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Scheme for an internet encapsulation protocol: Version 1 (RFC1241) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000002057D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-11
Document File: 17 page(s) / 22K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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R.A. Woodburn: AUTHOR [+1]

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10.17487/RFC1241: DOI


This memo defines an Experimental Protocol for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard.

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Network Working Group R. Woodburn Request for Comments: 1241 SAIC D. Mills University of Delaware July 1991

A Scheme for an Internet Encapsulation Protocol: Version 1

1. Status of this Memo

This memo defines an Experimental Protocol for the Internet community. Discussion and suggestions for improvement are requested. Please refer to the current edition of the "IAB Official Protocol Standards" for the standardization state and status of this protocol. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

2. Glossary

Clear Datagram - The unmodified IP datagram in the User Space before Encapsulation.

Clear Header - The header portion of the Clear Datagram before Encapsulation. This header includes the IP header and possibly part or all of the next layer protocol header, i.e., the TCP header.

Decapsulation - The stripping of the Encapsulation Header and forwarding of the Clear Datagram by the Decapsulator.

Decapsulator - The entity responsible for receiving an Encapsulated Datagram, decapsulating it, and delivering it to the destination User Space. Delivery may be direct, or via Encapsulation. A Decapsulator may be a host or a gateway.

Encapsulated Datagram - The datagram consisting of a Clear Datagram prepended with an Encapsulation Header.

Encapsulation - The process of mapping a Clear Datagram to the Encapsulation Space, prepending an Encapsulation Header to the Clear Datagram and routing the Encapsulated Datagram

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to a Decapsulator.

Encapsulation Header - The header for the Encapsulation Protocol prepended to the Clear Datagram during Encapsulation. This header consists of an IP header followed by an Encapsulation Protocol Header.

Encapsulation Protocol Header - The Encapsulation Protocol specific portion of the Encapsulation Header.

Encapsulation Space - The address and routing space within which the Encapsulators and Decapsulators reside. Routing within this space is accomplished via Flows. Encapsulation Spaces do not overlap, that is, the address of any Encapsulator or Decapsulator is unique for all Encapsulation Spaces.

Encapsulator - The entity responsible for mapping a given User Space datagram to the Encapsulation Space, encapsulating the datagram, and forwarding the Encapsulated Datagram to a Decapsulator. An Encapsulator may be a host or a gateway.

Flow - Also called a "tunnel." A flow is the end-to-end path in the Encapsulation Space over which Encapsulated Datagrams travel. There may be several Encapsulator/Decapsulator pairs along a given flow. Note that a Flow does not denote what User Space gateways are traversed along the path.

Flow ID - A 32-bit identifier which uniquely distinguishes a flow in a given Encapsulator or Decapsulator. Flow IDs are specific to a single Encapsulator/Decapsulator Entity and are not global quantities.

Mapping Function - This is the function of mapping a Clear Header to a particular Flow. All encapsulators along a given Flow are required to map a gi...