Observations on RPL: IPv6 Routing Protocol for Low power and Lossy Networks

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Authors Thomas Clausen  , Axel Verdiere  , Jiazi Yi  , Ulrich Herberg  , Yuichi Igarashi 
Last updated 2018-10-16 (latest revision 2018-03-27)
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With RPL - the "IPv6 Routing Protocol for Low-power Lossy Networks" - published as a Proposed Standard after a ~2-year development cycle, this document presents an observation of the resulting protocol, of its applicability, and of its limits. The documents presents a selection of observations on the protocol characteristics, exposes experiences acquired when producing various prototype implementations of RPL, and presents results obtained from testing this protocol - by way of network simulations, in network testbeds and in deployments. The document aims at providing a better understanding of possible limits of RPL, notably the possible directions that further protocol developments should explore, in order to address these.


Thomas Clausen (T.Clausen@computer.org)
Axel Verdiere (axel@axelcdv.com)
Jiazi Yi (jiazi@jiaziyi.com)
Ulrich Herberg (ulrich@herberg.name)
Yuichi Igarashi (yuichi.igarashi.hb@hitachi.com)

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