Multicast-Address Allocation (malloc) Concluded WG
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|Area||Transport Area (tsv)|
|Dependencies||Document dependency graph (SVG)|
|More info||Additional MALLOC Page|
Charter for Working Group
Note: This Working Group is co-chartered in the Internet Area.
Multicast address allocation is an essential part of using IP
multicast. Multicast addresses are an even more limited resource than
unicast addresses, and must be allocated dynamically if they are to
satisfy expected demand. To this end, the MALLOC WG will define three
protocols which work together to form a global dynamic multicast
address allocation mechanism. These protocols will be:
- a "host to Address Allocation Server" protocol used by a host to
obtain one or more multicast addresses from an address allocation
server within its domain.
- an intra-domain server to server protocol that address allocation
servers within the same domain can use to ensure that they do not
out conflicting addresses.
- an inter-domain protocol to provide aggregatable multicast address
ranges to domains, which the servers in that domain can then allocate
individual multicast addresses out of. This protocol will work in
conjunction with the IDMR WG's Border Gateway Multicast Protocol to
provide a scalable inter-domain multicast routing solution.
Although mechanisms for enforcing policies for multicast address
allocation may be considered, setting any such policies is not within
the scope of this WG. Alternative multicast models are also out of
|Done||Submit the MIB to the IESG for consideration as a Proposed Standard.|
|Done||Complete action of withdrawing intra-domain protocol (due to lack of community interest and serious fixes needed)|
|Done||Review and finalize the intra-domain protocol|
|Done||Submit the MADCAP scope-nesting option document to the IESG for consideration as Proposed Standard|
|Done||Submit the architecture document to the IESG for consideration as Informational|
|Done||Submit the inter-domain protocol to the IESG for consideration as Experimental|
|Done||Review and finalize the inter-domain protocol|
|Done||Submit the abstract API document(s) to the IESG for consideration as Informational.|
|Done||Repost the updated architecture document as a WG Internet-Draft|
|Done||Repost the MADCAP scope-nesting option document as a WG Internet-Draft|
|Done||Submit the host-server protocol to the IESG for consideration as a Proposed Standard.|
|Done||Meet at Orlando IETF. Review and finalize the host-server protocol.|
|Done||Report on simulation and implementation efforts with existing protocol proposals. Address any problems in the specifications that were found.|