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Some Internet Architectural Guidelines and Philosophy

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Document Type
This is an older version of an Internet-Draft that was ultimately published as RFC 3439.
Authors David Meyer , Randy Bush
Last updated 2020-01-21 (Latest revision 2002-08-12)
RFC stream Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
Intended RFC status Informational
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IESG IESG state Became RFC 3439 (Informational)
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Responsible AD Allison J. Mankin
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        RFC 3439

        Title:      Some Internet Architectural Guidelines and
        Author(s):  R. Bush, D. Meyer
        Status:     Informational
        Date:       December 2002
        Pages:      28
        Characters: 70333
        Updates:    1958
        I-D Tag:    draft-ymbk-arch-guidelines-05.txt


This document extends RFC 1958 by outlining some of the philosophical
guidelines to which architects and designers of Internet backbone
networks should adhere.  We describe the Simplicity Principle, which
states that complexity is the primary mechanism that impedes efficient
scaling, and discuss its implications on the architecture, design and
engineering issues found in large scale Internet backbones.

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