An Extension to the Session Description Protocol (SDP) and Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP) for Media Loopback
RFC 6849

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                    H. Kaplan, Ed.
Request for Comments: 6849                                   Acme Packet
Category: Standards Track                                     K. Hedayat
ISSN: 2070-1721                                                     EXFO
                                                                N. Venna
                                                                P. Jones
                                                     Cisco Systems, Inc.
                                                             N. Stratton
                                                         BlinkMind, Inc.
                                                           February 2013

         An Extension to the Session Description Protocol (SDP)
       and Real-time Transport Protocol (RTP) for Media Loopback


   The wide deployment of Voice over IP (VoIP), real-time text, and
   Video over IP services has introduced new challenges in managing and
   maintaining real-time voice/text/video quality, reliability, and
   overall performance.  In particular, media delivery is an area that
   needs attention.  One method of meeting these challenges is
   monitoring the media delivery performance by looping media back to
   the transmitter.  This is typically referred to as "active
   monitoring" of services.  Media loopback is especially popular in
   ensuring the quality of transport to the edge of a given VoIP, real-
   time text, or Video over IP service.  Today, in networks that deliver
   real-time media, short of running 'ping' and 'traceroute' to the
   edge, administrators are left without the necessary tools to actively
   monitor, manage, and diagnose quality issues with their service.  The
   extension defined herein adds new Session Description Protocol (SDP)
   media types and attributes that enable establishment of media
   sessions where the media is looped back to the transmitter.  Such
   media sessions will serve as monitoring and troubleshooting tools by
   providing the means for measurement of more advanced VoIP, real-time
   text, and Video over IP performance metrics.

Kaplan, et al.               Standards Track                    [Page 1]
RFC 6849                   SDP Media Loopback              February 2013

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Kaplan, et al.               Standards Track                    [Page 2]
RFC 6849                   SDP Media Loopback              February 2013

Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................3
      1.1. Use Cases Supported ........................................4
   2. Terminology .....................................................6
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