Myself and Ron Akers have requested an IP over Bluetooth BOF for the 50th
Meeting of the IETF in Minneapolis. The BOF will discuss the creation of a
IETF Working Group to investigate the most open and efficient way to place
IP over the Bluetooth Host Controller.
Current work in this area within the Bluetooth SIG concentrates on defining
IP over a set of other lower-layer stacks. Currently there are two options
defined by the Bluetoth SIG:
Option 1: IP/PPP/RFCOM/L2CAP/Host Controller
Option 2: IP/PAN Profile/L2CAP/Host Controller
(where the PAN Profile is a Bluetooth SIG work in progress)
We are proposing that the IETF form a WG to define a more efficient way of
running IP over Bluetooth. In particular, IP would run
over an IETF protocol over the Host Controller without L2CAP. This option
may be adopted by the Bluetooth SIG at a later date as a Profile. Since all
Bluetooth SIG Profiles are optional, a customer may choose any combination
of Profiles in a final product. Further, since Bluetooth Working Groups
have it in their mandate to adopt protocols from other standards making
bodies such as the IETF, there exists a clear path for IETF work to be
adopted by the Bluetooth SIG.
Whereas the last BOF was informational only and organized by the Bluetooth
SIG itself, the objective of this BOF will be to foster innovation, and
speed progress by placing IP related protocol development wihin the IETF and
Bluetooth-specific protocol development
within the Bluetooth SIG, by developing an IP over Bluetooth IETF Working
This effort will define its own way of running IP over Bluetooth, by
carefully selecting a set of Bluetooth protocols (freely available from
published specifications at
http://www.bluetooth.com/developer/specification/specification.asp) on which
to build IP.
Please join myself, Kulwinder Atwal, and Ron Akers on the pre-BOF mailing
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