Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) is a data plane and control technology that is used in packet (that is Internet Protocol) networks. Now over ten years old, it has taken root firmly as a fundamental tool in many service provider networks. The last ten years have seen a considerable consolidation of MPLS techniques and protocols. This has resulted in the abandoning of some of the original features of MPLS, and the development of other new features. MPLS has moved from a prospective solution, to a grown-up technology. Now that MPLS has reached this level of maturity, these new tools and features allow more sophisticated services to the users of the network. These tools and features are discussed within various contexts throughout several networking-related books published by MK and this presents us with a unique publishing opportunity.The proposed book is a best-of-the-best collection of existing content from several books MK has published in recent years on MPLS technology (multi-label protocol switching). Individual chapters on MPLS technology are derived from a handful of MK books and are combined in one new volume in a way that makes sense as a reference work for those interested in new and developing aspects of this technology, i.e., network operators and designers who need to determine which aspects of their networks would benefit from MPLS technology and applications. It also serves as a definitive reference for engineers implementing MPLS-based products. This book represents a quick and efficient way to bring valuable content together from leading experts in the field while creating a one-stop-shopping opportunity for customers to receive the information they would otherwise need to round up from separate sources.Suitable and current content will be collected from the following titles: Evans, "Deploying IP and MPLS QoS" (2006); Farrel, "GMPLS" (2005); Ash," Traffic Engineering" (2006); Vasseur, "Network Recovery" (2005); Farrel, "The Internet and Its Protocols" (2004); Nadeau, "MPLS Management" (2003); and Davie, "MPLS Technology and Applications" (2000). These chapters will be updated where necessary and two new chapters will be added at the beginning and the end of the book to bring the content into focus and discuss next generation developments.The coverage of major applications of MPLS such as traffic engineering, VPNs, IP integration, GMPLS, and QoS written by leading experts in the field contributes to your practical knowledge of this key technology. It shows you how to implement various MPLS applications that will result in saving your organization time and money. It also shows you how you can evaluate MPLS applications and techniques in relation to one another so you can develop an optimum network design.
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"Written by two of the foremost experts on the subject who illustrate concepts with practical examples of their application. The most authoritative text on MPLS. Highly Recommended!"-Daniel Awduche Distinguished Technical Member UUNET (MCI Worldcom) "At last a comprehensive presentation of MPLS reflecting its development and usage, this book is a MUST for any Network Engineering Manager contemplating the deployment of MPLS."-Monique Jeanne Morrow IP Engineering Manager Swisscom AG "Davie and Rekhter provide a detailed and unbiased chronology of the evolution of MPLS. Their scientific approach to decomposing various protocols into their fundamental elements is interwoven with a more pragmatic compilation of diagrams, typical networking scenarios, and applications. Provides a solid knowledge base for researchers and operators dedicated to MPLS and its future."-Eric Dean Senior Director, Internetwork Engineering Global OneAbout the Author:
Bruce Davie is a visiting lecturer at MIT, and Chief Service Provider Architect at Nicira Networks. Formerly a Fellow at Cisco Systems, for many years he led the team of architects responsible for Multiprotocol Label Switching and IP Quality of Service. He is also an active participant in the Internet Engineering Task Force and he is curently SIGCOMM Chair. Prior to joining Cisco he was director of internetworking research and chief scientist at Bell Communications Research. Bruce holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Edinburgh University. He was named an ACM Fellow in 2009. His research interests include routing, network virtualization, transport protocols, and software-defined networks. Adrian Farrel has nearly two decades of experience designing and developing portable communications software. As MPLS Architect and Development Manager at Data Connection Ltd., he led a team that produced a carrier-class MPLS implementation for customers in the router space. As Director of Protocol Development for Movaz Networks, Inc., he helped build a cutting-edge system that integrated many IP-based protocols to control and manage optical switches. Adrian is active within the IETF, where he is co-chair of the CCAMP working group responsible for GMPLS. He has co-authored and contributed to numerous Internet Drafts and RFCs on MPLS, GMPLS, and related technologies. He was a founding board member of the MPLS Forum, frequently speaks at conferences, and is the author of several white papers on GMPLS.
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