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Forwarding and Control Element Separation (ForCES) Applicability Statement (RFC6041) Disclosure Number: IPCOM000200920D
Original Publication Date: 2010-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Oct-30
Document File: 28 page(s) / 28K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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A. Crouch: AUTHOR [+5]


The Forwarding and Control Element Separation (ForCES) protocol defines a standard framework and mechanism for the exchange of information between the logically separate functionality of the control and data forwarding planes of IP routers and similar devices. It focuses on the communication necessary for separation of control plane functionality such as routing protocols, signaling protocols, and admission control from data forwarding plane per-packet activities such as packet forwarding, queuing, and header editing.

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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                         A. Crouch Request for Comments: 6041                                   H. Khosravi Category: Informational                                            Intel ISSN: 2070-1721                                            A. Doria, Ed.                                                                      LTU                                                                  X. Wang                                                                   Huawei                                                                 K. Ogawa                                                          NTT Corporation                                                             October 2010

            Forwarding and Control Element Separation (ForCES)                         Applicability Statement


   The Forwarding and Control Element Separation (ForCES) protocol    defines a standard framework and mechanism for the interconnection    between control elements and forwarding elements in IP routers and    similar devices.  In this document we describe the applicability of    the ForCES model and protocol.  We provide example deployment    scenarios and functionality, as well as document applications that    would be inappropriate for ForCES.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is    published for informational purposes.

   This document is a product of the Internet Engineering Task Force    (IETF).  It represents the consensus of the IETF community.  It has    received public review and has been approved for publication by the    Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  Not all documents    approved by the IESG are a candidate for any level of Internet    Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,    and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at

Crouch, et al.                Informational                     [Page 1]
 RFC 6041             ForCES Applicability Statement         October 2010

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