IPv6 Multicast Address Scopes

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Internet Engineering Task Force                                 R. Droms
Internet-Draft                                                     Cisco
Updates: RFC 4007, RFC 4291 (if approved)              November 11, 2013
Intended status: Standards Track
Expires: May 15, 2014

                     IPv6 Multicast Address Scopes


   This document updates the definitions of IPv6 multicast scopes.

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1.  Definition of IPv6 Multicast Address Scopes (Updates RFC 4291)

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   RFC 4291 [RFC4291] defines "scop is a 4-bit multicast scope value
   used to limit the scope of the multicast group." scop 3 is defined as
   "reserved" in RFC 4291.  The multicast protocol specification in
   draft-ietf-roll-trickle-mcast [I-D.ietf-roll-trickle-mcast] desires
   to use multicast scop 3 for transport of multicast traffic scoped to
   a network of nodes connected in a mesh.  The use of this scop value
   is to accommodate a multicast scope that is greater than Link-Local
   but is also automatically determined by the network architecture.

   The following table updates the definitions in RFC 4291:

   0  reserved

   1  Interface-Local scope

   2  Link-Local scope

   3  Realm-Local scope

   4  Admin-Local scope

   5  Site-Local scope

   6  (unassigned)

   7  (unassigned)

   8  Organization-Local scope

   9  (unassigned)

   A  (unassigned)

   B  (unassigned)

   C  (unassigned)

   D  (unassigned)

   E  Global scope

   F  reserved

   The following change is applied to section 2.7 of RFC 4291:


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         Admin-Local scope is the smallest scope that must be
         administratively configured, i.e., not automatically derived
         from physical connectivity or other, non-multicast-related


         Interface-Local, Link-Local, and Realm-Local scope
         boundaries are automatically derived from physical
         connectivity or other, non-multicast related configuration.
         Global scope has no boundary.  The boundaries of all other
         non-reserved scopes of Admin-Local or larger are
         administratively configured.  For reserved scopes, the way
         of configuring their boundaries will be defined when the
         semantics of the scope is defined.

         According to RFC 4007 [RFC4007], the zone of a Realm-Local
         scope must fall within zones of larger scope.  Because the
         zone of a Realm-Local scope is configured automatically,
         while the zones of larger scopes are configured manually,
         care must be taken in the definition of those larger scopes
         to ensure that inclusion contraint is met.

2.  Definition of Realm-Local scopes

   The definition of any Realm-Local scope for a particular network
   technology should be published in an RFC.  For example, such a scope
   definition would be appropriate for publication in an "IPv6-over-foo"

   Any RFCs that include the definition of a Realm-Local scope will be
   listed in the IANA "IPv6 Multicast Address Scopes" registry.

   Section 4 gives the definition of scop 3 for IEEE 802.15.4
   [IEEE802.15.4] networks.

3.  Definition of automatic and administratively configured scopes
    (updates RFC 4007)
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