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> From: owner-ipp at pwg.org [mailto:owner-ipp at pwg.org]On Behalf Of McDonald,
> Sent: Monday, April 01, 2002 10:30 AM
> To: 'ipp at pwg.org'
> Subject: IPP> RFC 3251 - Electicity over IP
>>> Hi folks,
>> I couldn't resist sending on this "light" reading:
>> RFC 3251 "Electricity over IP"
>ftp://ftp.isi.edu/in-notes/rfc3251.txt>> RFC 3252 "Binary Lexical Octet Ad-hoc Transport (BLOAT)"
> - Ira McDonald
> High North Inc
> [from RFC 3251]
>> Mostly Pointless Lamp Switching (MPLampS) is an architecture for
> carrying electricity over IP (with an MPLS control plane). According
> to our marketing department, MPLampS has the potential to
> dramatically lower the price, ease the distribution and usage, and
> improve the manageability of delivering electricity. This document
> is motivated by such work as SONET/SDH over IP/MPLS (with apologies
> to the authors). Readers of the previous work have been observed
> scratching their heads and muttering, "What next?". This document
> answers that question.
>> This document has also been written as a public service. The "Sub-
> IP" area has been formed to give equal opportunity to those working
> on technologies outside of traditional IP networking to write
> complicated IETF documents. There are possibly many who are
> wondering how to exploit this opportunity and attain high visibility.
> Towards this goal, we see the topics of "foo-over-MPLS" (or MPLS
> control for random technologies) as highly amenable for producing a
> countless number of unimplementable documents. This document
> illustrates the key ingredients that go into producing any "foo-
> over-MPLS" document and may be used as a template for all such work.
>> [from RFC 3252]
>> This document defines a reformulation of IP and two transport layer
> protocols (TCP and UDP) as XML applications.
>> 1. Introduction
>> 1.1. Overview
>> This document describes the Binary Lexical Octet Ad-hoc Transport
> (BLOAT): a reformulation of a widely-deployed network-layer protocol
> (IP [RFC791]), and two associated transport layer protocols (TCP
> [RFC793] and UDP [RFC768]) as XML [XML] applications. It also
> describes methods for transporting BLOAT over Ethernet and IEEE 802
> networks as well as encapsulating BLOAT in IP for gatewaying BLOAT
> across the public Internet.
>> 1.2. Motivation
>> The wild popularity of XML as a basis for application-level protocols
> such as the Blocks Extensible Exchange Protocol [RFC3080], the Simple
> Object Access Protocol [SOAP], and Jabber [JABBER] prompted
> investigation into the possibility of extending the use of XML in the
> protocol stack. Using XML at both the transport and network layer in
> addition to the application layer would provide for an amazing amount
> of power and flexibility while removing dependencies on proprietary
> and hard-to-understand binary protocols. This protocol unification
> would also allow applications to use a single XML parser for all
> aspects of their operation, eliminating developer time spent figuring
> out the intricacies of each new protocol, and moving the hard work of
> parsing to the XML toolset. The use of XML also mitigates concerns
> over "network vs. host" byte ordering which is at the root of many
> network application bugs.