Re: [v6ops] Stateful SLAAC (draft-ietf-v6ops-unique-ipv6-prefix-per-host)

Ole Troan <> Mon, 13 November 2017 03:15 UTC

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Subject: Re: [v6ops] Stateful SLAAC (draft-ietf-v6ops-unique-ipv6-prefix-per-host)
Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2017 11:14:29 +0800
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>> Or do as I do in my implementation.
>> Model each host as being on it's own point to point interface.
>> Configure the IPv6 prefix on that interface. That configured state is exactly like what we have in classic SLAAC.
> Ole,
> did you figure out how to expire those allocated prefixes when the host is long gone from the network?
> The draft seems to be silent on that issue and if the purpose is to document some current practice it would be good to capture that.

Right, and it might be a case of "it depends".
Interesting question though, would be benefit from an L3 solution to this problem?

In my implementation, since I'm only doing a data-plane, it's not my problem. Let the control plane deal with that. ;-)

- in a wired network, where routing is done to the edge, with a physical interface to each host then data-link layer events would suffice.
- on 802.11 you could be tightly integrated with AP / WLC

If we were to do this at L3, we would need some sort of keepalive messages.
Thinking aloud here, any time where a host requires state to be maintained in the network, we are much better off if we put the burden of maintaining that state and ensuring the state is in the first-hop router on the host. E.g. like you did with the ARO option.