Multicast Protocol for Low-Power and Lossy Networks (MPL) (RFC7731)
Original Publication Date: 2016-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2016-Feb-19
Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)
J. Hui: AUTHOR [+1]
Low-Power and Lossy Networks (LLNs) typically operate with strict resource constraints in communication, computation, memory, and energy. Such resource constraints may preclude the use of existing IPv6 multicast routing and forwarding mechanisms. Traditional IP multicast delivery typically relies on topology maintenance mechanisms to discover and maintain routes to all subscribers of a multicast group (e.g., [RFC3973] [RFC4601]). However, maintaining such topologies in LLNs is costly and may not be feasible given the available resources.
Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) J. Hui Request for Comments: 7731 Nest Labs Category: Standards Track R. Kelsey ISSN: 2070-1721 Silicon Labs February 2016
Multicast Protocol for Low-Power and Lossy Networks (MPL)
This document specifies the Multicast Protocol for Low-Power and Lossy Networks (MPL), which provides IPv6 multicast forwarding in constrained networks. MPL avoids the need to construct or maintain any multicast forwarding topology, disseminating messages to all MPL Forwarders in an MPL Domain.
MPL has two modes of operation. One mode uses the Trickle algorithm to manage control-plane and data-plane message transmissions and is applicable for deployments with few multicast sources. The other mode uses classic flooding. By providing both modes and parameterization of the Trickle algorithm, an MPL implementation can be used in a variety of multicast deployments and can trade between dissemination latency and transmission efficiency.
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RFC 7731 MPL February 2016
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