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Simple Internet Protocol Plus White Paper (RFC1710)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002550D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 19 page(s) / 53K

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R. Hinden: AUTHOR

Abstract

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 sipp@sunroof.eng.sun.com mailing list.

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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

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.

Abstract

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 sipp@sunroof.eng.sun.com mailing

list.

1. Introduction

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.

2.1 Growth

Growth is the basic issue which caused there to be a need for a...