School of Advanced Communications Technologies

Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)

This two day MPLS training course aims to explain the evolving role of MPLS and GMPLS in modern telecommunication networks.

Designed to give a thorough understanding of the Architecture, Protocols and Operation of Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS), this course explains the concepts and implementation of the technology in detail. Presented in a clear concise format, this course explores key areas of the technology including scaling GMPLS networks, Label Stack Encoding, MPLS and GMPLS Security, Traffic Engineering and more importantly, provides a fundamental understanding of the Label Distribution Protocol. The processes are examined in depth, with emphasis being placed on the expanding role of IP and associated protocols and the use of MPLS over existing ATM and Frame Relay networks.

Each training session with the aid of the trainer is thoroughly reviewed to help individual understanding.

Why should you attend this course?

  • Thoroughly understand the architecture of Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS)
  • Identify the functional capabilities of MPLS that are required to implement an efficient and reliable operational network
  • Explain how network resources can be utilised to enhance traffic performance characteristics
  • Indentify how the MPLS Architecture enables the use of ATM and Frame Relay switches to be used within the network as Label Switching Routers (LSR)
  • Discuss how MPLS encapsulation can be used when transmitting labeled packets within ATM networks
  • Explain how Label Stack Encoding uses specific rules, techniques and procedures to process labeled packets
  • Recognise and address the security aspects that are relevant in the context of MPLS and GMPLS by describing the security threats and related defensive techniques
  • Understand the fundamental concept in MPLS that Label Switching Routers (LSR) must agree on the meaning of the labels used to forward traffic between and through them – achieved by using the Label Distribution Protocol (LDP)
  • Describe the management architecture for MPLS and indicate the interrelationships between the different MIB modules used for MPLS network management.

Course Summary

  • MPLS Architecture
  • Label Distribution Protocol (LDP)
  • Label Distribution Procedures
  • MPLS Label Stack Encoding for Label Switching Routers (LSR)
  • Introduction to MPLS Management
  • MPLS Applications
  • Traffic Engineering over MPLS
  • Generalised Multiprotocol Label Switching (GMPLS) Scalability
  • MPLS and GMPLA Security
  • Label Switching with Frame Replay
  • MPLS using LDP and ATM Switching