Applicability Statement for OSPF (RFC1370)
Original Publication Date: 1992-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-11
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This Applicability Statement places a requirement on vendors claiming conformance to this standard, in order to assure that users will have the option of deploying OSPF when they need a multivendor, interoperable IGP in their environment. [STANDARDS-TRACK]
Network Working Group Internet Architecture Board Request for Comments: 1370 Lyman Chapin, Chair October 1992
Applicability Statement for OSPF
Status of this Memo
This memo is an IAB standards track Applicability Statement for the Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for improvements. Please refer to the current edition of the "IAB Official Protocol Standards" for the standardization state and status of this specification. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.
Users and vendors have expressed a strong need for IP routers from different vendors that can interoperate using a common Interior Gateway Protocol (IGP). There is therefore an urgent requirement for a high-functionality non-proprietary ’open’ IGP that will be ubiquitously available from all IP router vendors.
The Open Shortest Path First (OSPF) routing protocol  was developed by the IETF to fill this need. This Applicability Statement specifies the circumstances under which OSPF must be implemented by router vendors. The history of OSPF development and the reasoning behind this Applicability Statement will be found in .
This Applicability Statement places a requirement on vendors claiming conformance to this standard, in order to assure that users will have the option of deploying OSPF when they need a multivendor, interoperable IGP in their environment. Users are of course free to use whatever routing protocol best meets their requirements.
2. APPLICABILITY OF OSPF
An IP router that implements any routing protocol (other than static routes) is required to implement OSPF  and the OSPF MIB . Within OSPF, implementation of all features except TOS (Type-of- Service) routing is required; implementation of TOS routing is recommended.
This requirement does not prevent a router from implementing other routing protocols in addition to OSPF. Complete and definitive requirements on all aspects of an IP router will be found in a forthcoming Applicability Statement: "Requirements for IP Routers"
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RFC 1370 Applicability Statement: OSPF October 1992
, currently in preparation in the IETF. "Requirements for IP Routers", when it becomes a Standard, will t...