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Current IEEE 802.1 LANs use spanning tree protocols that have a number of
challenges. These protocols need to strictly avoid loops, even temporary ones, during route propagation, because
of the lack of header loop detection support. Routing tends not to take full advantage
of alternate paths, or even non-overlapping pairwise paths (in the case of spanning trees). This
document addresses these concerns and suggests applying modern network-layer routing protocols at the link layer.
This document assumes that solutions would not address issues of scalability beyond that of existing
IEEE 802.1 bridged links, but that a solution would be backward compatible with
802.1, including hubs, bridges, and their existing plug-and-play capabilities. This memo
provides information for the Internet community.
Radia Perlman <email@example.com>
Joseph Touch <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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