ILMI-Based Server Discovery for MARS
RFC 2602

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Network Working Group                                       M. Davison
Request for Comments: 2602                               Cisco Systems
Category: Standards Track                                    June 1999

                  ILMI-Based Server Discovery for MARS

Status of this Memo

   This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the
   Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for
   improvements.  Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet
   Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state
   and status of this protocol.  Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (1999).  All Rights Reserved.


   This memo defines how ILMI-based Server Discovery, which provides a
   method for ATM-attached hosts and routers to dynamically determine
   the ATM addresses of servers, shall be used to locate MARS servers.

1. Introduction

   Presently, configuring a host or router to use MARS [1] is cumbersome
   and error-prone since it requires at least one ATM address to be
   statically configured on each host or router in the network.
   Further, it is impossible to implement a diskless host to use MARS
   since local configuration is required.  ILMI-based Server Discovery,
   hereafter referred to as "server discovery," provides a solution to
   these problems.

   A brief overview of the Integrated Local Management Interface (ILMI)
   and the Service Registry MIB, as defined by the ATM Forum, are
   provided in this memo. The reader should consult [2] for a complete
   description of ILMI and this MIB, but the information contained here
   is sufficient for an understanding of its use to support MARS server

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2. Integrated Local Management Interface

   The Integrated Local Management Interface (ILMI) [2] provides a
   mechanism for ATM-attached devices, such as hosts, routers, and ATM
   switches, to transfer management information. It is based on the
   Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), Version 1, and supports
   get, get-next, set and trap operations.

   The ILMI specification designates the switch side of the ATM link as
   the 'network side' and the host/router side of the ATM link as the '
   user side.' The Service Registry MIB, which is outlined in Section 3,
   is implmented on the network side and is queried from the user side.

3. ILMI 4.0 Service Registry MIB

   Server discovery utilizes the Service Registry MIB defined by the ATM
   Forum in ILMI Specification Version 4.0 [2]. To support the existing
   framework for IP over ATM, as embodied by ATMARP and MARS, ATM
   switches must support the Service Registry MIB.

   A row in the service registry table [2] is defined as:

              AtmfSrvcRegEntry ::= SEQUENCE {
                  atmfSrvcRegPort          INTEGER,
                  atmfSrvcRegServiceID     OBJECT IDENTIFIER,
                  atmfSrvcRegATMAddress    AtmAddress,
                  atmfSrvcRegAddressIndex  INTEGER,
                  atmfSrvcRegParm1         OCTET STRING

The definition of each field in this structure is:

      atmfSrvcRegPort - The ATM port number for which this entry
          contains management information. The value of zero may be used
          to indicate the ATM interface over which a management request
          was received.

      atmfSrvcRegServiceID - This is the service identifier that
          uniquely identifies the type of service at the address
          provided in the table. (See Section 3.2 for MARS OID.)

      atmfSrvcRegATMAddress - This is the full address of the service.
          The ATM client will use this address to establish a connection
          with the service.

      atmfSrvcRegAddressIndex - An arbitrary integer to differentiate
          multiple rows containing different ATM addresses for the same
          service on the same port.

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      atmfSrvcRegParm1 - An octet string whose size and meaning is
          determined by the value of atmfSrvcRegServiceID.

   The service registry table is indexed by atmfSrvcRegPort,
   atmfSrvcRegServiceID and atmfSrvcRegAddressIndex.

3.1 Service Parameter String

   A generic parameter string is defined in the service registry table,
   thus allowing protocol-specific parameters to be specified. To be
   consistent with [1], the parameter string for MARS shall be:
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