ROLL                                                     T. Phinney, Ed.
Internet-Draft                                                consultant
Intended status: Informational                                P. Thubert
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                                                            RA. Assimiti
                                                        October 21, 2013
                RPL applicability in industrial networks
   The wide deployment of wireless devices, with their low installed
   cost (compared to wired devices), will significantly improve the
   productivity and safety of industrial plants.  It will simultaneously
   increase the efficiency and safety of the plant's workers, by
   extending and making more timely the information set available about
   plant operations.  The new Routing Protocol for Low Power and Lossy
   Networks (RPL) defines a Distance Vector protocol that is designed
   for such networks.  The aim of this document is to analyze the
   applicability of that routing protocol in industrial LLNs formed of
   field devices.
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Table of Contents
   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
     1.1.  Requirements Language  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     1.2.  Required Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     1.3.  Out of scope requirements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   2.  Deployment Scenario  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
     2.1.  Network Topologies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
       2.1.1.  Traffic Characteristics  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
       2.1.2.  Topologies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
       2.1.3.  Source-sink (SS) communication paradigm  . . . . . . . 10
       2.1.4.  Publish-subscribe (PS, or pub/sub) communication paradig 11
       2.1.5.  Peer-to-peer (P2P) communication paradigm  . . . . . . 13
       2.1.6.  Peer-to-multipeer (P2MP) communication paradigm  . . . 14
       2.1.7.  Additional considerations: Duocast and N-cast  . . . . 14
       2.1.8.  RPL applicability per communication paradigm . . . . . 16
     2.2.  Layer 2 applicability. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
   3.  Using RPL to Meet Functional Requirements  . . . . . . . . . . 18
   4.  RPL Profile  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
     4.1.  RPL Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
       4.1.1.  RPL Instances  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20
       4.1.2.  Storing vs. Non-Storing Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
       4.1.3.  DAO Policy . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
       4.1.4.  Path Metrics . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
       4.1.5.  Objective Function . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
       4.1.6.  DODAG Repair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
       4.1.7.   MPL Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
       4.1.8.  Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
       4.1.9.  P2P communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
     4.2.  Layer-two features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
     4.3.  Recommended Configuration Defaults and Ranges  . . . . . . 26
       4.3.1.  Trickle Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
       4.3.2.  Other Parameters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
   5.  Manageability Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
   6.  Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
     6.1.  Security Considerations during initial deployment  . . . . 28
     6.2.  Security Considerations during incremental deployment  . . 28
   7.  Other Related Protocols  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
   8.  IANA Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
   9.  Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
   10. References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
     10.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
     10.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
     10.3.  External Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
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1.  Introduction
   Information Technology (IT) is already, and increasingly will be
   applied to Industrial Automation and Control System (IACS) technology
   in application areas where those IT technologies can be constrained
   sufficiently by Service Level Agreements (SLA) or other modest change
   that they are able to meet the operational needs of IACS.  When that
   happens, the IACS benefits from the large intellectual, experiential
   and training investment that has already occurred in those IT
   precursors.  One can conclude that future reuse of additional IT
   protocols for IACS will continue to occur due to the significant
   intellectual, experiential and training economies which result from
   that reuse.
   Following that logic, many vendors are already extending or replacing
   their local field-bus technology with Ethernet and IP-based
   solutions.  Examples of this evolution include CIP EtherNet/IP,
   Modbus/TCP, Foundation Fieldbus HSE, PROFInet and Invensys/Foxboro
   FOXnet.  At the same time, wireless, low power field devices are
   being introduced that facilitate a significant increase in the amount
   of information which industrial users can collect and the number of
   control points that can be remotely managed.
   IPv6 appears as a core technology at the conjunction of both trends,
   as illustrated by the current [ISA100.11a] industrial Wireless Sensor
   Networking (WSN) specification, where layers 1-4 technologies
   developed for end uses other than IACS - IEEE 802.15.4 PHY and MAC,
   6LoWPAN and IPv6, and UDP - are adapted to IACS use.  But due to the
   lack of open standards for routing in Low power and Lossy Networks
   (LLN) at the time ISA100.11a was crafted, routing was accomplished at
   the link layer and is specific to that standard.
   The IETF ROLL Working Group has defined application-specific routing
   requirements for a LLN routing protocol, specified in:
      Routing Requirements for Urban LLNs [RFC5548],
      Industrial Routing Requirements in LLNs [RFC5673],
      Home Automation Routing Requirements in LLNs [RFC5826], and
      Building Automation Routing Requirements in LLNs [RFC5867].
   The Routing Protocol for Low Power and Lossy Networks (RPL)
   [RFC6550] specification and its point to point extension/optimization
   [RFC6997] define a generic Distance Vector protocol that is adapted
   to a variety of Low Power and Lossy Networks (LLN) types by the
   application of specific Objective Functions (OFs).  RPL forms
   Destination Oriented Directed Acyclic Graphs (DODAGs) within
   instances of the protocol, each instance being associated with an
   Objective Function to form a routing topology.

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   A field device that belongs to an instance uses the OF to determine
   which DODAG and which Version of that DODAG the device should join.
   The device also uses the OF to select a number of routers within the
   DODAG current and subsequent Versions to serve as parents or as
   feasible successors.  A new Version of the DODAG is periodically
   reconstructed to enable a global reoptimization of the graph.
   A RPL OF states the outcome of the process used by a RPL node to
   select and optimize routes within a RPL Instance based on the
   information objects available.  The separation of OFs from the core
   protocol specification allows RPL to be adapted to meet the different
   optimization criteria required by the wide range of industrial
   classes of traffic and applications.
   This document provides information on how RPL can accommodate the
   industrial requirements for LLNs, in particular as specified in
1.1.  Requirements Language
   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC
   2119 [RFC2119].
   Additionally, this document uses terminology from [I-D.ietf-roll-
   terminology], and uses usual terminology from the Process Control and
   Factory Automation industries, some of which is recapitulated below:
   FEC:  Forward error correction
   IACS: Industrial automation and control systems
   RAND: reasonable and non-discriminatory (relative to licensing of
1.2.  Required Reading
1.3.  Out of scope requirements
   This applicability statement does not address requirements related to
   wireless LLNs employed in factory automation and related
2.  Deployment Scenario
   [RFC5673] describes in detail the routing requirements for industrial
   LLNs.  This RFC provides information on the varying deployment
   scenarios for such LLNs and how RPL assists in meeting those

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   Large industrial plants, or major operating areas within such plants,
   repeatedly go through four major phases, each of which typically
   lasts from months to years:
     P1: Construction or major modification phase
     P2: Planned startup phase
     P3: Normal operation phase
     P4: Planned shutdown phase
   followed eventually by an (at least theoretical)
     P5: Plant decommissioning phase.
   It is also likely, after a major catastrophe at a plant, to have a
     P6: Post-emergency recovery and repair phase.
   The deployment scenarios for wireless LLN devices may be different in
   each of these phases.  In particular, during the Construction or
   major modification phase (P1), LLN devices may be installed months
   before the intended LLN can become usefully operational (because
   needed routers and infrastructure devices are not yet installed or
   active), and there are likely to be many personnel in whom the plant
   owner/operator has only limited trust, such as subcontractors and
   others in the plant area who have undergone only a cursory background
   investigation (if any at all). In general, during this phase, plant
   instrumentation is not yet operational, so could be removed and
   replaced by a Trojaned device without much likelihood of physical
   detection of the substitution.  Thus physical security of LLN devices
   is generally a more significant risk factor during this phase than
   once the plant is operational, where simple replacement of device
   electronics is detectable.
   Extra LLN devices and even extra LLN subnets may be employed during
   Planned startup (P2) and Planned shutdown (P4) phases, in support of
   the task of transitioning the plant or plant area between operational
   and shutdown states.  The extra devices typically provide extra
   monitoring as the plant transitions infrequent activity states.  (In
   many continuous process plants, up to 2x extra staff are employed at
   monitoring and control workstations during these two phases,
   precisely because the plant is undergoing extraordinary behavior as
   it transitions to or from its steady-state operational condition.)
   Similar transient devices and subnets may be used during an
   unscheduled Post-emergency recovery and repair phase (P6) of
   operation, but in that case the extra devices usually are routers
   substituting for plant LLN devices that have been damaged by the
   incident (such as a fire, explosion, flood, tornado or hurricane)
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   that induced the emergency.
   The Planned startup (P2) and Planned shutdown (P4) phases are similar
   in many respects, but the LLN environment of the two can be quite
   different, since the Planned shutdown phase can assume that the
   stable LLN environment used for Normal operation (P3) is functional
   during shutdown, whereas that stable environment usually is still
   being established during startup.
   The Post-emergency recovery and repair phase (P6) typically operates
   in an LLN environment that is somewhere between that of the Planned
   startup (P2) and Normal operation (P3) phases, but with an
   indeterminate number of temporary routers placed to facilitate
   communication across and around the area affected by the catastrophe.
   Smaller industrial plants and sites may go through similar phases,
   but often commingle the phases because, in those smaller plants, the
   phases require less planning and structuring of personnel
   responsibilities and thus permit less formalization and partitioning
   of the operating scenarios.  For example, it is much simpler, and
   usually requires much less planning, to bring new equipment on a skid
   into a plant, using a forklift, than to lay temporary railroad track
   or employ an extended-axle heavy haul tractor-trailer to deliver a
   multi-ton process vessel, and temporarily deploy and use very large
   heavy-lift cranes to install it.  In the former cases, nearby
   equipment usually can continue normal operation while the
   installation proceeds; in the latter case that is almost always
   impossible, due to safety and other concerns.
   The domain of applicability for the RPL protocol may include all
   phases but the Normal Operation phase, where the bandwidth allocation
   and the routes are usually optimized by an external Path Computing
   Engine (PCE), e.g.  an ISA100.11a System Manager.
   Additionally, it could be envisioned to include RPL in the normal
   operation provided that a new Objective Function is defined that
   actually interacts with the PCE is order to establish the reference
   topology, in which case RPL operations would only apply to emergency
   repair actions.  when the reference topology becomes unusable for
   some failure, and as long as the problem persists.
2.1.  Network Topologies
2.1.1.  Traffic Characteristics
   The industrial market classifies process applications into three
   broad categories and six classes.
   o  Safety
      *  Class 0: Emergency action - Always a critical function
   o  Control
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      *  Class 1: Closed loop regulatory control - Often a critical
      *  Class 2: Closed loop supervisory control - Usually non-critical
      *  Class 3: Open loop control - Operator takes action and controls
         the actuator (human in the loop)
   o  Monitoring
      *  Class 4: Alerting - Short-term operational effect (for example
         event-based maintenance)
      *  Class 5: Logging and downloading / uploading - No immediate
         operational consequence (e.g., history collection, sequence-of-
         events, preventive maintenance)
   Safety critical functions effect the basic safety integrity of the
   plant.  These normally dormant functions kick in only when process
   control systems, or their operators, have failed.  By design and by
   regular interval inspection, they have a well-understood probability
   of failure on demand in the range of typically once per 10-1000
   In-time deliveries of messages becomes more relevant as the class
   number decreases.
   Note that for a control application, the jitter is just as important
   as latency and has a potential of destabilizing control algorithms.
   The domain of applicability for the RPL protocol probably matches the
   range of classes where industrial users are interested in deploying
   wireless networks.  This domain includes monitoring classes (4 and
   5), and the non-critical portions of control classes (2 and 3). RPL
   might also be considered as an additional repair mechanism in all
   situations, and independently of the flow classification and the
   medium type.
   It appears from the above sections that whether and the way RPL can

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   be applied for a given flow depends both on the deployment scenario
   and on the class of application / traffic.  At a high level, this can
   be summarized by the following matrix:

   |   Phase \  Class    |   0       1       2       3       4       5    |
   |   Construction      |                   X       X       X       X    |
   |   Planned startup   |                   X       X       X       X    |
   |   Normal operation  |                           ?       ?       ?    |
   |   Planned shutdown  |                   X       X       X       X    |
   |Plant decommissioning|                   X       X       X       X    |
   | Recovery and repair |   X       X       X       X       X       X    |

    ? : typically usable for all but higher-rate classes 0,1 PS traffic

2.1.2.  Topologies
   In an IACS, high-rate communications flows (e.g., 1 Hz or 4 Hz for a
   traditional process automation network) typically are such that only
   a single wireless LLN hop separates the source device from a LLN
   Border Router (LBR) to a significantly higher data-rate backbone
   network, typically based on IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.11, or IEEE 802.16,
   as illustrated in  Figure 2.

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                     |          Plant Network
                  |     | Gateway
                  |     |
                     |      Backbone
               |                    |                  |
            +-----+             +-----+             +-----+
            |     | LLN border  |     | LLN border  |     | LLN border
       o    |     | router      |     | router      |     | router
            +-----+             +-----+             +-----+
       o                  o                   o                 o
           o    o   o         o   o  o   o         o  o   o o

    o : stationary wireless field device, seldom acting as an LLN router
   For factory automation networks, the basic communications cycle for
   control is typically much faster, on the order of 100 Hz or more.  In
   this case the LLN itself may be based on high-data-rate IEEE 802.11
   or a 100 Mbit/s or faster optical link, and the higher-rate network
   used by the LBRs to connect the LLN to superior automation equipment
   typically might be based on fiber-optic IEEE 802.3, with multiple
   LBRs around the periphery of the factory area, so that most high-rate
   communications again requires only a single wireless LLN hop.
   Multi-hop LLN routing is used within the LLN portion of such networks
   to provide backup communications paths when primary single-hop LLN
   paths fail, or for lower repetition rate communications where longer
   LLN transit times and higher variance are not an issue.  Typically,
   the majority of devices in an IACS can tolerate such higher-delay
   higher-variance paths, so routing choices often are driven by energy
   considerations for the affected devices, rather than simply by IACS
   performance requirements, as illustrated in  Figure 3.

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                     |          Plant Network
                  |     | Gateway
                  |     |
                     |      Backbone
               |                    |                  |
            +-----+             +-----+             +-----+
            |     | Backbone    |     | Backbone    |     | Backbone
            |     | router      |     | router      |     | router
            +-----+             +-----+             +-----+
               o    o   o    o     o   o  o   o   o   o  o   o o
           o o   o  o   o  o  o o   o  o  o   o   o   o  o  o  o o
          o  o o  o o    o   o   o  o  o  o    M    o  o  o o o
          o   o  M o  o  o     o  o    o  o  o    o  o   o  o   o
            o   o o       o        o  o         o        o o
                    o           o          o             o     o

    o : stationary wireless field device, often acting as an LLN router
    M : mobile wireless device
   Two decades of experience with digital fieldbuses has shown that four
   communications paradigms dominate in IACS:
   SS:   Source-sink
   PS:   Publish-subscribe
   P2P:  Peer-to-peer
   P2MP: Peer-to-multipeer
2.1.3.  Source-sink (SS) communication paradigm
   In SS, the source-sink communication paradigm, each of many devices
   in one set, S1, sends UDP-like messages, usually infrequently and
   intermittently, to a second set of devices, S2, determined by a
   common multicast address.  A typical example would be that all
   devices within a given process unit N are configured to send process
   alarm messages to the multicast address
   Receivers_of_process_alarms_for_unit_N. Receiving devices, typically
   on non-LLN networks accessed via LBRs, are configured to receive such

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   multicast messages if their work assignment covers process unit N,
   and not otherwise.
   Timeliness of message delivery is a significant aspect of some SS
   communication.  When the SS traffic conveys process alarms or device
   alerts, there is often a contractual requirement, and sometimes even
   a regulatory requirement, on the maximum end-to-end transit delay of
   the SS message, including both the LLN and non-LLN components of that
   delay.  However, there is no requirement on relative jitter in the
   delivery of multiple SS messages from the same source, and message
   reordering during transit is irrelevant.
   Within the LLN, the SS paradigm simply requires that messages so
   addressed be forwarded to the responsible LBR (or set of equivalent
   LBRs) for further forwarding outside the LLN. Within the LLN such
   traffic typically is device-to-LBR or device-to-redundant-set-of-
   equivalent-LBRs.  In general, SS traffic may be aggregated before
   forwarding when both the multicast destination address and other QoS
   attributes are identical.  If information on the target delivery
   times for SS messages is available to the aggregating forwarding
   device, that device may intentionally delay forwarding somewhat to
   facilitate further aggregation, which can significantly reduce LLN
   alarm-reporting traffic during major plant upset events.
2.1.4.  Publish-subscribe (PS, or pub/sub) communication paradigm
   In PS, the publish-subscribe communication paradigm, a device sends
   UDP-like messages, usually periodically or cyclicly (i.e.,
   repetitively but without fixed periodicity), to a single multicast
   address derived from or correlated with the device's own address.  A
   typical example would be that each sensor and actuator device within
   a given process unit N is configured to send process state messages
   to the multicast address that designates its specific publications.
   In essence the derived multicast address for device D is
   Receivers_of_publications_by_device_D. Typically those receivers are
   in two categories: controllers (C) for control loops in which device
   D participates, and devices accessed via the LLN's LBRs that monitor
   and/or accumulate historical information about device D's status and
   If the controller(s) that receive device D's publication are all
   outside the LLN and accessed by LBRs, then within the LLN such
   traffic typically is device-to-LBR or device-to-redundant-set-of-
   equivalent-LBRs.  But if a controller (Cn) is within the LLN, then a
   number of different LLN-local traffic patterns may be employed,
   depending on the capabilities of the underlying link technology and
   on configured performance requirements for such reporting.  Typically
   in such a case, publication by device D is forwarded up a DODAG to an
   LLN router that is also on a downward DODAG to a destination
   controller Cn, then forwarded down that second DODAG to that

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   destination controller Cn.  Of course, if the LLN router (or even the
   LBR) is itself the intended destination controller, which will often
   be the case, then no downward forwarding occurs.
   Timeliness of message delivery is a critical aspect of PS
   communication.  Individual messages can be lost without significant
   impact on the controlled physical process, but typically a sequence
   of four consecutive lost messages will trigger fallback behavior of
   the control algorithms, which is considered a system failure by most
   system owner/operators.  (In general, and unless a local catastrophic
   event such as a major explosion or a tornado occurs in the plant,
   invocation of more than one instance of such fallback handling per
   year, per plant, is considered unacceptable.)
   Message loss, delay and jitter in delivery of PS messaging is a
   relative matter.  PS messaging is used for transfer of process
   measurements and associated status from sensors to control
   computation elements, from control computation elements to actuators,
   and of current commanded position and status from actuators back to
   control computation elements.  The actual time interval of interest
   is that which starts with sensing of the physical process (which
   necessarily occurs before the sensed value can be sent in the first
   message) and which ends when the computed control correction is
   applied to the physical process by the appropriate actuator (which
   cannot occur until after the second message containing the computed
   control output has been received by that actuator). With rare
   exception, the control algorithms used with PS messaging in the
   process automation industries - those managing continuous material
   flows - rely on fixed-period sampling, computation and transfer of
   outputs, while those in the factory automation industries - those
   managing discrete manufacturing operations - rely on bounded delay
   between sampling of inputs, control computation and transfer of
   outputs to physical actuators that affect the controlled process.
   Deliberately manipulated message delay and jitter in delivery of PS
   messaging has the potential to destabilize control loops.  It is the
   responsibility of conveyed higher-level protocols to protect against
   such potential security attacks by detecting overly delayed or
   jittered messages at delivery, converting them into instances of
   message loss.  Thus network and data-link protocols such as IPv6 and
   Ethernet need not themselves address such issues, although their
   selection and employment should take the existence (or lack) of such
   higher-layer protection mechanisms, and the resulting consequences
   due to excessive delay and jitter, into consideration in their

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   In general, PS traffic within the LLN is not aggregated before
   forwarding, to minimize message loss and delay in reception by any
   relevant controller(s) that are outside the LLN. However, if all
   intended destination controllers are within the LLN, and at least one
   of those intended controllers also serves as an LLN router on a DODAG
   to off-LLN destinations that all are not controllers, then the router
   functions in that device may aggregate PS traffic before forwarding
   when the required routing and other QoS attributes are identical.  If
   information on the target delivery times for PS messages to non-
   controller devices is available to the aggregating forwarding device,
   that device may intentionally delay forwarding somewhat to facilitate
   further aggregation.
   In some system architectures, message streams that use PS to convey
   current process measurements and status are compressed at the source
   through a 2-dimensional winnowing process that compares
   1) the process measurement values and status of the about-to-be-sent
      message with that of the last actually-sent message, and
   2) the current time vs.  the queueing time for the last actually-sent
   If the interval since that last-sent message is less than a
   predefined maximum time, and the status is unchanged, and the process
   measurement(s) conveyed in the message is within predefined
   deadband(s) of the last-sent measurement value(s), then transmission
   of the new message is suppressed.  Often this suppression takes the
   form of not queuing the new message for transmission, but in some
   protocols a brief placeholder message indicating "no significant
   change" is queued in its stead.
2.1.5.  Peer-to-peer (P2P) communication paradigm
   In P2P, the peer-to-peer communication paradigm, a device sends UDP-
   like or TCP-like messages from one device (D1) to a second device
   (D2), usually with bidirectional but asymmetric flow of application
   data, where the amount of data is significantly greater in one
   direction than the other.  Typical examples are transfer of
   configuration information to or from a process field device, or
   transfer of captured process diagnostics (e.g., time-stamped noise
   signatures from a coriolis flowmeter) to an off-LLN higher-level
   asset management system.  Unicast addressing is used in both
   directions of data flow.
   In general, specific P2P traffic has only loose timeliness
   requirements, typically just those required so that response times to
   human-operator-initiated actions meet human factors requirements.  As
   a consequence, in general, message aggregation is permitted, although
   few opportunities are likely to present themselves for such
   aggregation due to the sporadic nature of such messaging to a single
   destination, and/or due to the large message payloads that often
   occur in at least one direction of transmission.
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2.1.6.  Peer-to-multipeer (P2MP) communication paradigm
   In P2MP, the peer-to-multipeer communication paradigm, a device sends
   UDP-like messages downward, from one device (D1) to a set of other
   devices (Dn). Typical examples are bulk downloads to a set of devices
   that use identical code image segments or identically-structured
   database segments; group commands to enable device state transitions
   that are quasi-synchronized across all or part of the local network
   (e.g., switch to the next set of point-to-point downloaded session
   keys, or notifying that the network is switching to an emergency
   repair and recovery mode); etc.  Multicast addressing is used in the
   downward direction of data flow.
   Devices can be assigned to a number of multicast groups, for instance
   by device type.  Then, if it becomes necessary to reflash all devices
   of a given type with a new load image, a multicast distribution
   mechanism can be leveraged to optimize the distribution operation.
   In general, P2MP traffic has only loose timeliness requirements.  As
   a consequence, in general, message aggregation is permitted, although
   few opportunities are likely to present themselves for such
   aggregation due to the sporadic nature of such messaging to a single
   multicast group destination, and/or due to the large message payloads
   that often occur when P2MP is used for group downloads.  However, in
   general, message aggregation negatively impacts the delivery success
   rate for each of the aggregated messages, since the probability of
   error in a received message increases with message length> Together
   these considerations often lead to a policy of non-aggregation for
   P2MP messaging.
   Note: Reliable group download protocols, such as the no-longer-
   published IEEE 802.1E (ISO/IEC 15802-4) system load protocol, and
   reliable multicast protocols based on the guidance of [RFC2887], are
   instructive in how P2MP can be used for initial bulk download,
   followed by either P2MP or P2P selective retransmissions for missed
   download segments.
2.1.7.  Additional considerations: Duocast and N-cast
   In industrial automation systems, some traffic is from (relatively)
   high-rate monitoring and control loops, of Class 0 and Class 1 as
   described in [RFC5673].  In such systems, the wireless link protocol,
   which typically uses immediate in-band acknowledgement to confirm
   delivery (or, on failure, conclude that a retransmission is
   required), can be adapted to attempt simultaneous delivery to more
   than one receiving device, with separated, sequenced immediate in-
   band acknowledgement by each of those intended receivers.  (This
   mechanism is known colloquially as "duocast" (for two intended
   receivers), or more generically as "N-cast" (for N intended
   receivers).) Transmission is deemed successful if at least one such
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   otherwise the device queues the message for retransmission, up until
   the maximum configured number of retries has been attempted.
   The logic behind duocast/N-cast is very simple: In wireless systems
   without FEC (forward error correction), the overall rate of success
   for transactions consisting of an initial transmission and an
   immediate acknowledgement is typically 95%. In other words, 5% of
   such transactions fail, either because the initial message of the
   transaction is not received correctly by the intended receiver, or
   because the immediate acknowledgment by that receiver is not received
   correctly by the transaction initiator.
   In the generalized case of N-cast, where any received acknowledgement
   serves to complete the transaction, and where the N intended
   receivers are spatially diverse, physically separated from each other
   by multiple wavelengths, the probability that all such receivers fail
   to receive the initial message of the transaction, or that all
   generated immediate acknowledgements are not received by the
   transaction initiator, is typically approximately (5%)^N. Thus, for
   duocast, the expected success rate for a single transaction goes from
   95% (1.0 - 0.05) to 99.75% (1.0 - 0.05^2), to 99.9875% (1.0 - 0.05^3)
   when N=3, and even higher when N>3.
   From the above analysis, it is obvious that the primary benefit of
   N-cast occurs when N goes from N=1 (unicast) to N=2 (duocast); the
   reduction in transaction loss rate for increasing N>2 is quite small,
   and for N>3 it is infinitesimal.  In the typical industrial
   automation environment of class 1 process control loops, which
   typically repeat at a 1 Hz or 4 Hz rate, in a very large process
   plant with thousands of field devices reporting at that rate, the
   maximum number of transmission retries that must be planned, and for
   which capacity must be scheduled (within the requisite 250 ms or 1 s
   interval) is seven (7) retries for unicast PS reporting, but only
   three (3) retries with duocast PS reporting.  (This is determined by
   the requirement to not miss four successive reports more than once
   per year, across the entire plant, as such a loss typically triggers
   fallback behavior in the controlled loop, which is considered a
   failure of the wireless system by the plant owner/operator.) In
   practice, the enormous reduction in both planned and used
   retransmission capacity provided by duocast/N-cast is what enables 4
   Hz loops to be supported in large wireless systems.
   When available, duocast/N-cast typically is used only for one-hop PS
   traffic on Class 1 and Class 0 control loops.  It may also be
   employed for rapid, reliable one-hop delivery of Class 0 and
   sometimes Class 1 process alarms and device alerts, which use the SS
   paradigm.  Because it requires scheduling of multiple receivers that
   are prepared to acknowledge the received message during the
   transaction, in general it is not appropriate for the other types of
   traffic in such systems - P2P and P2MP - and is not needed for other
   classes of control loops or other types of traffic, which do not have
   such stringent reporting requirements.

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   Note: Although there are known patent applications for duocast and
   N-cast, at the time of this writing the patent assignee, Honeywell
   International, has offered to permit cost-free RAND use in those
   industrial wireless standards that have chosen to employee the
   technology, under a reciprocal licensing requirement relative to that
   use.  Since duocast and N-cast provide performance and energy
   optimizations, they are not essential for use in wireless systems.
   However, in practice, their use makes it possible to support 4 Hz
   wireless loops and meet sub-second safety alarm reporting
   requirements in large plants, where that might otherwise be
   impractical without use of a wired network.  When duocast/N-cast is
   not employed, the wireless retransmission capacity that is needed to
   support such fast loops often is excessive, typically over 100x that
   actually used for retransmission (i.e., providing for seven retries
   per transaction when the mean number used is only 0.06 retries).
2.1.8.  RPL applicability per communication paradigm
   To match the requirements above, RPL provides a number of RPL Modes
   of Operation (MOP):
   No downward route: defined in [RFC6550], section 6.3.1, MOP of 0.
                      This mode allows only upward routing, that is from
                      nodes (devices) that reside inside the RPL network
                      toward the outside via the DODAG root.
   Non-storing mode: defined in [RFC6550], section 6.3.1, MOP of 1. This
                     mode improves MOP 0 by adding the capability to use
                     source routing from the root towards registered
                     targets within the instance DODAG.
   Storing mode without multicast support: defined in [RFC6550], section
                                           6.3.1, MOP of 2.  This mode
                                           improves MOP 0 by adding the
                                           capability to use stateful
                                           routing from the root towards
                                           registered targets within the
                                           instance DODAG.
   Storing mode with link-scope multicast DAO: defined in [RFC6550]
                                               section 9.10, this mode
                                               improves MOP 2 by adding
                                               the capability to send
                                               Advertisements to all
                                               nodes over a single Layer
                                               2 link (e.g.  a wireless
                                               hop) and enables line-of-
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   Storing mode with multicast support: defined in [RFC6550], Mode-of-
                                        operation (MOP) of 3. This mode
                                        improves MOP 2 by adding the
                                        capability to register multicast
                                        groups and perform multicast
                                        forwarding along the instance
                                        DODAG (or a spanning subtree
                                        within the DODAG).
   Reactive: defined in [RFC6997], the reactive mode creates on-demand
             additional DAGs that are used to reach a given node acting
             as DODAG root within a certain number of hops.  This mode
             can typically be used for an ad-hoc closed-loop
   The RPL MOP that can be applied for a given flow depends on the
   communication paradigm.  It must be noted that a DODAG that is used
   for PS       traffic can also be used for SS traffic since the MOP 2
   extends the MOP 0, and that a DODAG that is used for P2MP
   distribution can also be used for downward PS since the MOP 3 extends
   the MOP 2.
   On the other hand, an Objective Function (OF) that optimizes metrics
   for a pure upwards DODAG might differ from the OF that optimizes a
   mixed upward and downward DODAG.
   As a result, it can be expected that different RPL instances are
   installed with different OFs, different channel allocations, etc...
   that result in different routing and forwarding topologies, sometimes
   with differing delay vs.  energy profiles, optimized separately for
   the different flows at hand.
   This can be broadly summarized in the following table:

   |   Paradigm\RPL MOP  |  RPL spec  |         Mode of operation         |
   |   Peer-to-peer      |  RPL P2P   |     reactive (on-demand)          |
   |   P2P line-of-sight |  RPL base  |  2 (storing) with multicast DAO   |
   |   P2MP distribution |  RPL base  |     3 (storing with multicast)    |
   |   Publish-subscribe |  RPL base  |  1 or 2 (storing or not-storing)  |
   |   Source-sink       |  RPL base  |     0 (no downward route)         |
   |   N-cast publish    |  RPL base  |     0 (no downward route)         |

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2.2.  Layer 2 applicability.
   Work at the 6TiSCH WG details layer 2 operations for the most
   commonly used link Layer for industrial operations, the  Timeslotted
   Channel Hopping (TSCH) mode of IEEE802.15.4e [IEEE802154e].
   [I-D.watteyne-6tisch-tsch] provides in-depth information on the
   IEEE802.15.4e [IEEE802154e] TSCH MAC operation whereas the 6TiSCH
   architecture [I-D.thubert-6tisch-architecture] provides additional
   imformation as of how RPL can be used over TSCH.
   This contrasts with the SmartGrid area where ZigBee IP [ZigBeeIP]
   ("ZigBee" is a registered trademark of the ZigBee Alliance) defines
   an application of RPL over a more classical contention-based
   operation but will not exhibit the deterministic capabilities that
   industrial control loops require.
3.  Using RPL to Meet Functional Requirements
   The functional requirements for most industrial automation
   deployments are similar to those listed in [RFC5673]
      The routing protocol MUST be capable of supporting the
      organization of a large number of nodes into regions, usually
      corresponding to partitions of the automated process, each
      containing on the order of 30 to 3000 nodes.
      The routing protocol MUST provide mechanisms to support
      configuration of the routing protocol itself.
      The routing protocol MUST provide mechanisms to support instructed
      configuration of explicit routing, so that in the absence of
      failure the routing used for selected flow classes is that which
      has been remotely configured (typically by a centralized
      configurator). In such circumstances RPL is used
         for local network repair;
         for flow classes to which explicit routing has not been
         during bootstrapping of the network itself (which is really
         just an instance of routing without such an externally-imposed
      The routing protocol SHOULD support directed flows with different
      QoS characteristics, typically with different energy vs.  delay
      tradeoffs, for traffic directed to LBRs.  In practice only two
      such sets of QoS are relevant:

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         one that emphasizes energy minimization for energy-constrained
         nodes at the expense of greater mean transit delay and variance
         in transit delay; and
         one that emphasizes minimization of mean transit delay and
         transit delay variance at the expense of greater energy demand
         on originating and intermediary energy-constrained nodes,
         typically used for critical SS traffic (e.e., infrequent and
         unpredictable safety alarms with legally-mandated maximum
         reporting delays) and critical PS traffic (e.g., predictable
         periodic (for process automation) or cyclic (for factory
         automation) high-speed safety control loops needed to protect
         life, the environment, and/or critical national infrastructure
      In the absence of configured routing, or when such routes have
      failed, the routing protocol MUST dynamically compute and select
      effective routes composed of low-power and lossy links.  Local
      network dynamics SHOULD NOT impact the entire network.  The
      routing protocol MUST compute multiple paths when possible.
      The routing protocol MUST support multicast addressing, including
         multicast originating with a LBR or off the LLN, directed to a
         predefined group within the LLN
         multicast originating within the LLN, directed to one or more
         equivalent LBRs, in support of SS traffic
         multicast originating within the LLN, directed to one or more
         equivalent LBRs, in support of PS traffic.
      The routing protocol SHOULD support and utilize a large number of
      highly directed flows to a few LBRs, to handle scalability.
      The routing protocol SHOULD support formation of groups of field
      devices in the network.
      The routing protocol NEED NOT support anycast addressing because,
      as of the date of writing of this document, such addressing is not
      used by automation and control field devices.  In general, no two
      such devices are equivalent, except perhaps for intermediary LBRs,
      so unicast suffices for situations where anycast might otherwise
      be employed.

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   RPL supports:
      Large-scale networks characterized by highly directed traffic
      flows between each field device and servers close to the head-end
      of the automation network.  To this end, RPL builds Directed
      Acyclic Graphs (DAGs) rooted at LBRs.
      Zero-touch configuration.  This is done through in-band methods
      for configuring RPL variables using DIO messages.
      The use of links with time-varying availability and quality
      characteristics.  This is accomplished by allowing the  use of
      metrics that effectively capture the quality of a path (e.g., in
      terms of the mean and maximum impact of use of that path on packet
      delivery timing and on endpoint energy demands), and by limiting
      the impact of changing local conditions by discovering and
      maintaining multiple DAG parents, and by using local repair
      mechanisms when DAG links break.
   For wireless installations of small size with undemanding
   communication requirements, RPL is likely to generate satisfactory
   routing without any special effort.  However, in larger installations
   or where timeliness considerations do not permit multi-second
   wireless-subnet transit times, then flow labeling is likely required
   so that forwarding routers can make informed tradeoffs between
   conserving their own energy resources and meeting overall system
4.  RPL Profile
   This section outlines a RPL profile for a representative deployment
   in a process control application.  Process monitoring without control
   is typically less demanding, so a subset of this profile generally
   will suffice.
4.1.  RPL Features
4.1.1.  RPL Instances
   RPL allows formation of multiple instances that operate independently
   of each other.  Each instance may use a different objective function
   and different modes of operation.  It is highly recommended that
   wireless field devices participate in different instances that
   utilize objective functions that meet different optimization goals.
   These optimization goals target:
   1.  Minimizing and ensuring that a guaranteed latency is being met
   2.  Maximizing the communication reliability of the packets
       transferred over the wireless media

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   3.  Minimizing aggregate power consumption for multi-hop LLNs that
       are composed of battery powered field devices.
   Some of these optimization goals will have to be met concurrently in
   a single instance by imposing various constraints.
   Each wireless field device should participate in a set composed of a
   minimum of three instances that meet optimization goals associated
   with three traffic flows which need to be supported by all industrial
   Management Instance: Wireless industrial networks are highly
      deterministic in nature, meaning that wireless field devices do
      not make any decisions locally but are managed by a centralized
      System Manager that oversees the join process as well as all
      communication and security settings present in the devices.  The
      management traffic flow is downward traffic and needs to meet
      strictly enforced latency and reliability requirements in order to
      ensure proper operation of the wireless LLN. Hence each field
      device should participate in an instance dedicated to management
      traffic.  All decisions made while constructing this instance will
      need to be approved by the Path Computaton Engine present in the
      System Manager due to the deterministic, centralized nature of
      wireless industrial LLNs.  Shallow LLNs with a hop count of up to
      one, accommodate this downward traffic using non-storing mode.Non-
      storing involves source routing that is detrimental to the packet
      size.  For large transfers such as image download and
      configuration files, this can be factorized for a large packet.
      In that case, a method such as [I-D.thubert-6lo-forwarding-
      fragments]  is required over multi-hop networks to forward and
      recover individual fragments without the overhead of the source
      route information in each fragment.  If the hop count in the
      wireless LLN grows (LLN becomes deeper) it is higly recommended
      that the management instance rely on storing mode in order to
      relay management related packets.
   Operational Instance: The bulk of the data that is transferred over
      wireless LLN consists of process automation related payloads.
      This data is of paramount importance to the smooth operation of
      the process that is being monitored.  Hence data reliabiliy is of
      paramount importance.  It is also important to note that a vast
      majority of the  wireless field devices that operate in industrial
      LLNs are battery powered.  The operational instance should hence
      ensure high reliability of the data transmitted while also
      minimizing the aggregate power consumption of the field devices
      operating in the LLN.  All decisions made while constructing this
      instance will need to be approved by the Path Computaton Engine
      present in the System Manager.  This is due to the deterministic,
      centralized nature of wireless LLNs.

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   Autonomous instance: An autonomous instance requires limited to no
      configuration.  It, primary purpose is to serve as a backup for
      the operational instance in case the operational instance fails.
      It is also useful in non-production phases of the network, when
      the plant is installed or dismantled.  [I-D.thubert-roll-asymlink]
      provides rules and mechanisms whereby an instance can be used as a
      fallback to another upon failure to forward a packet further.  The
      autonomic instance should always be active and during normal
      operations it should be maintained through local repair
      mechanisms.  In normal operation global repairs should be
      sparingly employed in order to conserve batteries.  But a global
      repair is also probably the fastest and most economical technique
      in the case the network is extensively damaged.  It is recommended
      to rely on automation that will trigger a global repair upon the
      detection of a large scale incident such as an explosion or a
      crash.  As the name suggests, the autonomous instance is formed
      without any dependence on the System Manager.  Decisions made
      during the construcstion of the autonomous instance do not need
      approval from the Path Computation Engine present in the  in the
      System Manager.
   Participation of each wireless field device in at least one instance
   that hosts a DODAG with a virtual root is highly recommended.
   Wireless industrial networks are typically composed of multiple LLNs
   that terminate in a LLN Border Router (LBR).  The LBRs communicate
   with each other and with other entities present on the backbone (such
   as the Gateway and the System Manager) over a wired or wireless
   backbone infrastructure.  When a device A that operates in LLN 1
   sends a packet to a device B that operates in LLN2, the packets
   egresses LLN1 through LBR1 and ingresses LLN2 through LBR2 after
   travelling over the backbone infrastructure that connects the LBRs.
   In order to accommodate this packet flow that travels from one LLN to
   another, it is highly recommended that wireless field devices
   participate in at least one instance that has a DODAG with a virtual
4.1.2.  Storing vs.  Non-Storing Mode
   In general, storing mode is required for high-reporting-rate devices
   (where "high rate" is with respect to the underlying link data
   conveyance capability). Such devices, in the absence of path failure,
   are typically only one hop from the LBR(s) that convey their
   messaging to other parts of the system.  Fortunately, in such cases,
   the routing tables required by such nodes are small, even when they
   include information on DODAGs that are used as backup alternate

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   Deeper multi-hop wireless LLNs (hop count > 1) should support storing
   mode in order to minimize the overhead associated with source routing
   given the limited header capacity associated with typical physical
   layers employed in wireless LLNs.  Support for storing mode requires
   additional RAM resources be present in the constrained wireless
   fielde devices.  Typical wireless LLNs scale to a maximum of one
   hundred field devices.  Hence the appropriate RAM resources for
   supporting storing mode should be part of the hardware requirements
   imposed upon wireless field devices during the design phase.
   The ISA100.11a standard mandates that all LBRs maintain routing
   tables with enough capacity to accomodate operation in storing mode.
   The standard also mandates that all wireless field devices maintain
   routing tables but it does not make any capacity assumptions,
   allowing for null routing tables.  The System Manager should read the
   routing table capacity of each wireless field router and LBR during
   their join phase, and determine if support for storing mode in a
   particular LLN is feasible.
   Lack of support for storing mode is also detrimental to battery
   operated wireless field devices due to the power consumption
   associated with transporting the hefty headers associated with source
   routing.  Support for storing mode also ensures path redundancy which
   in turn allows for better prediction of the latency associated with
   downward traffic flows.  Guaranteed latencies are of paramount
   importance for various traffic flows in wireless industrial LLNs.
4.1.3.  DAO Policy
   Support for both upward and downward traffic flows is a requirement
   in industrial automation systems.  As a result, nodes send DAO
   messages to establish downward paths from the root to themselves.
   DAO messages are not acknowledged in wireless industrial LLNs that
   are composed of battery operated field devices in order to minimize
   the power consumption overhead associated with path discovery.  Given
   that wireless field devices in LLNs will typically participate in
   multiple RPL instances and DODAGs, it is highly recommended that both
   the RPLInstance ID and the DODAGID be included in the DAO.
4.1.4.  Path Metrics
   RPL relies on an Objective Function for selecting parents and
   computing path costs and rank.  This objective function is decoupled
   from the core RPL mechanisms and also from the metrics in use in the
   network.  Two objective functions for RPL have been defined at the
   time of this writing, the RPL Objective Function 0 [RFC6552] and the
   Minimum Rank with Hysteresis Objective Function  [RFC6719], both of

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   which define a selection method for a preferred parent and backup
   parents, and are suitable for industrial automation network
4.1.5.  Objective Function
   Industrial wireless LLNs are subject to swift variations in terms of
   the propagation of the wireless signal, variations that can affect
   the quality of the links between field devices.  This is due to the
   nature of the environment in which they operate which can be
   characterized as metal jungles that cause wireles propagation
   distortions, multi-path fading and scattering.  Hence support for
   hysteresis is needed in order to ensure relative link stability which
   in turn ensures route stability.
   As mentioned in previous sections of this document, different traffic
   flows require different optimization goals.  Wireless field devices
   should participate in multiple instances associated with multiple
   objective functions.
   Management Instance: Should utilize an objective function that
      focuses on optimization of latency and data reliability.
   Operational instance: Should utilize an objective function that
      focuses on data reliability and minimizing aggregate power
      consumption for battery operated field devices.
   Autonomous instance: Should utilize an objective function that
      optimizes data latency.  The primary purpose of the autonomous
      instance is as a fallback instance in case the operational
      instance fails.  Data latency is hence paramount for ensuring that
      the wireless field devices can exchange packets in order to repair
      the operational instance.
   More complex objective functions are needed that take in
   consideration multiple constraints and utilize weighted sums of
   multiple additive and multiplicative metrics.  Additional objective
   functions specifically designed for such networks may be defined in
   companion RFCs.
4.1.6.  DODAG Repair
   To effectively handle time-varying link characteristics and
   availability, industrial automation network deployments SHOULD
   utilize the local repair mechanisms in RPL.
   Local repair is triggered by broken link detection, and in storing
   mode also by loop detection.

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   The first local repair mechanism consists of a node detaching from a
   DODAG and then re-attaching to the same or to a different DODAG at a
   later time.  While detached, a node advertises an infinite rank value
   so that its children can select a different parent.  This process is
   known as poisoning and is described in Section of [RFC6550].
   While RPL provides an option to form a local DODAG, doing so in
   industrial automation network deployments is of little benefit since
   applications typically communicate through a LBR.  After the detached
   node has made sufficient effort to send notification to its children
   that it is detached, the node can rejoin the same DODAG with a higher
   rank value.  The configured duration of the poisoning mechanism needs
   to take into account the disconnection time applications running over
   the network can tolerate.  Note that when joining a different DODAG,
   the node need not perform poisoning.
   The second local repair mechanism controls how much a node can
   increase its rank within a given DODAG Version (e.g., after detaching
   from the DODAG as a result of broken link or loop detection).
   Setting the DAGMaxRankIncrease to a non-zero value enables this
   mechanism, and setting it to a value of less than infinity limits the
   cost of count-to-infinity scenarios when they occur, thus controlling
   the duration of disconnection applications may experience.
4.1.7.  MPL Profile
   The applicability of MPL is left to be determined.  There is a
   potential for Source/Sink flows in order to control the flooding
   incurred by alarms and alerts.
4.1.8.  Security
   Industrial automation network deployments typically operate in areas
   that provide limited physical security (relative to the risk of
   attack).  For this reason, the link layer, transport layer and
   application layer technologies utilized within such networks
   typically provide security mechanisms to ensure authentication,
   confidentiality, integrity, timeliness and freshness.  As a result,
   such deployments may not need to implement RPL's security mechanisms
   and could rely on link layer and higher layer security features.
4.1.9.  P2P communications
   There is definitely a need for route optimizations for the close
   control loops that sustain the automation systems.  [I-D.thubert-
   6tisch-architecture] discusses the applicability of a central routing
   computation based on a Path Computation Element (PCE), which would be
   the natural IETF correspondent to the System Managers or Network
   Managers that can be found in existing industrial standards.
   The RPL point to point extension/optimization [RFC6997]
   (experimental) or its standard track successor may be used as well to
   establish on-demand paths or repair existing ones.
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4.2.  Layer-two features
   This section defers to work that is aking place at the 6TiSCH WG.  In
   particular [] defines the Link Layer Control
   (LLC) operation that sustain RPL and IPv6 whereas [I-D.vilajosana-
   6tisch-minimal] specifies a minimal RPL operation based on a static
   TSCH schedule.
4.3.  Recommended Configuration Defaults and Ranges
4.3.1.  Trickle Parameters
   Trickle was designed to be density-aware and perform well in networks
   characterized by a wide range of node densities.  The combination of
   DIO packet suppression and adaptive timers for sending updates allows
   Trickle to perform well in both sparse and dense environments.
   Node densities in industrial automation network deployments can vary
   greatly, from nodes having only one or a handful of neighbors to
   nodes having several hundred neighbors.  In high density
   environments, relatively low values for Imin may cause a short period
   of congestion when an inconsistency is detected and DIO updates are
   sent by a large number of neighboring nodes nearly simultaneously.
   While the Trickle timer will exponentially backoff, some time may
   elapse before the congestion subsides.  Although some link layers
   employ contention mechanisms that attempt to avoid congestion,
   relying solely on the link layer to avoid congestion caused by a
   large number of DIO updates can result in increased communication
   latency for other control and data traffic in the network.
   To mitigate this kind of short-term congestion, this document
   recommends a more conservative set of values for the Trickle
   parameters than those specified in [RFC6206].  In particular,
   DIOIntervalMin is set to a larger value to avoid periods of
   congestion in dense environments, and DIORefundancyConstant is
   parameterized accordingly as described below.  These values are
   appropriate for the timely distribution of DIO updates in both sparse
   and dense scenarios while avoiding the short-term congestion that
   might arise in dense scenarios.
   Because the actual link capacity depends on the particular link
   technology used within an industrial automation network deployment,
   the Trickle parameters are specified in terms of the link's maximum
   capacity for conveying link-local multicast messages.  If the link
   can convey m link-local multicast packets per second on average, the
   expected time it takes to transmit a link-local multicast packet is 1
   /m seconds.
   DIOIntervalMin:  Industrial automation network deployments SHOULD set
   DIOIntervalMin such that the Trickle Imin is at least 50 times as
   long as it takes to convey a link-local multicast packet.  This value
   is larger than that recommended in [RFC6206] to avoid congestion in
   dense plant deployments as described above.
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   DIOIntervalDoublings:  Industrial automation network deployments
   SHOULD set DIOIntervalDoublings such that the Trickle Imax is at
   least TBD minutes or more.
   DIORedundancyConstant:  Industrial automation network deployments
   SHOULD set DIORedundancyConstant to a value of at least 10.  This is
   due to the larger chosen value for DIOIntervalMin and the
   proportional relationship between Imin and k suggested in [RFC6206].
   This increase is intended to compensate for the increased
   communication latency of DIO updates caused by the increase in the
   DIOIntervalMin value, though the proportional relationship between
   Imin and k suggested in [RFC6206] is not preserved.  Instead,
   DIORedundancyConstant is set to a lower value in order to reduce the
   number of packet transmissions in dense environments.
4.3.2.  Other Parameters
   None identified at this time.  Further work is required to refine
   this analysis.
5.  Manageability Considerations
   RPL enables automatic and consistent configuration of RPL routers
   through parameters specified by the DODAG root and disseminated
   through DIO packets.  The use of Trickle for scheduling DIO
   transmissions ensures lightweight yet timely propagation of important
   network and parameter updates and allows network operators to choose
   the trade-off point they are comfortable with respect to overhead vs.
   reliability and timeliness of network updates.
   The metrics in use in the network along with the Trickle Timer
   parameters used to control the frequency and redundancy of network
   updates can be dynamically varied by the root during the lifetime of
   the network.  To that end, all DIO messages SHOULD contain a Metric
   Container option for disseminating the metrics and metric values used
   for DODAG setup.  In addition, DIO messages SHOULD contain a DODAG
   Configuration option for disseminating the Trickle Timer parameters
   throughout the network.
   The possibility of dynamically updating the metrics in use in the
   network as well as the frequency of network updates allows deployment
   characteristics (e.g., network density) to be discovered during
   network bring-up and to be used to tailor network parameters once the
   network is operational rather than having to rely on precise pre-
   configuration.  This also allows the network parameters and the
   overall routing protocol behavior to evolve during the lifetime of
   the network.
   RPL specifies a number of variables and events that can be tracked
   for purposes of network fault and performance monitoring of RPL
   routers.  Depending on the memory and processing capabilities of each
   smart grid device, various subsets of these can be employed in the
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6.  Security Considerations
   Industrial automation network deployments typically operate in areas
   that provide limited physical security (relative to the risk of
   attack).  For this reason, the link layer, transport layer and
   application layer technologies utilized within such networks
   typically provide security mechanisms to ensure authentication,
   confidentiality, integrity, timeliness and freshness.  As a result,
   such deployments may not need to implement RPL's security mechanisms
   and could rely on link layer and higher layer security features.
   This document does not specify operations that could introduce new
   threats.  Security considerations for RPL deployments are to be
   developed in accordance with recommendations laid out in, for
   example, [I-D.tsao-roll-security-framework].
   Industrial automation networks are subject to stringent security
   requirements as they are considered a critical infrastructure
   component.  At the same time, since they are composed of large
   numbers of resource- constrained devices inter-connected with
   limited-throughput links, many available security mechanisms are not
   practical for use in such networks.  As a result, the choice of
   security mechanisms is highly dependent on the device and network
   capabilities characterizing a particular deployment.
   In contrast to other types of LLNs, in industrial automation networks
   centralized administrative control and access to a permanent secure
   infrastructure is available.  As a result link-layer, transport-layer
   and/or application-layer security mechanisms are typically in place
   and may make use of RPL's secure mode unnecessary.
6.1.  Security Considerations during initial deployment
6.2.  Security Considerations during incremental deployment
7.  Other Related Protocols
8.  IANA Considerations
   This specification has no requirement on IANA.
9.  Acknowledgements
10.  References
10.1.  Normative References
   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, March 1997.
10.2.  Informative References
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              Vasseur, J., "Terminology in Low power And Lossy
              Networks", Internet-Draft draft-ietf-roll-terminology-12,
              March 2013.
   [RFC2887]  Handley, M., Floyd, S., Whetten, B., Kermode, R.,
              Vicisano, L. and M. Luby, "The Reliable Multicast Design
              Space for Bulk Data Transfer", RFC 2887, August 2000.
   [RFC5548]  Dohler, M., Watteyne, T., Winter, T. and D. Barthel,
              "Routing Requirements for Urban Low-Power and Lossy
              Networks", RFC 5548, May 2009.
   [RFC5826]  Brandt, A., Buron, J. and G. Porcu, "Home Automation
              Routing Requirements in Low-Power and Lossy Networks", RFC
              5826, April 2010.
   [RFC5867]  Martocci, J., De Mil, P., Riou, N. and W. Vermeylen,
              "Building Automation Routing Requirements in Low-Power and
              Lossy Networks", RFC 5867, June 2010.
   [RFC5673]  Pister, K., Thubert, P., Dwars, S. and T. Phinney,
              "Industrial Routing Requirements in Low-Power and Lossy
              Networks", RFC 5673, October 2009.
   [RFC6206]  Levis, P., Clausen, T., Hui, J., Gnawali, O. and J. Ko,
              "The Trickle Algorithm", RFC 6206, March 2011.
   [RFC6550]  Winter, T., Thubert, P., Brandt, A., Hui, J., Kelsey, R.,
              Levis, P., Pister, K., Struik, R., Vasseur, JP. and R.
              Alexander, "RPL: IPv6 Routing Protocol for Low-Power and
              Lossy Networks", RFC 6550, March 2012.
   [RFC6552]  Thubert, P., "Objective Function Zero for the Routing
              Protocol for Low-Power and Lossy Networks (RPL)", RFC
              6552, March 2012.
   [RFC6719]  Gnawali, O. and P. Levis, "The Minimum Rank with
              Hysteresis Objective Function", RFC 6719, September 2012.
   [RFC6997]  Goyal, M., Baccelli, E., Philipp, M., Brandt, A. and J.
              Martocci, "Reactive Discovery of Point-to-Point Routes in
              Low-Power and Lossy Networks", RFC 6997, August 2013.
              Thubert, P., "RPL adaptation for asymmetrical links",
              Internet-Draft draft-thubert-roll-asymlink-02, December
              Thubert, P. and J. Hui, "LLN Fragment Forwarding and
              Recovery", Internet-Draft draft-thubert-6lo-forwarding-
              fragments-00, October 2013.
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              Thubert, P., Assimiti, R. and T. Watteyne, "An
              Architecture for IPv6 over the TSCH mode of IEEE
              IEEE802.15.4e", Internet-Draft draft-thubert-6tisch-
              architecture-00, October 2013.
              Tsao, T., Alexander, R., Daza, V. and A. Lozano, "A
              Security Framework for Routing over Low Power and Lossy
              Networks", Internet-Draft draft-tsao-roll-security-
              framework-02, March 2010.
              Watteyne, T., "Using IEEE802.15.4e TSCH in an LLN context:
              Overview, Problem Statement and Goals", Internet-Draft
              draft-watteyne-6tisch-tsch-00, October 2013.
              Wang, Q., Vilajosana, X. and T. Watteyne, "6TiSCH
              Operation Sublayer (6top)", Internet-Draft draft-wang-
              6tisch-6top-00, October 2013.
              Vilajosana, X. and K. Pister, "Minimal 6TiSCH
              Configuration", Internet-Draft draft-vilajosana-6tisch-
              minimal-00, October 2013.
10.3.  External Informative References
   [HART], "Highway Addressable Remote Transducer,
              a group of specifications for industrial process and
              control devices administered by the HART Foundation", .
              ISA, "ISA100, Wireless Systems for Automation", May 2008,
              ZigBee Public Document 15-002r00, "ZigBee IP
              Specification", 2013.
Authors' Addresses
   Tom Phinney, editor
   5012 W. Torrey Pines Circle
   Glendale, AZ 85308-3221

   Phone: +1 602 938 3163

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   Pascal Thubert
   Cisco Systems, Inc
   Building D
   45 Allee des Ormes - BP1200
   MOUGINS - Sophia Antipolis, 06254

   Phone: +33 497 23 26 34
   Robert Assimiti
   1000 Circle 75 Parkway SE, Ste 300
   Atlanta, GA 30339

   Phone: +1 678 202 6859

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