Simple Internet Protocol Plus White Paper (RFC1710)
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
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Network Working Group: R. Hinden
Request for Comments: 1710 Sun Microsystems
Category: Informational October 1994
Simple Internet Protocol Plus White Paper
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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 author and/or the firstname.lastname@example.org mailing
This white paper presents an overview of the Simple Internet Protocol
plus (SIPP) which is one of the candidates being considered in the
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) for the next version of the
Internet Protocol (the current version is usually referred to as
IPv4). This white paper is not intended to be a detailed
presentation of all of the features and motivation for SIPP, but is
intended to give the reader an overview of the proposal. It is also
not intended that this be an implementation specification, but given
the simplicity of the central core of SIPP, an implementor familiar
with IPv4 could probably construct a basic working SIPP
implementation from reading this overview.
SIPP is a new version of IP which is designed to be an evolutionary
step from IPv4. It is a natural increment to IPv4. It can be
installed as a normal software upgrade in internet devices and is
interoperable with the current IPv4. Its deployment strategy was
designed to not have any "flag" days. SIPP is designed to run well
on high performance networks (e.g., ATM) and at the same time is
still efficient for low bandwidth networks (e.g., wireless). In
addition, it provides a platform for new internet functionality that
will be required in the near future.
This white paper describes the work of IETF SIPP working group.
Several individuals deserve specific recognition. These include
Steve Deering, Paul Francis, Dave Crocker, Bob Gilligan, Bill
Simpson, Ran Atkinson, Bill Fink, Erik Nordmark, Christian Huitema,
Sue Thompson, and Ramesh Govindan.
2. Key Issues for the Next Generation of IP
There are several key issues that should be used in the evaluation of
any next generation internet protocol. Some are very
straightforward. For example the new protocol must be able to
support large global internetworks. Others are less obvious. There
must be a clear way to transition the current installed base of IP
systems. It doesn't matter how good a new protocol is if there isn't
a practical way to transition the current operational systems running
IPv4 to the new protocol.
Growth is the basic issue which caused there to be a need for a...