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Re: Optical Crossconnects and IP

  • From: Tony Li
  • Date: Wed May 10 02:12:02 2000

|  I agree that a more dynamic optical infrastructure allows an IP network
|  to be established faster and better (in terms of flexibility), but I
|  disagree with the point of view that expects routers to dynamically
|  establish, modify and tear-down circuits to other routers on
|  demand. 

The key words in this sentence are "on demand".  I believe that we've
demonstrated that traffic engineering is a viable and beneficial capability
in large scale IP networks.  I would agree that anyone attempting to
perform traffic engineering with a very small time constant would be
pushing the technology past what is beneficial today.