RTCWEB Working Group                                       C. S. Perkins
Internet-Draft                                     University of Glasgow
Intended status: Standards Track                           M. Westerlund
Expires: August 18, 2014                                        Ericsson
                                                                  J. Ott
                                                        Aalto University
                                                       February 14, 2014

  Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC): Media Transport and Use of RTP


   The Web Real-Time Communication (WebRTC) framework provides support
   for direct interactive rich communication using audio, video, text,
   collaboration, games, etc.  between two peers' web-browsers.  This
   memo describes the media transport aspects of the WebRTC framework.
   It specifies how the Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP) is used in
   the WebRTC context, and gives requirements for which RTP features,
   profiles, and extensions need to be supported.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   2.  Rationale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   3.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   4.  WebRTC Use of RTP: Core Protocols . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     4.1.  RTP and RTCP  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     4.2.  Choice of the RTP Profile . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     4.3.  Choice of RTP Payload Formats . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
     4.4.  Use of RTP Sessions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     4.5.  RTP and RTCP Multiplexing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     4.6.  Reduced Size RTCP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     4.7.  Symmetric RTP/RTCP  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
     4.8.  Choice of RTP Synchronisation Source (SSRC) . . . . . . .  10
     4.9.  Generation of the RTCP Canonical Name (CNAME) . . . . . .  11
   5.  WebRTC Use of RTP: Extensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     5.1.  Conferencing Extensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
       5.1.1.  Full Intra Request (FIR)  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
       5.1.2.  Picture Loss Indication (PLI) . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
       5.1.3.  Slice Loss Indication (SLI) . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
       5.1.4.  Reference Picture Selection Indication (RPSI) . . . .  14
       5.1.5.  Temporal-Spatial Trade-off Request (TSTR) . . . . . .  14
       5.1.6.  Temporary Maximum Media Stream Bit Rate Request
               (TMMBR) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
     5.2.  Header Extensions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
       5.2.1.  Rapid Synchronisation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
       5.2.2.  Client-to-Mixer Audio Level . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
       5.2.3.  Mixer-to-Client Audio Level . . . . . . . . . . . . .  15
   6.  WebRTC Use of RTP: Improving Transport Robustness . . . . . .  16
     6.1.  Negative Acknowledgements and RTP Retransmission  . . . .  16
     6.2.  Forward Error Correction (FEC)  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
   7.  WebRTC Use of RTP: Rate Control and Media Adaptation  . . . .  17
     7.1.  Boundary Conditions and Circuit Breakers  . . . . . . . .  18
     7.2.  RTCP Limitations for Congestion Control . . . . . . . . .  19
     7.3.  Congestion Control Interoperability and Legacy Systems  .  20
   8.  WebRTC Use of RTP: Performance Monitoring . . . . . . . . . .  20
   9.  WebRTC Use of RTP: Future Extensions  . . . . . . . . . . . .  21
   10. Signalling Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  21
   11. WebRTC API Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  23
   12. RTP Implementation Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  25
     12.1.  Configuration and Use of RTP Sessions  . . . . . . . . .  25
       12.1.1.  Use of Multiple Media Flows Within an RTP Session  .  25

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       12.1.2.  Use of Multiple RTP Sessions . . . . . . . . . . . .  26
       12.1.3.  Differentiated Treatment of Flows  . . . . . . . . .  31
     12.2.  Source, Flow, and Participant Identification . . . . . .  32
       12.2.1.  Media Streams  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  33
       12.2.2.  Media Streams: SSRC Collision Detection  . . . . . .  33
       12.2.3.  Media Synchronisation Context  . . . . . . . . . . .  34
   13. Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  35
   14. IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  35
   15. Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  36
   16. References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  36
     16.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  36
     16.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  39
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  41

1.  Introduction

   The Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP) [RFC3550] provides a framework
   for delivery of audio and video teleconferencing data and other real-
   time media applications.  Previous work has defined the RTP protocol,
   along with numerous profiles, payload formats, and other extensions.
   When combined with appropriate signalling, these form the basis for
   many teleconferencing systems.

   The Web Real-Time communication (WebRTC) framework provides the
   protocol building blocks to support direct, interactive, real-time
   communication using audio, video, collaboration, games, etc., between
   two peers' web-browsers.  This memo describes how the RTP framework
   is to be used in the WebRTC context.  It proposes a baseline set of
   RTP features that are to be implemented by all WebRTC-aware end-
   points, along with suggested extensions for enhanced functionality.

   This memo specifies a protocol intended for use within the WebRTC
   framework, but is not restricted to that context.  An overview of the
   WebRTC framework is given in [I-D.ietf-rtcweb-overview].

   The structure of this memo is as follows.  Section 2 outlines our
   rationale in preparing this memo and choosing these RTP features.
   Section 3 defines terminology.  Requirements for core RTP protocols
   are described in Section 4 and suggested RTP extensions are described
   in Section 5.  Section 6 outlines mechanisms that can increase
   robustness to network problems, while Section 7 describes congestion
   control and rate adaptation mechanisms.  The discussion of mandated
   RTP mechanisms concludes in Section 8 with a review of performance
   monitoring and network management tools that can be used in the
   WebRTC context.  Section 9 gives some guidelines for future
   incorporation of other RTP and RTP Control Protocol (RTCP) extensions
   into this framework.  Section 10 describes requirements placed on the
   signalling channel.  Section 11 discusses the relationship between

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   features of the RTP framework and the WebRTC application programming
   interface (API), and Section 12 discusses RTP implementation
   considerations.  The memo concludes with security considerations
   (Section 13) and IANA considerations (Section 14).

2.  Rationale

   The RTP framework comprises the RTP data transfer protocol, the RTP
   control protocol, and numerous RTP payload formats, profiles, and
   extensions.  This range of add-ons has allowed RTP to meet various
   needs that were not envisaged by the original protocol designers, and
   to support many new media encodings, but raises the question of what
   extensions are to be supported by new implementations.  The
   development of the WebRTC framework provides an opportunity for us to
   review the available RTP features and extensions, and to define a
   common baseline feature set for all WebRTC implementations of RTP.
   This builds on the past 20 years development of RTP to mandate the
   use of extensions that have shown widespread utility, while still
   remaining compatible with the wide installed base of RTP
   implementations where possible.

   Other RTP and RTCP extensions not discussed in this document can be
   implemented by WebRTC end-points if they are beneficial for new use
   cases.  However, they are not necessary to address the WebRTC use
   cases and requirements identified to date

   While the baseline set of RTP features and extensions defined in this
   memo is targeted at the requirements of the WebRTC framework, it is
   expected to be broadly useful for other conferencing-related uses of
   RTP.  In particular, it is likely that this set of RTP features and
   extensions will be appropriate for other desktop or mobile video
   conferencing systems, or for room-based high-quality telepresence

3.  Terminology

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   document are to be interpreted as described in [RFC2119].  The RFC
   2119 interpretation of these key words applies only when written in
   ALL CAPS.  Lower- or mixed-case uses of these key words are not to be
   interpreted as carrying special significance in this memo.

   We define the following terms:

   RTP Media Stream:  A sequence of RTP packets, and associated RTCP
      packets, using a single synchronisation source (SSRC) that

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      together carries part or all of the content of a specific Media
      Type from a specific sender source within a given RTP session.

   RTP Session:  As defined by [RFC3550], the endpoints belonging to the
      same RTP Session are those that share a single SSRC space.  That
      is, those endpoints can see an SSRC identifier transmitted by any
      one of the other endpoints.  An endpoint can see an SSRC either
      directly in RTP and RTCP packets, or as a contributing source
      (CSRC) in RTP packets from a mixer.  The RTP Session scope is
      hence decided by the endpoints' network interconnection topology,
      in combination with RTP and RTCP forwarding strategies deployed by
      endpoints and any interconnecting middle nodes.

   WebRTC MediaStream:  The MediaStream concept defined by the W3C in
      the API [W3C.WD-mediacapture-streams-20130903].

   Other terms are used according to their definitions from the RTP
   Specification [RFC3550].

4.  WebRTC Use of RTP: Core Protocols

   The following sections describe the core features of RTP and RTCP
   that need to be implemented, along with the mandated RTP profiles.
   Also described are the core extensions providing essential features
   that all WebRTC implementations need to implement to function
   effectively on today's networks.

4.1.  RTP and RTCP

   The Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP) [RFC3550] is REQUIRED to be
   implemented as the media transport protocol for WebRTC.  RTP itself
   comprises two parts: the RTP data transfer protocol, and the RTP
   control protocol (RTCP).  RTCP is a fundamental and integral part of
   RTP, and MUST be implemented in all WebRTC applications.

   The following RTP and RTCP features are sometimes omitted in limited
   functionality implementations of RTP, but are REQUIRED in all WebRTC

   o  Support for use of multiple simultaneous SSRC values in a single
      RTP session, including support for RTP end-points that send many
      SSRC values simultaneously, following [RFC3550] and
      [I-D.ietf-avtcore-rtp-multi-stream].  Support for the RTCP
      optimisations for multi-SSRC sessions defined in
      [I-D.ietf-avtcore-rtp-multi-stream-optimisation] is RECOMMENDED.

   o  Random choice of SSRC on joining a session; collision detection
      and resolution for SSRC values (see also Section 4.8).

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   o  Support for reception of RTP data packets containing CSRC lists,
      as generated by RTP mixers, and RTCP packets relating to CSRCs.

   o  Sending correct synchronisation information in the RTCP Sender
      Reports, to allow receivers to implement lip-sync, with support
      for the rapid RTP synchronisation extensions (see Section 5.2.1)
      being RECOMMENDED.

   o  Support for multiple synchronisation contexts.  Participants that
      send multiple simultaneous RTP media streams MAY do so as part of
      a single synchronisation context, using a single RTCP CNAME for
      all streams and allowing receivers to play the streams out in a
      synchronised manner, or they MAY use different synchronisation
      contexts, and hence different RTCP CNAMEs, for some or all of the
      streams.  Receivers MUST support reception of multiple RTCP CNAMEs
      from each participant in an RTP session.  See also Section 4.9.

   o  Support for sending and receiving RTCP SR, RR, SDES, and BYE
      packet types, with OPTIONAL support for other RTCP packet types
      unless mandated by other parts of this specification;
      implementations MUST ignore unknown RTCP packet types.  Note that
      additional RTCP Packet types are needed by the RTP/SAVPF Profile
      (Section 4.2) and the other RTCP extensions (Section 5).

   o  Support for multiple end-points in a single RTP session, and for
      scaling the RTCP transmission interval according to the number of
      participants in the session; support for randomised RTCP
      transmission intervals to avoid synchronisation of RTCP reports;
      support for RTCP timer reconsideration.

   o  Support for configuring the RTCP bandwidth as a fraction of the
      media bandwidth, and for configuring the fraction of the RTCP
      bandwidth allocated to senders, e.g., using the SDP "b=" line.

   It is known that a significant number of legacy RTP implementations,
   especially those targeted at VoIP-only systems, do not support all of
   the above features, and in some cases do not support RTCP at all.
   Implementers are advised to consider the requirements for graceful
   degradation when interoperating with legacy implementations.

   Other implementation considerations are discussed in Section 12.

4.2.  Choice of the RTP Profile

   The complete specification of RTP for a particular application domain
   requires the choice of an RTP Profile.  For WebRTC use, the Extended
   Secure RTP Profile for RTCP-Based Feedback (RTP/SAVPF) [RFC5124], as
   extended by [RFC7007], MUST be implemented.  This builds on the basic

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   RTP/AVP profile [RFC3551], the RTP profile for RTCP-based feedback
   (RTP/AVPF) [RFC4585], and the secure RTP profile (RTP/SAVP)

   The RTCP-based feedback extensions [RFC4585] are needed for the
   improved RTCP timer model, that allows more flexible transmission of
   RTCP packets in response to events, rather than strictly according to
   bandwidth.  This is vital for being able to report congestion events.
   These extensions also allow saving RTCP bandwidth, and an endpoint
   will commonly only use the full RTCP bandwidth allocation if there
   are many events that require feedback.  The timer rules are also
   needed to make use of the RTP conferencing extensions discussed in
   Section 5.1.

      Note: The enhanced RTCP timer model defined in the RTP/AVPF
      profile is backwards compatible with legacy systems that implement
      only the RTP/AVP or RTP/SAVP profile, given some constraints on
      parameter configuration such as the RTCP bandwidth value and "trr-
      int" (the most important factor for interworking with RTP/(S)AVP
      end-points via a gateway is to set the trr-int parameter to a
      value representing 4 seconds).

   The secure RTP (SRTP) profile [RFC3711] is needed to provide media
   encryption, integrity protection, replay protection and a limited
   form of source authentication.  WebRTC implementations MUST NOT send
   packets using the basic RTP/AVP profile or the RTP/AVPF profile; they
   MUST employ the full RTP/SAVPF profile to protect all RTP and RTCP
   packets that are generated (i.e., implementations MUST use SRTP and
   SRTCP).  The RTP/SAVPF profile MUST be configured using the cipher
   suites, DTLS-SRTP protection profiles, keying mechanisms, and other
   parameters described in [I-D.ietf-rtcweb-security-arch].

4.3.  Choice of RTP Payload Formats

   The set of mandatory to implement codecs and RTP payload formats for
   WebRTC is not specified in this memo, instead they are defined in
   separate specifications, such as [I-D.ietf-rtcweb-audio].
   Implementations can support any codec for which an RTP payload format
   and associated signalling is defined.  Implementation cannot assume
   that the other participants in an RTP session understand any RTP
   payload format, no matter how common; the mapping between RTP payload
   type numbers and specific configurations of particular RTP payload
   formats MUST be agreed before those payload types/formats can be
   used.  In an SDP context, this can be done using the "a=rtpmap:" and
   "a=fmtp:" attributes associated with an "m=" line.

   Endpoints can signal support for multiple RTP payload formats, or
   multiple configurations of a single RTP payload format, as long as

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   each unique RTP payload format configuration uses a different RTP
   payload type number.  As outlined in Section 4.8, the RTP payload
   type number is sometimes used to associate an RTP media stream with a
   signalling context.  This association is possible provided unique RTP
   payload type numbers are used in each context.  For example, an RTP
   media stream can be associated with an SDP "m=" line by comparing the
   RTP payload type numbers used by the media stream with payload types
   signalled in the "a=rtpmap:" lines in the media sections of the SDP.
   If RTP media streams are being associated with signalling contexts
   based on the RTP payload type, then the assignment of RTP payload
   type numbers MUST be unique across signalling contexts; if the same
   RTP payload format configuration is used in multiple contexts, then a
   different RTP payload type number has to be assigned in each context
   to ensure uniqueness.  If the RTP payload type number is not being
   used to associated RTP media streams with a signalling context, then
   the same RTP payload type number can be used to indicate the exact
   same RTP payload format configuration in multiple contexts.

   An endpoint that has signalled support for multiple RTP payload
   formats SHOULD accept data in any of those payload formats at any
   time, unless it has previously signalled limitations on its decoding
   capability.  This requirement is constrained if several types of
   media (e.g., audio and video) are sent in the same RTP session.  In
   such a case, a source (SSRC) is restricted to switching only between
   the RTP payload formats signalled for the type of media that is being
   sent by that source; see Section 4.4.  To support rapid rate
   adaptation by changing codec, RTP does not require advance signalling
   for changes between RTP payload formats that were signalled during
   session set-up.

   An RTP sender that changes between two RTP payload types that use
   different RTP clock rates MUST follow the recommendations in
   Section 4.1 of [I-D.ietf-avtext-multiple-clock-rates].  RTP receivers
   MUST follow the recommendations in Section 4.3 of
   [I-D.ietf-avtext-multiple-clock-rates], in order to support sources
   that switch between clock rates in an RTP session (these
   recommendations for receivers are backwards compatible with the case
   where senders use only a single clock rate).

4.4.  Use of RTP Sessions

   An association amongst a set of participants communicating using RTP
   is known as an RTP session.  A participant can be involved in several
   RTP sessions at the same time.  In a multimedia session, each type of
   media has typically been carried in a separate RTP session (e.g.,
   using one RTP session for the audio, and a separate RTP session using
   different transport addresses for the video).  WebRTC implementations
   of RTP are REQUIRED to implement support for multimedia sessions in

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   this way, separating each session using different transport-layer
   addresses (e.g., different UDP ports) for compatibility with legacy

   In modern day networks, however, with the widespread use of network
   address/port translators (NAT/NAPT) and firewalls, it is desirable to
   reduce the number of transport-layer flows used by RTP applications.
   This can be done by sending all the RTP media streams in a single RTP
   session, which will comprise a single transport-layer flow (this will
   prevent the use of some quality-of-service mechanisms, as discussed
   in Section 12.1.3).  Implementations are REQUIRED to support
   transport of all RTP media streams, independent of media type, in a
   single RTP session according to
   [I-D.ietf-avtcore-multi-media-rtp-session].  If multiple types of
   media are to be used in a single RTP session, all participants in
   that session MUST agree to this usage.  In an SDP context,
   [I-D.ietf-mmusic-sdp-bundle-negotiation] can be used to signal this.

   Further discussion about when different RTP session structures and
   multiplexing methods are suitable can be found in

4.5.  RTP and RTCP Multiplexing

   Historically, RTP and RTCP have been run on separate transport layer
   addresses (e.g., two UDP ports for each RTP session, one port for RTP
   and one port for RTCP).  With the increased use of Network Address/
   Port Translation (NAPT) this has become problematic, since
   maintaining multiple NAT bindings can be costly.  It also complicates
   firewall administration, since multiple ports need to be opened to
   allow RTP traffic.  To reduce these costs and session set-up times,
   support for multiplexing RTP data packets and RTCP control packets on
   a single port for each RTP session is REQUIRED, as specified in
   [RFC5761].  For backwards compatibility, implementations are also
   REQUIRED to support RTP and RTCP sent on separate transport-layer

   Note that the use of RTP and RTCP multiplexed onto a single transport
   port ensures that there is occasional traffic sent on that port, even
   if there is no active media traffic.  This can be useful to keep NAT
   bindings alive, and is the recommend method for application level
   keep-alives of RTP sessions [RFC6263].

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4.6.  Reduced Size RTCP

   RTCP packets are usually sent as compound RTCP packets, and [RFC3550]
   requires that those compound packets start with an Sender Report (SR)
   or Receiver Report (RR) packet.  When using frequent RTCP feedback
   messages under the RTP/AVPF Profile [RFC4585] these statistics are
   not needed in every packet, and unnecessarily increase the mean RTCP
   packet size.  This can limit the frequency at which RTCP packets can
   be sent within the RTCP bandwidth share.

   To avoid this problem, [RFC5506] specifies how to reduce the mean
   RTCP message size and allow for more frequent feedback.  Frequent
   feedback, in turn, is essential to make real-time applications
   quickly aware of changing network conditions, and to allow them to
   adapt their transmission and encoding behaviour.  Support for non-
   compound RTCP feedback packets [RFC5506] is REQUIRED, but MUST be
   negotiated using the signalling channel before use.  For backwards
   compatibility, implementations are also REQUIRED to support the use
   of compound RTCP feedback packets if the remote endpoint does not
   agree to the use of non-compound RTCP in the signalling exchange.

4.7.  Symmetric RTP/RTCP

   To ease traversal of NAT and firewall devices, implementations are
   REQUIRED to implement and use Symmetric RTP [RFC4961].  The reasons
   for using symmetric RTP is primarily to avoid issues with NAT and
   Firewalls by ensuring that the flow is actually bi-directional and
   thus kept alive and registered as flow the intended recipient
   actually wants.  In addition, it saves resources, specifically ports
   at the end-points, but also in the network as NAT mappings or
   firewall state is not unnecessary bloated.  Also the amount of QoS
   state is reduced.

4.8.  Choice of RTP Synchronisation Source (SSRC)

   Implementations are REQUIRED to support signalled RTP synchronisation
   source (SSRC) identifiers, using the "a=ssrc:" SDP attribute defined
   in Section 4.1 and Section 5 of [RFC5576].  Implementations MUST also
   support the "previous-ssrc" source attribute defined in Section 6.2
   of [RFC5576].  Other per-SSRC attributes defined in [RFC5576] MAY be

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   Use of the "a=ssrc:" attribute to signal SSRC identifiers in an RTP
   session is OPTIONAL.  Implementations MUST be prepared to accept RTP
   and RTCP packets using SSRCs that have not been explicitly signalled
   ahead of time.  Implementations MUST support random SSRC assignment,
   and MUST support SSRC collision detection and resolution, according
   to [RFC3550].  When using signalled SSRC values, collision detection
   MUST be performed as described in Section 5 of [RFC5576].

   It is often desirable to associate an RTP media stream with a non-RTP
   context.  For users of the WebRTC API a mapping between SSRCs and
   MediaStreamTracks are provided per Section 11.  For gateways or other
   usages it is possible to associate an RTP media stream with an "m="
   line in a session description formatted using SDP.  If SSRCs are
   signalled this is straightforward (in SDP the "a=ssrc:" line will be
   at the media level, allowing a direct association with an "m=" line).
   If SSRCs are not signalled, the RTP payload type numbers used in an
   RTP media stream are often sufficient to associate that media stream
   with a signalling context (e.g., if RTP payload type numbers are
   assigned as described in Section 4.3 of this memo, the RTP payload
   types used by an RTP media stream can be compared with values in SDP
   "a=rtpmap:" lines, which are at the media level in SDP, and so map to
   an "m=" line).

4.9.  Generation of the RTCP Canonical Name (CNAME)

   The RTCP Canonical Name (CNAME) provides a persistent transport-level
   identifier for an RTP endpoint.  While the Synchronisation Source
   (SSRC) identifier for an RTP endpoint can change if a collision is
   detected, or when the RTP application is restarted, its RTCP CNAME is
   meant to stay unchanged, so that RTP endpoints can be uniquely
   identified and associated with their RTP media streams within a set
   of related RTP sessions.  For proper functionality, each RTP endpoint
   needs to have at least one unique RTCP CNAME value.  An endpoint MAY
   have multiple CNAMEs, as the CNAME also identifies a particular
   synchronisation context, i.e.  all SSRC associated with a CNAME share
   a common reference clock, and if an endpoint have SSRCs associated
   with different reference clocks it will need to use multiple CNAMEs.
   This ought not be common, and if possible reference clocks ought to
   be mapped to each other and one chosen to be used with RTP and RTCP.

   The RTP specification [RFC3550] includes guidelines for choosing a
   unique RTP CNAME, but these are not sufficient in the presence of NAT
   devices.  In addition, long-term persistent identifiers can be
   problematic from a privacy viewpoint.  Accordingly, support for
   generating a short-term persistent RTCP CNAMEs following [RFC7022] is

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   An WebRTC end-point MUST support reception of any CNAME that matches
   the syntax limitations specified by the RTP specification [RFC3550]
   and cannot assume that any CNAME will be chosen according to the form
   suggested above.

5.  WebRTC Use of RTP: Extensions

   There are a number of RTP extensions that are either needed to obtain
   full functionality, or extremely useful to improve on the baseline
   performance, in the WebRTC application context.  One set of these
   extensions is related to conferencing, while others are more generic
   in nature.  The following subsections describe the various RTP
   extensions mandated or suggested for use within the WebRTC context.

5.1.  Conferencing Extensions

   RTP is inherently a group communication protocol.  Groups can be
   implemented using a centralised server, multi-unicast, or using IP
   multicast.  While IP multicast is popular in IPTV systems, overlay-
   based topologies dominate in interactive conferencing environments.
   Such overlay-based topologies typically use one or more central
   servers to connect end-points in a star or flat tree topology.  These
   central servers can be implemented in a number of ways as discussed
   in the memo on RTP Topologies

   Not all of the possible the overlay-based topologies are suitable for
   use in the WebRTC environment.  Specifically:

   o  The use of video switching MCUs makes the use of RTCP for
      congestion control and quality of service reports problematic (see
      Section 3.6.2 of [I-D.ietf-avtcore-rtp-topologies-update]).

   o  The use of content modifying MCUs with RTCP termination breaks RTP
      loop detection, and prevents receivers from identifying active
      senders (see section 3.8 of

   Accordingly, only Point to Point (Topo-Point-to-Point), Multiple
   concurrent Point to Point (Mesh) and RTP Mixers (Topo-Mixer)
   topologies are needed to achieve the use-cases to be supported in
   WebRTC initially.  These RECOMMENDED topologies are expected to be
   supported by all WebRTC end-points (these topologies require no
   special RTP-layer support in the end-point if the RTP features
   mandated in this memo are implemented).

   The RTP extensions described in Section 5.1.1 to Section 5.1.6 are
   designed to be used with centralised conferencing, where an RTP

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   middlebox (e.g., a conference bridge) receives a participant's RTP
   media streams and distributes them to the other participants.  These
   extensions are not necessary for interoperability; an RTP endpoint
   that does not implement these extensions will work correctly, but
   might offer poor performance.  Support for the listed extensions will
   greatly improve the quality of experience and, to provide a
   reasonable baseline quality, some of these extensions are mandatory
   to be supported by WebRTC end-points.

   The RTCP conferencing extensions are defined in Extended RTP Profile
   for Real-time Transport Control Protocol (RTCP)-Based Feedback (RTP/
   AVPF) [RFC4585] and the "Codec Control Messages in the RTP Audio-
   Visual Profile with Feedback (AVPF)" (CCM) [RFC5104] and are fully
   usable by the Secure variant of this profile (RTP/SAVPF) [RFC5124].

5.1.1.  Full Intra Request (FIR)

   The Full Intra Request is defined in Sections 3.5.1 and 4.3.1 of the
   Codec Control Messages [RFC5104].  This message is used to make the
   mixer request a new Intra picture from a participant in the session.
   This is used when switching between sources to ensure that the
   receivers can decode the video or other predictive media encoding
   with long prediction chains.  WebRTC senders MUST understand and
   react to the FIR feedback message since it greatly improves the user
   experience when using centralised mixer-based conferencing; support
   for sending the FIR message is OPTIONAL.

5.1.2.  Picture Loss Indication (PLI)

   The Picture Loss Indication is defined in Section 6.3.1 of the RTP/
   AVPF profile [RFC4585].  It is used by a receiver to tell the sending
   encoder that it lost the decoder context and would like to have it
   repaired somehow.  This is semantically different from the Full Intra
   Request above as there could be multiple ways to fulfil the request.
   WebRTC senders MUST understand and react to this feedback message as
   a loss tolerance mechanism; receivers MAY send PLI messages.

5.1.3.  Slice Loss Indication (SLI)

   The Slice Loss Indicator is defined in Section 6.3.2 of the RTP/AVPF
   profile [RFC4585].  It is used by a receiver to tell the encoder that
   it has detected the loss or corruption of one or more consecutive
   macro blocks, and would like to have these repaired somehow.  It is
   RECOMMENDED that receivers generate SLI feedback messages if slices
   are lost when using a codec that supports the concept of macro
   blocks.  A sender that receives an SLI feedback message SHOULD
   attempt to repair the lost slice(s).

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5.1.4.  Reference Picture Selection Indication (RPSI)

   Reference Picture Selection Indication (RPSI) messages are defined in
   Section 6.3.3 of the RTP/AVPF profile [RFC4585].  Some video encoding
   standards allow the use of older reference pictures than the most
   recent one for predictive coding.  If such a codec is in use, and if
   the encoder has learnt that encoder-decoder synchronisation has been
   lost, then a known as correct reference picture can be used as a base
   for future coding.  The RPSI message allows this to be signalled.
   Receivers that detect that encoder-decoder synchronisation has been
   lost SHOULD generate an RPSI feedback message if codec being used
   supports reference picture selection.  A RTP media stream sender that
   receives such an RPSI message SHOULD act on that messages to change
   the reference picture, if it is possible to do so within the
   available bandwidth constraints.

5.1.5.  Temporal-Spatial Trade-off Request (TSTR)

   The temporal-spatial trade-off request and notification are defined
   in Sections 3.5.2 and 4.3.2 of [RFC5104].  This request can be used
   to ask the video encoder to change the trade-off it makes between
   temporal and spatial resolution, for example to prefer high spatial
   image quality but low frame rate.  Support for TSTR requests and
   notifications is OPTIONAL.

5.1.6.  Temporary Maximum Media Stream Bit Rate Request (TMMBR)

   This feedback message is defined in Sections 3.5.4 and 4.2.1 of the
   Codec Control Messages [RFC5104].  This message and its notification
   message are used by a media receiver to inform the sending party that
   there is a current limitation on the amount of bandwidth available to
   this receiver.  This can be various reasons for this: for example, an
   RTP mixer can use this message to limit the media rate of the sender
   being forwarded by the mixer (without doing media transcoding) to fit
   the bottlenecks existing towards the other session participants.
   WebRTC senders are REQUIRED to implement support for TMMBR messages,
   and MUST follow bandwidth limitations set by a TMMBR message received
   for their SSRC.  The sending of TMMBR requests is OPTIONAL.

5.2.  Header Extensions

   The RTP specification [RFC3550] provides the capability to include
   RTP header extensions containing in-band data, but the format and
   semantics of the extensions are poorly specified.  The use of header
   extensions is OPTIONAL in the WebRTC context, but if they are used,
   they MUST be formatted and signalled following the general mechanism
   for RTP header extensions defined in [RFC5285], since this gives
   well-defined semantics to RTP header extensions.

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   As noted in [RFC5285], the requirement from the RTP specification
   that header extensions are "designed so that the header extension may
   be ignored" [RFC3550] stands.  To be specific, header extensions MUST
   only be used for data that can safely be ignored by the recipient
   without affecting interoperability, and MUST NOT be used when the
   presence of the extension has changed the form or nature of the rest
   of the packet in a way that is not compatible with the way the stream
   is signalled (e.g., as defined by the payload type).  Valid examples
   might include metadata that is additional to the usual RTP

5.2.1.  Rapid Synchronisation

   Many RTP sessions require synchronisation between audio, video, and
   other content.  This synchronisation is performed by receivers, using
   information contained in RTCP SR packets, as described in the RTP
   specification [RFC3550].  This basic mechanism can be slow, however,
   so it is RECOMMENDED that the rapid RTP synchronisation extensions
   described in [RFC6051] be implemented in addition to RTCP SR-based
   synchronisation.  The rapid synchronisation extensions use the
   general RTP header extension mechanism [RFC5285], which requires
   signalling, but are otherwise backwards compatible.

5.2.2.  Client-to-Mixer Audio Level

   The Client to Mixer Audio Level extension [RFC6464] is an RTP header
   extension used by a client to inform a mixer about the level of audio
   activity in the packet to which the header is attached.  This enables
   a central node to make mixing or selection decisions without decoding
   or detailed inspection of the payload, reducing the complexity in
   some types of central RTP nodes.  It can also save decoding resources
   in receivers, which can choose to decode only the most relevant RTP
   media streams based on audio activity levels.

   The Client-to-Mixer Audio Level [RFC6464] extension is RECOMMENDED to
   be implemented.  If it is implemented, it is REQUIRED that the header
   extensions are encrypted according to [RFC6904] since the information
   contained in these header extensions can be considered sensitive.

5.2.3.  Mixer-to-Client Audio Level

   The Mixer to Client Audio Level header extension [RFC6465] provides
   the client with the audio level of the different sources mixed into a
   common mix by a RTP mixer.  This enables a user interface to indicate
   the relative activity level of each session participant, rather than
   just being included or not based on the CSRC field.  This is a pure
   optimisations of non critical functions, and is hence OPTIONAL to
   implement.  If it is implemented, it is REQUIRED that the header

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   extensions are encrypted according to [RFC6904] since the information
   contained in these header extensions can be considered sensitive.

6.  WebRTC Use of RTP: Improving Transport Robustness

   There are tools that can make RTP media streams robust against packet
   loss and reduce the impact of loss on media quality.  However, they
   all add extra bits compared to a non-robust stream.  The overhead of
   these extra bits needs to be considered, and the aggregate bit-rate
   MUST be rate controlled to avoid causing network congestion (see
   Section 7).  As a result, improving robustness might require a lower
   base encoding quality, but has the potential to deliver that quality
   with fewer errors.  The mechanisms described in the following sub-
   sections can be used to improve tolerance to packet loss.

6.1.  Negative Acknowledgements and RTP Retransmission

   As a consequence of supporting the RTP/SAVPF profile, implementations
   can support negative acknowledgements (NACKs) for RTP data packets
   [RFC4585].  This feedback can be used to inform a sender of the loss
   of particular RTP packets, subject to the capacity limitations of the
   RTCP feedback channel.  A sender can use this information to optimise
   the user experience by adapting the media encoding to compensate for
   known lost packets, for example.

   RTP Media Stream Senders are REQUIRED to understand the Generic NACK
   message defined in Section 6.2.1 of [RFC4585], but MAY choose to
   ignore this feedback (following Section 4.2 of [RFC4585]).  Receivers
   MAY send NACKs for missing RTP packets; [RFC4585] provides some
   guidelines on when to send NACKs.  It is not expected that a receiver
   will send a NACK for every lost RTP packet, rather it needs to
   consider the cost of sending NACK feedback, and the importance of the
   lost packet, to make an informed decision on whether it is worth
   telling the sender about a packet loss event.

   The RTP Retransmission Payload Format [RFC4588] offers the ability to
   retransmit lost packets based on NACK feedback.  Retransmission needs
   to be used with care in interactive real-time applications to ensure
   that the retransmitted packet arrives in time to be useful, but can
   be effective in environments with relatively low network RTT (an RTP
   sender can estimate the RTT to the receivers using the information in
   RTCP SR and RR packets, as described at the end of Section 6.4.1 of
   [RFC3550]).  The use of retransmissions can also increase the forward
   RTP bandwidth, and can potentially worsen the problem if the packet
   loss was caused by network congestion.  We note, however, that
   retransmission of an important lost packet to repair decoder state
   can have lower cost than sending a full intra frame.  It is not
   appropriate to blindly retransmit RTP packets in response to a NACK.

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   The importance of lost packets and the likelihood of them arriving in
   time to be useful needs to be considered before RTP retransmission is

   Receivers are REQUIRED to implement support for RTP retransmission
   packets [RFC4588].  Senders MAY send RTP retransmission packets in
   response to NACKs if the RTP retransmission payload format has been
   negotiated for the session, and if the sender believes it is useful
   to send a retransmission of the packet(s) referenced in the NACK.  An
   RTP sender does not need to retransmit every NACKed packet.

6.2.  Forward Error Correction (FEC)

   The use of Forward Error Correction (FEC) can provide an effective
   protection against some degree of packet loss, at the cost of steady
   bandwidth overhead.  There are several FEC schemes that are defined
   for use with RTP.  Some of these schemes are specific to a particular
   RTP payload format, others operate across RTP packets and can be used
   with any payload format.  It needs to be noted that using redundant
   encoding or FEC will lead to increased play out delay, which needs to
   be considered when choosing the redundancy or FEC formats and their
   respective parameters.

   If an RTP payload format negotiated for use in a WebRTC session
   supports redundant transmission or FEC as a standard feature of that
   payload format, then that support MAY be used in the WebRTC session,
   subject to any appropriate signalling.

   There are several block-based FEC schemes that are designed for use
   with RTP independent of the chosen RTP payload format.  At the time
   of this writing there is no consensus on which, if any, of these FEC
   schemes is appropriate for use in the WebRTC context.  Accordingly,
   this memo makes no recommendation on the choice of block-based FEC
   for WebRTC use.

7.  WebRTC Use of RTP: Rate Control and Media Adaptation

   WebRTC will be used in heterogeneous network environments using a
   variety set of link technologies, including both wired and wireless
   links, to interconnect potentially large groups of users around the
   world.  As a result, the network paths between users can have widely
   varying one-way delays, available bit-rates, load levels, and traffic
   mixtures.  Individual end-points can send one or more RTP media
   streams to each participant in a WebRTC conference, and there can be
   several participants.  Each of these RTP media streams can contain
   different types of media, and the type of media, bit rate, and number
   of flows can be highly asymmetric.  Non-RTP traffic can share the
   network paths with RTP flows.  Since the network environment is not

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   predictable or stable, WebRTC endpoints MUST ensure that the RTP
   traffic they generate can adapt to match changes in the available
   network capacity.

   The quality of experience for users of WebRTC implementation is very
   dependent on effective adaptation of the media to the limitations of
   the network.  End-points have to be designed so they do not transmit
   significantly more data than the network path can support, except for
   very short time periods, otherwise high levels of network packet loss
   or delay spikes will occur, causing media quality degradation.  The
   limiting factor on the capacity of the network path might be the link
   bandwidth, or it might be competition with other traffic on the link
   (this can be non-WebRTC traffic, traffic due to other WebRTC flows,
   or even competition with other WebRTC flows in the same session).

   An effective media congestion control algorithm is therefore an
   essential part of the WebRTC framework.  However, at the time of this
   writing, there is no standard congestion control algorithm that can
   be used for interactive media applications such as WebRTC flows.
   Some requirements for congestion control algorithms for WebRTC
   sessions are discussed in [I-D.ietf-rmcat-cc-requirements], and it is
   expected that a future version of this memo will mandate the use of a
   congestion control algorithm that satisfies these requirements.

7.1.  Boundary Conditions and Circuit Breakers

   In the absence of a concrete congestion control algorithm, all WebRTC
   implementations MUST implement the RTP circuit breaker algorithm that
   is in described [I-D.ietf-avtcore-rtp-circuit-breakers].  The RTP
   circuit breaker is designed to enable applications to recognise and
   react to situations of extreme network congestion.  However, since
   the RTP circuit breaker might not be triggered until congestion
   becomes extreme, it cannot be considered a substitute for congestion
   control, and applications MUST also implement congestion control to
   allow them to adapt to changes in network capacity.  Any future RTP
   congestion control algorithms are expected to operate within the
   envelope allowed by the circuit breaker.

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   The session establishment signalling will also necessarily establish
   boundaries to which the media bit-rate will conform.  The choice of
   media codecs provides upper- and lower-bounds on the supported bit-
   rates that the application can utilise to provide useful quality, and
   the packetization choices that exist.  In addition, the signalling
   channel can establish maximum media bit-rate boundaries using the SDP
   "b=AS:" or "b=CT:" lines, and the RTP/AVPF Temporary Maximum Media
   Stream Bit Rate (TMMBR) Requests (see Section 5.1.6 of this memo).
   The combination of media codec choice and signalled bandwidth limits
   SHOULD be used to limit traffic based on known bandwidth limitations,
   for example the capacity of the edge links, to the extent possible.

7.2.  RTCP Limitations for Congestion Control

   Experience with the congestion control algorithms of TCP [RFC5681],
   TFRC [RFC5348], and DCCP [RFC4341], [RFC4342], [RFC4828], has shown
   that feedback on packet arrivals needs to be sent roughly once per
   round trip time.  We note that the real-time media traffic might not
   have to adapt to changing path conditions as rapidly as needed for
   the elastic applications TCP was designed for, but frequent feedback
   is still needed to allow the congestion control algorithm to track
   the path dynamics.

   The total RTCP bandwidth is normally limited in its transmission rate
   to a fraction of the nominal RTP traffic (by default 5%).  RTCP
   packets are larger than, e.g., TCP ACKs (even when non-compound RTCP
   packets are used).  The RTP media stream bit rate thus limits the
   maximum feedback rate as a function of the mean RTCP packet size.

   Interactive communication might not be able to afford waiting for
   packet losses to occur to indicate congestion, because an increase in
   play out delay due to queuing (most prominent in wireless networks)
   can easily lead to packets being dropped due to late arrival at the
   receiver.  Therefore, more sophisticated cues might need to be
   reported -- to be defined in a suitable congestion control framework
   as noted above -- which, in turn, increase the report size again.
   For example, different RTCP XR report blocks (jointly) provide the
   necessary details to implement a variety of congestion control
   algorithms, but the (compound) report size grows quickly.

   In group communication, the share of RTCP bandwidth needs to be
   shared by all group members, reducing the capacity and thus the
   reporting frequency per node.

   Example: assuming 512 kbit/s video yields 3200 bytes/s RTCP
   bandwidth, split across two entities in a point-to-point session.  An
   endpoint could thus send a report of 100 bytes about every 70ms or
   for every other frame in a 30 fps video.

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7.3.  Congestion Control Interoperability and Legacy Systems

   There are legacy implementations that do not implement RTCP, and
   hence do not provide any congestion feedback.  Congestion control
   cannot be performed with these end-points.  WebRTC implementations
   that need to interwork with such end-points MUST limit their
   transmission to a low rate, equivalent to a VoIP call using a low
   bandwidth codec, that is unlikely to cause any significant

   When interworking with legacy implementations that support RTCP using
   the RTP/AVP profile [RFC3551], congestion feedback is provided in
   RTCP RR packets every few seconds.  Implementations that have to
   interwork with such end-points MUST ensure that they keep within the
   RTP circuit breaker [I-D.ietf-avtcore-rtp-circuit-breakers]
   constraints to limit the congestion they can cause.

   If a legacy end-point supports RTP/AVPF, this enables negotiation of
   important parameters for frequent reporting, such as the "trr-int"
   parameter, and the possibility that the end-point supports some
   useful feedback format for congestion control purpose such as TMMBR
   [RFC5104].  Implementations that have to interwork with such end-
   points MUST ensure that they stay within the RTP circuit breaker
   [I-D.ietf-avtcore-rtp-circuit-breakers] constraints to limit the
   congestion they can cause, but might find that they can achieve
   better congestion response depending on the amount of feedback that
   is available.

   With proprietary congestion control algorithms issues can arise when
   different algorithms and implementations interact in a communication
   session.  If the different implementations have made different
   choices in regards to the type of adaptation, for example one sender
   based, and one receiver based, then one could end up in situation
   where one direction is dual controlled, when the other direction is
   not controlled.  This memo cannot mandate behaviour for proprietary
   congestion control algorithms, but implementations that use such
   algorithms ought to be aware of this issue, and try to ensure that
   both effective congestion control is negotiated for media flowing in
   both directions.  If the IETF were to standardise both sender- and
   receiver-based congestion control algorithms for WebRTC traffic in
   the future, the issues of interoperability, control, and ensuring
   that both directions of media flow are congestion controlled would
   also need to be considered.

8.  WebRTC Use of RTP: Performance Monitoring

   As described in Section 4.1, implementations are REQUIRED to generate
   RTCP Sender Report (SR) and Reception Report (RR) packets relating to

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   the RTP media streams they send and receive.  These RTCP reports can
   be used for performance monitoring purposes, since they include basic
   packet loss and jitter statistics.

   A large number of additional performance metrics are supported by the
   RTCP Extended Reports (XR) framework [RFC3611][RFC6792].  It is not
   yet clear what extended metrics are appropriate for use in the WebRTC
   context, so there is no requirement that implementations generate
   RTCP XR packets.  However, implementations that can use detailed
   performance monitoring data MAY generate RTCP XR packets as
   appropriate; the use of such packets SHOULD be signalled in advance.

   All WebRTC implementations MUST be prepared to receive RTP XR report
   packets, whether or not they were signalled.  There is no requirement
   that the data contained in such reports be used, or exposed to the
   Javascript application, however.

9.  WebRTC Use of RTP: Future Extensions

   It is possible that the core set of RTP protocols and RTP extensions
   specified in this memo will prove insufficient for the future needs
   of WebRTC applications.  In this case, future updates to this memo
   MUST be made following the Guidelines for Writers of RTP Payload
   Format Specifications [RFC2736], How to Write an RTP Payload Format
   [I-D.ietf-payload-rtp-howto] and Guidelines for Extending the RTP
   Control Protocol [RFC5968], and SHOULD take into account any future
   guidelines for extending RTP and related protocols that have been

   Authors of future extensions are urged to consider the wide range of
   environments in which RTP is used when recommending extensions, since
   extensions that are applicable in some scenarios can be problematic
   in others.  Where possible, the WebRTC framework will adopt RTP
   extensions that are of general utility, to enable easy implementation
   of a gateway to other applications using RTP, rather than adopt
   mechanisms that are narrowly targeted at specific WebRTC use cases.

10.  Signalling Considerations

   RTP is built with the assumption that an external signalling channel
   exists, and can be used to configure RTP sessions and their features.
   The basic configuration of an RTP session consists of the following

   RTP Profile:  The name of the RTP profile to be used in session.  The
      RTP/AVP [RFC3551] and RTP/AVPF [RFC4585] profiles can interoperate
      on basic level, as can their secure variants RTP/SAVP [RFC3711]
      and RTP/SAVPF [RFC5124].  The secure variants of the profiles do

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      not directly interoperate with the non-secure variants, due to the
      presence of additional header fields for authentication in SRTP
      packets and cryptographic transformation of the payload.  WebRTC
      requires the use of the RTP/SAVPF profile, and this MUST be
      signalled if SDP is used.  Interworking functions might transform
      this into the RTP/SAVP profile for a legacy use case, by
      indicating to the WebRTC end-point that the RTP/SAVPF is used, and
      limiting the usage of the "a=rtcp:" attribute to indicate a trr-
      int value of 4 seconds.

   Transport Information:  Source and destination IP address(s) and
      ports for RTP and RTCP MUST be signalled for each RTP session.  In
      WebRTC these transport addresses will be provided by ICE that
      signals candidates and arrives at nominated candidate address
      pairs.  If RTP and RTCP multiplexing [RFC5761] is to be used, such
      that a single port is used for RTP and RTCP flows, this MUST be
      signalled (see Section 4.5).

   RTP Payload Types, media formats, and format parameters:  The mapping
      between media type names (and hence the RTP payload formats to be
      used), and the RTP payload type numbers MUST be signalled.  Each
      media type MAY also have a number of media type parameters that
      MUST also be signalled to configure the codec and RTP payload
      format (the "a=fmtp:" line from SDP).  Section 4.3 of this memo
      discusses requirements for uniqueness of payload types.

   RTP Extensions:  The RTP extensions to be used SHOULD be agreed upon,
      including any parameters for each respective extension.  At the
      very least, this will help avoiding using bandwidth for features
      that the other end-point will ignore.  But for certain mechanisms
      there is requirement for this to happen as interoperability
      failure otherwise happens.

   RTCP Bandwidth:  Support for exchanging RTCP Bandwidth values to the
      end-points will be necessary.  This SHALL be done as described in
      "Session Description Protocol (SDP) Bandwidth Modifiers for RTP
      Control Protocol (RTCP) Bandwidth" [RFC3556], or something
      semantically equivalent.  This also ensures that the end-points
      have a common view of the RTCP bandwidth, this is important as too
      different view of the bandwidths can lead to failure to

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   These parameters are often expressed in SDP messages conveyed within
   an offer/answer exchange.  RTP does not depend on SDP or on the offer
   /answer model, but does require all the necessary parameters to be
   agreed upon, and provided to the RTP implementation.  We note that in
   the WebRTC context it will depend on the signalling model and API how
   these parameters need to be configured but they will be need to
   either set in the API or explicitly signalled between the peers.

11.  WebRTC API Considerations

   The WebRTC API [W3C.WD-webrtc-20130910] and the Media Capture and
   Streams API [W3C.WD-mediacapture-streams-20130903] defines and uses
   the concept of a MediaStream that consists of zero or more
   MediaStreamTracks.  A MediaStreamTrack is an individual stream of
   media from any type of media source like a microphone or a camera,
   but also conceptual sources, like a audio mix or a video composition,
   are possible.  The MediaStreamTracks within a MediaStream need to be
   possible to play out synchronised.  The below text uses the
   terminology from [I-D.ietf-avtext-rtp-grouping-taxonomy].

   A MediaStreamTrack's realisation in RTP in the context of an
   RTCPeerConnection consists of a source packet stream identified with
   an SSRC within an RTP session part of the RTCPeerConnection.  The
   MediaStreamTrack can also result in additional packet streams, and
   thus SSRCs, in the same RTP session.  These can be dependent packet
   streams from scalable encoding of the source stream associated with
   the MediaStreamTrack, if such a media encoder is used.  They can also
   be redundancy packet streams, these are created when applying Forward
   Error Correction (Section 6.2) or RTP retransmission (Section 6.1) to
   the source packet stream.

   It is important to note that the same media source can be feeding
   multiple MediaStreamTracks.  As different sets of constraints or
   other parameters can be applied to the MediaStreamTrack, each
   MediaStreamTrack instance added to a RTCPeerConnection SHALL result
   in an independent source packet stream, with its own set of
   associated packet streams, and thus different SSRC(s).  It will
   depend on applied constraints and parameters if the source stream and
   the encoding configuration will be identical between different
   MediaStreamTracks sharing the same media source.  Thus it is possible
   for multiple source packet streams to share encoded streams (but not
   packet streams), but this is an implementation choice to try to
   utilise such optimisations.  Note that such optimizations would need
   to take into account that the constraints for one of the
   MediaStreamTracks can at any moment change, meaning that the encoding
   configurations might no longer be identical.

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   The same MediaStreamTrack can also be included in multiple
   MediaStreams, thus multiple sets of MediaStreams can implicitly need
   to use the same synchronisation base.  To ensure that this works in
   all cases, and don't forces a endpoint to change synchronisation base
   and CNAME in the middle of a ongoing delivery of any packet streams,
   which would cause media disruption; all MediaStreamTracks and their
   associated SSRCs originating from the same endpoint MUST be sent
   using the same CNAME within one RTCPeerConnection as well as across
   all RTCPeerConnections part of the same communication session
   context, which for a browser are a single origin.

      Note: It is important that the same CNAME is not used in different
      communication session contexts or origins, as that could enable
      tracking of a user and its device usage of different services.
      See Section 4.4.1 of Security Considerations for WebRTC
      [I-D.ietf-rtcweb-security] for further discussion.

      The reasons to require the same CNAME across multiple
      RTCPeerConnections is to enable synchronisation of different
      MediaStreamTracks originating from one endpoint despite them being
      transported over different RTCPeerConnections.

   The above will currently force a WebRTC endpoint that receives an
   MediaStreamTrack on one RTCPeerConnection and adds it as an outgoing
   on any RTCPeerConnection to perform resynchronisation of the stream.
   This, as the sending party needs to change the CNAME, which implies
   that it has to use a locally available system clock as timebase for
   the synchronisation.  Thus, the relative relation between the
   timebase of the incoming stream and the system sending out needs to
   defined.  This relation also needs monitoring for clock drift and
   likely adjustments of the synchronisation.  The sending entity is
   also responsible for congestion control for its the sent streams.  In
   cases of packet loss the loss of incoming data also needs to be
   handled.  This leads to the observation that the method that is least
   likely to cause issues or interruptions in the outgoing source packet
   stream is a model of full decoding, including repair etc followed by
   encoding of the media again into the outgoing packet stream.
   Optimisations of this method is clearly possible and implementation

   A WebRTC endpoint MUST support receiving multiple MediaStreamTracks,
   where each of different MediaStreamTracks (and their sets of
   associated packet streams) uses different CNAMEs.  However,
   MediaStreamTracks that are received with different CNAMEs have no
   defined synchronisation.

      Note: The motivation for supporting reception of multiple CNAMEs
      are to allow for forward compatibility with any future changes

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      that enables more efficient stream handling when endpoints relay/
      forward streams.  It also ensures that endpoints can interoperate
      with certain types of multi-stream middleboxes or endpoints that
      are not WebRTC.

   The binding between the WebRTC MediaStreams, MediaStreamTracks and
   the SSRC is done as specified in "Cross Session Stream Identification
   in the Session Description Protocol" [I-D.ietf-mmusic-msid].  This
   document [I-D.ietf-mmusic-msid] also defines, in section 4.1, how to
   map unknown source packet stream SSRCs to MediaStreamTracks and
   MediaStreams.  Commonly the RTP Payload Type of any incoming packets
   will reveal if the packet stream is a source stream or a redundancy
   or dependent packet stream.  The association to the correct source
   packet stream depends on the payload format in use for the packet

   Finally this specification puts a requirement on the WebRTC API to
   realize a method for determining the CSRC list (Section 4.1) as well
   as the Mixer-to-Client audio levels (Section 5.2.3) (when supported)
   and the basic requirements for this is further discussed in
   Section 12.2.1.

12.  RTP Implementation Considerations

   The following discussion provides some guidance on the implementation
   of the RTP features described in this memo.  The focus is on a WebRTC
   end-point implementation perspective, and while some mention is made
   of the behaviour of middleboxes, that is not the focus of this memo.

12.1.  Configuration and Use of RTP Sessions

   A WebRTC end-point will be a simultaneous participant in one or more
   RTP sessions.  Each RTP session can convey multiple media flows, and
   can include media data from multiple end-points.  In the following,
   we outline some ways in which WebRTC end-points can configure and use
   RTP sessions.

12.1.1.  Use of Multiple Media Flows Within an RTP Session

   RTP is a group communication protocol, and in a WebRTC context every
   RTP session can potentially contain multiple media flows.  There are
   several reasons why this might be desirable:

   Multiple media types:  Outside of WebRTC, it is common to use one RTP
      session for each type of media (e.g., one RTP session for audio
      and one for video, each sent on a different UDP port).  However,
      to reduce the number of UDP ports used, the default in WebRTC is
      to send all types of media in a single RTP session, as described

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      in Section 4.4, using RTP and RTCP multiplexing (Section 4.5) to
      further reduce the number of UDP ports needed.  This RTP session
      then uses only one UDP flow, but will contain multiple RTP media
      streams, each containing a different type of media.  A common
      example might be an end-point with a camera and microphone that
      sends two RTP streams, one video and one audio, into a single RTP

   Multiple Capture Devices:  A WebRTC end-point might have multiple
      cameras, microphones, or other media capture devices, and so might
      want to generate several RTP media streams of the same media type.
      Alternatively, it might want to send media from a single capture
      device in several different formats or quality settings at once.
      Both can result in a single end-point sending multiple RTP media
      streams of the same media type into a single RTP session at the
      same time.

   Associated Repair Data:  An end-point might send a media stream that
      is somehow associated with another stream.  For example, it might
      send an RTP stream that contains FEC or retransmission data
      relating to another stream.  Some RTP payload formats send this
      sort of associated repair data as part of the original media
      stream, while others send it as a separate stream.

   Layered or Multiple Description Coding:  An end-point can use a
      layered media codec, for example H.264 SVC, or a multiple
      description codec, that generates multiple media flows, each with
      a distinct RTP SSRC, within a single RTP session.

   RTP Mixers, Translators, and Other Middleboxes:  An RTP session, in
      the WebRTC context, is a point-to-point association between an
      end-point and some other peer device, where those devices share a
      common SSRC space.  The peer device might be another WebRTC end-
      point, or it might be an RTP mixer, translator, or some other form
      of media processing middlebox.  In the latter cases, the middlebox
      might send mixed or relayed RTP streams from several participants,
      that the WebRTC end-point will need to render.  Thus, even though
      a WebRTC end-point might only be a member of a single RTP session,
      the peer device might be extending that RTP session to incorporate
      other end-points.  WebRTC is a group communication environment and
      end-points need to be capable of receiving, decoding, and playing
      out multiple RTP media streams at once, even in a single RTP

12.1.2.  Use of Multiple RTP Sessions

   In addition to sending and receiving multiple media streams within a
   single RTP session, a WebRTC end-point might participate in multiple

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   RTP sessions.  There are several reasons why a WebRTC end-point might
   choose to do this:

   To interoperate with legacy devices:  The common practice in the non-
      WebRTC world is to send different types of media in separate RTP
      sessions, for example using one RTP session for audio and another
      RTP session, on a different UDP port, for video.  All WebRTC end-
      points need to support the option of sending different types of
      media on different RTP sessions, so they can interwork with such
      legacy devices.  This is discussed further in Section 4.4.

   To provide enhanced quality of service:  Some network-based quality
      of service mechanisms operate on the granularity of UDP 5-tuples.
      If it is desired to use these mechanisms to provide differentiated
      quality of service for some RTP flows, then those RTP flows need
      to be sent in a separate RTP session using a different UDP port
      number, and with appropriate quality of service marking.  This is
      discussed further in Section 12.1.3.

   To separate media with different purposes:  An end-point might want
      to send media streams that have different purposes on different
      RTP sessions, to make it easy for the peer device to distinguish
      them.  For example, some centralised multiparty conferencing
      systems display the active speaker in high resolution, but show
      low resolution "thumbnails" of other participants.  Such systems
      might configure the end-points to send simulcast high- and low-
      resolution versions of their video using separate RTP sessions, to
      simplify the operation of the central mixer.  In the WebRTC
      context this is currently possible to accomplished by establishing
      multiple WebRTC MediaStreamTracks that have the same media source
      in one (or more) RTCPeerConnection.  Each MediaStreamTrack is then
      configured to deliver a particular media quality and thus media
      bit-rate, and will produce an independently encoded version with
      the codec parameters agreed specifically in the context of that
      RTCPeerConnection.  The central mixer can distinguish packets
      corresponding to the low- and high-resolution streams by
      inspecting their SSRC, RTP payload type, or some other information
      contained in RTP payload, RTP header extension or RTCP packets,
      but it can be easier to distinguish the flows if they arrive on
      separate RTP sessions on separate UDP ports.

   To directly connect with multiple peers:  A multi-party conference
      does not need to use a central mixer.  Rather, a multi-unicast
      mesh can be created, comprising several distinct RTP sessions,
      with each participant sending RTP traffic over a separate RTP
      session (that is, using an independent RTCPeerConnection object)
      to every other participant, as shown in Figure 1.  This topology
      has the benefit of not requiring a central mixer node that is

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      trusted to access and manipulate the media data.  The downside is
      that it increases the used bandwidth at each sender by requiring
      one copy of the RTP media streams for each participant that are
      part of the same session beyond the sender itself.

                              +---+     +---+
                              | A |<--->| B |
                              +---+     +---+
                                ^         ^
                                 \       /
                                  \     /
                                   v   v
                                   | C |

            Figure 1: Multi-unicast using several RTP sessions

      The multi-unicast topology could also be implemented as a single
      RTP session, spanning multiple peer-to-peer transport layer
      connections, or as several pairwise RTP sessions, one between each
      pair of peers.  To maintain a coherent mapping between the
      relation between RTP sessions and RTCPeerConnection objects we
      recommend that this is implemented as several individual RTP
      sessions.  The only downside is that end-point A will not learn of
      the quality of any transmission happening between B and C, since
      it will not see RTCP reports for the RTP session between B and C,
      whereas it would it all three participants were part of a single
      RTP session.  Experience with the Mbone tools (experimental RTP-
      based multicast conferencing tools from the late 1990s) has showed
      that RTCP reception quality reports for third parties can usefully
      be presented to the users in a way that helps them understand
      asymmetric network problems, and the approach of using separate
      RTP sessions prevents this.  However, an advantage of using
      separate RTP sessions is that it enables using different media
      bit-rates and RTP session configurations between the different
      peers, thus not forcing B to endure the same quality reductions if
      there are limitations in the transport from A to C as C will.  It
      it believed that these advantages outweigh the limitations in
      debugging power.

   To indirectly connect with multiple peers:  A common scenario in
      multi-party conferencing is to create indirect connections to
      multiple peers, using an RTP mixer, translator, or some other type
      of RTP middlebox.  Figure 2 outlines a simple topology that might
      be used in a four-person centralised conference.  The middlebox
      acts to optimise the transmission of RTP media streams from

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      certain perspectives, either by only sending some of the received
      RTP media stream to any given receiver, or by providing a combined
      RTP media stream out of a set of contributing streams.

                   +---+      +-------------+      +---+
                   | A |<---->|             |<---->| B |
                   +---+      | RTP mixer,  |      +---+
                              | translator, |
                              | or other    |
                   +---+      | middlebox   |      +---+
                   | C |<---->|             |<---->| D |
                   +---+      +-------------+      +---+

                Figure 2: RTP mixer with only unicast paths

      There are various methods of implementation for the middlebox.  If
      implemented as a standard RTP mixer or translator, a single RTP
      session will extend across the middlebox and encompass all the
      end-points in one multi-party session.  Other types of middlebox
      might use separate RTP sessions between each end-point and the
      middlebox.  A common aspect is that these central nodes can use a
      number of tools to control the media encoding provided by a WebRTC
      end-point.  This includes functions like requesting breaking the
      encoding chain and have the encoder produce a so called Intra
      frame.  Another is limiting the bit-rate of a given stream to
      better suit the mixer view of the multiple down-streams.  Others
      are controlling the most suitable frame-rate, picture resolution,
      the trade-off between frame-rate and spatial quality.  The
      middlebox gets the significant responsibility to correctly perform
      congestion control, source identification, manage synchronisation
      while providing the application with suitable media optimizations.
      The middlebox is also has to be a trusted node when it comes to
      security, since it manipulates either the RTP header or the media
      itself (or both) received from one end-point, before sending it on
      towards the end-point(s), thus they need to be able to decrypt and
      then encrypt it before sending it out.

      RTP Mixers can create a situation where an end-point experiences a
      situation in-between a session with only two end-points and
      multiple RTP sessions.  Mixers are expected to not forward RTCP
      reports regarding RTP media streams across themselves.  This is
      due to the difference in the RTP media streams provided to the
      different end-points.  The original media source lacks information
      about a mixer's manipulations prior to sending it the different
      receivers.  This scenario also results in that an end-point's
      feedback or requests goes to the mixer.  When the mixer can't act

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      on this by itself, it is forced to go to the original media source
      to fulfil the receivers request.  This will not necessarily be
      explicitly visible any RTP and RTCP traffic, but the interactions
      and the time to complete them will indicate such dependencies.

      Providing source authentication in multi-party scenarios is a
      challenge.  In the mixer-based topologies, end-points source
      authentication is based on, firstly, verifying that media comes
      from the mixer by cryptographic verification and, secondly, trust
      in the mixer to correctly identify any source towards the end-
      point.  In RTP sessions where multiple end-points are directly
      visible to an end-point, all end-points will have knowledge about
      each others' master keys, and can thus inject packets claimed to
      come from another end-point in the session.  Any node performing
      relay can perform non-cryptographic mitigation by preventing
      forwarding of packets that have SSRC fields that came from other
      end-points before.  For cryptographic verification of the source
      SRTP would require additional security mechanisms, for example
      TESLA for SRTP [RFC4383], that are not part of the base WebRTC

   To forward media between multiple peers:  It is sometimes desirable
      for an end-point that receives an RTP media stream to be able to
      forward that media stream to a third party.  The are some obvious
      security and privacy implications in supporting this, but also
      potential uses.  This is supported in the W3C API by taking the
      received and decoded media and using it as media source that is
      re-encoding and transmitted as a new stream.

      At the RTP layer, media forwarding acts as a back-to-back RTP
      receiver and RTP sender.  The receiving side terminates the RTP
      session and decodes the media, while the sender side re-encodes
      and transmits the media using an entirely separate RTP session.
      The original sender will only see a single receiver of the media,
      and will not be able to tell that forwarding is happening based on
      RTP-layer information since the RTP session that is used to send
      the forwarded media is not connected to the RTP session on which
      the media was received by the node doing the forwarding.

      The end-point that is performing the forwarding is responsible for
      producing an RTP media stream suitable for onwards transmission.
      The outgoing RTP session that is used to send the forwarded media
      is entirely separate to the RTP session on which the media was
      received.  This will require media transcoding for congestion
      control purpose to produce a suitable bit-rate for the outgoing
      RTP session, reducing media quality and forcing the forwarding
      end-point to spend the resource on the transcoding.  The media
      transcoding does result in a separation of the two different legs

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      removing almost all dependencies, and allowing the forwarding end-
      point to optimize its media transcoding operation.  The cost is
      greatly increased computational complexity on the forwarding node.
      Receivers of the forwarded stream will see the forwarding device
      as the sender of the stream, and will not be able to tell from the
      RTP layer that they are receiving a forwarded stream rather than
      an entirely new media stream generated by the forwarding device.

12.1.3.  Differentiated Treatment of Flows

   There are use cases for differentiated treatment of RTP media
   streams.  Such differentiation can happen at several places in the
   system.  First of all is the prioritization within the end-point
   sending the media, which controls, both which RTP media streams that
   will be sent, and their allocation of bit-rate out of the current
   available aggregate as determined by the congestion control.

   It is expected that the WebRTC API [W3C.WD-webrtc-20130910] will
   allow the application to indicate relative priorities for different
   MediaStreamTracks.  These priorities can then be used to influence
   the local RTP processing, especially when it comes to congestion
   control response in how to divide the available bandwidth between the
   RTP flows.  Any changes in relative priority will also need to be
   considered for RTP flows that are associated with the main RTP flows,
   such as RTP retransmission streams and FEC.  The importance of such
   associated RTP traffic flows is dependent on the media type and codec
   used, in regards to how robust that codec is to packet loss.
   However, a default policy might to be to use the same priority for
   associated RTP flows as for the primary RTP flow.

   Secondly, the network can prioritize packet flows, including RTP
   media streams.  Typically, differential treatment includes two steps,
   the first being identifying whether an IP packet belongs to a class
   that has to be treated differently, the second the actual mechanism
   to prioritize packets.  This is done according to three methods:

   DiffServ:  The end-point marks a packet with a DiffServ code point to
      indicate to the network that the packet belongs to a particular

   Flow based:  Packets that need to be given a particular treatment are
      identified using a combination of IP and port address.

   Deep Packet Inspection:  A network classifier (DPI) inspects the
      packet and tries to determine if the packet represents a
      particular application and type that is to be prioritized.

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   Flow-based differentiation will provide the same treatment to all
   packets within a flow, i.e., relative prioritization is not possible.
   Moreover, if the resources are limited it might not be possible to
   provide differential treatment compared to best-effort for all the
   flows in a WebRTC application.  When flow-based differentiation is
   available the WebRTC application needs to know about it so that it
   can provide the separation of the RTP media streams onto different
   UDP flows to enable a more granular usage of flow based
   differentiation.  That way at least providing different
   prioritization of audio and video if desired by application.

   DiffServ assumes that either the end-point or a classifier can mark
   the packets with an appropriate DSCP so that the packets are treated
   according to that marking.  If the end-point is to mark the traffic
   two requirements arise in the WebRTC context: 1) The WebRTC
   application or browser has to know which DSCP to use and that it can
   use them on some set of RTP media streams.  2) The information needs
   to be propagated to the operating system when transmitting the
   packet.  Details of this process are outside the scope of this memo
   and are further discussed in "DSCP and other packet markings for
   RTCWeb QoS" [I-D.dhesikan-tsvwg-rtcweb-qos].

   For packet based marking schemes it might be possible to mark
   individual RTP packets differently based on the relative priority of
   the RTP payload.  For example video codecs that have I, P, and B
   pictures could prioritise any payloads carrying only B frames less,
   as these are less damaging to loose.  However, depending on the QoS
   mechanism and what markings that are applied, this can result in not
   only different packet drop probabilities but also packet reordering,
   see [I-D.dhesikan-tsvwg-rtcweb-qos] for further discussion.  As
   default policy all RTP packets related to a media stream ought to be
   provided with the same prioritization; per-packet prioritization is
   outside the scope of this memo, but might be specified elsewhere in

   It is also important to consider how RTCP packets associated with a
   particular RTP media flow need to be marked.  RTCP compound packets
   with Sender Reports (SR), ought to be marked with the same priority
   as the RTP media flow itself, so the RTCP-based round-trip time (RTT)
   measurements are done using the same flow priority as the media flow
   experiences.  RTCP compound packets containing RR packet ought to be
   sent with the priority used by the majority of the RTP media flows
   reported on.  RTCP packets containing time-critical feedback packets
   can use higher priority to improve the timeliness and likelihood of
   delivery of such feedback.

12.2.  Source, Flow, and Participant Identification

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12.2.1.  Media Streams

   Each RTP media stream is identified by a unique synchronisation
   source (SSRC) identifier.  The SSRC identifier is carried in the RTP
   data packets comprising a media stream, and is also used to identify
   that stream in the corresponding RTCP reports.  The SSRC is chosen as
   discussed in Section 4.8.  The first stage in demultiplexing RTP and
   RTCP packets received at a WebRTC end-point is to separate the media
   streams based on their SSRC value; once that is done, additional
   demultiplexing steps can determine how and where to render the media.

   RTP allows a mixer, or other RTP-layer middlebox, to combine media
   flows from multiple sources to form a new media flow.  The RTP data
   packets in that new flow can include a Contributing Source (CSRC)
   list, indicating which original SSRCs contributed to the combined
   packet.  As described in Section 4.1, implementations need to support
   reception of RTP data packets containing a CSRC list and RTCP packets
   that relate to sources present in the CSRC list.  The CSRC list can
   change on a packet-by-packet basis, depending on the mixing operation
   being performed.  Knowledge of what sources contributed to a
   particular RTP packet can be important if the user interface
   indicates which participants are active in the session.  Changes in
   the CSRC list included in packets needs to be exposed to the WebRTC
   application using some API, if the application is to be able to track
   changes in session participation.  It is desirable to map CSRC values
   back into WebRTC MediaStream identities as they cross this API, to
   avoid exposing the SSRC/CSRC name space to JavaScript applications.

   If the mixer-to-client audio level extension [RFC6465] is being used
   in the session (see Section 5.2.3), the information in the CSRC list
   is augmented by audio level information for each contributing source.
   This information can usefully be exposed in the user interface.

12.2.2.  Media Streams: SSRC Collision Detection

   The RTP standard [RFC3550] requires any RTP implementation to have
   support for detecting and handling SSRC collisions, i.e., resolve the
   conflict when two different end-points use the same SSRC value.  This
   requirement also applies to WebRTC end-points.  There are several
   scenarios where SSRC collisions can occur.

   In a point-to-point session where each SSRC is associated with either
   of the two end-points and where the main media carrying SSRC
   identifier will be announced in the signalling channel, a collision
   is less likely to occur due to the information about used SSRCs
   provided by Source-Specific SDP Attributes [RFC5576].  Still if both
   end-points start uses an new SSRC identifier prior to having
   signalled it to the peer and received acknowledgement on the

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   signalling message, there can be collisions.  The Source-Specific SDP
   Attributes [RFC5576] contains no mechanism to resolve SSRC collisions
   or reject a end-points usage of an SSRC.

   There could also appear SSRC values that are not signalled.  This is
   more likely than it appears as certain RTP functions need extra SSRCs
   to provide functionality related to another (the "main") SSRC, for
   example, SSRC multiplexed RTP retransmission [RFC4588].  In those
   cases, an end-point can create a new SSRC that strictly doesn't need
   to be announced over the signalling channel to function correctly on
   both RTP and RTCPeerConnection level.

   The more likely case for SSRC collision is that multiple end-points
   in a multiparty conference create new sources and signals those
   towards the central server.  In cases where the SSRC/CSRC are
   propagated between the different end-points from the central node
   collisions can occur.

   Another scenario is when the central node manages to connect an end-
   point's RTCPeerConnection to another RTCPeerConnection the end-point
   already has, thus forming a loop where the end-point will receive its
   own traffic.  While is is clearly considered a bug, it is important
   that the end-point is able to recognise and handle the case when it
   occurs.  This case becomes even more problematic when media mixers,
   and so on, are involved, where the stream received is a different
   stream but still contains this client's input.

   These SSRC/CSRC collisions can only be handled on RTP level as long
   as the same RTP session is extended across multiple
   RTCPeerConnections by a RTP middlebox.  To resolve the more generic
   case where multiple RTCPeerConnections are interconnected, then
   identification of the media source(s) part of a MediaStreamTrack
   being propagated across multiple interconnected RTCPeerConnection
   needs to be preserved across these interconnections.

12.2.3.  Media Synchronisation Context

   When an end-point sends media from more than one media source, it
   needs to consider if (and which of) these media sources are to be
   synchronized.  In RTP/RTCP, synchronisation is provided by having a
   set of RTP media streams be indicated as coming from the same
   synchronisation context and logical end-point by using the same RTCP
   CNAME identifier.

   The next provision is that the internal clocks of all media sources,
   i.e., what drives the RTP timestamp, can be correlated to a system
   clock that is provided in RTCP Sender Reports encoded in an NTP
   format.  By correlating all RTP timestamps to a common system clock

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   for all sources, the timing relation of the different RTP media
   streams, also across multiple RTP sessions can be derived at the
   receiver and, if desired, the streams can be synchronized.  The
   requirement is for the media sender to provide the correlation
   information; it is up to the receiver to use it or not.

13.  Security Considerations

   The overall security architecture for WebRTC is described in
   [I-D.ietf-rtcweb-security-arch], and security considerations for the
   WebRTC framework are described in [I-D.ietf-rtcweb-security].  These
   considerations apply to this memo also.

   The security considerations of the RTP specification, the RTP/SAVPF
   profile, and the various RTP/RTCP extensions and RTP payload formats
   that form the complete protocol suite described in this memo apply.
   We do not believe there are any new security considerations resulting
   from the combination of these various protocol extensions.

   The Extended Secure RTP Profile for Real-time Transport Control
   Protocol (RTCP)-Based Feedback [RFC5124] (RTP/SAVPF) provides
   handling of fundamental issues by offering confidentiality, integrity
   and partial source authentication.  A mandatory to implement media
   security solution is created by combing this secured RTP profile and
   DTLS-SRTP keying [RFC5764] as defined by Section 5.5 of

   RTCP packets convey a Canonical Name (CNAME) identifier that is used
   to associate media flows that need to be synchronised across related
   RTP sessions.  Inappropriate choice of CNAME values can be a privacy
   concern, since long-term persistent CNAME identifiers can be used to
   track users across multiple WebRTC calls.  Section 4.9 of this memo
   provides guidelines for generation of untraceable CNAME values that
   alleviate this risk.

   The guidelines in [RFC6562] apply when using variable bit rate (VBR)
   audio codecs such as Opus (see Section 4.3 for discussion of mandated
   audio codecs).  These guidelines in [RFC6562] also apply, but are of
   lesser importance, when using the client-to-mixer audio level header
   extensions (Section 5.2.2) or the mixer-to-client audio level header
   extensions (Section 5.2.3).

14.  IANA Considerations

   This memo makes no request of IANA.

   Note to RFC Editor: this section is to be removed on publication as
   an RFC.

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15.  Acknowledgements

   The authors would like to thank Bernard Aboba, Harald Alvestrand,
   Cary Bran, Charles Eckel, Cullen Jennings, Dan Romascanu, and the
   other members of the IETF RTCWEB working group for their valuable

16.  References

16.1.  Normative References

              Westerlund, M., Perkins, C., and J. Lennox, "Sending
              Multiple Types of Media in a Single RTP Session", draft-
              ietf-avtcore-multi-media-rtp-session-04 (work in
              progress), January 2014.

              Perkins, C. and V. Singh, "Multimedia Congestion Control:
              Circuit Breakers for Unicast RTP Sessions", draft-ietf-
              avtcore-rtp-circuit-breakers-04 (work in progress),
              January 2014.

              Lennox, J., Westerlund, M., Wu, Q., and C. Perkins,
              "Sending Multiple Media Streams in a Single RTP Session:
              Grouping RTCP Reception Statistics and Other Feedback ",
              draft-ietf-avtcore-rtp-multi-stream-optimisation-00 (work
              in progress), July 2013.

              Lennox, J., Westerlund, M., Wu, W., and C. Perkins,
              "Sending Multiple Media Streams in a Single RTP Session",
              draft-ietf-avtcore-rtp-multi-stream-02 (work in progress),
              January 2014.

              Petit-Huguenin, M. and G. Zorn, "Support for Multiple
              Clock Rates in an RTP Session", draft-ietf-avtext-
              multiple-clock-rates-11 (work in progress), November 2013.

              Rescorla, E., "WebRTC Security Architecture", draft-ietf-
              rtcweb-security-arch-08 (work in progress), January 2014.

              Rescorla, E., "Security Considerations for WebRTC", draft-
              ietf-rtcweb-security-06 (work in progress), January 2014.

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   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, March 1997.

   [RFC2736]  Handley, M. and C. Perkins, "Guidelines for Writers of RTP
              Payload Format Specifications", BCP 36, RFC 2736, December

   [RFC3550]  Schulzrinne, H., Casner, S., Frederick, R., and V.
              Jacobson, "RTP: A Transport Protocol for Real-Time
              Applications", STD 64, RFC 3550, July 2003.

   [RFC3551]  Schulzrinne, H. and S. Casner, "RTP Profile for Audio and
              Video Conferences with Minimal Control", STD 65, RFC 3551,
              July 2003.

   [RFC3556]  Casner, S., "Session Description Protocol (SDP) Bandwidth
              Modifiers for RTP Control Protocol (RTCP) Bandwidth", RFC
              3556, July 2003.

   [RFC3711]  Baugher, M., McGrew, D., Naslund, M., Carrara, E., and K.
              Norrman, "The Secure Real-time Transport Protocol (SRTP)",
              RFC 3711, March 2004.

   [RFC4585]  Ott, J., Wenger, S., Sato, N., Burmeister, C., and J. Rey,
              "Extended RTP Profile for Real-time Transport Control
              Protocol (RTCP)-Based Feedback (RTP/AVPF)", RFC 4585, July

   [RFC4588]  Rey, J., Leon, D., Miyazaki, A., Varsa, V., and R.
              Hakenberg, "RTP Retransmission Payload Format", RFC 4588,
              July 2006.

   [RFC4961]  Wing, D., "Symmetric RTP / RTP Control Protocol (RTCP)",
              BCP 131, RFC 4961, July 2007.

   [RFC5104]  Wenger, S., Chandra, U., Westerlund, M., and B. Burman,
              "Codec Control Messages in the RTP Audio-Visual Profile
              with Feedback (AVPF)", RFC 5104, February 2008.

   [RFC5124]  Ott, J. and E. Carrara, "Extended Secure RTP Profile for
              Real-time Transport Control Protocol (RTCP)-Based Feedback
              (RTP/SAVPF)", RFC 5124, February 2008.

   [RFC5285]  Singer, D. and H. Desineni, "A General Mechanism for RTP
              Header Extensions", RFC 5285, July 2008.

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   [RFC5506]  Johansson, I. and M. Westerlund, "Support for Reduced-Size
              Real-Time Transport Control Protocol (RTCP): Opportunities
              and Consequences", RFC 5506, April 2009.

   [RFC5761]  Perkins, C. and M. Westerlund, "Multiplexing RTP Data and
              Control Packets on a Single Port", RFC 5761, April 2010.

   [RFC5764]  McGrew, D. and E. Rescorla, "Datagram Transport Layer
              Security (DTLS) Extension to Establish Keys for the Secure
              Real-time Transport Protocol (SRTP)", RFC 5764, May 2010.

   [RFC6051]  Perkins, C. and T. Schierl, "Rapid Synchronisation of RTP
              Flows", RFC 6051, November 2010.

   [RFC6464]  Lennox, J., Ivov, E., and E. Marocco, "A Real-time
              Transport Protocol (RTP) Header Extension for Client-to-
              Mixer Audio Level Indication", RFC 6464, December 2011.

   [RFC6465]  Ivov, E., Marocco, E., and J. Lennox, "A Real-time
              Transport Protocol (RTP) Header Extension for Mixer-to-
              Client Audio Level Indication", RFC 6465, December 2011.

   [RFC6562]  Perkins, C. and JM. Valin, "Guidelines for the Use of
              Variable Bit Rate Audio with Secure RTP", RFC 6562, March

   [RFC6904]  Lennox, J., "Encryption of Header Extensions in the Secure
              Real-time Transport Protocol (SRTP)", RFC 6904, April

   [RFC7007]  Terriberry, T., "Update to Remove DVI4 from the
              Recommended Codecs for the RTP Profile for Audio and Video
              Conferences with Minimal Control (RTP/AVP)", RFC 7007,
              August 2013.

   [RFC7022]  Begen, A., Perkins, C., Wing, D., and E. Rescorla,
              "Guidelines for Choosing RTP Control Protocol (RTCP)
              Canonical Names (CNAMEs)", RFC 7022, September 2013.

              Burnett, D., Bergkvist, A., Jennings, C., and A.
              Narayanan, "Media Capture and Streams", World Wide Web
              Consortium WD WD-mediacapture-streams-20130903, September
              2013, <http://www.w3.org/TR/2013/WD-mediacapture-


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              Bergkvist, A., Burnett, D., Jennings, C., and A.
              Narayanan, "WebRTC 1.0: Real-time Communication Between
              Browsers", World Wide Web Consortium WD WD-
              webrtc-20130910, September 2013,

16.2.  Informative References

              Dhesikan, S., Druta, D., Jones, P., and J. Polk, "DSCP and
              other packet markings for RTCWeb QoS", draft-dhesikan-
              tsvwg-rtcweb-qos-04 (work in progress), January 2014.

              Westerlund, M., Perkins, C., and H. Alvestrand,
              "Guidelines for using the Multiplexing Features of RTP to
              Support Multiple Media Streams", draft-ietf-avtcore-
              multiplex-guidelines-02 (work in progress), January 2014.

              Westerlund, M. and S. Wenger, "RTP Topologies", draft-
              ietf-avtcore-rtp-topologies-update-01 (work in progress),
              October 2013.

              Lennox, J., Gross, K., Nandakumar, S., and G. Salgueiro,
              "A Taxonomy of Grouping Semantics and Mechanisms for Real-
              Time Transport Protocol (RTP) Sources", draft-ietf-avtext-
              rtp-grouping-taxonomy-00 (work in progress), November

              Alvestrand, H., "WebRTC MediaStream Identification in the
              Session Description Protocol", draft-ietf-mmusic-msid-04
              (work in progress), February 2014.

              Holmberg, C., Alvestrand, H., and C. Jennings,
              "Multiplexing Negotiation Using Session Description
              Protocol (SDP) Port Numbers", draft-ietf-mmusic-sdp-
              bundle-negotiation-05 (work in progress), October 2013.

              Westerlund, M., "How to Write an RTP Payload Format",
              draft-ietf-payload-rtp-howto-13 (work in progress),
              January 2014.


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              Jesup, R., "Congestion Control Requirements For RMCAT",
              draft-ietf-rmcat-cc-requirements-02 (work in progress),
              February 2014.

              Valin, J. and C. Bran, "WebRTC Audio Codec and Processing
              Requirements", draft-ietf-rtcweb-audio-05 (work in
              progress), February 2014.

              Alvestrand, H., "Overview: Real Time Protocols for Brower-
              based Applications", draft-ietf-rtcweb-overview-08 (work
              in progress), September 2013.

              Holmberg, C., Hakansson, S., and G. Eriksson, "Web Real-
              Time Communication Use-cases and Requirements", draft-
              ietf-rtcweb-use-cases-and-requirements-14 (work in
              progress), February 2014.

   [RFC3611]  Friedman, T., Caceres, R., and A. Clark, "RTP Control
              Protocol Extended Reports (RTCP XR)", RFC 3611, November

   [RFC4341]  Floyd, S. and E. Kohler, "Profile for Datagram Congestion
              Control Protocol (DCCP) Congestion Control ID 2: TCP-like
              Congestion Control", RFC 4341, March 2006.

   [RFC4342]  Floyd, S., Kohler, E., and J. Padhye, "Profile for
              Datagram Congestion Control Protocol (DCCP) Congestion
              Control ID 3: TCP-Friendly Rate Control (TFRC)", RFC 4342,
              March 2006.

   [RFC4383]  Baugher, M. and E. Carrara, "The Use of Timed Efficient
              Stream Loss-Tolerant Authentication (TESLA) in the Secure
              Real-time Transport Protocol (SRTP)", RFC 4383, February

   [RFC4828]  Floyd, S. and E. Kohler, "TCP Friendly Rate Control
              (TFRC): The Small-Packet (SP) Variant", RFC 4828, April

   [RFC5348]  Floyd, S., Handley, M., Padhye, J., and J. Widmer, "TCP
              Friendly Rate Control (TFRC): Protocol Specification", RFC
              5348, September 2008.

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   [RFC5576]  Lennox, J., Ott, J., and T. Schierl, "Source-Specific
              Media Attributes in the Session Description Protocol
              (SDP)", RFC 5576, June 2009.

   [RFC5681]  Allman, M., Paxson, V., and E. Blanton, "TCP Congestion
              Control", RFC 5681, September 2009.

   [RFC5968]  Ott, J. and C. Perkins, "Guidelines for Extending the RTP
              Control Protocol (RTCP)", RFC 5968, September 2010.

   [RFC6263]  Marjou, X. and A. Sollaud, "Application Mechanism for
              Keeping Alive the NAT Mappings Associated with RTP / RTP
              Control Protocol (RTCP) Flows", RFC 6263, June 2011.

   [RFC6792]  Wu, Q., Hunt, G., and P. Arden, "Guidelines for Use of the
              RTP Monitoring Framework", RFC 6792, November 2012.

Authors' Addresses

   Colin Perkins
   University of Glasgow
   School of Computing Science
   Glasgow  G12 8QQ
   United Kingdom

   Email: csp@csperkins.org
   URI:   http://csperkins.org/

   Magnus Westerlund
   Farogatan 6
   SE-164 80 Kista

   Phone: +46 10 714 82 87
   Email: magnus.westerlund@ericsson.com

   Joerg Ott
   Aalto University
   School of Electrical Engineering
   Espoo  02150

   Email: jorg.ott@aalto.fi

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