Structured Local Address Plan (SLAP) Quadrant Selection Option for DHCPv6
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) CJ. Bernardos
Request for Comments: 8948 UC3M
Category: Standards Track A. Mourad
ISSN: 2070-1721 InterDigital
Structured Local Address Plan (SLAP) Quadrant Selection Option for
The IEEE originally structured the 48-bit Media Access Control (MAC)
address space in such a way that half of it was reserved for local
use. In 2017, the IEEE published a new standard (IEEE Std 802c) with
a new optional Structured Local Address Plan (SLAP). It specifies
different assignment approaches in four specified regions of the
local MAC address space.
The IEEE is developing protocols to assign addresses (IEEE P802.1CQ).
There is also work in the IETF on specifying a new mechanism that
extends DHCPv6 operation to handle the local MAC address assignments.
This document proposes extensions to DHCPv6 protocols to enable a
DHCPv6 client or a DHCPv6 relay to indicate a preferred SLAP quadrant
to the server so that the server may allocate MAC addresses in the
quadrant requested by the relay or client. A new DHCPv6 option
(QUAD) is defined for this purpose.
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Table of Contents
1.1. Problem Statement
1.1.1. Wi-Fi (IEEE 802.11) Devices
1.1.2. Hypervisor: Functions That Are and Are Not Migratable
3. DHCPv6 Extensions
3.1. Address Assignment from the Preferred SLAP Quadrant
Indicated by the Client
3.2. Address Assignment from the Preferred SLAP Quadrant
Indicated by the Relay
4. DHCPv6 Option Definition
4.1. QUAD Option
5. IANA Considerations
6. Security Considerations
7.1. Normative References
7.2. Informative References
Appendix A. Example Uses of Quadrant Selection Mechanisms
The IEEE structures the 48-bit MAC address space in such a way that
half of it is reserved for local use (where the Universal/Local (U/L)
bit is set to 1). In 2017, the IEEE published a new standard
[IEEEStd802c] that defines a new optional Structured Local Address
Plan (SLAP) that specifies different assignment approaches in four
specified regions of the local MAC address space. These four
regions, called SLAP quadrants, are briefly described below (see
Figure 1 and Table 1 for details):
* In SLAP Quadrant 01, Extended Local Identifier (ELI) MAC addresses
are assigned based on a 24-bit Company ID (CID), which is assigned
by the IEEE Registration Authority (RA). The remaining bits are
specified as an extension by the CID assignee or by a protocol
designated by the CID assignee.
* In SLAP Quadrant 11, Standard Assigned Identifier (SAI) MAC
addresses are assigned based on a protocol specified in an IEEE
802 standard. For 48-bit MAC addresses, 44 bits are available.
Multiple protocols for assigning SAIs may be specified in IEEE
standards. Coexistence of multiple protocols may be supported by
limiting the subspace available for assignment by each protocol.
* In SLAP Quadrant 00, Administratively Assigned Identifier (AAI)
MAC addresses are assigned locally by an administrator. Multicast
IPv6 packets use a destination address starting in 33-33, so AAI
addresses in that range should not be assigned. For 48-bit MAC
addresses, 44 bits are available.
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