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A Reliable Transport Mechanism for PIM
RFC 6559

Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                      D. Farinacci
Request for Comments: 6559                                  IJ. Wijnands
Category: Experimental                                         S. Venaas
ISSN: 2070-1721                                            Cisco Systems
                                                            M. Napierala
                                                               AT&T Labs
                                                              March 2012

                 A Reliable Transport Mechanism for PIM

Abstract

   This document defines a reliable transport mechanism for the PIM
   protocol for transmission of Join/Prune messages.  This eliminates
   the need for periodic Join/Prune message transmission and processing.
   The reliable transport mechanism can use either TCP or SCTP as the
   transport protocol.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
   published for examination, experimental implementation, and
   evaluation.

   This document defines an Experimental Protocol for the Internet
   community.  This document is a product of the Internet Engineering
   Task Force (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF
   community.  It has received public review and has been approved for
   publication by the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Not
   all documents approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of
   Internet Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.

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   http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6559.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
     1.1.  Requirements Notation  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     1.2.  Definitions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   2.  Protocol Overview  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
   3.  PIM Hello Options  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
     3.1.  PIM over the TCP Transport Protocol  . . . . . . . . . . .  6
     3.2.  PIM over the SCTP Transport Protocol . . . . . . . . . . .  7
     3.3.  Interface ID . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
   4.  Establishing Transport Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
     4.1.  Connection Security  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
     4.2.  Connection Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
     4.3.  Actions When a Connection Goes Down  . . . . . . . . . . . 13
     4.4.  Moving from PORT to Datagram Mode  . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
     4.5.  On-Demand versus Pre-Configured Connections  . . . . . . . 14
     4.6.  Possible Hello Suppression Considerations  . . . . . . . . 15
     4.7.  Avoiding a Pair of TCP Connections between Neighbors . . . 15
   5.  PORT Message Definitions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
     5.1.  PORT Join/Prune Message  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
     5.2.  PORT Keep-Alive Message  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
     5.3.  PORT Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
       5.3.1.  PIM IPv4 Join/Prune Option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
       5.3.2.  PIM IPv6 Join/Prune Option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
   6.  Explicit Tracking  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
   7.  Support of Multiple Address Families . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
   8.  Miscellany . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
   9.  Transport Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
   10. Manageability Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
   11. Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
   12. IANA Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
     12.1. PORT Port Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
     12.2. PORT Hello Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
     12.3. PORT Message Type Registry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

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