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        RFC 3074

        Title:      DHC Load Balancing Algorithm
        Author(s):  B. Volz, S. Gonczi, T. Lemon, R. Stevens
        Status:     Standards Track
        Date:       February 2001
        Mailbox:    bernie.volz@ericsson.com,
                    steve.gonczi@networkengines.com,
                    ted.lemon@nominum.com, robs@join.com
        Pages:      10
        Characters: 19374
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:  None

        I-D Tag:    draft-ietf-dhc-loadb-03.txt

        URL:        ftp://ftp.rfc-editor.org/in-notes/rfc3074.txt


This document proposes a method of algorithmic load balancing.  It
enables multiple, cooperating servers to decide which one should
service a client, without exchanging any information beyond initial
configuration.

The server selection is based on the servers hashing client Media
Access Control (MAC) addresses when multiple Dynamic Host
Configuration Protocol (DHCP) servers are available to service DHCP
clients.  The proposed technique provides for efficient server
selection when multiple DHCP servers offer services on a network
without requiring any changes to existing DHCP clients.  The same
method is proposed to select the target server of a forwarding agent
such as a Bootstrap Protocol (BOOTP) relay.

This document is a product of the Dynamic Host Configuration Working
Group of the IETF.

This is now a Proposed Standard Protocol.

This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for
the Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions
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