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Concluded WG Router Discovery (rdisc)

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WG Name Router Discovery
Acronym rdisc
Area Internet Area (int)
State Concluded
Charter charter-ietf-rdisc-01 Approved
Document dependencies
Personnel Chair Dr. Steve E. Deering
Mailing list Address
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Final Charter for Working Group

The Router Discovery Working Group is chartered to adopt or develop a
protocol that Internet hosts may use to dynamically discover the
addresses of operational neighboring gateways. The group is expected
to propose its chosen protocol as a standard for gateway discovery in
the Internet.

The work of this group is distinguished from that of the Host
Configuration Working Group in that this group is concerned with the
dynamic tracking of router availability by hosts rather than the
initialization of various pieces of host state (which might include
router addresses) at host-startup time.


Date Milestone Associated documents
Oct 1988 Gather implementation and operational experience, revise the specification to reflect lessons learned, and submit the protocol for Draft Standard.

Done milestones

Date Milestone Associated documents
Done Revise specification as necessary, based on field experience. Ask the IESG to elevate the protocol to Draft Standard status. Disband.
Done Meet in Vancouver. Review draft specification, and determine any needed revisions. Evaluate results of experimental implementations and assign responsibility for additional experiments, as required. Submit the specification for publication as a Proposed Standard shortly after the meeting.
Done Held third meeting in Pittsburgh. Discussed and resolved several issues that had been raised by email since the last meeting. Draft specification of router discovery protocol to be ready by next meeting. Experimental implementations to be started.
Done Held second meeting in Tallahassee. Reviewed the proposed protocol and discussed a number of open issues.
Done Held first meeting in Palo Alto. Reviewed 9 candidate protocols, and agreed on a hybrid of cisco's GDP and an ICMP extension proposed by Deering.
Done Created Working Group; established and advertised mailing list. Initiated email discussion to identify existing and proposed protocols, for router discovery.