[multipathtcp] RADIUS/DHCP (was RE: potential MPTCP proxy charter item)

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Subject: [multipathtcp] RADIUS/DHCP (was RE: potential MPTCP proxy charter item)
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Hi Mirja, 

You said:

> DHCP/RADIUS extension go into the DHC working group. They are charter to
> specify these kind of extensions and you can start this work there
> immediately.

But, I'm afraid this may not be that accurate. 

DHC charter says explicitly the following:

"Definitions of new DHCP options that are delivered using standard
mechanisms with documented semantics are not considered a protocol
extension and thus are outside of scope for the DHC WG. Such options
                                                        ^^^^^^^^^^^^
should be defined within their respective WGs and reviewed by DHCP
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
experts in the Internet Area Directorate. However, if such options
require protocol extensions or new semantics, the protocol extension
work must be done in the DHC WG."

FWIW, dhc WG provided useful comments for https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-boucadair-mptcp-dhc-05. 

While for RADIUS, I already presented there twice (https://tools.ietf.org/html/draft-boucadair-mptcp-radius-02). The radext community provided useful comments, but when I asked for adoption it is not clear how to proceed because MPTCP is not on their radar.

Your guidance on how to advance those specifications is appreciated. 

Thank you.

Cheers,
Med

> -----Message d'origine-----
> De : multipathtcp [mailto:multipathtcp-bounces@ietf.org] De la part de
> Mirja Kühlewind
> Envoyé : mardi 25 octobre 2016 14:07
> À : JACQUENET Christian IMT/OLN
> Cc : multipathtcp@ietf.org
> Objet : Re: [multipathtcp] potential MPTCP proxy charter item
> 
> Hi all, hi Christian,
> 
> see below.
> 
> > Am 20.10.2016 um 08:50 schrieb christian.jacquenet@orange.com:
> >
> > WG,
> >
> > Let me second Med's recent replies to Yoshi, Mirja and Alan.
> >
> > I too believe the mptcp WG is the right placeholder to work on an MPTCP
> extension that can accommodate use cases which are currently being
> investigated, marketed and - yes - deployed (for some of them, with their
> procession of already-documented drawbacks (TCP-only communications) and
> flaws, like QoS-affecting signaling delays) by some operators.
> >
> > These use cases mainly fall under the so-called hybrid access service
> offering umbrella, so that end-users can take advantage of various access
> network technologies for the sake of optimized resource usage, among other
> incentives.
> 
> I agree that these use case are interesting and work is needed here. See
> further below.
> 
> >
> > I also believe MPTCP is the right solution to address such use cases.
> 
> As I mention previously there are two very different deployment scenarios:
> a connection-terminating MPTCP proxy or a MPTCP tunnel solution. In
> general using TCP as a tunneling technology is challenging and has a
> broader scope than just MPTCP.
> 
> 
> > As I already mentioned a while ago, working on an extension that can
> facilitate the establishment of MPTCP connections in a network-assisted
> fashion as we call it in the current Plain Transport Mode option draft
> will not hinder MPTCP massive adoption but rather encourage it.
> >
> > I also know there are already prototype implementations of such
> extension that are currently being tested.
> >
> > I therefore support the adoption of the MPTCP proxy charter item by the
> mptcp WG, as this work addresses very concrete and short term use cases
> that have been publicized by several operators.
> >
> > And I think that this WG should start working asap on the set of
> deliverables mentioned by Med in his recent response to Mirja: MPTCP
> extension specification, deployment scenarios and operational
> considerations and DHCP/RADIUS-based provisioning means.
> 
> An MPTCP extension specification is clearly in scope for MPTCP and can be
> done right now without a charter change.
> 
> I’m not sure if deployment scenarios need to be documented (in an RFC). As
> you said above there are already prototype and some real deployments as
> well. Not sure why we need additional documentation here.
> 
> Operational consideration might or might not below in the MPTCP working
> group. However, there is the BANANA BoF in Seoul that will discuss hybrid-
> access services (and different approach to provide this service).
> Depending where this effort goes that might be a better home or some wg in
> intarea.
> 
> DHCP/RADIUS extension go into the DHC working group. They are charter to
> specify these kind of extensions and you can start this work there
> immediately.
> 
> I’m not saying we shouldn’t do this work; I’m just saying that MPTCP might
> not be the right group for all parts of this work. This is my
> recommendation as transport AD but I’m sure a rechartering discussion in
> the IESG would provide similar feedback.
> 
> Mirja
> 
> 
> 
> >
> > Cheers,
> >
> > Christian.
> >
> > -----Message d'origine-----
> > De : multipathtcp [mailto:multipathtcp-bounces@ietf.org] De la part de
> mohamed.boucadair@orange.com
> > Envoyé : jeudi 20 octobre 2016 08:15
> > À : Yoshifumi Nishida; Olivier.Bonaventure@uclouvain.be
> > Cc : multipathtcp@ietf.org
> > Objet : Re: [multipathtcp] potential MPTCP proxy charter item
> >
> > Hi Yoshi,
> >
> > The discussion I had with many operators is that they would like to see
> both TCP and UDP addressed with the ** same solution**. This is why we
> came up with the proposal to leverage MPTCP for other protocols (UDP,
> mainly).
> >
> > So, what I would ideally like to see in the mptcp WG proposed charter is
> (with "X" being MPTCP):
> >
> >> 1: Protocol X proxy:
> >>    It speaks protocol X on behalf of communicating endpoints .
> >>    From one end's point of view, it looks as if the other end speaks
> >> protocol X.
> >
> > And
> >
> >> 3:  Protocol X-Y / Protocol Y-X gateway
> >>     Convert protocol X into protocol Y, or convert protocol Y into
> >> protocol X for protocol connectivity/compatibility, etc.
> >
> > I know Olivier/Stefano have a better name to denote both these cases.
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Med
> >
> >> -----Message d'origine-----
> >> De : Yoshifumi Nishida [mailto:nishida@sfc.wide.ad.jp] Envoyé :
> >> mercredi 19 octobre 2016 22:57 À : Olivier.Bonaventure@uclouvain.be Cc
> >> : Mirja Kühlewind; BOUCADAIR Mohamed IMT/OLN; multipathtcp@ietf.org
> >> Objet : Re: [multipathtcp] potential MPTCP proxy charter item
> >>
> >> Hello,
> >>
> >> On Wed, Oct 19, 2016 at 12:42 PM, Olivier Bonaventure
> >> <Olivier.Bonaventure@uclouvain.be>; wrote:
> >>> Mirja,
> >>>>
> >>>>
> >>>> there are two cases to distinguish here:
> >>>>
> >>>> 1) you have one or two MPTCP proxies that terminate the TCP
> >>>> connection
> >> and
> >>>> open a new MPTCP connection
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> There is a very clear demand for this type of solution and there are
> >> various
> >>> implementations that are available or are being developped. Several
> >>> deployments exist and there is a large demand for this type of
> services.
> >> It
> >>> would be silly for the IETF to ignore this use case after having
> >>> spent
> >> years
> >>> to specify the Multipath TCP protocol.
> >>
> >> I also think we should not ignore the use case.
> >> But, I am somehow thinking that we might want to clarify the
> >> terminologies a bit more so that we can have more clear focus.
> >>
> >> I might be wrong, but these words give me the following impressions.
> >>
> >> 1: Protocol X proxy:
> >>    It speaks protocol X on behalf of communicating endpoints .
> >>    From one end's point of view, it looks as if the other end speaks
> >> protocol X.
> >>
> >> 2: Tunneling over protocol X
> >>     Protocol X carries other protocol Y packets (by using
> >> encapsulation)  All info in protocol Y (headers, etc) will be
> >> preserved.
> >>
> >> 3:  Protocol X-Y / Protocol Y-X gateway
> >>     Convert protocol X into protocol Y, or convert protocol Y into
> >> protocol X for protocol connectivity/compatibility, etc.
> >>     Some info in the original protocol might be lost due to the
> >> conversion.
> >>
> >> If I follow these impressions, it seems that some proposals are close
> >> to 3. (again, I might be wrong) I might want to check if we want to
> >> clarify this point in the charter or leave it ambiguous.
> >> I am just wondering if we might need to clarify the terminology or
> >> adding some texts to avoid miscommunications.
> >>
> >> Thanks,
> >> --
> >> Yoshi
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