Method for reconvergence after failure in a dual-homing network environment
Originating portfolio: ALU
Estimated expiration: 2029-Nov-07
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Initial bid date: 2018-May-01
Potentially relevant companies (2): Cloudera, Inc., Google Inc.
Products & technologies (3): Datacom:Error Correction, Network:Restoration, Network:WAN
A manner of providing for re-convergence in a dual homing network following the failure of one of the dual homing links. When such a failure is detected, the port roles are recomputed using an xSTP protocol. Prior to the completion of the computation, the operEdge variable is set to true, typically resulting in a more rapid re-convergence that may achieve sub 50 ms performance. When the computation is complete, the operEdge variable is reset to “false. The xSTP protocol may be, for example, RSTP or MSTP. The invention may be implemented in a CE device attached to a VPLS core or other network, and may be used in a LAG environment.
1. A method for re-convergence after failure of a dual homing link, comprising:
detecting a failure on a first dual homing port on a CE device;
determining whether a port on the CE device is in the role of a BackupPort and in a blocking state;
designating the second port on the CE device as a BackupPort and assigning a blocking state if it is determined that the second dual homing port is not a BackupPort in a blocking state;
setting an operEdge variable to “true” upon one of determining that the second port is a BackupPort in a blocking state or assigning a blocking state to the second port;
re-computing the role of each dual homing port on the CE device using an xSTP that maintains a value for the operEdge variable; and
resetting, after completion of the role re-computation, the operEdge variable to “false”.
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