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Identifier-Locator Network Protocol (ILNP) Architectural Description
RFC 6740

Internet Research Task Force (IRTF)                          RJ Atkinson
Request for Comments: 6740                                    Consultant
Category: Experimental                                         SN Bhatti
ISSN: 2070-1721                                            U. St Andrews
                                                           November 2012

  Identifier-Locator Network Protocol (ILNP) Architectural Description

Abstract

   This document provides an architectural description and the concept
   of operations for the Identifier-Locator Network Protocol (ILNP),
   which is an experimental, evolutionary enhancement to IP.  This is a
   product of the IRTF Routing Research Group.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
   published for examination, experimental implementation, and
   evaluation.

   This document defines an Experimental Protocol for the Internet
   community.  This document is a product of the Internet Research Task
   Force (IRTF).  The IRTF publishes the results of Internet-related
   research and development activities.  These results might not be
   suitable for deployment.  This RFC represents the individual
   opinion(s) of one or more members of the Routing Research Group of
   the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF).  Documents approved for
   publication by the IRSG are not a candidate for any level of Internet
   Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,
   and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at
   http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6740.

Atkinson & Bhatti             Experimental                      [Page 1]
RFC 6740                        ILNP Arch                  November 2012

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Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................3
      1.1. Document Roadmap ...........................................5
      1.2. History ....................................................6
      1.3. Terminology ................................................7
   2. Architectural Overview ..........................................7
      2.1. Identifiers and Locators ...................................7
      2.2. Deprecating IP Addresses ...................................9
      2.3. Session Terminology .......................................10
      2.4. Other Goals ...............................................12
   3. Architectural Changes Introduced by ILNP .......................12
      3.1. Identifiers ...............................................12
      3.2. Locators ..................................................14
      3.3. IP Address and Identifier-Locator Vector (I-LV) ...........16
      3.4. Notation ..................................................16
      3.5. Transport-Layer State and Transport Pseudo-Headers ........18
      3.6. Rationale for This Document ...............................18
      3.7. ILNP Multicasting .........................................19
   4. ILNP Basic Connectivity ........................................20
      4.1. Basic Local Configuration .................................20
      4.2. I-L Communication Cache ...................................21
      4.3. Packet Forwarding .........................................22
      4.4. Packet Routing ............................................23
   5. Multihoming and Multi-Path Transport ...........................24
      5.1. Host Multihoming (H-MH) ...................................25
      5.2. Support for Multi-Path Transport Protocols ................27
      5.3. Site Multihoming (S-MH) ...................................28
      5.4. Multihoming Requirements for Site Border Routers ..........29
   6. Mobility .......................................................30
      6.1. Mobility / Multihoming Duality in ILNP ....................31
      6.2. Host Mobility .............................................32

Atkinson & Bhatti             Experimental                      [Page 2]
RFC 6740                        ILNP Arch                  November 2012

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