  Use layer 3 routing. and encapsulate with a civilized header •  But still look like a bridge from the outside 101 .

better bandwidth utilization. more stability 102 .Goal •  Design so that change can be incremental •  With TRILL. replace any subset of bridges with RBridges – still looks to IP like one giant Ethernet – the more bridges you replace with RBridges.

Run link state protocol •  So all the RBridges know how to reach all the other RBridges •  But don’t know anything about endnodes 103 .

Why link state? •  Since all switches know the complete topology. easy to compute lots of trees deterministically (we’ll get to that later) •  Easy to piggyback “nickname allocation protocol” (we’ll get to that later) 104 .

Routing inside campus •  First RB encapsulates to last RB – So header is “safe” (has hop count) – Inner RBridges only need to know how to reach destination RBridge •  Still need tree for unknown/multicast – But don’t need spanning tree protocol – compute tree(s) deterministically from the link state database 105 .

Rbridging R4 R7 R3 R6 a R1 R2 c R5 106 .

Details •  What the encapsulated packet looks like •  How R1 knows that R2 is the correct “last RBridge” 107 .

Encapsulated Frame (Ethernet) outer header dest (nexthop) srce (Xmitter) Ethertype=TRILL TRILL header first RBridge last RBridge TTL original frame TRILL header specifies RBridges with 2-byte nicknames 108 .

IDs and priorities break tie •  Loser chooses another nickname •  Configured nicknames higher priority 109 . faster fwd’ing •  Dynamically acquired •  Choose unused #.2-byte Nicknames •  Saves hdr room. announce in LSP •  If collision.

R1 sends packet through a tree •  When R2 decapsulates.How does R1 know that R2 is the correct “last RBridge”? •  If R1 doesn’t. source MAC) 110 . it remembers (ingress RBridge.

obvious – Route towards “last” RBridge – Learn location of source from “first” RBridge •  For Multicast/unknown destination – Use of “first” •  to learn location of source endnode •  to do “RPF check” on multicast – Use of “last” •  To allow first RB to specify a tree •  Campus calculates some number of trees 111 .Use of “first” and “last” RBridge in TRILL header •  For Unicast.

The network need not be loop-free. Are least cost paths to destination.Algorhyme v2 I hope that we shall one day see A graph more lovely than a tree. A network where RBridges can Route packets to their target LAN. Without a common spanning tree. RBridges work transparently. The paths they find. Ray Perlner 112 . A graph to boost efficiency While still configuration-free. With packet hop counts we now see. to our elation.

but everyone gets them wrong 113 .Wrap-up •  folklore of protocol design •  things too obvious to say.

value –  so can skip new TLVs –  maybe have range of T’s to ignore if unknown. length. Can maybe be used for something in the future •  TLV encoding –  type.Forward Compatibility •  Reserved fields – spare bits – ignore them on receipt. set them to zero. others to drop packet 114 .

Forward Compability
•  Make fields large enough
– IP address, packet identifier, TCP sequence #

•  Version number
– what is “new version” vs “new protocol”?
•  same lower layer multiplex info

– therefore, must always be in same place! – drop if version # bigger
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Fancy version # variants
•  Might be security threat to trick two Vn nodes into talk V(n-1) •  So maybe have “highest version I support” in addition to “version of this packet” •  Or just a bit “I can support higher” (we did this for IKEv2) •  Maybe have “minor version #”, for compatible changes. Old node ignores it
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Version #
•  Nobody seems to do this right •  IP, IKEv1, SSL unspecified what to do if version # different. Most implementations ignore it. •  SSL v3 moved version field!
– v2 sets it to 0.2. v3 sets (different field) to 3.0. – v2 node will ignore version number field, and happily parse the rest of the packet
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Avoid “flag days” •  Want to be able to migrate a running network •  ARPANET routing: ran both routing algorithms (but they had to compute the same forwarding table) – initially forward based on old. compute both – one by one: forward based on new – one-by-one: delete old 118 .

Parameters •  Minimize these: – someone has to document it – customer has to read documentation and understand it •  How to avoid – architectural constants if possible – automatically configure if possible 119 .

.Settable Parameters •  Make sure they can’t be set incompatibly across nodes. (e. across layers.g. hello time and dead timer) •  Make sure they can be set at nodes one at a time and the net can stay running 120 . etc.

sent in spanning tree msgs 121 .Parameter tricks •  IS-IS – pairwise parameters reported in “hellos” – area-wide parameters reported in LSPs •  Bridges – Use Root’s values.

Summary •  If things aren’t simple. •  It’s never a “waste of time” to answer “why is something that way” •  Don’t believe everything you hear •  Know the problem you’re solving before you try to solve it! 122 . they won’t work •  Good engineering requires understanding tradeoffs and previous approaches.

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