routing protocols will provide path-MTU

Craig Partridge <craig@NNSC.NSF.NET> Mon, 26 February 1990 12:43 UTC

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Subject: routing protocols will provide path-MTU
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 90 07:42:59 -0500
From: Craig Partridge <craig@NNSC.NSF.NET>

> This keeps popping up.  Would someone please explain this in more
> detail?  Exactly how are the routing protocols going to maintain or
> acquire the path-MTU information that hosts need, and how are the hosts
> going to learn that information and detect changes in that information?
> I can imagine several possible schemes, including giving up dynamic,
> datagram routing in favor of static, virtual-circuit routing (which
> seems to be where politics-based routing is headed), but I'd really
> like to get some facts before I start flaming. :-)


    I don't know for sure, but my limited understanding was that with
full topology information (ala ARPANET SPF), a router could figure out
the safe MTU between two points, and could notify a host if too large
a datagram came past.

    HOWEVER, the advent of hiding area information (IS-IS and OSPF) may
mean that it is no longer possible to a router to derive the optimal MTU
for a path.  (Mind you, the area could advertise the lowest MTU of any
through path within it, but that clearly leads to very non-optimal

    <Now, Noel can tell me I'm all wet>