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INTERNET DRAFT                                                   M. Ohta
draft-ohta-sun-00.txt                      Tokyo Institute of Technology
                                                           November 1996

                       Simple Unified Networking

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   The concept of LIS for IP over ATM causes a topology mismatch between
   the link and the internetworking layer. While it introduces some
   inefficiency with CATENET based operation, it is not so much a
   problem unless we try to solve this minor problem.

   Short-cutting attempts such as NHRP can't solve the inefficiency
   issue at all even though, or, just because, it utterly destroys the
   CATENET model, which resulted in inelegant modifications of existing
   protocols, which, in turn, causes scalability problems.

   Moreover, the creation of short-cut VCs itself suffers a scalability

   But, CSRs (Cell Switching Routers), or RSVP-signaled ATM switches,
   make it possible to have end-to-end cell-by-cell relaying over IP
   routers. That is, there is no reason to have LISes and there is no

   The way to go for the Internet is Simple Unified Networking with the
   CATENET model.

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1. Introduction

   See RFC1620 [RFC1620].

2. Inefficiency Remains

   Consider the following configuration:

              Ha           Hb           Hc           Hd

              |            |            |            |
         ---- | ---------- | ---------- | ---------- | ----
        |   __|__        __|__        __|__        __|__   |
           (     )      (     )      (     )      (     )
        |  (     )      (     )      (     )      (     )  |
           ( Net )      ( Net )      ( Net )      ( Net )
        |  (  A  )      (  B  )      (  C  )      (  D  )  |
           (     )      (     )      (     )      (     )
        |  (     )      (     )      (     )      (     )  |
           (_____)      (_____)      (_____)      ( ____)
        |    | |          | |          | |          | |    |
         --- | | -------- | | -------- | | -------- | | ---
             | |          | |          | |          | |
         R1 -   --- R2 ---   --- R3 ---   --- R4 ---   --- R5
         |                                                 |
          ---------------- R6 --------------- R7 ----------

   where Nets A, B, C and D are highly logical LIS in a large shared
   medium network.

   For example, suppose R1 is located at Frankfurt, Ha Sunnyvale, R2
   Montreal, R3 Memphis, R4 Kuala Lumpur, Hd San Jose, R5 Mountain View,
   R6 Danvers, R7 Menlo Park, and He Palo Alto.

   Then, without shortcutting, Ha and Hd may communicate hop-by-hop from
   Sunnyvale, Montreal, Memphis, Kuala Lumpur and finally to San Jose.
   Not an inefficient path.

   The problem is that routing metric at the Internetworking layer does
   not reflect the real world metric at all.

   But, if we can somehow make use of the fact that Ha and Hd are placed
   in a single shared medium, Ha and Hd can communicate locally within
   Silicon Valley between Sunnyvale and San Jose.

   That's the inefficiency issue that mechanisms in RFC 1620 wanted to

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   The problem is that though the inefficiency may be removed within the
   shared medium, it's not the only inefficiency.

   When Ha and He communicate over a path Ha-R6-R7-He, the traffic will
   pass from Sunnyvale, Frankfurt, Danvers, Menlo Park and finally to
   Palo Alto, even though the path Ha-R5-R7-He exists within Silicon

   The inefficiency can be avoided by raising metric within the shared
   medium. But, it causes other type of inefficiency. That is, the
   shared medium will not be used for transit even though the physically
   shortest path exists over it.

   The problem is that routing metric at the Internetworking layer
   within the shared media does not reflect the real world metric at

   When a LIS contains hosts at room 1035, Fairmont Hotel, San Jose;
   room 1036, Fairmont Hotel, San Jose; Holidy Inn San Jose; Palo Alto;
   Los Angels and Frankfurt; there is no meaning metric for the LIS to
   be used outside of the LIS.

   Also, It is obvious that no intra-shared-media protocol can solve the
   route selection problem outside of the medium at R7.

   That is, routing metric should be mostly proportional to the physical
   distance. Then, the least metric path will be almost optimal.

   It means that LISes should not be so logical and mostly contiguous.

   As a result, the CATENET model with no extension works efficiently
   over the shared media.

3. Inscalability Problems

3.1 RSVP Inscalability

   As the Internet protocols are designed with the CATENET model,
   modification to the model naturally makes some protocol not work and
   other protocol not to scale.

   For example, RSVP scales to the number of recipients because RESV
   messages are merged on routers upstream toward the sender.

   But, in a large shared medium with no intermediate entity to
   recognize IP, merger of the RESV messages is impossible.

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   As it is essential to merge RESV at the data branch point, RESV
   merging servers external to the shared medium does not work.

   That is, all the RESV messages concentrate and implode at the
   upstream most router or the sender on the shared medium, which means
   not so many recipients can be supported.

   Note that, in the worst case when most of the hosts in the shared
   medium are the recipients, the amount of imploding packets is almost
   equal to the amount of ATMARP packets for a single ATMARP server
   receives, if the entire shared medium is served by a single ATMARP

   That is, on multicast-aware shared medium, it's enough to make the
   entire medium a single subnet, maybe with SCSP.

3.2 VC Shortage at the Egress Router

   It is unlikely that the Internet mostly consists of a large single
   shared medium.

   Thus, when hosts in a shared medium wants to communicate to the
   Internet outside of the medium, the egress routers must be directly
   connected to each such host through a dedicated VC.

   But, shared medium can support only a limited number of VCs for a
   single node.

   On existing commercial shared medium service such as X.25 or
   framerelay, it is typical that the number of supported VCs is less
   than 100.

   It is typical that ATM switches can support only several thousands of
   VCs for each port.

   Thus, not so many hosts can communicate with the external Internet

   Other hosts can still communicate hop-by-hop. But, as the size of the
   shared medium glows, the efficiency as a whole approaches that of

   That is, it is necessary to make the hop-by-hop communication
   efficient by not making LISes logical, which means that no
   inefficiency exist to be removed by shortcutting attempt.

4. Cell Switching Routers

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   It seems to the Author that some people thought that cell-by-cell
   relaying was impossible over IP routers, which, seemingly, motivated
   them to support shortcutting over ATM shared medium.

   While it was understandable, cell-by-cell relaying over IP routers is

   The point is that it is possible to signal ATM switches with RSVP
   [RSVP], ST2 [ST2], IFMP [IFMP] or some other IP-based signaling

   Then, switch-local traffic control module sets up the cell switching
   fabric appropriately.

   The ATM switch signaled by IP is, in general, called CSR (Cell
   Switching Routers) [CSR1, CSR2].

5. Conclusion.

   RFC 1620 was wrong.

   While it suggests several ways to have shortcuts, note that the
   discussions in section 2 and 3 does not depend on how the shortcuts
   are created. That is, modifications on the way to have shortcuts does
   not affect the conclusion that they are no good.

   It is not necessary nor possible to modify the CATENET model, the
   architecture of the Internet, to have efficient and scalable Internet
   to accommodate shared medium such as ATM.

   The Simple Unified Networking with the CATENET model is the way to

6. References

   [CSR1] Hiroshi ESAKI, Ken-ichi NAGAMI, Masataka OHTA, "High Speed
   Datagram Delivery over Internet using ATM Technology",
   Networld+Interop '95 Engineer Conference,  E12-1~E12-9,  (1995).

   [CSR2] Yukinori GOTO, Masataka OHTA, Masaki HIRABARU, "Design of
   Internet Resource Reservation on ATM Network", Proceedings of The
   10th International Conference on Information Networking (ICOIN-10),
   pp.510-516, 1996.



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7. Security Considerations

   (to be filled)

8. Author's Address

   Masataka Ohta
   Computer Center
   Tokyo Institute of Technology
   2-12-1, O-okayama, Meguro-ku
   Tokyo 152, JAPAN

   Phone: +81-3-5734-3299
   Fax: +81-3-5734-3415
   EMail: mohta@necom830.hpcl.titech.ac.jp

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