Diameter Group Signaling
draft-ietf-dime-group-signaling-05

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Diameter Maintenance and Extensions (DIME)                      M. Jones
Internet-Draft
Intended status: Standards Track                              M. Liebsch
Expires: January 7, 2016
                                                               L. Morand
                                                            July 6, 2015

                        Diameter Group Signaling
                 draft-ietf-dime-group-signaling-05.txt

Abstract

   In large network deployments, a single Diameter node can support over
   a million concurrent Diameter sessions.  Recent use cases have
   revealed the need for Diameter nodes to apply the same operation to a
   large group of Diameter sessions concurrently.  The Diameter base
   protocol commands operate on a single session so these use cases
   could result in many thousands of command exchanges to enforce the
   same operation on each session in the group.  In order to reduce
   signaling, it would be desirable to enable bulk operations on all (or
   part of) the sessions managed by a Diameter node using a single or a
   few command exchanges.  This document specifies the Diameter protocol
   extensions to achieve this signaling optimization.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  Protocol Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     3.1.  Building and Modifying Session Groups . . . . . . . . . .   4
     3.2.  Issuing Group Commands  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     3.3.  Permission Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   4.  Protocol Description  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     4.1.  Session Grouping Capability Discovery . . . . . . . . . .   7
       4.1.1.  Explicit Capability Discovery . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
       4.1.2.  Implicit Capability Discovery . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     4.2.  Session Grouping  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
       4.2.1.  Group assignment at session initiation  . . . . . . .   8
       4.2.2.  Removing a session from a session group . . . . . . .  10
       4.2.3.  Mid-session group assignment modifications  . . . . .  11
     4.3.  Deleting a Session Group  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     4.4.  Performing Group Operations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
       4.4.1.  Sending Group Commands  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
       4.4.2.  Receiving Group Commands  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
       4.4.3.  Error Handling for Group Commands . . . . . . . . . .  14
       4.4.4.  Single-Session Fallback . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   5.  Operation with Proxies Agents . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
   6.  Commands Formatting . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
     6.1.  Formatting Example: Group Re-Auth-Request . . . . . . . .  15
   7.  Attribute-Value-Pairs (AVP) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
     7.1.  Session-Group-Info AVP  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
     7.2.  Session-Group-Control-Vector AVP  . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
     7.3.  Session-Group-Id AVP  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
     7.4.  Group-Response-Action AVP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
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