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CSI-IL-001 – Mastering Generalized MPLS (GMPLS)

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2-Day Instructor Led Hands On Lab Class
Available in either Web Based delivery or On-Site Delivery
Minimum 10 students – Maximum 16 students


Course Description:

The common control plane architecture implementation at the optical layer of networks is traceable to two companies: Lighterra (now Ciena’s Core Director) and Monterey Network’s Wavelength Router (acquired by Cisco Systems).  These early implementations followed a similar track: utilize IP control protocols such as OSPF to select and manage wavelength availability and paths on the optical network.

These early implementations have now morphed into the open standards of Generalized MPLS or GMPLS.  This course opens the architecture and requirements design of using common control protocols to control layer 1 network capacity, and links these optical and photonic devices to their layer 2 and layer 3 counterparts all under the MPLS umbrella of operation and management.

This insightful and revealing course has been designed to bring either traditional networking experts from the voice and telephony world or new-to-networking individuals up to speed on the world of MPLS and GMPLS Networking.  This course is designed as an instructor led knowledge-based course over the span of two days delivered in a swift, detailed, and understandable way by knowledgeable and experienced optical networking specialists.

Course Objectives:

The objectives of the course are:

  1. Develop a knowledge-based skill set targeted at GMPLS architecture and requirements in the following key areas:
    • GMPLS Architectures
    • Link Management Protocol
    • Generalized labels and label bundling
  2. Master the network control implications of GMPLS
  3. Understand the control plane protocol modifications for applying MPLS technologies on the layer 1 network
  4. Observe and understand the future of GMPLS standards

These objectives are met by covering the necessary technical bases in a straight forward manner, by keep the content in context of the objectives – connecting the dots. Utilizing a short, subject specific architecture with exercises to drive home key points and configuration observations, that reveal these points builds skills and knowledge based on Bloom’s Taxonomy. The presentation is always industry current and up-to-date using a technology specialists.


The target audience for this course is anyone in the telecommunications field that requires a solid and complete understanding of the architecture and requirements for Generalized MPLS (GMPLS) in networking and desires knowledge-based skills that can be applied to their job function.  Ideal candidates are:

  • Network Administrators
  • Operations individuals that will provide GMPLS design, configuration and support services
  • Development Engineers that must know GMPLS architecture and requirements in order to provide hardware and software solutions
  • Network Design Engineers that need to understand GMPLS services and applications
  • Network Management individuals that are providing element and network management tools
  • Technical sales individuals that must be able to correlate features with functionality
  • Technical marketing individuals that want more than just a basic understanding GMPLS
  • Certification Track individuals that need to expand their knowledge and studies

Course Prerequisites:

This is an advanced topic course.  CellStream has designed this course to appeal to anyone needing the skills and knowledge of AToM, VPWS and VPLS. The ideal student will have some experience in Basic MPLS operations (for instance having taken the CellStream Hands-On Course on MPLS, one or more of the “MPLS 101”, “201”, or “301” courses, or the CellStream Course on Advanced MPLS Functions). The course also demonstrates Command Line Interface examples and an example lab configuration so the student can take away an understanding of implementation. No prior knowledge is necessary.

Course Materials:

Students will be provided with a Course Student Guide.

Related Content:

See the course pre-requisites for related content. As a follow up to this course, some students may wish to take out Mastering Generalized MPLS (G-MPLS course), or the upcoming MPLS-TP course.

Course Outline:

The course outline is as follows:

  • Section 1: Course Introduction

    • Course Overview
    • Course Objectives
    • Resources
  • Section 2: Optical Networking Overview
    • Overview/Evolution of IP Optical Networking
    • SONET and SDH Networks
    • DWDM Networks
    • Optical Transport Layer Overview
  • Section 3: MPLS Overview
    • MPLS Labels, LSPs
    • Overview of Signaling in MPLS
      • LDP
      • RSVP-TE
    • Overview of Routing in MPLS
      • OSPF
      • IS-IS
      • BGP
  • Section 4: GMPLS Architecture
    • Overview
    • Overlay vs. Peer
    • Label Bundling
    • Forwarding Adjacencies
    • Protection and Redundancy
  • Section 5: Link Management Protocol
    • Protocol Common Header
    • Control Channel Setup
    • Configuring control channels
    • Test Messaging
    • Link Verification
    • Status and Failure Notification
    • Authentication
  • Section 6: LSP Control protocols
    • LDP
    • RSVP-TE for GMPLS
    • OSPF for GMPLS
    • BGP for GMPLS
    • Emerging Routing developments
  • Section 7: GMPLS Standardization
    • Internet Engineering Task Force
    • Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF)
    • Purpose of OIF
    • Path Setup example
    • ITU G.ASON
  • Section 8: Course Summary

Course Availability:

Contact us for schedule dates and times.

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