[Search] [txt|pdf|bibtex] [Tracker] [WG] [Email] [Diff1] [Diff2] [Nits]

Versions: 00 01 02 03 04 05 rfc2871                                     
IPTEL WG                                              Jonathan Rosenberg
                                                       Bell Laboratories
                                                     Henning Schulzrinne
draft-ietf-iptel-gwloc-framework-01.txt                      Columbia U.
October 28, 1998
Expires: April 28, 1999


              A Framework for a Gateway Location Protocol

STATUS OF THIS MEMO

   This document is an Internet-Draft. Internet-Drafts are working docu-
   ments of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), its areas, and
   its working groups.  Note that other groups may also distribute work-
   ing documents as Internet-Drafts.

   Internet-Drafts are draft documents valid for a maximum of six months
   and may be updated, replaced, or obsoleted by other documents at any
   time.  It is inappropriate to use Internet-Drafts as reference mate-
   rial or to cite them other than as ``work in progress''.

   To learn the current status of any Internet-Draft, please check the
   ``1id-abstracts.txt'' listing contained in the Internet-Drafts Shadow
   Directories on ftp.is.co.za (Africa), nic.nordu.net (Europe),
   munnari.oz.au (Pacific Rim), ftp.ietf.org (US East Coast), or
   ftp.isi.edu (US West Coast).

   Distribution of this document is unlimited.

1 Abstract

   This document serves as a framework for a protocol for locating an IP
   telephony gateway. It defines terminology, specifies the various
   architectural elements and their functions, overviews the services
   provided by the protocol, and discusses how it fits into the broader
   context of Internet telephony.

2 Introduction

   As IP telephony gateways grow in terms of numbers and usage, managing
                                                              [Page 1]


   their operation will become increasingly complex. One of the diffi-
   cult tasks is that of gateway location, also known as gateway selec-
   tion, path selection, gateway discovery, and gateway routing. The



Internet Draft              gwloc framework             October 28, 1998


   essence of the problem is that an ingress gateway or end user must
   select a gateway to terminate a call towards the PSTN. This gateway
   may lie in a remote administrative domain, and the selection of the
   gateway may be based on a number of criteria.

   To support discovery and location of gateways in remote administra-
   tive domains, a protocol is being developed, call the Gateway Loca-
   tion Protocol (GLP). This document serves as a framework for GLP. It
   defines terminology used in the specification, specifies the various
   architectural elements and their functions, overviews the services
   provided by the protocol, and discusses how it fits into the broader
   context of Internet telephony.

3 Terminology

   We define the following terms. Note that there are other definitions
   for these terms, outside of the context of gateway location. Our def-
   initions aren't general, but refer to the specific meaning here:

     oGateway: A device with some sort of PSTN connectivity and IP con-
      nectivity, capable of initiating and terminating IP telephony sig-
      naling protocols, and capable of initiating and terminating tele-
      phone network signaling protocols.

     oUser Agent (UA): An entity with IP connectivity which wishes to
      place a call from an IP network to a user connected only via a
      telephone network. The user agent can be an individual at a PC, an
      intelligent IP peripheral, or a local gateway for a phone to phone
      IP telephony call.

     oGatekeeper: The H.323 gatekeeper element, defined in [1]

     oSIP Server: The Session Initiation Protocol proxy server, defined
      in [2].

     oSignaling Server: A signaling server is an entity which is capable
      of receiving signaling messages for some IP telephony signaling
      protocol, such as H.323 or SIP, and forwarding the signaling mes-
      sages to another signaling server or gateway. Generally speaking,
      a gatekeeper or SIP server.

     oLocation Server (LS): A logical entity with IP connectivity which
      has knowledge of gateways that can be used to terminate calls
      towards the PSTN. The LS is the main entity that participates in
      the gateway location protocol. The LS is generally a point of con-
      tact for user agents for completing calls to the telephony net-
      work. An LS may also be responsible for propagation of gateway
      information to other LS's. An LS may be coresident with an H.323


                                                              [Page 2]


Internet Draft              gwloc framework             October 28, 1998


      gatekeeper of SIP server, but this is not required.

     oAdministrative Domain: The set of gateways and Location Servers
      under the control of a single administrative authority. User
      agents are customers of an administrative domain.

     oLocation Server Policy: The set of rules which dictate how a loca-
      tion server processes information it receives via GLP. This
      includes rules for aggregating, propagating, generating, and
      accepting information.

     oUser Agent Policy: Preferences that a user agent has about how a
      call towards the PSTN should be routed.

4 Architecture

   Figure 1 gives the overall architectural perspective of the gateway
   location protocol.



              AD1                                AD2
         -----------------                ------------------
        |                  |             |                  |
        |  ----            |             |           ----   |
        | | GW |           |             |          | UA |  |
        |  ---- \   ----   |             |  ----  /  ----   |
        |          | LS | ---------------- | LS |           |
        |  ----     ----   |             /  ---- \   ----   |
        | | GW | /         |            /|          | UA |  |
        |  ----            |           / |           ----   |
        |                  |          /  |                  |
         ------------------          /    ------------------
                                    /
                                   /
                        --------- /----------
                       |         |           |
                       |        ----         |
                       |       | LS |        |
                       |     /  ---- \       |
                       |  ----   ||   ----   |
                       | | GW |  ||  | UA |  |
                       |  ----   ||   ----   |
                       |  ----   ||   ----   |
                       | | GW | /  \ | UA |  |
                       |  ----        ----   |
                       |                     |
                        ---------------------


                                                              [Page 3]


Internet Draft              gwloc framework             October 28, 1998


                                 AD3

                          Figure 1: GLP Architecture



   There are a number of administrative domains (AD's), each of which
   has at least one Location Server (LS). The LS's, through an out of
   band means, called the intra-domain protocol, learn about the gate-
   ways in their domain. The intra-domain protocol is represented by the
   lines between the GW and LS elements in AD1 in the Figure. The LS's
   have connections with other LS's, over which they exchange gateway
   information. These connections are established administratively, and
   are set up when the administrative domains have some kind of agree-
   ments in place regarding exchange of gateway information. In the fig-
   ure, the LS in AD1 is connected to the LS in AD2, which is in turn
   connected to the LS in AD3. Through the gateway location protocol
   (GLP), the LS in AD2 learns about the two gateways in AD1. This
   information is accessed by user agents (UA's) in AD2 through the
   front-end. The front-end is a non-GLP protocol or mechanism by which
   UA's access the information. In AD3, there are both UA's and gate-
   ways. The LS in AD3 learns about the gateways in AD1 through a poten-
   tially aggregated advertisement from the LS in AD2.

   The GLP is similar in flavor to inter-domain routing protocols, such
   as BGP [3]. However, it differs in that the connectivity being
   expressed is not network level, but represents application level
   relationships. Furthermore, attributes play a more important role
   here than in BGP because the protocol is an application, not network,
   layer protocol.

5 Elements

   The system for gateway location consists of a number of elements.
   These include the administrative domain, user agent, gateway, and
   location server.

5.1 Administrative Domain

   An administrative domain consists of zero or more gateways, at least
   one Location Server, and zero or more user agents. The gateways and
   LS's are those which are under the administrative control of a single
   authority. This means that there is one authority responsible for
   dictating the policies and configuration of the gateways and LS's.

   An administrative domain may not be the same as an autonomous system.
   While an AS represents a set of physically connected networks, an
   administrative domain may consist of elements on disparate networks,


                                                              [Page 4]


Internet Draft              gwloc framework             October 28, 1998


   and even within disparate autonomous systems.

   The user agents within an administrative domain are effectively the
   customers of that administrative domain. They are interested in com-
   pleting calls towards the telephone network, and thus need access to
   gateways. A user agent may be a customer of one administrative domain
   for one call, and then a customer of a different one for the next
   call.

   An administrative domain may not have any gateways. In this case, its
   LS learns about gateways in other domains, and makes these available
   to the user agents within its domain. In this case, the administra-
   tive domain is effectively a virtual IP telephony gateway provider.
   This is because it provides gateway service, but may not actually own
   or administer any gateways.

   An administrative domain may not have any user agents. In this case,
   it provides wholesale gateway service, making its gateways available
   to customers in other administrative domains.

   An administrative domain must have either gateways or user agents or
   both.

5.2 Gateway

   A gateway is a logical device which has both IP connectivity and con-
   nectivity to some other network, usually a public or private tele-
   phone network. The function of the gateway is to translate the media
   and signaling protocols from one network technology to the other,
   achieving a transparent connection for the users of the system.

   A gateway has a number of attributes which characterize the service
   it provides. Most fundamental among these are the range of phone num-
   bers to which it is willing to provide service. This range may be
   broken into subranges, and associated with each, some cost metric or
   cost token. This token indicates some notion of cost or preference
   for completing calls for this set of the telephone number range.

   Question - can this actually be a dollar cost value? There are seri-
   ous issues with trying to do this. Cost plans can be arbitrarily com-
   plex, and be based on many different currencies. Should we provide
   some simple cost structures (unit of currency per unit time and flat
   rate), or just use a preference, much like a weight metric associated
   with a route.

   A gateway has attributes which characterize the volume of service
   which it can provide. These include the number of ports it has (i.e.,
   the number of simultaneous phone calls it can support), and the


                                                              [Page 5]


Internet Draft              gwloc framework             October 28, 1998


   access link speed. These two together represent some notion of the
   capacity of the gateway. The metric is useful for allowing Location
   Servers to decide to route calls to gateways in proportion to the
   value of the metric, thus achieving a simple form of load balancing.

   A gateway also has attributes which characterize the type of service
   it provides. This includes, but is not limited to, signaling proto-
   cols supported, telephony features provided, speech codecs under-
   stood, and encryption algorithms which are implemented. These
   attributes may be important in selecting a gateway. In the absence of
   baseline required features across all gateways (an admirable, but
   difficult goal), such a set of attributes are required in order to
   select a gateway with which communications can be established. End
   users which have specific requirements for the call (such as a user
   requesting a business class call, in which case certain call features
   may need to be supported) may wish to make use of such information as
   well.

5.3 User Agent

   A user agent is an entity which wishes to complete a call through a
   gateway from an IP network to a terminal on a telephone network. A
   user agent may be a user logged on at a PC with some Internet tele-
   phony software. The user agent may also be a telephone gateway,
   dialed by a user from telephone handset. This is the case for the
   phone to phone service using the IP network for long distance trans-
   port.

   User agents may, or may not be aware that there is a gateway location
   service running when they complete a call towards the telephone net-
   work. In cases where they are aware, user agents may have preferences
   for how a call is completed. These preferences might include call
   features which must be supported, quality metrics, owner or adminis-
   trator, and cost preferences.

5.4 Location Server

   The Location Server (LS) is the main functional entity of the gateway
   location protocol. It is a logical device which has access to a data-
   base of gateways, and participates in the gateway location protocol.
   As a participant, its job is to receive information about gateways
   from other Location Servers, send information to other Location
   Servers about gateways it knows about, and to aggregate and forward
   information about gateways to other LS's.

   The database built up in the LS allows it to make decisions about IP
   telephony call routing. When a signaling message arrives at a signal-
   ing server, destined for a telephone network address, the LS's


                                                              [Page 6]


Internet Draft              gwloc framework             October 28, 1998


   database can provide information which is useful for determining a
   gateway or an additional signaling server to forward the signaling
   message to. For this reason, an LS may be coresident with a signaling
   server.

   An LS is a representative for an administrative domain. An adminis-
   trative domain must have at least one LS in order to participate in
   the gateway location protocol. An administrative domain may have more
   than one LS, for purposes of load balancing, ease of management, or
   any other reason.

   One or more of the LS's in an administrative domain may have knowl-
   edge of the gateways run by the administrative domain. This knowledge
   may be configured statically, learned through other protocols, or
   acquired through gwloc by placing an LS coresident with the gateway,
   allowing the gateway to participate in gwloc.

   The information learned from other LS's may be used by an LS to aid
   in routing calls which originate or transit through the administra-
   tive domain.

   A LS may be coresident with an H.323 gatekeeper, SIP server, or MGCP
   call agent, but this need not be the case. When they are not coresi-
   dent, some means of communication between the LS and the server,
   gatekeeper, or call agent is needed. This communication is not
   addressed by the gwloc protocol.

6 Element Interactions

6.1 Gateways and Location Servers

   Gateways must somehow propagate information about their characteris-
   tics to an LS which will further propagate this information. That LS
   is called an originating LS for that gateway. When an LS is not
   coresident with the gateway, the means by which the information gets
   propagated is not within the scope of the gateway location protocol.
   The protocol used to accomplish this is generally called an intra-
   domain protocol.

   One way in which the information can be propagated is with the Ser-
   vice Location Protocol (SLP) [4]. The gateway can contain a Service
   Agent (SA), and the LS can act as a Directory Agent (DA). SLP defines
   procedures by which service information is automatically propagated
   to DA's from SA's. In this fashion, an LS can learn about gateways in
   the administrative domain.

   An alternate mechanism for the intra-domain protocol is via the reg-
   istration procedures of SIP or H.323. The registration procedures


                                                              [Page 7]


Internet Draft              gwloc framework             October 28, 1998


   provide a means by which users inform a gatekeeper or SIP server
   about their address. Such a registration procedure could be extended
   to allow a gateway to effectively register as well.

   Other means exist as well. These might include LDAP [5], email, web
   page, or human based means, such as a phone call or letter. The mech-
   anism which is used may be different from administrative domain to
   administrative domain, and is a matter of local configuration. The
   only requirement for the gateway location protocol to operate effec-
   tively is that this mechanism exist in some form.

6.2 Location Server to Location Server

   The interaction between LS's is what is defined by the gateway loca-
   tion protocol.

   LS's communicate with each other through TCP connections. An LS may
   be connected to one or more other LS's. LS's need not be physically
   adjacent or part of the same autonomous system. The TCP connection
   between a pair of LS's is set up administratively. There is no
   autodiscovery procedure. Two LS's are configured to communicate with
   each other when their administrators have an agreement in place to
   exchange gateway information. The syntax and semantics of the mes-
   sages exchanged over this connection are dictated by the gateway
   location protocol. The protocol does not dictate the nature of the
   agreements which must be in place, nor does it dictate what informa-
   tion is actually exchanged. The gwloc protocol merely provides a
   transport means to exchange whatever information is deemed appropri-
   ate by the administrators of the system.

   The rules which govern which gateway information is generated, propa-
   gated, and accepted by a gateway is called a location server policy.
   The gateway location protocol does not dicate or mandate any specific
   policy.

   When an LS learns about a gateway through some means outside of the
   gateway location protocol, and then propagates this information to
   other LS's through the gateway location protocol, that LS is said to
   be an originating LS for that gateway. This means that the LS is the
   one responsible for determining when an update about the gateway
   should be sent.

   Two LS's may be connected even if they are owned by the same adminis-
   trative authority. This may be done for a number of reasons. First,
   an LS may be coresident with a gateway. As a result, this LS will
   have knowledge about the state of the gateway, whether it is up or
   down, and whether any attributes have changed. Thus, this LS is an
   originating LS for the gateway it is coresident with. By connecting


                                                              [Page 8]


Internet Draft              gwloc framework             October 28, 1998


   this LS with other LS's in the administrative domain, other LS's can
   learn about gateways within the administrative system. Second, an
   administrative domain may have multiple LS's for purposes of scala-
   bility and load balancing. These may communicate with each other in
   order to maintain a consistent database of gateways.

6.2.1 Nature of Exchanged Information

   The information exchanged by the LS's is a set of gateway objects.
   Each gateway object minimally consists of a range of telephone num-
   bers which are reachable, and an IP address which is the next hop
   towards a gateway which can reach that range. In the case of an LS
   coresident with a gateway, this address will be its own address, and
   the address range is the set of addresses which it can complete calls
   to. This information is then sent from the gateway (through its
   coresident LS) to another LS. This LS, in turn, may receive adver-
   tisements from other LS's. An LS may aggregate this information
   together, merging ranges of telephone numbers, and replacing the IP
   address with its own IP address, or with the IP address of a signal-
   ing server with which the LS is communicating.

   Consider a simple example of two gateways, A and B, capable of reach-
   ing some set of telephone numbers, X and Y, respectively. A and B are
   each coresident with an LS. Both A and B are connected to C. A sends
   C a gateway object containing range X, and IP address A. B sends C a
   gateway object containing range Y, and IP address B. C aggregates
   these together. As it turns out, X and Y can be combined into a sin-
   gle address range, Z. C therefore sends a single gateway object to
   one of its peers, D, containing address range Z and its own address,
   since it is also a signaling server. D is also a signaling server.

   Some client, E, wishes to place a phone call to telephone number T,
   which happens to be in the address range X. E is configured to use D
   as its default H.323 gatekeeper. So, E sends a call setup message to
   D, containing destination address T. D determines that the address T
   is within the range Z. As D had received a gateway object from C con-
   taining address range Z, it forwards the call setup message to C. C,
   in turn, sees that T is within range X, and so it forwards the call
   setup to A, which terminates the call signaling and initiates a call
   towards the telephone network.

   A gateway object may have additional information which characterizes
   the service at the gateway. These attributes include things like pro-
   tocols, features supported, capacity, and cost metrics.

   Aggregating advertisements together which contain these attributes is
   nearly impossible. As a result, an LS must either pass the entire
   gateway object unmodified, or, it it aggregates the gateway


                                                              [Page 9]


Internet Draft              gwloc framework             October 28, 1998


   information together, remove the additional information before propa-
   gating it.

6.2.2 Determining when to send an object

   An LS is free to send an updated gateway object at its discretion.
   Normally, an update is sent if (1) the LS is an originating LS, and
   the attributes or state of the gateway has changed, (2) the LS has
   received an updated object, and wishes to propagate it or change
   other objects which it created as a result of aggregation, (3) the
   policy of the LS has changed.

6.3 User Agents and Location Servers

   The interaction between the user agents and location servers is also
   outside the scope of the gateway location protocol. This interaction
   is referred to as the front-end, as it provides the visible means by
   which the gateway location protocol services are exposed.

   A front end is required when an administrative domain has user
   agents, and these user agents wish to complete calls to a telephone
   network address. This can happen when a user sitting at a PC types a
   telephone number into their IP telephony software, or when an ingress
   gateway receives a call from a telephone wishing to complete a call
   to another telephone. In both cases, the user agent must determine
   where to send its signaling messages in order to complete the call.

   In some cases, the user agent may have requirements about how they
   would like the call to be routed. These include preferences about
   cost, quality, administrator, or call services and protocols. These
   requirements are called the user agent policy. This policy is dis-
   tinct from the location server policy. The location server policy
   includes the providers preferences about which gateways to accept and
   make available to its customers: the user agents in its administra-
   tive domain. The location server policy effectively takes the set of
   all available gateways, and distills them into a list which is
   acceptable to the provider. The user agent policy may then be used to
   select among those gateways. When a user agent policy is expressed,
   it is the discretion of the administrator whether to use or modify
   this policy when selecting a gateway.

   There are two models for the front end. These are called direct and
   proxy modes.

6.3.1 Direct Mode

   In direct mode, the user agent is aware that the call needs to termi-
   nate on the telephone network, and it directly queries one of the


                                                             [Page 10]


Internet Draft              gwloc framework             October 28, 1998


   LS's within the administrative domain for the address of a gateway or
   signaling server which can route the call. This query can contain
   policy from the user agent, or can just contain the telephone number
   which is desired. The LS receives the query, and after consulting its
   database, and any existing policy, returns zero or more addresses to
   the user agent. The response to the user agent may also contain
   parameters or attributes of the gateway if they are known.

   Many protocols may be used for direct mode access. The Service Loca-
   tion Protocol (SLP) is one example; its been designed to fit exactly
   this kind of need. The user agent is an SLP UA, and the LS is an SLP
   DA. The Service Query is used to ask for a gateway with a particular
   set of attributes (i.e., policy).

   Other means exist. The web can be used, either through some kind of
   search engine running based on the data at the LS, or through dynamic
   web pages created from the LS database. This search could be auto-
   mated or more interactive, as is normally done with web searches.

   Once a response is received, the user agent can send its call setup
   message to the signaling server or gateway indicated in the response.

   The advantage of direct mode is that it gives the user agent the
   ability to specify call by call policy. The policy can be arbitrarily
   complex, depending on the services provided by the front end. The
   disadvantage is that it requires more intelligence in the user agent.
   This may not be appropriate for embedded devices, for example.

6.3.2 Proxy Mode

   In proxy mode, the user agent doesn't worry about selecting or query-
   ing for a gateway. The call setup message is sent to a proxy, either
   the location server, or a signaling server which has access to the
   database maintained by the LS. The LS or signaling server receives
   the setup message, sees that it is to a gateway, and consults the
   database to find the appropriate next hop signaling server or gateway
   to terminate the call. This procedure happens transparently to the
   user agent.

   As part of the selection process, the LS or signaling server may
   access a policy database containing preferences specified by the user
   agent ahead of time. For example, a PC user may tell the administra-
   tors that they would like calls towards the PSTN to be routed to
   gateways run by provider X, or that calls should use the cheapest
   gateway. When the LS or signaling server receives the call setup mes-
   sage, this information can be taken into account when selecting a
   next hop.



                                                             [Page 11]


Internet Draft              gwloc framework             October 28, 1998


   Additionally, the signaling messages may themselves contain user
   agent preferences about call routing.

   The proxy mode front end is appropriate for thin clients, which can-
   not express policy requirements on their own. It is also appropriate
   when the administrator wants complete control over gateway selection.
   It also has the advantage of making the fact that the call is a gate-
   way call transparent to the user agent.

7 Security Considerations

   There are a number of security requirements. First and foremost is
   mutual authentication between LS's which are connected. This may be
   through either public key or shared secret. Additionally, message
   integrity of all exchanges is required. Encryption of messages is
   also supported.

   As gateway objects can be passed via one LS to another, there is a
   need for some sort of end to end authentication as well. However,
   aggregation will cause the gateway objects to be modified, and there-
   fore authentication can only take place from the point of last aggre-
   gation to the receiving LS's.

8 Conclusion

   This document has provided a framework for a gateway location proto-
   col. The major elements, and the relationships and protocols between
   them, have been described.

9 Open Issues

     oExpression of cost. Can or should we express cost structures in
      the gateway advertisements?

     oAggregation. The draft proposes that all attributes except tele-
      phone number range and next hop be hop-by-hop attributes, and
      shouldn't be propagated unless the advertisement is transparently
      propagated (that is, not aggregated or de-aggregated). Is this the
      right approach? Is there some middle ground here? Need we even
      specify rules such as this?

     oPath qualification. There is nothing in here about what has been
      called path qualification. That is, does a path between two sig-
      naling servers or LS's actually exist, and if so, does it have
      sufficient quality to carry the call? This is tough, as it strays
      within the realm of QoS routing and differentiated services, which
      is out of scope.



                                                             [Page 12]


Internet Draft              gwloc framework             October 28, 1998


     oAttributes. What attributes should be allow for a gateway?

10 Full Copyright Statement

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1998). All Rights Reserved.

   This document and translations of it may be copied and furnished to
   others, and derivative works that comment on or otherwise explain it
   or assist in its implmentation may be prepared, copied, published and
   distributed, in whole or in part, without restriction of any kind,
   provided that the above copyright notice and this paragraph are
   included on all such copies and derivative works.

   However, this document itself may not be modified in any way, such as
   by removing the copyright notice or references to the Internet Soci-
   ety or other Internet organizations, except as needed for the purpose
   of developing Internet standards in which case the procedures for
   copyrights defined in the Internet Standards process must be fol-
   lowed, or as required to translate it into languages other than
   English.

   The limited permissions granted above are perpetual and will not be
   revoked by the Internet Society or its successors or assigns.

   This document and the information contained herein is provided on an
   "AS IS" basis and THE INTERNET SOCIETY AND THE INTERNET ENGINEERING
   TASK FORCE DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING
   BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY WARRANTY THAT THE USE OF THE INFORMATION
   HEREIN WILL NOT INFRINGE ANY RIGHTS OR ANY IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MER-
   CHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE."

11 Bibliography

   [1] International Telecommunication Union, Visual telephone systems
   and equipment for local area networks which provide a non-guaranteed
   quality of service, Recommendation H.323, Telecommunication Standard-
   ization Sector of ITU, Geneva, Switzerland, May 1996.

   [2] M. Handley, H. Schulzrinne, and E. Schooler, SIP: session initia-
   tion protocol, Internet Draft, Internet Engineering Task Force, May
   1998.  Work in progress.

   [3] Y. Rekhter and T. Li, A border gateway protocol 4 (BGP-4),
   Request for Comments (Draft Standard) 1771, Internet Engineering Task
   Force, Mar. 1995.  (Obsoletes RFC1654).

   [4] J. Veizades, E. Guttman, C. Perkins, and S. Kaplan, Service loca-
   tion protocol, Request for Comments (Proposed Standard) 2165,


                                                             [Page 13]


Internet Draft              gwloc framework             October 28, 1998


   Internet Engineering Task Force, June 1997.

   [5] W. Yeong, T. Howes, and S. Kille, Lightweight directory access
   protocol, Request for Comments (Draft Standard) 1777, Internet Engi-
   neering Task Force, Mar. 1995.  (Obsoletes RFC1487).

12 Authors Addresses



   Jonathan Rosenberg
   Lucent Technologies, Bell Laboratories
   101 Crawfords Corner Rd.
   Holmdel, NJ 07733
   Rm. 4C-526
   email: jdrosen@bell-labs.com

   Henning Schulzrinne
   Columbia University
   M/S 0401
   1214 Amsterdam Ave.
   New York, NY 10027-7003
   email: schulzrinne@cs.columbia.edu



























                                                             [Page 14]