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Yu-Jung Lee | 3 Apr 09:05 2006
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ND on point-to-point links

Hi,
 
According to RFC 2461, there's a description about ND on point-to-point links:
 
     point-to-point - Neighbor Discovery handles such links just like
                      multicast links.  (Multicast can be trivially
                      provided on point to point links, and interfaces
                      can be assigned link-local addresses.)  Neighbor
                      Discovery should be implemented as described in
                      this document.
The saying is not explicit enough. Does it mean it's not mandatory to implement ND on p2p links? If it's not a MUST, what is a node supposed to do when it receives a NS? Currently, we test against Juniper's router with p2p link (including PPPoE, PPPoA, and RFC 1483 Route). Our device sends out NS, but the peer does not send a NA message in response, which causes some interoperability issues. Besides, on a p2p link, is it mandatory for a router to send out RA?
 
 
Best Regards,
 
Jessie
 
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zou rong | 4 Apr 03:17 2006

[ND on point-to-point links]RE: ipv6 Digest, Vol 24, Issue 2

I think it is not mandatory to implement ND on p2p links or it is not
mandatory to do Address Resolution on p2p links, but should implement
DAD on p2p links. To the PPPoE scenario, I think should not implement
Address Resolution on virtual PPP links.

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Hi,

According to RFC 2461, there's a description about ND on point-to-point
links: 

     point-to-point - Neighbor Discovery handles such links just like
                      multicast links.  (Multicast can be trivially
                      provided on point to point links, and interfaces
                      can be assigned link-local addresses.)  Neighbor
                      Discovery should be implemented as described in
                      this document.

The saying is not explicit enough. Does it mean it's not mandatory to
implement ND on p2p links? If it's not a MUST, what is a node supposed
to do when it receives a NS? Currently, we test against Juniper's router
with p2p link (including PPPoE, PPPoA, and RFC 1483 Route). Our device
sends out NS, but the peer does not send a NA message in response, which
causes some interoperability issues. Besides, on a p2p link, is it
mandatory for a router to send out RA?

Best Regards,

Jessie
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Stephen Sprunk | 5 Apr 00:30 2006

Ethernet as a shared (not broadcast) network?

In perusing old RFCs, I think I've come across a rather odd possibility that 
doesn't seem to be explicitly prohibited but is probably accidental: using 
multiple Ethernets operating as a single "shared" network instead of as 
multiple "broadcast" networks, to use RFC 2461 section 2.2 terms.

To understand the possible use of this, consider a site where there are 
multiple Ethernet VLANs in use, perhaps dozens, but the administrator wishes 
to use a single /64 for all of them without bridging them together.  This is 
conceptually similar to OSI's concept of "area" addressing.

Obviously, the routers would need to allow assigning the same prefix to 
multiple interfaces, and the L bit in the ICMPv6 RA's Prefix Information 
option would need to be clear (0).  When L=0, all hosts on any of the VLANs 
would forward packets to new destinations to a router.  If the destination 
were on the same VLAN the router would send a Redirect message; if not, the 
packet would be forwarded as normal.  This looks fairly useful in some 
scenarios.

A few obvious problems come to mind:

1. Any router connected to one VLAN in the "area" must be connected to all 
such VLANs.  If not, routing protocol modifications would be required so 
that routers would be able to forward to destinations not on an attached 
link.
2. Multicast semantics are not obvious.  Should a multicast packet of link 
scope be forwarded to the other VLANs?  ICMP RA/RS/ND gets ugly if you do 
that.  I think multicast packets of greater scope will work correctly, but I 
get lost in all the corner cases.
3. Hosts may not expect L=0 on Ethernets and behave incorrectly.

Solutions?  Other problems?  Doubts about my mental health?

S

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Fred Baker | 5 Apr 00:38 2006
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Re: Ethernet as a shared (not broadcast) network?

Let me ask: would this be any different than putting an Ethernet  
switch in front of a router port?

I believe that there will be a market for this in the home.

On Apr 4, 2006, at 3:30 PM, Stephen Sprunk wrote:

> In perusing old RFCs, I think I've come across a rather odd  
> possibility that doesn't seem to be explicitly prohibited but is  
> probably accidental: using multiple Ethernets operating as a single  
> "shared" network instead of as multiple "broadcast" networks, to  
> use RFC 2461 section 2.2 terms.
>
> To understand the possible use of this, consider a site where there  
> are multiple Ethernet VLANs in use, perhaps dozens, but the  
> administrator wishes to use a single /64 for all of them without  
> bridging them together.  This is conceptually similar to OSI's  
> concept of "area" addressing.
>
> Obviously, the routers would need to allow assigning the same  
> prefix to multiple interfaces, and the L bit in the ICMPv6 RA's  
> Prefix Information option would need to be clear (0).  When L=0,  
> all hosts on any of the VLANs would forward packets to new  
> destinations to a router.  If the destination were on the same VLAN  
> the router would send a Redirect message; if not, the packet would  
> be forwarded as normal.  This looks fairly useful in some scenarios.
>
> A few obvious problems come to mind:
>
> 1. Any router connected to one VLAN in the "area" must be connected  
> to all such VLANs.  If not, routing protocol modifications would be  
> required so that routers would be able to forward to destinations  
> not on an attached link.
> 2. Multicast semantics are not obvious.  Should a multicast packet  
> of link scope be forwarded to the other VLANs?  ICMP RA/RS/ND gets  
> ugly if you do that.  I think multicast packets of greater scope  
> will work correctly, but I get lost in all the corner cases.
> 3. Hosts may not expect L=0 on Ethernets and behave incorrectly.
>
> Solutions?  Other problems?  Doubts about my mental health?
>
> S
>
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> CCIE #3723           people.  Smart people surround themselves with
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Bob Hinden | 5 Apr 01:26 2006
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Re: Ethernet as a shared (not broadcast) network?

Stephen,

I think you have reinvented what has been called multilink subnets.   
This has been discussed at some length in the IPv6 working group and  
the conclusion was to not go there in the general case.  We did  
produce a very simple version called "ND Proxy".  See: http:// 
www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-ietf-ipv6-ndproxy-04.txt.  This is  
currently in RFC-Editor queue.

Dave Thaler also wrote a draft on the general topic that was  
presented at the internet area meeting in Dallas:

   Issues With Protocols Proposing Multilink Subnets

   http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-thaler-intarea-multilink- 
subnet-issues-00.txt

Bob

On Apr 4, 2006, at 3:30 PM, ext Stephen Sprunk wrote:

> In perusing old RFCs, I think I've come across a rather odd  
> possibility that doesn't seem to be explicitly prohibited but is  
> probably accidental: using multiple Ethernets operating as a single  
> "shared" network instead of as multiple "broadcast" networks, to  
> use RFC 2461 section 2.2 terms.
>
> To understand the possible use of this, consider a site where there  
> are multiple Ethernet VLANs in use, perhaps dozens, but the  
> administrator wishes to use a single /64 for all of them without  
> bridging them together.  This is conceptually similar to OSI's  
> concept of "area" addressing.
>
> Obviously, the routers would need to allow assigning the same  
> prefix to multiple interfaces, and the L bit in the ICMPv6 RA's  
> Prefix Information option would need to be clear (0).  When L=0,  
> all hosts on any of the VLANs would forward packets to new  
> destinations to a router.  If the destination were on the same VLAN  
> the router would send a Redirect message; if not, the packet would  
> be forwarded as normal.  This looks fairly useful in some scenarios.
>
> A few obvious problems come to mind:
>
> 1. Any router connected to one VLAN in the "area" must be connected  
> to all such VLANs.  If not, routing protocol modifications would be  
> required so that routers would be able to forward to destinations  
> not on an attached link.
> 2. Multicast semantics are not obvious.  Should a multicast packet  
> of link scope be forwarded to the other VLANs?  ICMP RA/RS/ND gets  
> ugly if you do that.  I think multicast packets of greater scope  
> will work correctly, but I get lost in all the corner cases.
> 3. Hosts may not expect L=0 on Ethernets and behave incorrectly.
>
> Solutions?  Other problems?  Doubts about my mental health?
>
> S
>
> Stephen Sprunk        "Stupid people surround themselves with smart
> CCIE #3723           people.  Smart people surround themselves with
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CTO WEN Haibo | 5 Apr 02:36 2006
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FW: I-D ACTION:draft-wen-ipv6-rsra-opt-pid-00.txt

Dear all,

Here is a draft which makes SAAC possible without upgrading access node and CPE to be layer3 devices.
Hope you could comment on it. Thank you.

Best regards,

Haibo

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This document makes an extension to stateless address auto-
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CTO WEN Haibo | 5 Apr 02:36 2006
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FW: I-D ACTION:draft-wen-ipv6-rsra-opt-multihoming-00.txt

Dear all,

I propose a draft which uses RS/RA to help implement multi-homing issue.
Hope all experts could comment on it. Thank you in advance.

Best regards,

Haibo

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	Title		: Multi-homing Information option for Stateless Address Auto-Configuration
	Author(s)	: H. Wen
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	Pages		: 14
	Date		: 2006-4-4
	
   This document makes an extension to the standard RS/RA messages for
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   evironment. A new options, that is, Multi-homing Information option 
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Stephen Sprunk | 5 Apr 07:33 2006

Re: Ethernet as a shared (not broadcast) network?

Thus spake "Bob Hinden" <bob.hinden <at> nokia.com>
> I think you have reinvented what has been called multilink subnets.   This 
> has been discussed at some length in the IPv6 working group and  the 
> conclusion was to not go there in the general case.  We did  produce a 
> very simple version called "ND Proxy".  See: http:// 
> www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-ietf-ipv6-ndproxy-04.txt.  This is 
> currently in RFC-Editor queue.

Interesting, but it's sufficiently different from what I envisioned I didn't 
see a connection.  It shows me the value of creating specific protocols to 
cover a specific set of use cases, though, rather than one that tries to 
cover them all.

> Dave Thaler also wrote a draft on the general topic that was  presented at 
> the internet area meeting in Dallas:
>
>   Issues With Protocols Proposing Multilink Subnets
>
>   http://www.ietf.org/internet-drafts/draft-thaler-intarea-multilink- 
> subnet-issues-00.txt

Very good reading; thanks for the pointer.

It seems the main issue is multicast propogation, which is one I'd come up 
with but didn't see the full ramifications of.  In fact, limiting 
multicast/broadcast traffic is one of my main reasons for wanting multilink 
subnets (the other being STP scaling problems).  I'll have to think about 
if/how the listed problems apply to what I had in mind; they might be 
considered features in some environments, not bugs.

S

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