Internet Engineering Task Force Internet Routing Protocol Standardization Criteria (RFC1264)
Original Publication Date: 1991-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-11
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This informational RFC presents procedures for creating and documenting Internet standards on routing protocols. These procedures have been established by the Internet Activities Board (IAB) in consultation with the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG). This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specifiy an Internet standard.
Network Working Group R. Hinden Request for Comments: 1264 BBN October 1991
Internet Engineering Task Force Internet Routing Protocol Standardization Criteria
Status of this Memo
This informational RFC presents procedures for creating and documenting Internet standards on routing protocols. These procedures have been established by the Internet Activities Board (IAB) in consultation with the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG). Distribution of this memo is unlimited.
The IAB and the IESG have evolved a three-stage Internet standardization process. This process is explained in the "IAB Official Protocol Standards", published as an RFC several times a year (the current version is RFC 1250).
In brief, the three stages of Internet standardization are Proposed (which requires a well written, openly reviewed specification), Draft (which requires Proposed status, multiple implementations and some operational experience), and full Internet Standard (which requires Draft status and more extensive operational experience). The IAB and IESG are currently developing a more detailed explanation of the process, which will be available as an RFC.
The purpose of this document is to provide more specific guidance for the advancement of routing protocols. All levels of the standardization process are covered.
There are currently two types of routing protocol in the Internet. These are Interior Gateway Protocols (IGP) sometimes called Intra- Domain Routing Protocols and Exterior Gateway Protocols (EGP) sometimes called Inter-Domain Routing Protocols. This document uses the terms IGP and EGP.
The motivation for these requirements two-fold. The first is to reduce the risk that there will be serious technical problems with a routing protocol after it reaches Draft Standard. The second is to insure that the new routing protocol will support the continued growth of the Internet.
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RFC 1264 Routing Protocol Criteria October 1991
Routing protocols are complex, widely distributed, real-time algorithms. They are difficult to implement and to test. Even though a protocol may work in one environment with one implementation, that does not ensure that it will work in a different environment with multiple vendors. A routing protocol may work well within a range of topologies and number of networks and routers, but may fail when an unforeseen limit is reached. The result is that even with considerable operational experience, it is hard to guarantee that the protocol is mature enough for widespread deployment.
The Internet is currently growing at an exponential rate. Routing protocols and the management of internet addressing are key elements in the successful operation the Internet. It is important that new routing protocols be designed to support this rapid growth.
3.0 General Requirements
1) Documents specifying the Protocol and its Usage. This may be one or more documents. The specifications for the routing protocol must...