Based on the current MIF charter proposal, it consider only host.
I am wondering whether RG is a kind of host?
Anyhow, this discussion benefit MIF for the future consideration how
to identify the source.
2009/4/11 Scott Brim <swb(_at_)employees(_dot_)org>:
Excerpts from Ralph Droms on Fri, Apr 10, 2009 03:25:49PM -0400:
Scott raises an interesting point about identifying the source of
options when delivered to clients.
BTW, Scott - what is "DHS"?
Sorry, DHCP server
The usual case - almost the only case today - is that there is a single
upstream service provider and a single source of DHCP options to be
passed along to the client. In this scenario, there's no need to pass
along any information identifying the source of the options.
To allow for a multihomed subscriber network, I can imagine adding a tag
that would be passed along with the options so the subscriber client can
identify the source of each option. But, what would the client do with
that information? How would the client interpret it? What is the syntax
and semantics of the tagging?
Taken a step farther, sourcing information might be required even if
there is no intermediate RG and the contained option is not in use. How
does a device with multiple interfaces make policy decisions about
information received on those multiple interfaces (which is pretty much
the question Scott asks about the container option)?
Well put. It all comes down to where information is going to be
merged. The case where a single RG client connected to multiple SP
servers is essentially already covered by MIF/6man, they just need to
document it. If the information is merged at the RG server, then the
RG server should somehow know which interface which DHCP information
came from. If all of the information is transparently passed to the
consumer device, then it needs the tags as well.
I don't know how the information could be usefully tagged -- the SP
server's IP address doesn't sound like a good idea. The WG should
decide if tagging should be included in the container syntax or added
later (but documented now as needing study).
I'm CCing MIF in case people there aren't on the ietf list.
Thanks ... Scott
On Apr 7, 2009, at 2:25 PM 4/7/09, Scott Brim wrote:
I have been selected as the General Area Review Team (Gen-ART)
reviewer for this draft (for background on Gen-ART, please see
Please wait for direction from your document shepherd
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Reviewer: Scott Brim
Review Date: 7 April 2009
IESG Telechat date: 14 April 2009
This draft is on the right track but has open issues.
I am concerned about multiple interface scenarios as are being
discussed in MIF and 6MAN, where either the RG is multiply connected
or the end device is. For a discussion of the sort of problems that
lead to this concern, see (for example) notes from the MIF BOF at
- There must be a way to associate options with a particular
upstream DHS they were obtained from, when the container is passed
to the RG server and perhaps to the end device. This source
information may or may not be in the container itself -- that's up
to the WG to decide. If it is decided that the source information
will not be part of the container syntax, at least the fact that
it is necessary should be documented for people who ultimately do
specify how container options are passed.
- The SP server may have its ideas of how a consumer device should
be configured, but it is not appropriate to say that the "SP
server MUST be able to control which DHCP options are transmitted
to the consumer device". The RG server may need to make decisions
about information from multiple DHCP servers. Perhaps you could
say that the SP server MUST be able to "provide information" to
the RG server.
5.1 and 5.2
Alignment between the v4 and v6 descriptions would be better. The
v4 description has "code" in the diagram and says that "code" is
OPTION_CONTAINER_V4. The v6 description has "OPTION_CONTAINER_V6"
in the diagram and says that "option-code" is OPTION_CONTAINER_V6.
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