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Re: Consensus on identifier/locator split?
On donderdag, aug 7, 2003, at 19:46 Europe/Amsterdam, Eliot Lear wrote:
How ought we (if at all) deal with the notion of a virtual end point
such as a "content routed" service like CNN?
First of all: is there a pressing need to do this below the application
layer in the first place??? I know vendors make good money selling
"layer 7 switches" but this looks an awful lot like asking for trouble
to me. ("No, we can't IPv6-enable our website, the load balancers don't
If we want to, it should be possible to go from a single very high
level identifier to one of several possible lower level identifiers
(where we select the "best" lower level identifier, such as the closest
or least busy one) and then to several locators for this lower level
To do this well we very likely need some kind of negotiation mechanism
here, but this is something I haven't been able to convince everyone
else we need yet. :-)
I guess that if you want to be really cool you should jump end-hosts in
mid session if your idea of "best" changes... This would entail
stopping whatever is happening, connecting to a new endpoint and
starting the communication at a specific point. I guess this could work
for things like file transfer and streaming, but hard to make it work
without involving the app.
Particularly in the face of mobile nodes.