Hi Pete, Carlos,
From: Carlos Pignataro (cpignata) [mailto:cpignata(_at_)cisco(_dot_)com] >
Sent: Sunday, July 02, 2017 10:14 PM
Many thanks for the time to read and review this document!
Like Ruediger, I will let the shepherd, chairs, and AD weight in — but in
the meantime, I
wanted to offer a couple of observations for consideration. Please see
On Jun 28, 2017, at 2:31 PM, Pete Resnick
Reviewer: Pete Resnick
Review result: Not Ready
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Reviewer: Pete Resnick
Review Date: 2017-06-28
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Summary: Not Ready for publication as Informational, but might be Ready for
publication as Proposed Standard
This is an admittedly unusual review. I have read through the entire
and the technical work seems fine, but is well beyond my technical
so I can't really comment on the technical correctness. However, it is
absolutely clear to me that this is *not* a "use case" document at all
I agree with the assessment that this is not a “use-case” document (in a
strict or traditional
sense); this document describes a deployment case and a solution to a use
existing technology blocks. It does not define new protocol nor (more
As the doc shepherd, I agree that this document is more than a use case and
describes both a use case (sections 1, 4) and a monitoring system (sections 3
and 6 to 8). And there is even an implementation report:
However, the solution related part does not require stand track document as it
runs as a standalone device with no need for interoperability. Indeed, the
solution leverages Segment Routing/SPRING so that a unique node is used as both
the sender and the receiver. As such, the system is free to use any OAM
protocol/packet format with no interoperability consideration. It looks to me
that such freedom is part of this Path Monitoring System use case/system.
Plus, I fear that moving to standard track would mean changing the document
into a precise specification (e.g. which OAM tool(s) to use and the way to use
them) which was not the goal, may require significant work and delay, and may
even be suboptimal in removing freedom.
TL;DR: On my side, I don't feel that the document needs to be standard track.
But I guess that ultimately the decision is on the AD/IESG side.
don't think it's appropriate as an Informational document.
Now, regarding the most appropriate intended status, I could personally
argue both sides,
and frankly, I do not have a strong preference or concern either way.
The net of it is that this (informational/specification) document does not
requirements for SPRING nodes, changes in SPRING, nor exposes
interoperability issues. It
basically leverages as-is the underlying capabilities created with SPRING.
From that angle,
Informational is a very appropriate fit. On the other hand, I do not
disagree with this
document specifying a system, and the play-of-words that results in
standards-track — so
it is a spec for the path monitoring system, but provides information to the
network and to
SPRING specs on how the new tech can be used.
Net-net, I see Informational but can understand your rationale.
In any case, what does concern me more is whether a potential change of
would add significant delay and reset process timers on a timeline that is
overstretched and a very slow progress…
This is clearly a
*specification* of a path monitoring system. It gives guidances as to
recommended, and optional parameters, and specifies how to use different
protocol pieces. It is at the very least what RFC 2026 refers to as an
"Applicability Statement (AS)" (see RFC 2026, sec. 3.2). It *might* be a
but it is not strictly giving "common guidelines for policies and
(2026, sec. 5), so I don't really think that's right, and instead this
be offered for Proposed Standard. Either way, I think Informational is not
correct. Importantly, I think there is a good likelihood that this
not received the appropriate amount of review; people tend to ignore
Informational "use case" documents,
This, however, I think is an inappropriate extrapolation. Although the
shepherd, WG and
chairs already considered the intended status, I think it is important to
re-think what’s best
for this document in the context of the merits, structure and goals. But
justifying it not
being informational because “people tend to ignore […]” seems a red herring.
and there have been no Last Call comments
beyond Joel's RTG Area Review.
Within SPRING, this document dates the origins of the WG. It was presented
in many WGs
numerous times and iterated through many versions (within three filenames)
reviews came in. I’d recommend you also go back and check the timeline. I
would not also
make hard conclusions based on LC traffic.
Even in IESG review, an Informational document
only takes the sponsoring AD to approve; every other AD can summarily
the document, or even ballot ABSTAIN, and the document will still be
(though that does not normally happen). This document should have much more
than that level of review. I strongly recommend to the WG and AD that this
document be withdrawn as an Informational document and resubmitted for
Standard and have that level of review and scrutiny applied to it.
As I said, I am happy with either status and can see arguments both ways. I
object to a change.
However, personally, I do not see the need.
This document refers to RFC 4379, which has been obsoleted by RFC 8029. It
seems like the references should be updated.
Indeed. Done in -07 and -08.
Thanks again, Pete!
Carlos Pignataro, carlos(_at_)cisco(_dot_)com
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