Re: Summary of proposed changes to draft-gont-tsvwg-source-quench

Fernando Gont <> Wed, 01 December 2010 23:19 UTC

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Hi, Fred,

>> 2) Update the text in RFC 1812 that states "A router MAY ignore any
>> ICMP Source Quench messages it receives".
>> The resulting text would s/MAY/SHOULD/. This would align the 
>> requirements for routers with the requirements for hosts (of
>> ignoring ICMP SQs)
> Perhaps. Personally, I think this is a matter of polishing the barn
> door. Are there any routers now that try to interpret a Source
> Quench? 

Not that I know of. There were, but they were updated while we were
producing RFC 5927 (see e.g.:

> Do you expect folks to be building new IPv4 routers at some
> point in the future? 

Yes, as much as they build new IPv6 routers. -- put another way, I don't
think ipv6-only routers will be shipped in the near term. e.g., anyone
entering the business would have to implement both IPv4 and IPv6 (unless
they base their products on existing code, of course).

>> 5) Have this document obsolete RFC 1016 (Prue, W., and J. Postel,
>> "The Source Quench Introduced Delay (SQuID)")
>> So far I have received one positive comment about this one
>> (off-list). More comments needed/wanted.
> Or make it experimental. 


> Are there any SQuID implementations? 

Not that I know of. -- Could double-check, though.

> What would happen if we declared SQuID obsolete?

I guess it would be easier for a newcomer looking at the specs to figure
out that he should not bother with SQuID. (i.e., this is just
cleaning-up the specs tree).


Kind regards,
Fernando Gont
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