Advertising Aggregate Bandwidth Across External BGP Links for Load Balancing Overview


A BGP peer that receives multiple paths from its internal peers load balances traffic among these paths. In earlier Junos OS releases, a BGP speaker receiving multiple paths from its internal peers advertised only the link bandwidth associated with the active route. BGP uses the link bandwidth extended community, to advertise the aggregated bandwidth of multiple routes across external links. BGP calculates the aggregate bandwidth of multipaths that have unequal bandwidth allocation and advertises the aggregated bandwidth to external BGP peers. A threshold to the aggregate bandwidth can be configured to restrict the bandwidth usage of a BGP group. Both IPv4 and IPv6 routes including anycast addresses support aggregate bandwidth.

To advertise aggregate bandwidth of multipath routes and to set a maximum threshold, configure a policy with aggregate-bandwidth and limit bandwidth actions at the [edit policy-options policy-statement name then] hierarchy level.

Figure 1: Advertising Aggregate Bandwidth Across External BGP Links for Load Balancing
Advertising Aggregate Bandwidth Across
External BGP Links for Load Balancing

In Figure 1, autonomous system 1 (AS1) aggregates the bandwidth of its 3 multipath routes to a remote prefix and advertises it to autonomous system 4 (AS4) with a bandwidth of 30 using the link bandwidth extended community. In case of a link failure between AS3 and AS4, AS4 subtracts 60 from the bandwidth it advertises to AS6 and modifies the bandwidth it was advertising from 130 to 70.

When a BGP peer propagates multipath routes configured with an aggregate bandwidth community, a new link bandwidth community is added with the sum of the bandwidth from the incoming bandwidth communities or that prefix. The available link bandwidth is dynamically derived from interface speed. The link bandwidth is sent as a transitive extended community. However, If the device receives the link bandwidth as a non-transitive link bandwidth extended community, Junos OS ignores this community but propagates it along with the transitive link bandwidth extended community. If the link-bandwidth community is not received for each one of the incoming multipath routes then a link bandwidth community is not advertised to its external peers.

When one of the multipath links fails, BGP readvertises the route with the bandwidth of the failed link subtracted from the outgoing link bandwidth community. If the aggregate link bandwidth is found to exceed the configured limit, the advertised aggregate bandwidth is truncated to the configured link bandwidth limit between the two peers.