Re: [multipathtcp] towards a potential work item on two-ended proxy

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Hello Philip, all,

I believe the mptcp WG charter should evolve to include MPTCP proxy-related work. As you rightfully mention in your message below, this would be a timely effort (besides what's being cooked by the BBF) that is primarily motivated by the existing and forthcoming development of so-called hybrid access service offerings in Europe and Asia, and possibly in other regions of the world.

I also think that the proposed approaches (namely draft-boucadair and draft-peirens) that have been presented during the mptcp WG session are rather meant to foster massive MPTCP adoption rather than hindering it.

As for the charter update, I would encourage the documentation of a problem statement with companion use cases, as well as the standardization of the corresponding solution, presumably based upon the merging of the aforementioned drafts to accommodate all use cases.

Let me also second Med's recent reply to this message. I too volunteer to contribute to the updated charter text, assuming there's hopefully consensus to move towards that direction.



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Objet : [multipathtcp] towards a potential work item on two-ended proxy

We started the discussion yesterday on a potential new work item on "two-ended proxy scenario" - where there's an MPTCP proxy in both the CPE and an aggregation point (for instance). The current charter is that one end host is MPTCP.

If I can try and summarise the brief discussion yesterday (plus some side discussions) (please correct my inaccuracies):

-          there are now deployments & products with an MPTCP proxy at each end, plus planned Broadband Forum work (WT-348 is about to be made public, with subsequent work to follow). So IETF work is timely (eg help allow an operator to buy CPE from one vendor and aggregation gateway from another vendor).

-          However, some people object to going beyond the current charter's "one-ended proxy scenario" (since the "two-ended proxy" discourages deployment of MPTCP to all the end hosts, which is the ultimate goal)

-          There are two proposals (transparent & plain mode: draft-boucadair-mptcp-plain-mode-08 & draft-peirens-mptcp-transparent-00). Are these addressing different use cases, or do we need to choose between them? would a (potential) charter item be to standardise existing draft(s), or to solve a problem /scenario?

-          I think there was mention (by Wim??) that there's a third proposal - how does this fit in, or did I get it wrong?

-          One aspect of the plain mode draft is to allow transport of UDP traffic as well as TCP traffic. I think this is a proposal that should be discussed separately  - for instance it needs INT-area expertise.

I think it would be good to have more discussion before attempting to write some potential charter text (and then seeing if there's consensus for it).

Philip Eardley
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