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Processing of the Hop-by-Hop Options Header

Document Type Replaced Internet-Draft (individual)
Authors Shuping Peng , Zhenbin Li , Chongfeng Xie , Zhuangzhuang Qin , Gyan Mishra
Last updated 2021-08-23
Replaced by draft-ietf-v6ops-hbh
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This document describes the processing of the Hop-by-Hop Options Header (HBH) in today's routers in the aspects of standards specification, common implementations, and default operations. This document outlines the reasons why the Hop-by-Hop Options Header is rarely utilized in current networks. In addition, this document describes how the HBH could be used as a powerful mechanism allowing deployment and operations of new services requiring a more optimized way to leverage network resources of an infrastructure. The Hop-by- Hop Options Header is taken into consideration by several network operators as a valuable container for carrying the information facilitating the introduction of new services. The processing requirments of the HBH and the migration strategies are also suggested.


Shuping Peng
Zhenbin Li
Chongfeng Xie
Zhuangzhuang Qin
Gyan Mishra

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