Enhancing Label Space Usage for Ethernet VLAN-Label Switching
Source: Reed Elsevier
Ethernet is positioning itself as an aggregation technology for carrier transport networks; however, as it was designed for local area networks, native bridged Ethernet does not fulfill all carrier requirements. Ethernet VLAN-Label Switching (ELS) has been designed to make Ethernet fulfill carrier requirements. ELS allow the creation of label switched data paths using a 12-bit label encoded in the VLAN TAG control information field. As previous label switching technologies use more bits to encode the label, they do not suffer from the label sparsity issues that ELS might. This paper studies the label sparsity issues resulting from the reduced ELS VLAN-label space. For this purpose the applicability of existing techniques for enhancing label space is studied and evaluated in the online routing scenario.