The Subnetwork Encapsulation and Adaptation Layer (SEAL) (RFC5320)
Original Publication Date: 2010-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Feb-14
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
F. Templin: AUTHOR [+2]
As Internet technology and communication has grown and matured, many techniques have developed that use virtual topologies (including tunnels of one form or another) over an actual network that supports the Internet Protocol (IP) [RFC0791][RFC2460]. Those virtual topologies have elements that appear as one hop in the virtual topology, but are actually multiple IP or sub-IP layer hops. These multiple hops often have quite diverse properties that are often not even visible to the endpoints of the virtual hop. This introduces failure modes that are not dealt with well in current approaches.
Independent Submission F. Templin, Ed. Request for Comments: 5320 Boeing Research & Technology Category: Experimental February 2010 ISSN: 2070-1721
The Subnetwork Encapsulation and Adaptation Layer (SEAL)
For the purpose of this document, subnetworks are defined as virtual topologies that span connected network regions bounded by encapsulating border nodes. These virtual topologies may span multiple IP and/or sub-IP layer forwarding hops, and can introduce failure modes due to packet duplication and/or links with diverse Maximum Transmission Units (MTUs). This document specifies a Subnetwork Encapsulation and Adaptation Layer (SEAL) that accommodates such virtual topologies over diverse underlying link technologies.
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RFC 5320 SEAL February 2010
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