[ietf-smtp] smtp improvement?

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Subject: [ietf-smtp] smtp improvement?
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I was wondering if certain portions of HTTP/2 have been considered for inclusion in some sort of way SMTP?

Compression is out of the question, primarily because of relaying and the fact it would just be decompressed right after. Data consumption isn't a big problem, since most SMTP servers are in datacenters with unlimited data (bandwidth style billing).

Klensin made a post about it s long time ago with more details; I think its in the archive somewhere

Maybe the multiple resources per TCP connection/binary framing is a good idea. For SMTP, I suppose it will be something like having multiple independent packets with the MAIL FROM,MAIL TO, and other "outside" information of a message, another type of packet with the body message, and then a another packet type for just a  general command. Each of these could be in any order, and the server would respond in any order. Kind of like pipelining, but even faster since the client doesn't need to wait for the DATA go ahead. This fixes the problem with QMTP since it doesn't support the whole SMTP command set, while an implementation like this would.

It would still be over TCP; Quic is a different discussion altogether.

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