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Re: Multi6 WG Last Call (2 of 3) draft-ietf-multi6-things-to-think-about-00.txt
Hi Pekka, Elliot,
El 28/10/2004, a las 19:39, Pekka Savola escribió:
Maybe it should have been something like:
X.Y Does the solution solve traffic engineering requirements?
One of the significant goals of IPv4 multihoming solutions has been to
be able to perform traffic engineering based on appropriately
adjusting the BGP advertisements. If the prefixes used by the sites
would be aggregatable, the sites' ability to perform traffic
engineering would be diminished.
Does the solution offer ways for site the to manage its traffic flows?
If so, how? Is this controllable on a per-host basis, or on a
Yes, imho this is relevant.
Perhaps we could also consider the differences between incoming and
.... i.e., there should be some section which forces the solution
developer to think, "gee, if the site would no longer be allowed to
advertise more specific prefixes, or any prefixes that would get into
the global routing table, how would it fill its traffic engineering
needs? Or is this left unsolved? [which seems to be the case now]"
2. On the wire behavior
2.1 How will your solution solve the multihoming problem?
That's why we're here. Remember, a reference is fine.
==> this seems almost like asking, in an email context, 'how does
your proposal solve the spam problem?'. This question is not good,
because I don't think we have sufficiently clearly defined what "the
multihoming problem" really is (and some might even argue it's
multiple different problems), and its unlikely that the solutions
can even solve the whole problem.
This will cause folks to answer, "the solution provides connection
survivability, solving the multihoming problem" .. BUT THAT'S NOT
THE (WHOLE OF) MULTIHOMING PROBLEM!
It's difficult to say how this should be fixed. One way might be
precisely define what 'the multihoming problem' refers to. One way
rewording the question so that the responder should try to describe
multihoming problem(s) the responder thinks what the solution is
and which not. Reference to a list of multihoming problems would
OK, but I don't think there is a good document laying these out.
What I am looking for, and perhaps a clarification *is* in order, is
a scoping of what problem they think they're trying to solve. This
document doesn't require you to solve every problem, but simply to
explain how your solution to the problem you think you're solving
will impact the world we live in now.
I agree with that. The text needs some tuning to make it loud and
clear that there is not a single big problem to be solved, and the
responder should articulate which problems he's trying to solve.
2.7 Can multihoming capabilities be negotiated end to end during a
If the proposal introduces additional overhead, can the
be somehow piggybacked on messages that are already used? This
be useful in order to keep connection setup constant. Please
indicate any drawbacks that might apply due to this piggybacking.
==> I already proposed the following new section in March:
2.X Can multihoming setup be delayed from session setup?
If the proposal induces overhead (added bytes in packets, or
additional packets), is it possible to delay that overhead (or
"multihoming set-up") to happen after the session has been
This is included above based on your earlier feedback.
Piggybacking can mean multiple things. This is not sufficient, see
That is, is it possible to specify that multihoming benefits would
only be achieved for sessions which last over XX seconds, to optimize
away the cost of set-up for short-lived sessions?
And this may be too specific to a mechanism you have in mind. For
instance, perhaps this would be handled by an IP end host option.
You seem to make the assumption that as long as no additional messages
would be sent, it would be OK. That's not the case: my proposed text
was also addressing the situation where you wanted to avoid the extra
*overhead* and processing at the start of the sessions. The
piggybacking text could be read to just refer to being able to bundle
the messaging right from the start, right?
Trying to say it differently, so that it'll be clear for certain:
- piggybacking has protocol overhead, which can be undesirable for
many reasons (and it might not even be possible to completely
piggyback the packets), requiring e.g., new options, and such packets
might be dropped in the firewalls
- if you do piggybacking from the start, you'll waste bytes and
processing even for short, 1-2 second flows. That seems like
something that one might want to do away with.
Delaying the multihoming set-up from the initial signalling would do
just that, whether it would be piggybacked ont he data packets, or
Again, it's not clear whether this is a tradeoff to pick, but it
should be on the list of things to think about :-)
3.12 Are there any implications for scoped addressing?
Please see RFC 3513 . How does your mechanism interact with
==> what does 'multicast' have to do under 'scoped addressing'.
multicast addresses have a concept of scope, but maybe this calls
additional question, 'Are there any implications for multicast',
multicast would include both global and non-globally scoped mcast.
The question is right there. I attempted to borrow from IPv6
nomenclature. If you believe that nomenclature is failing us here,
then we should change it, but we should do so elsewhere as well.
I'm not sure if I understand your comment. The grouping of the
questions seems to be odd, because handling (global) multicast has
probably different things to think about, than handling link-local or
ULA unicast. The latter has to do with scoping, the former.. well,
there are always some problems with multicast which one might not have
thought of :-)
5. Name service interactions
==> you discuss DNS in this section, but AFAICS, these issues could
generic if some other mapping function than DNS would be used.
issue could be handled by adding something like:
This section assumes that DNS might be used for a mapping
you are using some other method (see Section 3.8), please consider
separately both the impact on DNS, and the impact on your mapping
I don't want to make quite so broad an assumption about the solution
space, since we don't quite know which problem people are working on.
That's cool. But there are a lot of questions about DNS which should
be asked in closely identical fashion if someone invents his or her
own discovery service. What would the best place to require them to
discuss those issues? Seems to have significant overlap here..
A possible approach might be generalizing some of the generic DNS
questions, and keeping some of them which are related to the continued
well-being of DNS (which might not be a problem if the solution
invents its own for its own stuff).
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