Worth Reading: Cutting through the segment routing hype

Segment Routing (SR) is a new traffic-engineering technology being developed by the IETF’s SPRING Working Group. Two forwarding plane encapsulations are being defined for SR: Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) and IPv6 with a Segment Routing Extension Header. This article provides some historical context by describing the MPLS forwarding plane and control plane protocols, explains how Segment Routing works, introduces the MPLS-SR forwarding plane, and shows how the SR control plane is used. Finally, the article compares SR with legacy MPLS systems, and identifies its unique merits. —The IETF Journal