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Congestion and Pre-Congestion Notification (Concluded WG)
Tsv Area: Martin Duke, Magnus Westerlund | 2007-Feb-28 — 2012-Jul-20 

2012-06-13 charter

Congestion and Pre-Congestion Notification (pcn)


 Current Status: Active

     Scott O. Bradner <sob@harvard.edu>
     Steven Blake <slblake@petri-meat.com>

 Transport Area Directors:
     Wesley Eddy <wes@mti-systems.com>
     Martin Stiemerling <martin.stiemerling@neclab.eu>

 Transport Area Advisor:
     Martin Stiemerling <martin.stiemerling@neclab.eu>

 Mailing Lists:
     General Discussion: pcn@ietf.org
     To Subscribe:       pcn-request@ietf.org
     Archive:            http://www.ietf.org/mail-archive/web/pcn/

Description of Working Group:

    The Congestion and Pre-Congestion Notification (PCN) working group
    develops mechanisms to protect the quality-of-service of established
    inelastic flows within a DiffServ domain when congestion is imminent
    or existing. These mechanisms operate at the domain boundary, based
    on aggregated congestion and pre-congestion information from within
    the domain. The focus of the WG is on developing standards for the
    marking behavior of the interior nodes and the encoding and transport
    of the congestion information. To allow for future extensions to the
    mechanisms and their application to new deployment scenarios, they
    are logically separated into several components, namely, encoding and
    transport along forward path from marker to egress, metering of
    congestion information at the egress, and transport of congestion
    information back to the controlling ingress. Reaction mechanisms at
    the boundary consist of flow admission and flow termination. Although
    designed to work together, flow admission and flow termination are
    independent mechanisms, and the use of one does not require or
    prevent the use of the other. The WG may produce a small number of
    informational documents that describe how specific quality-of-service
    policies for a domain can be implemented using these two mechanisms.

    The PCN WG will specify the following components to protect the
    quality-of-service of flows within a DiffServ domain:

    (1) a general architecture for flow admission and termination
    based on aggregated (pre-)congestion information

    (2) a specification of conditions under which interior nodes
    generate (pre-)congestion information

    (3) encoding and transport of (pre-)congestion information
    between the interior and domain egress

    (4) metering of (pre-)congestion information at the domain egress

    (5) encoding and transport of (pre-)congestion information
    between the egress and the controlling domain ingress

    (6) ingress node control mechanisms for flow admission or
    termination, based on aggregated (pre-)congestion information

    The WG focuses on the marking behavior and encoding and transport
    mechanisms needed to realize the overall PCN architecture. Standards-
    track protocols and mechanisms are only developed where necessary for
    interoperability. For other components of the architecture, the WG
    may document examples or provide recommended solutions in
    informational documents. The architecture document will be
    comprehensive, and include security, manageability and operational
    considerations. All PCN mechanisms, including transport and encoding
    of (pre-congestion) information, are required to cleanly integrate
    with existing architectures and protocols such as DiffServ and ECN.
    If the PCN WG requires extensions or modifications to protocols that
    are products of other WGs, it may motivate their need and describe
    requirements in informational documents; design of such extensions
    and modifications will take place in the appropriate WGs.

    The initial scope of the PCN WG is restricted by the following

    (A) these components are deployed in a single DiffServ domain,
    where all boundary and interior nodes are PCN-enabled
    and trust each other for correct PCN marking, encoding,
    transport and aggregation

    (B) all flows handled by these mechanisms are inelastic and
    constrained to a known maximum rate through policing or shaping

    (C) the number of flows across any potential aggregation bottleneck
    is sufficiently large for stateless, statistical mechanisms
    to be effective

    (D) flows may have different precedence, but the applicability
    of the PCN mechanisms for emergency use (911, GETS, WPS,
    MLPP, etc.) is out of scope

    After completion of the initial phase, the PCN WG may re-charter to
    develop solutions for scenarios where some of these restrictions are
    not in place. It may also re-charter to consider applying the PCN
    mechanisms to additional deployment scenarios (operation over
    concatenated DiffServ domains, PCN-aware application mechanisms,
    etc.). The WG may also consider to investigate additional response
    mechanisms that act on (pre-)congestion information. One example
    could be flow-rate adaptation (rather than flow admission/
    termination) during times of congestion. The details of these work
    items are outside the scope of the initial phase; but the WG may
    consider their requirements to design components that are
    sufficiently general to support such extensions in the future.

Goals and Milestones:
  Done     - Submit Pre-Congestion Notification (PCN) Architecture to the IESG for consideration as an Informational RFC
  Mar 2009 - Submit Encoding and Transport of (Pre-) Congestion Information from within a DiffServ Domain to the Egress to the IESG for consideration as a Proposed Standard RFC
  Mar 2009 - Submit (Pre-) Congestion Detection within a DiffServ Domain to the IESG for consideration as a Proposed Standard RFC
  Mar 2009 - Submit Survey of Encoding and Transport Choices of (Pre-) Congestion Information within a DiffServ Domain to the IESG for consideration as an Informational RFC
  Jul 2009 - Submit Requirements for Signaling of (Pre-) Congestion Information from Egress to Ingress in a DiffServ Domain to the IESG for consideration as a Informational RFC
  Nov 2009 - Submit Suggested Flow Admission and Termination Boundary Mechanisms to the IESG for consideration as an Informational RFC

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