The Link State Acknowledgment Packet

Link State Acknowledgment packets are used to make the flooding of LSAs reliable. Each LSA received by a router from a neighbor must be explicitly acknowledged in a Link State Acknowledgment packet. The LSA being acknowledged is identified by including its header in the LS ACK packet, and multiple LSAs may be acknowledged in a single packet. As Figure 9.53 shows, the LS ACK packet consists of nothing more than an OSPF packet header and a list of LSA headers.

Figure 9.53. The OSPF Link State Acknowledgment packet.

Figure 9.53. The OSPF Link State Acknowledgment packet.

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