Internet Engineering Task Force                           Shin Miyakawa
INTERNET-DRAFT                                       NTT Communications

Expires: December 24, 2002
                                                          June 24, 2002

                Requirements for IPv6 prefix delegation

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   This document describes requirements about how an IPv6 address prefix
   should be delegated to an IPv6 subscriber's  network (or "site").

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1.  Motivation

   With the deployment of IPv6 [Deering, 1998] ,several commercial ISPs
   are ready to offer their services to the public in conjunction with
   widely deployed IP subscription method such as ADSL and so on.  But,
   thinking about following situation of IPv6 commercial service as one
   of the most likely examples,

           IPv6 ISP router

             | point-to-point link

           User's Site router

         ----+----- User's Site Network

   though it is needed a standardized way to delegate one or more IPv6
   address prefix(es) from the IPv6 ISP to the User's site
   automatically, it is not identified clearly yet.

   Therefore, this documents clarifies requirements for IPv6 address
   prefix delegation from the ISP to the site, especially from the
   (commercial) ISP point of view to boost IPv6 business quick as

2.  Requirements for prefix delegation management

   Focusing commercial IPv6 ISP service, there are several kinds of
   category of requirements for the mechanism / protocol to delegate one
   or more IPv6 prefixes from ISP to a site.

   - layer 2 consideration

   The method should work on any layer 2 technologies. In other words,
   it should be layer 2 technology independent.  Though, at the same
   time, it should be noted that now ISP would like to have a solution
   for Point-to-Point link which has own authentication mechanism first.
   PPP link with CHAP authentication is a good example.  (Simulated)
   Ethernet and IEEE802.11 (wireless LAN) should be covered in near
   future, but they have low priority (just) for now.  It should be
   clarified that the method should work with all L2 protocols either
   with authentication mechanism or without, but ISP would like to take
   advantage of a L2 protocol's authentication mechanism if it exits.

   - accounting

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   It should provides accounting capability such as logging about by
   whom, when and what prefix(es) is used for the service with proper
   authentication techniques.

   - kinds of prefixes

   It should be able to delegate both statically and dynamically
   assigned prefix assignment by authenticated identification, depended
   by resources and/or any reasons.

   - negotiation between ISP and site

   ISP may deny the service, due to various reasons such as there is no
   contract or bad financial credit etc.  Also ISP should be able to use
   one single technique to pass parameters of the prefix such as scope
   (global and/or site), prefix length (/48, /64 or any other length)
   and any other appropriate related information to the site.  On the
   other hand, a site should be able to request multiple prefixes to the
   ISP.  Also a site should be able to pass parameters of the prefix
   such as scope (global and/or site), prefix length (/48, /64 or any
   other length), number of prefixes and so on to the ISP to negotiate.

3.  References

     Deering, 1998.  S. Deering and R. Hinden, "Internet Protocol, Ver-
     sion 6 (IPv6) Specification", RFC2460 (December 1998).

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   People in Internet Association of Japan have gave me a lot of good input.
   Team members of NTT Communications IPv6 project, especially Toshi Yamasaki
   and Yasuhiro Shirasaki, gave me quite useful suggestions for this
   document. Chairs of IETF IPv6 working group especially Bob Hinden
   who gave me a good suggestions before I submitted this draft.
   Also communications with other folks in the IPv6 community, such
   as WIDE/KAME project, IPv6 and DHCP teams in Cisco systems and so on have
   been quite helpful. Thanks a lot.

Shin Miyakawa                                           FORMFEED[Page 4]

INTERNET-DRAFT                                                  Jun 2002

Author's address

   Shin Miyakawa, Ph.D
   Innovative IP Architecture Center, NTT Communications Corporation
   Tokyo, Japan
   Tel: +81-3-6800-3262
   Fax: +81-3-5265-2990

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