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Telechat Review of draft-ietf-bess-orf-covering-prefixes-04

Request Review of draft-ietf-bess-orf-covering-prefixes
Requested revision No specific revision (document currently at 06)
Type Telechat Review
Team General Area Review Team (Gen-ART) (genart)
Deadline 2015-03-03
Requested 2015-02-25
Authors Huajin Jeng , Luay Jalil , Ron Bonica , Keyur Patel , Lucy Yong
Draft last updated 2015-02-26
Completed reviews Genart Last Call review of -03 by David L. Black (diff)
Genart Telechat review of -04 by David L. Black (diff)
Secdir Last Call review of -03 by Brian Weis (diff)
Opsdir Last Call review of -03 by Carlos Pignataro (diff)
Assignment Reviewer David L. Black
State Completed
Review review-ietf-bess-orf-covering-prefixes-04-genart-telechat-black-2015-02-26
Reviewed revision 04 (document currently at 06)
Result Not Ready
Completed 2015-02-26
The review of the -03 version also applies to the -04 version of this draft.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: Black, David
> Sent: Friday, February 13, 2015 8:05 PM
> To: hj2387 at; luay.jalil at; rbonica at;
> keyupate at; Lucy yong (lucy.yong at; General Area Review Team
> (gen-art at
> Cc: ietf at; bess at; Black, David
> Subject: Gen-ART review of draft-ietf-bess-orf-covering-prefixes-03
> I am the assigned Gen-ART reviewer for this draft. For background on
> Gen-ART, please see the FAQ at:
> <>.
> Please resolve these comments along with any other Last Call comments
> you may receive.
> Document: draft-ietf-bess-orf-covering-prefixes-03
> Reviewer: David Black
> Review Date: Feb 13, 2015
> IETF LC End Date: Feb 18, 2015
> Summary: Unfortunately, I don't have the expertise to review this draft.
> This draft is esoteric - it's written by BGP/MPLS VPN experts for BGP/MPLS
> experts and is effectively unintelligible in the absence of BGP/MPLS VPN
> expertise.  I'm not a BGP/MPLS expert, but this is the first time in my
> many years of Gen-ART reviewing that I've had to use the "don't have the
> expertise" summary status.
> The draft's writing style is inaccessible.  A simple example is that one
> would expect that a draft whose title is "Covering Prefixes Outbound
> Route Filter for BGP-4" would explain what a "Covering Prefix" is - this
> draft never does that.  Much of the draft is nearly opaque lists of
> requirements and processing rules, with little if any design explanation
> or rationale for why they are that way and what they accomplish.  This
> is exacerbated by presence of a number of acronyms that are not expanded
> on first use.
> Overall, I really can't figure out what's going on in this draft, so I
> have to trust that the WG got it right, I hope.  That's disappointing.
> I do have one minor editorial suggestion:
> The security considerations section cites BGP security considerations
> in existing RFCs.  It should also cite VPN security considerations in
> existing RFCs, as those are more important for a draft that is only
> applicable to VPNs.
> idnits 2.13.01 didn't find anything to complain about.
> Thanks,
> --David
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