How Comprehensive Should an Undergraduate Explanation of MPLS Be?

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In summary, the textbook explains how MPLS works by describing the components of a shim header, the establishment of an optimum LSP, and the forwarding of packets within a domain. Additionally, the text does a good job of covering key terminology such as FEC, LSR, LDP, and LER.
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What should I exactly write when I am asked how MPLS works?
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Say there is a subject of 80 marks and I have 8-10 marks question about "How MPLS works".

I will list the information that I am planning to write(but I want your feedback on what I should write?)

What my local author textbook (that our teachers use to teach) writes-:
1) gives 1 line info about each components of mpls shim header
2) says that optimum LSP is established along with QoS parameters(2 lines).
then says
Packet enters through LERs and gets assigned a label. And it gets forwarded to LSPs. Within the domain, the LSP gets packet, remove the incoming label and attach the outgoing label and then forwards to next label switching router.
Finally the another LER strips the label reads the Ip and forwards the packet. and then normal forwarding is done.(IP forwarding).

But I feel like this is too less information for 8 marks questions. But I also feel like there is really nth more than this to explain for an undergraduate course.
These 2 topics were called "path setup" and "packet handling".
What more topics should I include in my answer? Or is this enough. I know you might say ask your teacher, this is what their slides write.

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Is this information enough for 8 marks questions of UG course? Are there any details that I am missing?

What I am planning to write-:
1) mpls shim header

2) difference between conventional routing vs mpls forwarding

3) some terms related to mpls like FEC, LSP, LER,LSR, LDP (1 line definitions)

4) figure showing LER, LSR and LSP. simple one (might add LBIF as well)

5) Short explanation of how it works i.e the same thing written in slides. first comes to edge router, gets a label and based on that label gets forwarded unidirectionally and the last router pops the label and then ip forwarding starts again.

Would it be enough(not in the sense if it would be enough for my teacher..but in the sense does it really explains how mpls works?)
I am confused. It can't be this simple that you write 3 lines and you are done with the working.
 
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I have found sth like this somewhere, would it be necessary to write about all these for an undergraduate course? it would go from 5-10 pages. ibm tcpip redbook has like 40 pages about these lol.
I found this from wikipedia, it covers most of the stuffs that I have learned from various books. I think this will do the job.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multiprotocol_Label_Switching#Routing
 

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Related to How Comprehensive Should an Undergraduate Explanation of MPLS Be?

1. What is MPLS and how does it work?

MPLS (Multiprotocol Label Switching) is a type of networking technology that uses labels to efficiently route data packets through a network. It works by assigning a label to each data packet, which is used to determine the path it will take through the network. This allows for faster and more efficient data transfer compared to traditional routing methods.

2. What are the benefits of using MPLS?

There are several benefits to using MPLS, including improved network performance, increased scalability, and better traffic engineering capabilities. MPLS also supports Quality of Service (QoS) which allows for prioritization of certain types of network traffic, making it ideal for applications that require low latency and high reliability.

3. How is MPLS different from other networking technologies?

MPLS differs from other networking technologies in that it uses labels to route data instead of traditional IP addresses. This allows for more efficient routing and better traffic engineering capabilities. MPLS also supports multiple protocols, making it a versatile and flexible networking solution.

4. What are the components of an MPLS network?

An MPLS network consists of three main components: Label Switch Routers (LSRs), Label Edge Routers (LERs), and Label Distribution Protocol (LDP). LSRs are responsible for forwarding data packets based on labels, LERs are responsible for assigning labels to data packets as they enter the network, and LDP is used to distribute labels and maintain label tables.

5. How is MPLS used in real-world applications?

MPLS is commonly used in enterprise networks, service provider networks, and data centers. It is also used in applications such as Voice over IP (VoIP), Virtual Private Networks (VPNs), and traffic engineering for large-scale networks. MPLS is a widely adopted technology and is used in various industries for its efficiency and reliability.

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