From where or how does the figure of 50 m sec protection switching calculated for MPLS/ ERPS?

  • I use a traffic generator (e.g. IXIA) - transmit 1000PPS, if less than 50 packet drop upon switchover thats your sub-50msec
    – manish ma
    Sep 23 '18 at 14:59
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    – Ron Maupin
    Dec 25 '18 at 9:34

The 50 ms maximum delay is a figure derived from practical use. Many real-time protocols can suffer a packet loss for that period without too much impact. That limit is a trade-off between reliability and cost.

It's "offical" in some IETF RFCs, probably starting with RFC 6378.

I also found this source stating that 50 ms originated from Automated Protection Switching (APS).

  • Yes, I have gone through the source too but it does not show how this figure is calculated. I am looking for some mathematical derivation behind this figure. There has to be. But I am unable to figure it out. Sep 24 '18 at 11:56

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