Technical Criteria for Choosing IP The Next Generation (IPng)
RFC 1726

 
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Network Working Group                                       C. Partridge
Request for Comments: 1726                  BBN Systems and Technologies
Category: Informational                                    F. Kastenholz
                                                            FTP Software
                                                           December 1994

                    Technical Criteria for Choosing
                     IP The Next Generation (IPng)

Status of this Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  This memo
   does not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of
   this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

   This document was submitted to the IPng Area in response to RFC 1550.
   Publication of this document does not imply acceptance by the IPng
   Area of any ideas expressed within.  Comments should be submitted to
   the big-internet@munnari.oz.au mailing list.  This RFC specifies
   criteria related to mobility for consideration in design and
   selection of the Next Generation of IP.

Table of Contents

  1.        Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2
  2.        Goals . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
  3.        Note on Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
  4.        General Principles. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
    4.1     Architectural Simplicity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
    4.2     One Protocol to Bind Them All . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
    4.3     Live Long . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
    4.4     Live Long AND Prosper . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
    4.5     Co-operative Anarchy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
  5.        Criteria. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
    5.1     Scale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
    5.2     Topological Flexibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
    5.3     Performance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
    5.4     Robust Service. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
    5.5     Transition. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
    5.6     Media Independence. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
    5.7     Unreliable Datagram Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
    5.8     Configuration, Administration, and Operation. . . . . . . 16
    5.9     Secure Operation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
    5.10    Unique Naming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
    5.11    Access. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
    5.12    Multicast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

Partridge and Kastenholz                                        [Page 1]
RFC 1726                IPng Technical Criteria            December 1994

    5.13    Extensibility . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
    5.13.1  Algorithms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
    5.13.2  Headers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
    5.13.3  Data Structures . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
    5.13.4  Packets . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
    5.14    Network Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
    5.15    Support for Mobility. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
    5.16    Control Protocol. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
    5.17    Private Networks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
  6.        Things We Chose Not to Require. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
    6.1     Fragmentation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
    6.2     IP Header Checksum. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
    6.3     Firewalls . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
    6.4     Network Management. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
    6.5     Accounting. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
    6.6     Routing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
    6.6.1   Scale . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
    6.6.2   Policy. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
    6.6.3   QOS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
    6.6.4   Feedback. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
    6.6.5   Stability . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
    6.6.6   Multicast . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
  7.       References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
  8.        Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
  9.        Acknowledgements. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
 10.        Authors' Addresses. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

1. Introduction

   This version of this memo was commissioned by the IPng area of the
   IETF in order to define a set of criteria to be used in evaluating
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