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Internet Engineering Task Force Internet Routing Protocol Standardization Criteria (RFC1264)

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Original Publication Date: 1991-Oct-01
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Abstract

The IAB and the IESG have evolved a three-stage Internet standardization process. This process is explained in the "IAB Official Protocol Standards", published as an RFC several times a year (the current version is RFC 1250).

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Network Working Group R. Hinden

Request for Comments: 1264 BBN

October 1991

Internet Engineering Task Force

Internet Routing Protocol Standardization Criteria

Status of this Memo

This informational RFC presents procedures for creating and

documenting Internet standards on routing protocols. These

procedures have been established by the Internet Activities Board

(IAB) in consultation with the Internet Engineering Steering Group

(IESG). Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

1.0 Introduction

The IAB and the IESG have evolved a three-stage Internet

standardization process. This process is explained in the "IAB

Official Protocol Standards", published as an RFC several times a

year (the current version is RFC 1250).

In brief, the three stages of Internet standardization are Proposed

(which requires a well written, openly reviewed specification), Draft

(which requires Proposed status, multiple implementations and some

operational experience), and full Internet Standard (which requires

Draft status and more extensive operational experience). The IAB and

IESG are currently developing a more detailed explanation of the

process, which will be available as an RFC.

The purpose of this document is to provide more specific guidance for

the advancement of routing protocols. All levels of the

standardization process are covered.

There are currently two types of routing protocol in the Internet.

These are Interior Gateway Protocols (IGP) sometimes called Intra-

Domain Routing Protocols and Exterior Gateway Protocols (EGP)

sometimes called Inter-Domain Routing Protocols. This document uses

the terms IGP and EGP.

2.0 Motivation

The motivation for these requirements two-fold. The first is to

reduce the risk that there will be serious technical problems with a

routing protocol after it reaches Draft Standard. The second is to

insure that the new routing protocol will support the continued

growth of the Internet.

Routing protocols are complex, widely distributed, real-time

algorithms. They are difficult to implement and to test. Even

though a protocol may work in one environment with one

implementation, that does not ensure that it will work in a different

environment with multiple vendors. A routing protocol may work well

within a range of topologies and number of networks and routers, but

may fail when an unforeseen limit is reached. The result is that

even with considerable operational experience, it is hard to

guarantee that the protocol is mature enough for widespread

deployment.

The Internet is currently growing at an exponential rate. Routing

protocols and the management of internet addressing are key elements

in the successful operation the Internet. It is important that new

routing protocols be ...