Packetization Layer Path MTU Discovery for Datagram Transports
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Internet Engineering Task Force                             G. Fairhurst
Internet-Draft                                                  T. Jones
Intended status: Standards Track                  University of Aberdeen
Expires: September 6, 2018                                     M. Tuexen
                                                            I. Ruengeler
                                 Muenster University of Applied Sciences
                                                          March 05, 2018

     Packetization Layer Path MTU Discovery for Datagram Transports
                  draft-ietf-tsvwg-datagram-plpmtud-01

Abstract

   This document describes a robust method for Path MTU Discovery
   (PMTUD) for datagram Packetization layers.  The method allows a
   Packetization Layer (PL), or a datagram application that uses a PL,
   to probe an network path with progressively larger packets to
   determine a maximum packet size.  The document describes an extension
   to RFC 1191 and RFC 8201, which specify ICMP-based Path MTU Discovery
   for IPv4 and IPv6.  This provides functionally for datagram
   transports that is equivalent to the Packetization layer PMTUD
   specification for TCP, specified in RFC4821.

   When published, this specification updates RFC4821.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     1.1.  Classical Path MTU Discovery  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     1.2.  Packetization Layer Path MTU Discovery  . . . . . . . . .   4
     1.3.  Path MTU Discovery for Datagram Services  . . . . . . . .   5
   2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   3.  Features Required to Provide Datagram PLPMTUD . . . . . . . .   7
     3.1.  PMTU Probe Packets  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     3.2.  Validation of the Current Effective PMTU  . . . . . . . .  11
     3.3.  Reduction of the Effective PMTU . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
   4.  Datagram Packetization Layer PMTUD  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     4.1.  Probing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     4.2.  Verification and Use of PTB Messages  . . . . . . . . . .  13
     4.3.  Timers  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
     4.4.  Constants . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
     4.5.  Variables . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
     4.6.  Selecting PROBED_SIZE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
     4.7.  State Machine . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   5.  Specification of Protocol-Specific Methods  . . . . . . . . .  18
     5.1.  DPLPMTUD for UDP and UDP-Lite . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
       5.1.1.  UDP Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
       5.1.2.  UDP Options Required for PLPMTUD  . . . . . . . . . .  18
         5.1.2.1.  Echo Request Option . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19
         5.1.2.2.  Echo Response Option  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19
       5.1.3.  Sending UDP-Option Probe Packets  . . . . . . . . . .  19
       5.1.4.  Validating the Path with UDP Options  . . . . . . . .  20
       5.1.5.  Handling of PTB Messages by UDP . . . . . . . . . . .  20
     5.2.  DPLPMTUD for SCTP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  20
       5.2.1.  SCTP/IP4 and SCTP/IPv6  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  20
         5.2.1.1.  Sending SCTP Probe Packets  . . . . . . . . . . .  20
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