On Wed, Jun 18, 2003 03:31:56PM -0400, Melinda Shore allegedly wrote:
The IETF does continue to have an emphasis on connectionless,
packet-oriented delivery. That's our fundamental architecture,
without question. In the meantime there are customers who want to
transition to c, p-o d but need mechanisms for doing so.
Personally I'd find this proposal more compelling if it were being
presented as being oriented towards transitional mechanisms.
You're right, that doesn't get mentioned. However, many providers see
it that way. (Admittedly there are some who don't.)
We're seeing circuit-y proposals show up in other working groups and
I'm concerned that these reflect a shift in basic assumptions about
the characteristics of the underlying network, at least among a
non-trivial number of participants.
People who can't see beyond the circuit approach shouldn't be given
responsibility for Internet architectural thinking, and right now
fundamental architectural thinking is what we need more than anything.