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Electricity over IP (RFC3251)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000007500D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Apr-02
Document File: 10 page(s) / 19K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

B. Rajagopalan: AUTHOR

Abstract

Mostly Pointless Lamp Switching (MPLampS) is an architecture for carrying electricity over IP (with an MPLS control plane). According to our marketing department, MPLampS has the potential to dramatically lower the price, ease the distribution and usage, and improve the manageability of delivering electricity. This document is motivated by such work as SONET/SDH over IP/MPLS (with apologies to the authors). Readers of the previous work have been observed scratching their heads and muttering, "What next?". This document answers that question.

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Network Working Group                                     B. Rajagopalan

Request for Comments: 3251                                 Tellium, Inc.

Category: Informational                                     1 April 2002

                          Electricity over IP

Status of this Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does

   not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of this

   memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2002).  All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

   Mostly Pointless Lamp Switching (MPLampS) is an architecture for

   carrying electricity over IP (with an MPLS control plane).  According

   to our marketing department, MPLampS has the potential to

   dramatically lower the price, ease the distribution and usage, and

   improve the manageability of delivering electricity.  This document

   is motivated by such work as SONET/SDH over IP/MPLS (with apologies

   to the authors).  Readers of the previous work have been observed

   scratching their heads and muttering, "What next?".  This document

   answers that question.

   This document has also been written as a public service.  The "Sub-

   IP" area has been formed to give equal opportunity to those working

   on technologies outside of traditional IP networking to write

   complicated IETF documents.  There are possibly many who are

   wondering how to exploit this opportunity and attain high visibility.

   Towards this goal, we see the topics of "foo-over-MPLS" (or MPLS

   control for random technologies) as highly amenable for producing a

   countless number of unimplementable documents.  This document

   illustrates the key ingredients that go into producing any "foo-

   over-MPLS" document and may be used as a template for all such work.

1. Conventions used in this document

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "DO", "DON'T", "REQUIRED", "SHALL",

   "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED",  "MAY", "MAY BE"

   and "OPTIONAL" in this document do not mean anything.

Rajagopalan                  Informational                      [Page 1]

RFC 3251                  Electricity over IP               1 April 2002

2. Pre-requisite for reading this document

   While reading this document, at various points the readers may have

   the urge to ask questions like, "does this make sense?", "is this

   feasible?," and "is the author sane?".  The readers must have the

   ability to suppress such questions and read on.  Other than this, no

   specific technical background is required to read this document.  In

   certain cases (present document included), it may be REQUIRED that

   readers have no specific technical background.

3. Introduction

   It was recently brought to our attention that the distribution

   network for electricity is not an IP network!  After absorbing the

   shock that was delivered by this news, the following thoughts

   occurred to us:

   1. Electricity distribution must be based on some outdated technology

      (called "Legacy Distribution System" or LDS in the rest of the

      document).

   2. An LDS not based on the Internet technology means that two

      different networks (electricity and IP) must be administered and

      managed.  This leads to inefficiencies, higher cost and

      bureaucratic foul-ups (which possibly lead to bl...