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Transport-Independent Path Layer State Management

Document Type Expired Internet-Draft (individual)
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Authors Mirja Kühlewind , Brian Trammell , Joe Hildebrand
Last updated 2018-05-17 (Latest revision 2017-11-13)
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Stream Stream state (No stream defined)
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This document describes a simple state machine for stateful network devices on a path between two endpoints to associate state with traffic traversing them on a per-flow basis, as well as abstract signaling mechanisms for driving the state machine. This state machine is intended to replace the de-facto use of the TCP state machine or incomplete forms thereof by stateful network devices in a transport-independent way, while still allowing for fast state timeout of non-established or undesirable flows.


Mirja Kühlewind
Brian Trammell
Joe Hildebrand

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