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Static Context Header Compression (schc)

WG Name Static Context Header Compression
Acronym schc
Area Internet Area (int)
State Active
Charter charter-ietf-schc-01 Approved
Document dependencies
Personnel Chairs Alexander Pelov, Pascal Thubert
Area Director Éric Vyncke
Delegates Éric Vyncke, Laurent Toutain
Mailing list Address schc@ietf.org
To subscribe https://www.ietf.org/mailman/listinfo/schc
Archive https://mailarchive.ietf.org/arch/browse/schc/
Chat Room address https://zulip.ietf.org/#narrow/stream/schc

Charter for Working Group

The scope of the Static Context Header Compression (SCHC) Working Group (to be pronounced as "chic" in French) is to extend the benefits of the RFC 8724 SCHC technology in Low-Power Wide-Area (LPWA) and non-LPWA networks, including Low Power devices such as zero-energy / scavenging devices that may operate in Delay Tolerant mode. To that effect, the group will provide specifications for the application of SCHC over underlying layers, where underlying layers include but are not limited to UDP tunnels, IP, PPP, and Ethernet, as well as the use of SCHC by upper-layer protocols.

To extend SCHC over multi-hop networks with remote endpoints, there is a need in the data plane to signal the SCHC session and some operational values in the packets. For instance, the INT-AREA WG is working on a SCHC protocol type for IP and a SCHC Ethertype (in coordination with IEEE) for Ethernet. The WG will provide standards track specifications for a SCHC Header that conveys the SCHC Session Info over IP.

A complete SCHC solution also requires control plane technologies to secure the operations and manage the SCHC sessions, devices, and gateways. The group will provide specifications to securely identify the rule sets and negotiate the associated parameters between the pair of endpoints. The group will also work on the rules provisioning to the nodes, including the instantiation of generic rules to the nodes and networks in which they are applied.

The WG will work on:

1) Perform SCHC Maintenance, including enabling SCHC mechanisms for Upper layer Protocols, and providing additional reliability mechanisms such as FEC for fragments.

2) Produce a Standards Track document to enable Operations, Administration, and Maintenance (OAM), including support for delayed (as some devices can be asleep) or proxied (via the gateway) reachability verification.

3) Produce Standard Track documents for SCHC over underlying layers and carried protocols over SCHC where underlying layers includes but is not limited to IP, UDP tunnels, PPP, and Ethernet and carried protocols may include IPv4, ICMPv6-based protocols, TCP, IP tunnels, DLMS, and other protocols over CoAP such as LwM2M; define and maintain data models for the protocols supported by SCHC.

4) Produce an informational document describing how a carried protocol can use SCHC.

5) Define in a Standard Track document the SCHC Protocol Header to convey SCHC Session Info over IP

6) Produce Standard Track documents for SCHC Rule Discovery and Parameter Negotiation, including the specification of how work from the IETF security area is leveraged to secure these operations

7) Produce Standard Track documents for SCHC Rule Provisioning, including the specification of generic SCHC rules that can be instantiated, e.g., to apply to a certain node or within a certain network.

The SCHC WG will coordinate with INTAREA WG for the IP protocol type definition, 6MAN WG for possible ICMPv6 code(s), and with other WGs for possible Protocols-over-SCHC or SCHC-over-protocol activities (e.g., in TSV area). It will work with the relevant security area WGs to appropriately secure the SCHC session. If required, the SCHC WG will liaise and coordinate with other Standard Development Organisations when SCHC will be used over or under protocols not defined with IETF.

Milestones

Date Milestone Associated documents
Mar 2025 Request for publication of a standard track specification of a standard track specification SCHC over IP
Mar 2025 Request for publication of a standard track specification for rules provisioning
Mar 2025 Request for publication of a standard track specification for rules discovery and parameters negotiation
Feb 2025 Request for publication of a standard track specification for generic SCHC header
Dec 2024 Request for publication of a standard track specification of FEC for fragments
Dec 2024 Request for publication of a standard track specification of Operations, Administration, and Maintenance (OAM)
Mar 2024 Request for publication of an information document about SCHC architecture
Mar 2024 Request for publication of a standard track specification for SCHC over PPP
Dec 2023 WG adoption of a standard track specification of FEC for fragments
Dec 2023 WG adoption of a standard track specification for rules discovery and parameters negotiation
Dec 2023 WG adoption of a standard track specification for rules provisioning
Nov 2023 WG adoption of a standard track specification for generic SCHC header
Nov 2023 WG adoption of a standard track specification SCHC over IP draft-moskowitz-intarea-schc-ip-protocol-number
Jul 2023 WG adoption of a standard track specification of Operations, Administration, and Maintenance (OAM) draft-barthel-lpwan-oam-schc

Done milestones

Date Milestone Associated documents
Done WG adoption of an information document about SCHC architecture draft-ietf-lpwan-architecture
Done WG adoption of a standard track specification for SCHC over PPP draft-thubert-intarea-schc-over-ppp