Flow-based reservation marking in MPLS networks

Nianbo Liu, Jiannong Cao, Ming Liu, Jiazhi Zeng

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Marking in DiffServ at the edge of the network often follows a demand side policy. It meters a traffic stream and marks its packets according to some predefined traffic parameters as Committed Information Rate, Committed Burst Size, Excess Burst Size and so on. Such marking based on traffic characteristics is irrespective to network dynamics, which causes collision and QoS degradation in DiffServ. This paper proposes flow-based Reservation Marking as a supply side marking at the network edge, which marks stream packets reserved or unreserved according to flow-specific reservation in a distributed resource reservation environment. When congestion occurs, anticipant per flow QoS is secured by protecting reserved packets on core routers without any per flow or per trunk management. It provides a simple, scalable and adaptive mechanism of implementing quantitative end-to-end QoS by mapping per flow in IntServ into per class in DiffServ. A "once reserve, no more manage" framework is constructed to eliminate flow state, avoiding unexpected collision and flow management simultaneously on core routers. Performance evaluation reveals that it affords controllable and quantitative QoS, keeps networks core-stateless and achieves high link utilization at the same time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICC 2008 - IEEE International Conference on Communications, Proceedings
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 12 Sep 2008
EventIEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2008 - Beijing, China
Duration: 19 May 200823 May 2008


ConferenceIEEE International Conference on Communications, ICC 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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