MMUSIC                                                         J. Lennox
Internet-Draft                                             Layered Media
Intended status: Standards Track                                  J. Ott
Expires: January 7, 2008               Helsinki University of Technology
                                                              T. Schierl
                                                          Fraunhofer HHI
                                                            July 6, 2007

  Source-Specific Media Attributes in the Session Description Protocol

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   The Session Description Protocol provides mechanisms to describe
   attributes of multimedia sessions and of individual media streams
   (e.g., Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP) sessions) within a
   multimedia session, but does not provide any mechanism to describe

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   individual media sources within a media stream.  This document
   defines a mechanism to describe RTP media sources, identified by
   their Synchronization Source Identifiers (SSRCs), in SDP, associate
   attributes with these sources, and express relationships among
   sources.  It also defines several source-level attributes which can
   be used to describe properties of media sources.

Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
   2.  Terminology  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   3.  Overview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   4.  Media Attributes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
     4.1.  The "ssrc" Media Attribute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
     4.2.  The "ssrc-group" Media Attribute . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
   5.  Usage of Identified Source Identifiers in RTP  . . . . . . . .  7
   6.  Source Attributes  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
     6.1.  The "cname" Source Attribute . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
     6.2.  The "previous-ssrc" Source Attribute . . . . . . . . . . .  9
     6.3.  The "fmtp" Source Attribute  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
     6.4.  Other Attributes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
   7.  Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
   8.  Usage With the Offer/Answer Model  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
   9.  Backward Compatibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
   10. Formal Grammar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
   11. Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
   12. IANA Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
   13. References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
     13.1. Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
     13.2. Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
   Appendix A.  Open issues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
   Appendix B.  Changes From Earlier Versions . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
     B.1.  Changes From Draft -00 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
   Authors' Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
   Intellectual Property and Copyright Statements . . . . . . . . . . 17

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1.  Introduction

   The Session Description Protocol (SDP) [RFC4566] provides mechanisms
   to describe attributes of multimedia sessions and of media streams
   (e.g., Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP) [RFC3550] sessions) within
   a multimedia session, but does not provide any mechanism to describe
   individual media sources within a media stream.

   Several recently-proposed protocols, notably RTP Single-Source
   Multicast [I-D.ietf-avt-rtcpssm] have found it useful to describe
   specific media sources in SDP messages.  Single-source multicast, in
   particular, needs to ensure that receivers' RTP Syncronization Source
   Identifiers (SSRCs) do not collide with those of media senders, as
   the RTP specification [RFC3550] requires that colliding sources
   change their SSRC values after a collision has been detected.
   Earlier work has used mechanisms specific to each protocol to
   describe the individual sources of an RTP session.

   Moreover, whereas the Real-Time Transport Protocol (RTP) [RFC3550] is
   defined as allowing multiple sources in an RTP session (for example,
   if a user has more than one camera), SDP has no existing mechanism
   for an endpoint to indicate that it will be using multiple sources,
   or to describe their characteristics individually.

   To address all these problems, this document defines a mechanism to
   describe RTP sources, identified by their Synchronization Sources
   Identifiers (SSRCs), in SDP, associate attributes with these sources,
   and express relationships among individual sources.  It also defines
   a number of new SDP attributes that apply to individual sources
   ("source-level" attributes); describes how a number of existing media
   stream ("media-level") attributes can also be applied at the source
   level; and establishes an IANA repository for source-level

   During the still-ongoing discussion in the AVT and MMUSIC working
   groups on the transport [I-D.ietf-avt-rtp-svc] and signaling
   [I-D.schierl-mmusic-layered-codec] of the Scalable Video Coding (SVC)
   Extensions of H.264, SSRC multiplexing of layered video was
   considered as an appropriate multiplexing technique, if the use case
   strongly requires this.  It was considered that a compelling use case
   exists for identifying RTP packet streams carrying different layers
   of a single SVC media stream.  One use case was pointed out, which is
   the adaptation of an SRTP encrypted SVC stream by a middle-box not
   being in the security context.  Since the authentication and
   integrity mechanism of SRTP still requires the middle-boy being in
   the security context, the authors of [I-D.ietf-avt-rtp-svc] and
   [I-D.schierl-mmusic-layered-codec] currently do not consider SSRC
   multiplexing.  Since the process for both memos is still going on,

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   however, a requirement for SSRC multiplexing for SVC may come up
   again.  SSRC multiplexing would anyway make an easy identification of
   layers of a scalable media stream in a middle-box possible, without
   the need of parsing into RTP payload headers.  A potential use case
   is shown in Section 7, the examples section.

2.  Terminology

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [RFC2119] and
   indicate requirement levels for compliant implementations.

3.  Overview

   In the Real-Time Transport Protocol (RTP) [RFC3550], an association
   among a group of communicating participants is known as an RTP
   Session.  An RTP session is typically associated with a single
   transport address (in the case of multicast) or communication flow
   (in the case of unicast), though RTP translators and single-source
   multicast [I-D.ietf-avt-rtcpssm] can make the situation more complex.
   RTP topologies are discussed in more detail in

   Within an RTP session, the source of a single stream of RTP packets
   is known as a synchronization source (SSRC).  Every synchronization
   source is identified by a 32-bit numeric identifier.  In addition,
   receivers (who may never send RTP packets) also have source
   identifiers, which are used to identify their RTP Control Protocol
   (RTCP) receiver reports and other feedback messages.

   Messages of the Session Description Protocol (SDP) [RFC4566], known
   as Session Descriptions, describe Multimedia Sessions.  A multimedia
   session is a set of multimedia senders and receivers, and the data
   streams flowing from senders to receivers.  A multimedia session
   contains a number of Media Streams, which are the individual RTP
   sessions or other media paths over which one type of multimedia data
   is carried.  Information that applies to an entire multimedia session
   is called Session-Level information, while information pertaining to
   one media stream is called Media-Level information.  The collection
   of all the information describing a media stream is known as a Media
   Description.  (Media descriptions are also sometimes known informally
   as SDP "m"-lines, after the SDP syntax that begins a media
   description.)  Several standard information elements are defined at
   both the session level and the media level.  Extended information can
   be included at both levels through the use of attributes.

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   (The term "Media Stream" does not appear in the SDP specification
   itself, but is used by a number of SDP extensions, for instance
   Interactive Connectivity Establishment (ICE) [I-D.ietf-mmusic-ice],
   to denote the object described by an SDP media description.  This
   term is unfortunately rather confusing, as the RTP specification
   [RFC3550] uses the term "media stream" to refer to an individual
   media source or RTP packet stream, identified by an SSRC, whereas an
   SDP media stream describes an entire RTP session, which can contain
   any number of RTP sources.  In this document, the term "media stream"
   means an SDP media stream, i.e. the thing described by an SDP media
   description, whereas "media source" is used for a single source of
   media packets, i.e. an RTP media stream.)

   The core SDP specification does not have any way of describing
   individual media sources, in particular RTP synchronization sources,
   within a media stream.  To address this problem, in this document we
   introduce a third level of information, called Source-Level
   information.  Syntactically, source-level information is described by
   a new SDP media-level attribute "ssrc", which identifies specific
   synchronization sources within an RTP session, and acts as a meta-
   attribute mapping source-level attribute information to these

   This document also defines an SDP media-level attribute "ssrc-group",
   which can represent relationships among media sources within an RTP
   session, in much the same way as the "group" attribute [RFC3388]
   represents relationships among media streams within a multimedia

4.  Media Attributes

   This section defines two media-level attributes, "ssrc" and "ssrc-

4.1.  The "ssrc" Media Attribute

   a=ssrc:<ssrc-id> <attribute>
   a=ssrc:<ssrc-id> <attribute>:<value>

   The SDP media attribute "ssrc" indicates a property (known as a
   "source-level attribute") of a media source (RTP stream) within an
   RTP session. <ssrc-id> is the synchronizaton source ID (SSRC) of the
   source being described, interpreted as a 32-bit unsigned integer in
   network byte order and represented in decimal. <attribute> or
   <attribute>:<value> represent the source-level attribute specific to

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   the given media source.  The source-level attribute follows the
   syntax of the SDP "a=" line.  It thus consists either of a single
   attribute name (a flag), or an attribute name and value, e.g.
   "".  No attributes of the former type are
   defined by this document.

   Within a media stream, ssrc attributes with the same value of
   <ssrc-id> describe different attributes of the same media sources.
   Across media streams, <ssrc-id> values are not correlated (unless
   correlation is indicated by media-stream grouping or some other
   mechanism) and MAY be repeated.

   For each source mentioned in SDP, the source-level attribute "cname",
   defined in Section 6.1, MUST be provided.  Any number of other
   source-level attributes for the source MAY also be provided.

   The "ssrc" media attribute MAY be used for any RTP-based media
   transport.  It is not defined for other transports.

   Though the source-level attributes specified by the ssrc property
   follow the same syntax as session-level and media-level attributes,
   they are defined independently.  All source-level attributes MUST be
   registered with IANA, using the registry defined in Section 12.

   Figure 10 in Section 10 gives a formal Augmented Backus-Naur Form
   (ABNF) [RFC4234] grammar for the ssrc attribute.

4.2.  The "ssrc-group" Media Attribute

   a=ssrc-group:<semantics> <ssrc-id> ...

   The SDP media attribute "ssrc-group" expresses a relationship among
   several sources of an RTP session.  It is analogous to the "group"
   session-level attribute [RFC3388], which expresses a relationship
   among media streams in an SDP multimedia session (i.e., a
   relationship among several logically related RTP sessions).  As
   sources are already identified by their SSRC IDs, no analogous
   property to the "mid" attribute is necessary; groups of sources are
   identified by their SSRC IDs directly.

   The <semantics> parameter is taken from the specification of the
   "group" attribute [RFC3388].  Its potential parameters are defined by
   IANA in "Semantics for the 'group' SDP Attribute" under "SDP
   Parameters".  The semantics defined for the ssrc-group attribute are
   FID (Flow Identification) [RFC3388] and FEC (Forward Error
   Correction) [RFC4756].  In each case, the relationship among the

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   grouped sources is the same as the relationship among corresponding
   sources in media streams grouped using the SDP "group" attribute.

   (None of the other "group" semantics registered with IANA as of this
   writing are useful for source grouping.  LS (Lip Synchronization)
   [RFC3388] is redundant for sources within a media stream, as RTP
   sources with the same CNAME are implicitly synchronized in RTP.  SRF
   (Single Reservation Flow) [RFC3524] and ANAT (Alternative Network
   Address Types) [RFC4091] refer specifically to the media stream's
   transport characteristics.  CS (Composite Session)
   [I-D.mehta-rmt-flute-sdp] is used to group FLUTE sessions, and so is
   not applicable to RTP.)

   The ssrc-group attribute indicates the sources in a group by listing
   the <ssrc-id>s of the sources in the group.  It MUST list at least
   one <ssrc-id> for a group, and MAY list any number of additional
   ones.  Every <ssrc-id> listed in an ssrc-group attribute MUST be
   defined by a corresponding "ssrc:" line in the same media

   Figure 11 in Section 10 gives a formal Augmented Backus-Naur Form
   (ABNF) [RFC4234] grammar for the ssrc-group attribute.

5.  Usage of Identified Source Identifiers in RTP

   The synchronization source identifiers used in an RTP session are
   chosen randomly and independently by endpoints.  As such, it is
   possible for two RTP endpoints to choose the same SSRC identifier.
   Though the probability of this is low, the RTP specification
   [RFC3550] requires that all RTP endpoints MUST be prepared to detect
   and resolve collisions.

   As a result, all endpoints MUST be prepared for the fact that
   information about specific sources identified in a media stream might
   be out of date.  The actual binding between SSRCs and source CNAMEs
   can only be identified by the source description (SDES) RTCP packets
   transmitted on the RTP session.

   When endpoints are choosing their own local SSRC values for media
   streams for which source-level attributes have been specified, they
   MUST NOT use for themselves any SSRC identifiers mentioned in media
   descriptions they have received for the media stream.

   However, sources identified by SDP source-level attributes do not
   otherwise affect RTP transport logic.  Specifically, sources which
   are only known through SDP, for which neither RTP nor RTCP packets
   have been received, MUST NOT be counted for RTP group size

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   estimation, and report blocks MUST NOT be sent for them in SR or RR
   RTCP messages.

   Endpoints MUST NOT assume that only the sources mentioned in SDP will
   be present in an RTP session; additional sources, with previously
   unmentioned SSRC IDs, can be added at any time, and endpoints MUST be
   prepared to receive packets from these sources.  (How endpoints
   handle such packets is not specified here; they SHOULD be handled in
   the same manner as packets from additional sources would be handled
   had the endpoint not received any a=ssrc: attributes at all.)

   An endpoint that observes an SSRC collision between its explicitly-
   signaled source and another entity that has not explicitly signaled
   an SSRC MAY delay its RTP collision-resolution actions [RFC3550] by
   5*1.5*Td, with Td being the deterministic calculated reporting
   interval for receivers, to see whether the conflict still exists.
   (This gives precedence to explicitly-signaled sources, and places the
   burden of collision resolution on non-signaled sources.)  SSRC
   collisions between multiple explicitly-signaled sources, however,
   MUST be acted upon immediately.

   If, following RTP's collision-resolution procedures [RFC3550], a
   source identified by source-level attributes has been forced to
   change its SSRC identifier, the author of the SDP containing the
   source-level attributes for these sources SHOULD send out an updated
   SDP session description with the new SSRC, if the mechanism by which
   SDP is being distributed for the multimedia session has a mechanism
   to distribute updated SDP.  This updated SDP MUST include a previous-
   ssrc source-level attribute, described in Section 6.2, listing the
   source's previous SSRC ID.  (If only a single source with a given
   CNAME has collided, the other RTP session members can infer a
   correspondence between the source's old and new SSRC IDs, without
   requiring an updated session description.  However, if more than one
   source collides at once, or if sources are leaving and re-joining,
   this inference is not possible.  To avoid confusion, therefore,
   sending updated SDP messages is always RECOMMENDED.)

   Endpoints MUST NOT reuse the same SSRC ID for identified sources with
   same CNAME for at least the duration of the RTP session's participant
   timeout interval (see Section 6.3.5 of [RFC3550]).  They SHOULD NOT
   reuse any SSRC ID ever mentioned in SDP (either by themselves or by
   other endpoints) for the entire lifetime of the RTP session.

   Endpoints MUST be prepared for the possibility that other parties in
   the session do not understand SDP source-level attributes, unless
   some higher-level mechanism normatively requires them.  See Section 9
   for more discussion of this.

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6.  Source Attributes

   This section describes specific source attributes that can be applied
   to RTP sources.

6.1.  The "cname" Source Attribute

   a=ssrc:<ssrc-id> cname:<cname>

   The "cname" source attribute associates a media source with its
   Canonical End-Point Identifier (CNAME) source description (SDES)
   item.  This MUST be the CNAME value that the media sender will place
   in its RTCP SDES packets; it therefore MUST follow the syntax
   conventions of CNAME defined in the RTP specification [RFC3550].  If
   a session participant receives an RTCP SDES packet associating this
   SSRC with a different CNAME, it SHOULD assume there has been an SSRC
   collision, and that the description of the source that was carried in
   the SDP description is not applicable to the actual source being
   received.  This source attribute is REQUIRED to be present if any
   source attributes are present for a source.  The cname attribute MUST
   NOT occur more than once for the same ssrc-id within a given media

   Figure 12 in Section 10 gives a formal Augmented Backus-Naur Form
   (ABNF) [RFC4234] grammar for the cname attribute.

6.2.  The "previous-ssrc" Source Attribute

   a=ssrc:<ssrc-id> previous-ssrc:<ssrc-id> ...

   The "previous-ssrc" source attribute associates a media source with
   previous source identifiers used for the same media source.
   Following an SSRC change due to an SSRC collision involving a media
   source described in SDP, the updated session description describing
   the source's new SSRC (described in Section 5) MUST include the
   previous-ssrc attribute associating the new SSRC with the old one.
   If further updated SDP descriptions are published describing the
   media source, the previous-ssrc attribute SHOULD be included if the
   session description was generated before the participant timeout of
   the old SSRC, and MAY be included after that point.  This attribute,
   if present, MUST list at least one previous SSRC, and MAY list any
   number of additional SSRCs for the source, if the source has collided
   more than once.  This attribute MUST be present only once for each

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   Figure 13 in Section 10 gives a formal Augmented Backus-Naur Form
   (ABNF) [RFC4234] grammar for the previous-ssrc attribute.

6.3.  The "fmtp" Source Attribute

   a=ssrc:<ssrc> fmtp:<format> <format specific parameters>

   The "fmtp" source attribute allows format-specific parameters to be
   conveyed about a given source.  The <format> parameter MUST be one of
   the media formats (i.e., RTP payload types) specified for the media
   stream.  The meaning of the <format specific parameters> is unique
   for each media type.  This parameter MUST only be used for media
   types for which source-level format parameters have explicitly been
   specified; media-level format parameters MUST NOT be carried over

6.4.  Other Attributes

   This document only defines source attributes which are necessary or
   useful for an endpoint to decode and render the sources in a media
   stream.  It does include any attributes which would contribute to an
   endpoint's decision to accept or reject a stream, e.g. in an offer/
   answer exchange.  Such attributes are for future consideration.

7.  Examples

   This section gives several examples of SDP descriptions of media
   sessions containing source attributes.  For brevity, only the media
   sections of the descriptions are given.

   m=audio 49168 RTP/AVP 0

     Figure 6: Example: declaration of a single synchronization source

   The example in Figure 6 shows an audio stream advertising a single

   m=video 49170 RTP/AVP 96
   a=rtpmap:96 H264/90000

     Figure 7: Example: a media stream containing several independent
                   sources from a single session member.

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   The example in Figure 7 shows a video stream where one participant
   (identified by a single CNAME) has several cameras.  The sources
   could be further distinguished by RTCP Source Description (SDES)

   m=video 49172 RTP/AVP 97
   a=rtpmap:97 SVC/90000
   a=ssrc-group:DDP 271828 14142135
   a=ssrc:14142135 depend:lay 271828

   Figure 8: Example: relationship among several sources: layered coding

   The example in Figure 8 shows a relationship among several sources,
   grouped by the "DDP" grouping semantics defined in Signaling of
   Layered and Multi-Description Media
   [I-D.schierl-mmusic-layered-codec].  (Note that this is only an
   example; multiplexing of layered codecs among several sources in an
   RTP session is currently not specified or encouraged.)

   m=video 49174 RTP/AVPF 96 98
   a=rtpmap:96 H.264/90000
   a=rtpmap:98 rtx/90000
   a=fmtp:98 apt=96;rtx-time=3000
   a=ssrc-group:FID 11111 22222
   a=ssrc-group:FID 33333 44444

   Figure 9: Example: relationship among several sources: retransmission

   The example in Figure 9 shows how the relationships among sources
   used for RTP Retransmission [RFC4588] can be explicitly signaled.
   This prevents the complexity of associating original sources with
   retransmission sources when SSRC multiplexing is used for RTP
   retransmission, as is described in Section 5.3 of [RFC4588].

8.  Usage With the Offer/Answer Model

   When used with the SDP Offer/Answer Model [RFC3264], SDP source-
   specific attributes describe only the sources with which each party
   is willing to send (whether it is sending RTP data or RTCP report
   blocks).  No mechanism is provided by which an answer can accept or

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   reject individual sources within a media stream; if the set of
   sources in a media stream is unacceptable, the answerer's only option
   is to reject the media stream or the entire multimedia session.

   The SSRC IDs for sources described by an SDP answer MUST be distinct
   from the SSRC IDs for sources of that media stream in the offer.
   Similarly, new SSRC IDs in an updated offer MUST be distinct from the
   ssrc IDs for that media stream established in the most recent offer/
   answer exchange for the session, and SHOULD be distinct from any SSRC
   ID ever used by either party within the multimedia session (whether
   or not it is still being used).

9.  Backward Compatibility

   According to the defintion of SDP, interpreters of SDP session
   descriptions ignore unknown attributes.  Thus, endpoints MUST be
   prepared that recipients of their RTP media session may not
   understand their explicit source descriptions, unless some external
   mechanism indicates that they were understood.  In some cases (such
   as RTP Retransmission [RFC4588]) this may constrain some choices
   about the bitstreams that are transmitted.

   Source descriptions are specified in this document such that RTP
   endpoints that are compliant with the RTP specification [RFC3550]
   will be able to decode the media streams they describe whether or not
   they support explicit source descriptions.  However, some deployed
   RTP implementations may not actually support multiple media sources
   in a media stream.  Media senders MAY wish to restrict themselves to
   a single source at a time unless they have some means of concluding
   that the receivers of the media stream support source multiplexing.

10.  Formal Grammar

   This section gives a formal Augmented Backus-Naur Form (ABNF)
   [RFC4234] grammar for each of the new media and source attributes
   defined in this document.  Grammars for existing session or media
   attributes which have been extended to be source attributes are not

   ssrc-attr = "ssrc:" ssrc-id SP attribute
   ; The base definition of "attribute" is in RFC 4566.
   ; (It is the content of "a=" lines.)
   ssrc-id = integer ; 0 - 2**32 - 1

   attribute /= ssrc-attr

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               Figure 10: Syntax of the ssrc media attribute

   ssrc-group-attr = "ssrc-group:" semantics *(SP ssrc-id)
   ; The definition of "semantics" is in RFC 3388.
   ; (It is the type of grouping being done.)

   attribute /= ssrc-group-attr

            Figure 11: Syntax of the ssrc-group media attribute

   cname-attr = "cname:" cname
   cname = byte-string
   ; Following the syntax conventions for CNAME as defined in RFC 3550.
   ; The definition of "byte-string" is in RFC 4566.

   attribute /= cname-attr

              Figure 12: Syntax of the cname source attribute

   previous-ssrc-attr = "previous-ssrc:" ssrc-id *(SP ssrc-id)

   attribute /= previous-ssrc-attr

          Figure 13: Syntax of the previous-ssrc source attribute

11.  Security Considerations

   All the security implications of RTP [RFC3550] and of SDP [RFC4566]
   apply.  Explicitly describing the multiplexed sources of an RTP media
   stream does not appear to add any further security issues.

12.  IANA Considerations

   Add ssrc and ssrc-group in Section 4 as media-level attributes.

   Define source-level IANA registry and populate it with source
   attributes from Section 6.

13.  References

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13.1.  Normative References

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

   [RFC3264]  Rosenberg, J. and H. Schulzrinne, "An Offer/Answer Model
              with Session Description Protocol (SDP)", RFC 3264,
              June 2002.

   [RFC3388]  Camarillo, G., Eriksson, G., Holler, J., and H.
              Schulzrinne, "Grouping of Media Lines in the Session
              Description Protocol (SDP)", RFC 3388, December 2002.

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

   [RFC4234]  Crocker, D., Ed. and P. Overell, "Augmented BNF for Syntax
              Specifications: ABNF", RFC 4234, October 2005.

   [RFC4566]  Handley, M., Jacobson, V., and C. Perkins, "SDP: Session
              Description Protocol", RFC 4566, July 2006.

   [RFC4756]  Li, A., "Forward Error Correction Grouping Semantics in
              Session Description Protocol", RFC 4756, November 2006.

13.2.  Informative References

              Chesterfield, J., "RTCP Extensions for Single-Source
              Multicast Sessions with Unicast Feedback",
              draft-ietf-avt-rtcpssm-13 (work in progress), March 2007.

              Wenger, S., "RTP Payload Format for SVC Video",
              draft-ietf-avt-rtp-svc-01 (work in progress), March 2007.

              Westerlund, M. and S. Wenger, "RTP Topologies",
              draft-ietf-avt-topologies-04 (work in progress),
              February 2007.

              Rosenberg, J., "Interactive Connectivity Establishment
              (ICE): A Protocol for Network Address  Translator (NAT)
              Traversal for Offer/Answer Protocols",
              draft-ietf-mmusic-ice-16 (work in progress), June 2007.

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              Mehta, H., "SDP Descriptors for FLUTE",
              draft-mehta-rmt-flute-sdp-05 (work in progress),
              January 2006.

              Wenger, S. and T. Schierl, "Signaling media decoding
              dependency in Session Description Protocol (SDP)",
              draft-schierl-mmusic-layered-codec-04 (work in progress),
              June 2007.

   [RFC3524]  Camarillo, G. and A. Monrad, "Mapping of Media Streams to
              Resource Reservation Flows", RFC 3524, April 2003.

   [RFC4091]  Camarillo, G. and J. Rosenberg, "The Alternative Network
              Address Types (ANAT) Semantics for the Session Description
              Protocol (SDP) Grouping Framework", RFC 4091, June 2005.

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

Appendix A.  Open issues

   o  Does a separate IANA registry need to be defined for "ssrc-group"
      semantics, distinct from "group" semantics?
   o  What additional SDP media-level attributes should be defined, in
      this or other documents?
   o  Does there need to be some way of saying in SDP "I understand that
      RTP media streams can contain multiple sources, and I'm prepared
      to accept them"?

Appendix B.  Changes From Earlier Versions

   Note to the RFC-Editor: please remove this section prior to
   publication as an RFC.

B.1.  Changes From Draft -00

   o  Clarified that this document is expressly defining declarative
      source descriptions, not source offer/answer or other information.
   o  Removed the definitions of the "information", "bandwidth",
      "sendrecv", "sendonly", "recvonly", "inactive", "charset",
      "sdplang", "lang", "framerate", and "quality" source attributes.
      They are all unnecessary for source decodability, and to the
      extent they are otherwise useful they are probably better handled

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      by RTCP Source Description (SDES) packets or feedback (AVPF)
   o  Added text to the Backward Compatibility and Security
      Considerations sections.

Authors' Addresses

   Jonathan Lennox
   Layered Media, Inc.
   433 Hackensack Avenue
   Sixth Floor
   Hackensack, NJ  07601


   Joerg Ott
   Helsinki University of Technology (TKK)
   Networking Laboratory
   PO Box 3000
   FIN-02015 TKK


   Thomas Schierl
   Fraunhofer HHI
   Einsteinufer 37
   D-10587 Berlin

   Phone: +49-30-31002-227

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