Simple Internet Protocol Plus White Paper (RFC1710)
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-12
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This document was submitted to the IETF IPng area in response to RFC 1550. This memo provides information for the Internet community. This memo does not specify an Internet standard of any kind.
Network Working Group: R. Hinden Request for Comments: 1710 Sun Microsystems Category: Informational October 1994
Simple Internet Protocol Plus White Paper
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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
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RFC 1710 SIPP IPng White Paper October 1994
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.
Growth is the basic issue which caused there to be a need for a next generation IP. If anything is to be learned from our experience with IPv4 it is that the addressing and routing must be capable of handling rea...