IPng BSD Host Implementation Analysis (RFC1682)
Original Publication Date: 1994-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
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This document was submitted to the IETF IPng area in response to RFC 1550. Publication of this document does not imply acceptance by the IPng area of any ideas expressed within. Comments should be submitted to the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing list.
Network Working Group J. Bound
Request for Comments: 1682 Digital Equipment Corporation
Category: Informational August 1994
IPng BSD Host Implementation Analysis
Status of this Memo
This memo provides information for the Internet community. This memo
does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of
this memo is unlimited.
This document was submitted to the IETF IPng area in response to RFC
1550. Publication of this document does not imply acceptance by the
IPng area of any ideas expressed within. Comments should be
submitted to the email@example.com mailing list.
This IPng white paper, IPng BSD Host Implementation Analysis,
was submitted to the IPng Directorate to provide a BSD host point of
reference to assist with the engineering considerations during the
IETF process to select an IPng proposal. The University of
California Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD) TCP/IP (4.3 + 4.4)
system implementation on a host is used as a point of reference for
This document only reflects the author's personal analysis based on
research and implementation experience for IPng, and does not
represent any product or future product from any host vendor. Nor
should it be construed that it is promoting any specific IPng at this
The author would like to acknowledge the many host implementation
discussions and inherent knowledge gained from discussions with the
following persons within Digital over the past year: Peter Grehan,
Eric Rosen, Dave Oran, Jeff Mogul, Bill Duane, Tony Lauck, Bill Hawe,
Jesse Walker, John Dustin, Alex Conta, and Fred Glover. The author
would also like to acknowledge like discussions from outside his
company with Bob Hinden (SUN), Bob Gilligan (SUN), Dave Crocker
(SGI), Dave Piscitello (Core Competence), Tracy Mallory (3Comm), Rob
Ullmann (Lotus), Greg Minshall (Novell), J Allard (Microsoft), Ramesh
Govinden (Bellcore), Sue Thompson (Bellcore), John Curran (NEARnet),
Christian Huitema (INRIA), and Werner Volgels (INESC). The author
would also like to thank Digital Equipment Corporation for the
opportunity to work on IPng within the IETF as part of his job.
A host in the context of this white paper is a system that contains
an operating system supporting a network subsystem as one of its
parts, and an interprocess communications facility to access that
network subsystem. These hosts are often referenced as a
Workstation, Server, PC, Super Computer, Mainframe, or an Embedded
System (Realtime Devices).
IPng will require changes to a hosts network software architecture.
Those changes should be as transparent as possible to the existing
IPv4 applications executing on hosts.
After discussing the network software architecture for a BSD host the
paper will discuss...