Constraint-based Routing Label Distribution Protocol

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Constraint-based Routing Label Distribution Protocol (CR-LDP) is a control protocol used in some computer networks. As of February 2003, the IETF MPLS working group deprecated CR-LDP and decided to focus purely on RSVP-TE.[1]

It is an extension of the Label Distribution Protocol (LDP), one of the protocols in the Multiprotocol Label Switching architecture. CR-LDP contains extensions for LDP to extend its capabilities such as setup paths beyond what is available for the routing protocol. For instance, a Label Switched Path can be set up based on explicit route constraints, quality of service constraints, and other constraints. Constraint-based routing (CR) is a mechanism used to meet traffic engineering requirements. These requirements are met by extending LDP for support of constraint-based routed label switched paths (CR-LSPs). Other uses for CR-LSPs include MPLS-based virtual private networks. CR-LDP is almost same as basic LDP, in packet structure, but it contains some extra TLVs which basically set up the constraint-based LSP.


  1. ^ L. Andersson; G. Swallow (February 2003). "The Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) Working Group decision on MPLS signaling protocols". p. 6. RFC 3468. Missing or empty |url= (help)