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Shepherd writeup

### Summary

Document Shepherd: Marco Tiloca <>
Area Director: Francesca Palombini <>

The document defines two new options for the Constrained Application Protocol
(CoAP), namely Q-Block1 and Q-Block2. The two options enable effective
block-wise transfers of large data payload, also under network conditions where
asymmetrical transient packet loss may be experienced.

The main use case addressed by this document is a network under Distributed
Denial of Service (DDoS) attack, where DDoS mitigation agents are still
required to exchange large amount of data using CoAP. This use case is
especially targeted in the DOTS Working Group, where the use of the two new
options is suggested in its DOTS Telemetry, see

Compared to the similar options Block1 and Block2 defined in RFC 7959 --- which
are based on synchronous, lock-step exchanges of blocks, and thus can be
ineffective or even prohibitive to use under a DDoS situation --- the new
options enable faster transmission rates with less packet interchanges, as well
as faster recovery of lost blocks.

The document also defines congestion control procedures to be used when the
Q-Block1 and Q-Block2 Options are used over an unreliable transport.

The document is intended for Standards Track.

Version -11 addressed a Last Call review from GenART.

Version -12 addressed a Last Call review from TSVART, a Telechat review from
IOTDIR, as well as a number of reviews from the IESG.

Supplementary material about testing/evaluation methodology and reports from
DOTS interops has also been provided at

### Review and Consensus

The document has been discussed on multiple IETF meetings and CoRE interim
meetings, and has gone through multiple expert reviews.

During and after Working Group Last Call, effort was also put in better
reflecting how design choices align with the intended scope of the document,
i.e. to serve especially use cases with asymmetrical transient packet loss and
particularly the DOTS Telemetry, see  and

Consensus has been reached on the scope, content and level of detail of the

### Intellectual Property

Each author has stated that they do not have direct, personal knowledge of any
IPR related to this document. I am not aware of any IPR discussion about this
document on the CoRE WG.

### Other Points

The document registers:

* Two new option numbers in the "CoAP Option Numbers" sub-registry, within the
"Constrained RESTful Environments (CoRE) Parameters" registry. * One new
Media-Type in the "Media Types" registry. * One new related CoAP Content-Format
in the "CoAP Content-Formats" sub-registry, within the "Constrained RESTful
Environments (CoRE) Parameters" registry.

A Pull-Request of an author's implementation to "libcoap" is available at

Feedback from the implementation activity has contributed to the design and
refinement of specific aspects, notably:

- Limiting new mechanics for congestion control only to CoAP Non-Confirmable
messages. - Not mixing CoAP Confirmable and Non-Confirmable messages for a same
request/response body. - The 'Continue' indication of successfully received
blocks. - The discovery of server support for the Q-Block1 and Q-Block2
Options. - Further lessons learned highlighted as "Implementation note" in the

### Checklist

- [X] Does the shepherd stand behind the document and think the document is
ready for publication? - [X] Is the correct RFC type indicated in the title
page header? - [X] Is the abstract both brief and sufficient, and does it stand
alone as a brief summary? - [X] Is the intent of the document accurately and
adequately explained in the introduction? - [X] Have all required formal
reviews (MIB Doctor, Media Type, URI, etc.) been requested and/or completed? -
[X] Has the shepherd performed automated checks -- idnits (see and the Internet-Drafts Checklist), checks of
BNF rules, XML code and schemas, MIB definitions, and so on -- and determined
that the document passes the tests?

- [X] Has each author stated that their direct, personal knowledge of any IPR
related to this document has already been disclosed, in conformance with BCPs
78 and 79? - [X] Have all references within this document been identified as
either normative or informative, and does the shepherd agree with how they have
been classified? - [X] Are all normative references made to documents that are
ready for advancement and are otherwise in a clear state? - [X] If publication
of this document changes the status of any existing RFCs, are those RFCs listed
on the title page header, and are the changes listed in the abstract and
discussed (explained, not just mentioned) in the introduction?
 'Does not apply'
- [X] If this is a "bis" document, have all of the errata been considered?
 'Does not apply'

**IANA** Considerations:

- [X] Are the IANA Considerations clear and complete? Remember that IANA have
to understand unambiguously what's being requested, so they can perform the
required actions. - [X] Are all protocol extensions that the document makes
associated with the appropriate reservations in IANA registries? - [X] Are all
IANA registries referred to by their exact names (check them in to be sure)? - [X] Have you checked that any
registrations made by this document correctly follow the policies and
procedures for the appropriate registries? - [X] For registrations that require
expert review (policies of Expert Review or Specification Required), have you
or the working group had any early review done, to make sure the requests are
ready for last call? - [X] For any new registries that this document creates,
has the working group actively chosen the allocation procedures and policies
and discussed the alternatives?
 'Does not apply'
- [X]  Have reasonable registry names been chosen (that will not be confused
with those of other registries), and have the initial contents and valid value
ranges been clearly specified?
 'Does not apply'