MEF 4 Metro Ethernet Network Architecture Framework Part 1: Generic Framework

2004 May

Product Portfolio: Carrier Ethernet | Standard Type: Architecture

Summary:

Introduces the framework and terminology for the services (Eth) layer

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Abstract:

This document provides the Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) generic architectural framework for Metro Ethernet Networks (MEN). The generic architecture framework describes the high-level constructs used to model the various architectural components of a MEN’s Ethernet services, transport services and application services layer networks. The MEF architecture model is based on the principle of layer network decomposition, where each layer network is constructed from a particular set of networking technologies (e.g., Ethernet, SONET/SDH, MPLS, etc.). The model reuses the native Ethernet frame structure and the architectural constructs created to describe connection and connection-less oriented transport networks in ITU-T Recommendations G.805 and G.809.


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