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Network Transport Circuit Breakers

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This is an older version of an Internet-Draft that was ultimately published as RFC 8084.
Expired & archived
Author Gorry Fairhurst
Last updated 2015-03-31 (Latest revision 2014-09-27)
Replaces draft-fairhurst-tsvwg-circuit-breaker
RFC stream Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
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This note explains what is meant by the term "network transport circuit breaker" (CB). It describes the need for circuit breakers when using network tunnels, and other non-congestion controlled applications. It also defines requirements for building a circuit breaker and the expected outcomes of using a circuit breaker within the Internet.


Gorry Fairhurst

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