This section is the beginning of traffic engineering in the segment routing network known as SRTE or “Segment Routing Traffic Engineering”.
As you know, we have two main advantages in the “segment network” networks: protection and traffic engineering. In the previous videos, we already talked about protection that minimizes packet loss if a link or node in the network fail. In this video and also in the next few videos, we will talk about the traffic engineering capability of segment routing.
What does traffic engineering mean? This means that at the edge of the network you can control the path of a particular traffic up to destination. For example, if there is congestion on the network and you want to ensure that quality of gold customers’ traffic is maintained, you control the path of gold customer traffic at the edge of the network in a way to get enough bandwidth or minimal delay.
Traffic engineering can be traditionally implemented in MPLS networks with RSVP-TE, but segment routing traffic engineering has many advantages. The traditional method requires you to enable RSVP-TE protocol, but in the segment routing network you do not need any other protocol for traffic engineering.
RSVP-TE maintains the state of all TE tunnels in the routers in the path, but segment routing does not maintain any state in any router but in the packet itself which is more scalable.
In RSVP-TE, tunnels have to be created manually but in SRTE, tunnels are created automatically.
There are a few other advantages in the Segment Routing Traffic Engineering that we will get to know in the next few videos.
To understand how traffic engineering works and how it is implemented in segment routing networks, I have already prepared a topology.
In this topology, routers xv1 and xrv6 are our edge routers. The addresses of the loopback interfaces range from 220.127.116.11 to 18.104.22.168 according to the router numbers. The subnet of the links between routers also depends on the router number. For example, 10.1.2.x is selected for the subnet between routers xrv1 and xrv2. The last digit of the IP address is also the router number.
Enable segment routing in ISIS
In step 0, segment routing is activated in all routers with the ISIS routing protocol. The configuration of the router xrv1 is shown here. ISIS is activated in all interfaces. With the command “segment-routing mpls” we activate the segment routing in ISIS. Prefix SID of loopback0 of all routers must also be configured, which I configured from 16001 in router xr1 to 16006 in router xrv6.
“mpls oam” is activated just for troubleshooting purposes or to ping and traceroute in MPLS data plane and it is not related to segment routing configuration.
RP/0/RP0/CPU0:xrv1#show runn mpls Wed Jul 7 19:22:54.605 UTC mpls oam ! RP/0/RP0/CPU0:xrv1#show runn router isis Wed Jul 7 19:23:00.558 UTC router isis LAB is-type level-2-only net 49.0000.0000.0001.00 distribute link-state address-family ipv4 unicast metric-style wide segment-routing mpls ! interface Loopback0 address-family ipv4 unicast prefix-sid absolute 16001 ! ! interface GigabitEthernet0/0/0/0 address-family ipv4 unicast metric 15 ! ! interface GigabitEthernet0/0/0/1 address-family ipv4 unicast
Enable Traffic Engineering using policy in segment routing network
In step 1, we implement traffic engineering using policy. In fact, traffic engineering is enabled using policy in the segment routing network.
RP/0/RP0/CPU0:xrv1#show runn segment-routing Wed Jul 7 19:23:49.983 UTC segment-routing traffic-eng segment-list xrv2-xrv4-xrv5-xrv6 index 10 mpls label 16004 index 20 mpls label 16005 index 30 mpls label 16006 ! policy PE2_GOLD binding-sid mpls 40000 color 10 end-point ipv4 22.214.171.124 candidate-paths preference 80 dynamic metric type igp ! ! ! preference 100 explicit segment-list xrv2-xrv4-xrv5-xrv6
For example, if you want gold customer’s traffic which have paid more money to be routed to a specific path with minimal delay and silver customer’s traffic which have paid less to a default IGP path. to implement this, you need to define two policies. One for gold and one for silver customers.
A policy in a router is uniquely identified by its destination address and color. Color is to differentiate our services. for example color 10 is for gold customers and color 20 is for silver customers.
To implement a policy, in “segment routing traffic engineering” context, we define a policy. Here I have configured a policy with the name of PE2_GOLD. we make a policy to be unique by configuring destination address and color. Here the destination address is 126.96.36.199 and color is 10 which is used for gold customers.
A binding-SID must be configured statically or dynamically for each policy, which I will explain in a few minutes.
There must be at least one candidate path for each policy. Every path has a preference. Higher preference has higher priority. The path can be computed dynamically with your given constraint to optimize IGP metric or delay and many other constraints or can be configured explicitly.
Here we have defined two paths. The explicit path has a higher preference. if it is not valid or available, the second path with lower preference is chosen, which is dynamic and is chosen according to best IGP path.
The explicit path is defined by a segment list named xrv2-xrv4-xrv5-xrv6, which is also our configured path. The explicit path is defined with a list of segment routing labels 16004, 16005 and then 16006. So the traffic will be routed first to xrv4 then xrv5 and then xrv6.
For traffic engineering to works we enable “distribute link-state” under ISIS/OSPF to feed the SRTE DB on the head-end.
router isis LAB distribute link-state
A binding-SID is assigned dynamically or manually for each policy and the selected active path. Here the binding-SID is configured manually as 40000. When we insert the binding-SID to the packet, it is automatically mapped to the the corresponding segment list of the active path of the policy, which here is 16004-16605-16006.
With “show mpls forwarding” you can see that incoming Binding-SID is mapped to outgoing label defined in segment routing traffic engineering policy.
RP/0/RP0/CPU0:xrv1#show mpls forwarding Wed Jul 7 19:50:18.224 UTC Local Outgoing Prefix Outgoing Next Hop Bytes Label Label or ID Interface Switched ------ ----------- ------------------ ------------ --------------- ------------ 16002 Pop SR Pfx (idx 2) Gi0/0/0/0 10.1.2.2 0 16003 Pop SR Pfx (idx 3) Gi0/0/0/1 10.1.3.3 0 16004 16004 SR Pfx (idx 4) Gi0/0/0/0 10.1.2.2 0 16005 16005 SR Pfx (idx 5) Gi0/0/0/1 10.1.3.3 0 16006 16006 SR Pfx (idx 6) Gi0/0/0/1 10.1.3.3 504 24001 Pop SR Adj (idx 1) Gi0/0/0/0 10.1.2.2 0 24002 Pop SR Adj (idx 3) Gi0/0/0/0 10.1.2.2 0 24003 Pop SR Adj (idx 1) Gi0/0/0/1 10.1.3.3 0 24004 Pop SR Adj (idx 3) Gi0/0/0/1 10.1.3.3 0 24005 Pop SR Adj (idx 0) Gi0/0/0/0 10.1.2.2 0 24006 16004 SR TE: 1 [TE-INT] Gi0/0/0/0 10.1.2.2 532 40000 Pop No ID srte_c_10_ep point2point 532
Binding-SID helps us with scalability. Instead of inserting 3 segments, we are only inserting one segment, 40000, pointing to the same path.
Another use of the binding-SID is to steer traffic through the traffic engineering path. That is, when router xrv1 receives a packet with segment 40000, then it will be steered through segment-list binding to 40000, which is 16004-16005-16006.
Steering Traffic in Traffic Engineering path in segment routing
In the next step we learn how to steer the traffic with Binding-SID. In the next videos, we will learn other automatic way of routing traffic through a traffic engineering path.
Step 2 is to better understand the binding-SID. In this step, we define a policy in the xrv3 router and ask the router to route the traffic with destination xrv6 via the explicit path 24001-4000. 24001 is the adjacency-SID for the connection between xrv3-xrv1, which may be different for you as it is created dynamically. Label 4000 is the binding-SID of the active path in the PE2_GOLD policy defined in xrv1. The current active path of the policy is xrv2-xrv4-xrv5-xrv6. so router xrv3, in order to forward the traffic to xrv6, instead of using xrv5-xrv6 direct path, it selects xrv1-xrv2-xrv4-xrv5-xrv6 according to the defined policy. So you can see how we can steer traffic in a specific path using Binding-SID.
RP/0/RP0/CPU0:xrv3#show runn segment-routing Wed Jul 7 19:51:42.583 UTC segment-routing traffic-eng segment-list xrv1-40000 index 10 mpls label 24001 index 20 mpls label 40000 ! policy PE2_GOLD color 10 end-point ipv4 188.8.131.52 candidate-paths preference 100 explicit segment-list xrv1-40000
Monitoring and troubleshooting segment routing traffic Engineering
This is our first segment routing traffic engineering scenario, that the configurations is already done in routers.
With “show segment-routing traffic-eng policy”, you can see the active path and Binding-SID of the configured policy.
RP/0/RP0/CPU0:xrv1#show segment-routing traffic-eng policy Wed Jul 7 19:52:57.971 UTC SR-TE policy database --------------------- Color: 10, End-point: 184.108.40.206 Name: srte_c_10_ep_220.127.116.11 Status: Admin: up Operational: up for 22:57:36 (since Jul 6 20:55:21.443) Candidate-paths: Preference: 100 (configuration) (active) Name: PE2_GOLD Requested BSID: 40000 Explicit: segment-list xrv2-xrv4-xrv5-xrv6 (valid) Weight: 1, Metric Type: TE 16004 [Prefix-SID, 18.104.22.168] 16005 16006 Preference: 80 (configuration) Name: PE2_GOLD Requested BSID: 40000 Dynamic (invalid) Metric Type: IGP, Path Accumulated Metric: 0 Attributes: Binding SID: 40000 Forward Class: Not Configured Steering BGP disabled: no IPv6 caps enable: yes
Now let’s traceroute the traffic in segment-routing MPLS with the command
RP/0/RP0/CPU0:xrv1#traceroute sr-mpls nil-fec policy name srte_c_10_ep_22.214.171.124 Wed Jul 7 19:53:50.129 UTC Tracing MPLS Label Switched Path with Nil FEC for SR-TE Policy srte_c_10_ep_126.96.36.199, timeout is 2 seconds Codes: '!' - success, 'Q' - request not sent, '.' - timeout, 'L' - labeled output interface, 'B' - unlabeled output interface, 'D' - DS Map mismatch, 'F' - no FEC mapping, 'f' - FEC mismatch, 'M' - malformed request, 'm' - unsupported tlvs, 'N' - no rx label, 'P' - no rx intf label prot, 'p' - premature termination of LSP, 'R' - transit router, 'I' - unknown upstream index, 'X' - unknown return code, 'x' - return code 0 Type escape sequence to abort. 0 10.1.2.1 MRU 1500 [Labels: 16004/16005/16006/explicit-null Exp: 0/0/0/0] L 1 10.1.2.2 MRU 1500 [Labels: implicit-null/16005/16006/explicit-null Exp: 0/0/0/0] 39 ms L 2 10.2.4.4 MRU 1500 [Labels: implicit-null/16006/explicit-null Exp: 0/0/0] 62 ms L 3 10.4.5.5 MRU 1500 [Labels: implicit-null/explicit-null Exp: 0/0] 85 ms ! 4 10.5.6.6 50 ms RP/0/RP0/CPU0:xrv1#
The Nil-FEC LSP ping and traceroute operation are simply extension of regular MPLS ping and trace route. nil-fec add the labels specified in the policy to the packet generated with ping and traceroute command.
As you can see the traffic is routed through our traffic-engineering path defined in the policy.
Now we can use the same troubleshooting command in router xrv3 to make sure that it is routed through our specified path.
RP/0/RP0/CPU0:xrv3#show segment-routing traffic-eng policy Wed Jul 7 19:55:18.157 UTC SR-TE policy database --------------------- Color: 10, End-point: 188.8.131.52 Name: srte_c_10_ep_184.108.40.206 Status: Admin: up Operational: up for 23:17:38 (since Jul 6 20:37:40.153) Candidate-paths: Preference: 100 (configuration) (active) Name: PE2_GOLD Requested BSID: dynamic Explicit: segment-list xrv1-40000 (valid) Weight: 1, Metric Type: TE 24001 40000 Attributes: Binding SID: 24009 Forward Class: Not Configured Steering BGP disabled: no IPv6 caps enable: yes
As you see in the segment list, first label is 24001 which points to the link between xrv3-xrv1. Your label may be different since it is generated dynamically. With command “show isis adjacency detail”, you can check your own adjacency label.
RP/0/RP0/CPU0:xrv3# show isis adjacency detail Wed Jul 7 19:55:56.499 UTC IS-IS LAB Level-2 adjacencies: System Id Interface SNPA State Hold Changed NSF IPv4 IPv6 BFD BFD xrv1 Gi0/0/0/0 000c.29b1.d7b1 Up 8 1d04h Yes None None Area Address: 49 Neighbor IPv4 Address: 10.1.3.1* Adjacency SID: 24000 Non-FRR Adjacency SID: 24001 DIS Priority: 64 Local Priority: 64 Neighbor Priority: 64 (DIS) Topology: IPv4 Unicast ...
Now with traceroute command you make sue if the path is as your desired path defined in the policy. As you can see, with the help of Binding-SID, we steer traffic in the path defined in the policy.
RP/0/RP0/CPU0:xrv3#traceroute sr-mpls nil-fec policy name srte_c_10_ep_220.127.116.11 Wed Jul 7 19:56:43.504 UTC Tracing MPLS Label Switched Path with Nil FEC for SR-TE Policy srte_c_10_ep_18.104.22.168, timeout is 2 seconds Codes: '!' - success, 'Q' - request not sent, '.' - timeout, 'L' - labeled output interface, 'B' - unlabeled output interface, 'D' - DS Map mismatch, 'F' - no FEC mapping, 'f' - FEC mismatch, 'M' - malformed request, 'm' - unsupported tlvs, 'N' - no rx label, 'P' - no rx intf label prot, 'p' - premature termination of LSP, 'R' - transit router, 'I' - unknown upstream index, 'X' - unknown return code, 'x' - return code 0 Type escape sequence to abort. 0 10.1.3.3 MRU 1500 [Labels: 40000/explicit-null Exp: 0/0] L 1 10.1.3.1 MRU 1500 [Labels: 16004/16005/16006/implicit-null/explicit-null Exp: 0/0/0/0/0] 43 ms L 2 10.1.2.2 MRU 1500 [Labels: implicit-null/16005/16006/implicit-null/explicit-null Exp: 0/0/0/0/0] 93 ms L 3 10.2.4.4 MRU 1500 [Labels: implicit-null/16006/implicit-null/explicit-null Exp: 0/0/0/0] 40 ms L 4 10.4.5.5 MRU 1500 [Labels: implicit-null/implicit-null/explicit-null Exp: 0/0/0] 58 ms ! 5 10.5.6.6 38 ms
As you can see , traffic is first forwarded to router xrv1 and then to router xrv6 through the path defined in policy with binding-SID 40000.