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IPv6 Path MTU Interactions With Link Adaptation

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Author Fred Templin
Last updated 2015-08-31 (Latest revision 2015-02-27)
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IPv6 intentionally deprecates fragmentation by routers in the network. Instead, links with restricting Maximum Transmission Units (MTUs) must either drop each too-large packet and return an ICMPv6 Packet Too Big (PTB) message or perform link-specific fragmentation and reassembly (also known as "link adaptation") at a layer below IPv6. This latter category of links is often performance-challenged to accommodate steady-state link adaptation. This document therefore proposes an update to the base IPv6 specification to better accommodate links that require link-specific adaptation.


Fred Templin

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