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Concluded WG Evolution of SNMP (eos)

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WG Name Evolution of SNMP
Acronym eos
Area Operations and Management Area (ops)
State Concluded
Charter charter-ietf-eos-01 Approved
Document dependencies
Additional resources Additional EOS Web Page
Personnel Chairs Dale Francisco, Glenn G. Waters
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Final Charter for Working Group

A small number of enhancements to the SNMP protocol would provide a
substantial improvement to the protocol in terms of utility and
efficiency. The enhancements must fall within the existing SNMP
architecture as defined in RFC 2571. The intent of the working group is
to focus on enhancements that may be easily defined and implemented
which should then promote rapid acceptance and deployment. New protocol
operations are within the realm of acceptable enhancements that may be

The initial work items include:

  • A standards-track document defining the mechanism by which the
    capabilities of a SNMP entity may be determined. This document should
    also define the interoperability requirements of the SNMP protocol
    when extensions are present and when they are absent;

  • A standards-track document defining a mechanism for efficient
    retrieval, creation, and deletion of rows in tables;

  • A standards-track document defining a mechanism used to delete an
    entire subtree of managed object instances. This could, for example,
    be used to remove all information related to a particular username in
    the SNMP administrative framework;

  • A standards-track document defining a mechanism to provide for
    compression of object identifiers to remove as much redundant
    information as possible in the payload of the SNMP message; and,

  • A standards-track document defining a mechanism for bulk transfer of
    SNMP data.

Some of the documents may be combined if the working group so decides.

No additional work items may be taken on by the working group until
initial set of work is close to completion. Additional work will have
be approved by the IESG and the IAB.


Date Milestone Associated documents
Oct 2001 Shutdown or re-charter
Sep 2001 WG Last Call for all documents and submit then to AD for consideration as Proposed Standard
Sep 2001 Last set of revisions of all documents
Jun 2001 Third revisions of the documents
Apr 2001 Second revisions of the documents
Feb 2001 First revisions of the documents
Feb 2001 Working group chartered