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RMT                                                             R. Walsh
Internet-Draft                                                 I. Curcio
Expires: December 3, 2010                          Nokia Research Center
                                                            J. Peltotalo
                                                            S. Peltotalo
                                        Tampere University of Technology
                                                                H. Mehta
                                                               June 2010


                       SDP Descriptors for FLUTE
                      draft-mehta-rmt-flute-sdp-06

Abstract

   This document specifies the use of SDP to describe the parameters
   required to begin, join, receive data from, and/or end FLUTE
   sessions.  It also provides a Composite Session SDP media grouping
   semantic for grouping media streams into protocol-specific sessions,
   such as multiple-channel FLUTE sessions.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   2.  Conventions Used in This Document  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
   3.  FLUTE Descriptors  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
     3.1.  FLUTE Protocol Identifier  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
     3.2.  Composite Session Semantics  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
       3.2.1.  Composite Session Semantics for FLUTE Sessions . . . .  8
       3.2.2.  Composite Session Semantics for Protocols other
               than FLUTE . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
     3.3.  Source IP Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
     3.4.  Transport Session Identifier . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
     3.5.  Session Timing Parameters  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
     3.6.  Channelisation Descriptors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
       3.6.1.  Number of Channels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
       3.6.2.  Destination IP Address and Port Number for Channels  . 13
     3.7.  FEC Object Transmission Information  . . . . . . . . . . . 15
     3.8.  Content Description Pointer  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
     3.9.  Bandwidth Specification  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
       3.9.1.  Bandwidth Specification for Composite Sessions . . . . 17
     3.10. SDP Specific Parameters  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
   4.  SDP Syntax Examples  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
   5.  Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
   6.  IANA Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
     6.1.  Transport Protocol . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
       6.1.1.  Media formats ("fmt")  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
     6.2.  Attribute Names  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
     6.3.  Composite Session Token to Differentiate FLUTE Sessions  . 24
   7.  Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25
   8.  Contributors . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26
   9.  References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
     9.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27
     9.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
   Appendix A.  Use of FEC attributes with RTP sessions
                (informative) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
   Appendix B.  Further Design Logic for FEC-OTI Descriptors  . . . . 30
   Authors' Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31














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1.  Introduction

   The Session Description Protocol (SDP) [RFC4566] provides a general-
   purpose format for describing multimedia sessions in announcements or
   invitations.  SDP uses an entirely textual data format (the US-ASCII
   subset of UTF-8 [RFC3629]) to maximize portability among transports.
   SDP does not define a protocol, but only the syntax to describe a
   multimedia session with sufficient information to participate in that
   session.  Session descriptions may be sent using arbitrary existing
   application protocols for transport (e.g.  FLUTE
   [I-D.ietf-rmt-flute-revised], SAP [RFC2974], SIP [RFC3261], RTSP
   [RFC2326], HTTP [RFC2616], email etc.).

   SDP defines two protocol identifiers that represent unreliable
   connectionless protocols.  These are RTP/AVP and UDP.  These are
   appropriate choices for multimedia streams.  [RFC4145] defines
   protocol identifiers for connection-oriented reliable transports: TCP
   and TCP/TLS.

   This document defines a new protocol identifier for File Delivery
   over Unidirectional Transport (FLUTE) protocol
   [I-D.ietf-rmt-flute-revised] and other required SDP attributes for
   initiating a FLUTE session.  The formal ABNF syntax [RFC5234] is used
   for the attributes.  This SDP syntax is independent of Any Source
   Multicast (ASM) or Source Specific Multicast (SSM) is used to route
   the media.

   Note, this document may also be used to describe sessions of the
   experimental FLUTE specification [RFC3926].






















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2.  Conventions Used in This Document

   The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT",
   "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this
   document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119 [RFC2119].














































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3.  FLUTE Descriptors

   The FLUTE specification [I-D.ietf-rmt-flute-revised] describes the
   optional and required parameters for a FLUTE session.  This document
   specifies the SDP parameters for FLUTE sessions that can be used for
   the discovery of FLUTE download and/or service announcement sessions.
   Listed below are the required and optional SDP parameters for FLUTE
   sessions (the parameters introduced, or made mandatory, by this
   specification but not inherited from the FLUTE specification are
   marked with an asterisk "*").

   The required parameters are:

   o  The source IP address;

   o  The number of channels in the session;

   o  The destination IP address and port number for each channel in the
      session;

   o  The Transport Session Identifier (TSI) of the session;

   o  An indication that the session is a FLUTE session;

   *  The start time and end time of the session.

   The optional parameters are:

   o  FEC Object Transmission Information;

   o  Some information that tells receiver in the first place, that the
      session contains files that are of interest;

   o  Definition and configuration of congestion control mechanism for
      the session [Editorial note: under consideration];

   o  Security parameters relevant for the session [Editorial note:
      under consideration];

   *  Bandwidth specification.

   (Note, best practise to provide parameters for FLUTE's optional
   content encoding of FDT Instance is in-band within FLUTE session and
   is therefore not specified using SDP.)

   (Note, the out-of-band FEC Object Transmission Information useful for
   FLUTE sessions is limited to capabilities describing FEC Encoding
   ID(s) and FEC Instance ID(s) as FLUTE provides header fields for



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   machine configuration for object reception.  This specification also
   provides a "fec-oti-extension", as an informative appendix, so that
   the same SDP syntax can be used to describe sessions using protocols
   other than FLUTE that do not have an in-band mechanism for FEC
   machine configuration.)

   The semantics of a FLUTE session within an SDP description differ
   slightly from that of the well-establish RTP session descriptions.  A
   FLUTE session includes one or more FLUTE channels which are each a
   distinct media stream.  (Note, SDP specification [RFC4566] use of the
   term media stream is semantically equivalent to the FLUTE
   specification use of the term channel.)  Generally, each RTP media is
   recognised as a distinct RTP media session.  Hence, to preserve
   harmony with RTP media sessions within SDP descriptions, the optional
   Composite Session mechanism is specified, using the grouping
   framework [RFC5888].

   The description of these parameters in SDP is presented in the
   following sections.

3.1.  FLUTE Protocol Identifier

   The following is the ABNF syntax for an "m=" line, as specified by
   RFC4566 [RFC4566]:

   media-field = "m=" media SP port ["/" integer] SP
     proto 1*(SP fmt) CRLF

   We define a new value for the "proto" sub-field: FLUTE/UDP.  The
   FLUTE/UDP protocol identifier specifies that the session being
   described will use the FLUTE [I-D.ietf-rmt-flute-revised] protocol on
   top of a UDP connection.

   As described below, more than one FLUTE session may be described by a
   single SDP using the Composite Session mechanism.

   The fmt (format) list may be ignored for FLUTE.  The fmt list of
   FLUTE "m=" lines MAY contain a single "*" character to indicate that
   miscellaneous and unspecified MIME types (file formats) are contained
   in the FLUTE session.  Use of any other values (MIME types) in a
   FLUTE fmt list is out of scope of this specification. "0" is known to
   be used in the fmt list to represent the same as "*", in a non
   standard way, and so implementers may take this into account.  An
   example of FLUTE/UDP protocol identifier is shown in Section 4.

   FLUTE is a general file delivery protocol and so it is not considered
   necessary to identify a list of media types per FLUTE session or
   channel in the session description.  [Editorial note: as part of the



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   revised FLUTE (FDT schema) version discussion we may consider using
   fmt values (1 and 2) to describe FLUTE/FDT version number.]

3.2.  Composite Session Semantics

   The Composite Session mechanism enables the grouping of media lines
   in to distinct sessions.  The complete Composite Session semantics
   are protocol-specific - as determined by the protocol id of the
   grouped media lines.  This section defines the Composite Session
   semantic generically and protocol id independently.  Subsection
   3.2.1. defines the FLUTE/UDP protocol identifier specific semantic.

   This mechanism is useful where multiple FLUTE sessions are described
   as part of a larger service or application, and so where maintaining
   and delivering session descriptions together (with a shared delivery
   fate) is good practice.  It may also improve bandwidth efficiency by
   eliminating repetition of redundant descriptors that would be
   necessary with multiple discrete SDP instances.

   The Composite Session mechanism inherits the "group" and "mid"
   attributes from the SDP grouping framework [RFC5888] and introduces
   the "CS" (Composite Session) token as a "semantics-extension".

   When the Composite Session mechanism is used: the SDP grouping
   framework [RFC5888] MUST be used (and requirements from that are
   inherited); and the "CS" token MUST be used with the "group"
   attribute to indicate a Composite Session grouping.  The SDP grouping
   framework declares groups at session-level and labels media (with the
   "mid" attribute) at media-level.  Hence, all media identified by
   their "mid" values by an "a=group:CS" line belong to the same
   Composite Session group and inherit the grouping specified for that
   value at session-level.

   The first media line declared for a Composite Session group is the
   Primary Media.  Just as session-level attributes are inherited to
   media-level declarations (unless specifically overwritten by an
   additional media-level attribute), Primary Media attributes SHALL be
   inherited to all media of a particular Composite Session group and
   these MAY be overwritten where an attribute syntax allows.
   [Editorial note: unless we discover problems with existing
   implementations, "The first media line declared..." will be changed
   to: "The first (leftmost) mid value declared..."]

3.2.1.  Composite Session Semantics for FLUTE Sessions

   When a complete SDP description specifies only one FLUTE session,
   using the Composite Session mechanism is OPTIONAL.  When a complete
   SDP description specifies more than one FLUTE session, using the



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   Composite Session mechanism is REQUIRED.

   The Composite Session provides an unambiguous way to define multiple
   FLUTE sessions as distinct from multiple the media-sessions semantics
   of RTP.  It is useful for describing more than one FLUTE session in
   an SDP instance and so its use and support are OPTIONAL.  For SDP
   instances which describe multiple FLUTE sessions, the Composite
   Session semantics MUST be used.  Whenever an SDP describes just one
   FLUTE session with more than a single media stream of FLUTE protocol
   identifier (i.e. a FLUTE channel), use of Composite Session semantics
   is RECOMMENDED.

   To support simple applications, as well as ensure harmony with FLUTE
   SDP standards outside of the IETF [3GPP.26.346], when the Composite
   Session mechanism is not used for media of the UDP/FLUTE protocol,
   exactly one FLUTE session is specified within the SDP description and
   all UDP/FLUTE media that SDP description belong to the same FLUTE
   session (this is known as the Restricted Behaviour).

   The Composite Session mechanism SHOULD NOT be used where the target
   clients are expected to include simpler FLUTE SDP parsers, such as in
   3GPP MBMS [3GPP.26.346].  In this Restricted Behaviour only UDP/FLUTE
   media SHALL be described.

   A partial example of using the Composite Session mechanism for FLUTE
   is shown below.

   <other session-level attributes>
   a=group:CS 1 2
   a=group:CS 3
   m=application 12345 FLUTE/UDP *
   a=mid:1
   <other media-level attributes>
   m=application 12346 FLUTE/UDP *
   a=mid:2
   <other media-level attributes>
   m=application 56789 FLUTE/UDP *
   a=mid:3
   <other media-level attributes>

   The example shows two groups with the 1st and 3rd media ("m=") lines
   (mid values 1 and 3) being the Primary Media for each group
   respectively.  In the example, the media with mid value "2" inherits
   attributes of the media with mid value "1".)  Each of these groups
   identifies a separate FLUTE Session.  Several of the attributes
   subsequently specified in this document use this feature of Primary
   Media inheritance to all media of a Composite Session.




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3.2.2.  Composite Session Semantics for Protocols other than FLUTE

   The Composite Session mechanism solves the problem of describing
   multiple FLUTE sessions in a single SDP instance.  However, this does
   not place any restrictions on the use of the Composite Session
   mechanism with transport protocols other than FLUTE/UDP, nor on
   whether a complete SDP would include media of other transport
   protocols too.  Specification of semantics beyond the use of FLUTE
   sessions is outside the scope of this document.

3.3.  Source IP Address

   The Asynchronous Layered Coding (ALC) [RFC5775] and the Layered
   Coding Transport (LCT) [RFC5651] specifications require that all the
   channels of a single ALC/LCT session are from the same source IP
   address.  [Editorial note: we believe this text to be correct but
   have open the question to the mailing group to verify that the single
   sender is identical to the single source IP address.]  Hence, there
   MUST be exactly one source IP address per FLUTE session, and
   therefore one source IP address per each description of a FLUTE
   session description.  Restricted behaviour is one source IP address
   per each complete SDP.  Where multiple FLUTE sessions are described
   within one SDP instance this means one source IP address per each
   Composite Session.

   The source IP address MUST be defined according to the source-filter
   attribute ("a=source-filter") [RFC4570], with the following
   exceptions:

   o  The source-filter attribute MUST be included in any SDP describing
      FLUTE per FLUTE session described.

   o  The number of source-filter attributes in any SDP describing FLUTE
      must be exactly equal to the number of FLUTE sessions described in
      that SDP.

   o  In the restricted behaviour of only one FLUTE session description
      in an SDP and no use of the Composite Session mechanism: The
      source-filter attribute MUST be in the session part of the session
      description and MUST NOT be given per media.  Note, the
      requirement that there must not be more than a single source-
      filter attribute in the session part is inherited from [RFC4570].

   o  Where the Composite Session mechanism is used: The source-filter
      attribute MUST be in the media part of Primary Media of each
      distinct FLUTE session, and MUST NOT be given in other media
      declarations but these, nor in the session-level part of the SDP.




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   o  Exactly one source address is specified by any instance of this
      attribute.  Exactly one source address MUST be given in an
      inclusive-mode "src-list".  Exclusive-mode MUST NOT be used.

   o  The "*" value MUST be used for the "dest-address" sub-field, even
      when the FLUTE session employs only a single channel (e.g. a
      multicast group).

   An example of the use of this attribute is:

   a=source-filter: incl IN IP6 * 2001:0DB8:1:2:240:96FF:FE25:8EC9

   This example uses the source-filter attribute to describe an IPv6
   source address.

3.4.  Transport Session Identifier

   The combination of the TSI and the source IP address identifies a
   FLUTE session.  Each TSI MUST uniquely identify a FLUTE session for a
   given source IP address during the time that the session is active
   and also for a large time before and after the active session time.
   [Editorial note: SDP specification guidance is to expire sessions 30
   minutes after the time given in the t-field and as the t-field is
   mandatory with SDP we are consulting to try and tighten this time
   requirement for well bounded sessions to something more familiar to
   the SDP world - "60 minutes" instead of "large time".  For unbounded
   sessions (end time = "0") the amorphous "large time" recommendation
   will remain in force.]  This requirement is inherited from LCT
   [RFC5651].  The TSI MUST be described by the "flute-tsi" attribute.

   There MUST be exactly one occurrence of the "flute-tsi" attribute per
   FLUTE session description of a SDP description.

   o  The number of "flute-tsi" attributes in any SDP describing FLUTE
      must be exactly equal to the number of FLUTE sessions described in
      that SDP.

   o  In the restricted behaviour of only one FLUTE session description
      in an SDP and no use of the Composite Session mechanism: The
      "flute-tsi" attribute MUST be in the session part of the session
      description and MUST NOT be given per media.  A "flute-tsi"
      attribute in the session-part SHALL be used to identify restricted
      behaviour.

   o  Where the Composite Session mechanism is used: The "flute-tsi"
      attribute MUST be in the media part of Primary Media of each
      distinct FLUTE session, and MUST NOT be given in other media
      declarations but these, and MUST NOT be given in the session-level



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      part of the SDP.

   The syntax for the attribute in ABNF is given below:

   flute-tsi-line = "a=flute-tsi:" tsi CRLF
   tsi = 1*DIGIT

3.5.  Session Timing Parameters

   The SDP timing field "t=" [RFC4566] MUST be used to indicate the
   FLUTE session start and end times.  This value applies to all FLUTE
   and transport sessions defined in a single SDP instance and, thus,
   FLUTE sessions of different timing values need to be declared in
   different SDP instances.

3.6.  Channelisation Descriptors

   This section specifies the description of the channel(s) used within
   a FLUTE session.  The required parameters for channelisation
   description are:

   o  Number of channels

   o  Destination IP address and port number for channels

3.6.1.  Number of Channels

   The FLUTE specification allows the use of multiple channels (e.g.
   multicast groups) to transport the files of a single FLUTE session.
   This is referred to as FLUTE session channelisation in this document.
   A FLUTE channel is equivalent to an ALC/LCT channel.  An ALC/LCT
   channel is defined by the combination of a sender and an address
   associated with the channel by the sender.  Details of each channel
   are defined by SDP media-level information also described in this
   document.  The number of channels is calculated by summing the number
   of unique destination IP address and port number pairs for a certain
   FLUTE session (assignment of media to FLUTE sessions is done with
   presence of absence of the Composite Session grouping).

   The OPTIONAL "flute-ch" attribute describes the number of channels
   used by the source to transmit the FLUTE session.  When present, it
   is used to validate the channel number calculation based on the
   number of destination address/port pairs, and it is expected to be
   used where SDP proxies and other automatic and manual editing that
   introduces errors would cause bad failure conditions at the client.

   When the "flute-ch" attribute is used:




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   o  The number of "flute-ch" attributes in any SDP describing FLUTE
      MUST be exactly equal to the number of FLUTE sessions described in
      that SDP.  A client SHOULD discard all of an SDP instance if this
      condition is not met.  Alternative behaviour, such as retries at
      delivery, error reporting and partial use of SDP instances known
      to include errors, are beyond the scope of this document.

   o  In the restricted behaviour of only one FLUTE session description
      in an SDP and no use of the Composite Session mechanism: The
      "flute-ch" attribute MUST be in the session part of the session
      description and MUST NOT be given per media.

   o  Where the Composite Session mechanism is used: The "flute-ch"
      attribute MUST be in the media part of Primary Media of each
      distinct FLUTE session, and MUST NOT be given in other media
      declarations but these, nor in the session-level part of the SDP.

   The syntax for the attribute in ABNF is given below:

   flute-channel-line = "a=flute-ch:" ch CRLF
   ch = integer
   ;integer is as defined in [RFC4566], and its value is the number of
   ;channels used by the source to transmit data in a FLUTE session.

3.6.2.  Destination IP Address and Port Number for Channels

   SDP media-level information describes one or more channels.  The
   channel parameters MUST be given per channel and are:

   o  Destination IP address

   o  Destination port number

   The destination IP address MUST be defined according to the
   connection data field ("c=") of SDP [RFC4566].  The destination port
   number MUST be defined according to the "port" sub-field of the media
   description field ("m=") of SDP [RFC4566].

   A "c=" line can describe multiple addresses by using "number of
   addresses" sub-field, and also an "m=" line can describe multiple
   ports by using "number of ports" sub-field.  So multiple channels can
   be described by using one "c=" line and one "m=" line (called "slash
   notation").

   When more than one channel is used in a multicast FLUTE session, it
   is RECOMMENDED that the channels are differentiated based on
   destination IP address, and channels are not differentiated based on
   destination port (although those ports could be same or different for



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   each of the channels).  Whenever destination port number is used to
   differentiate between FLUTE channels, the same destination IP address
   MUST be used for all channels in that FLUTE session.  Note, when more
   than one channel is used in a unicast FLUTE session, the channels
   have to be differentiated based on destination ports, as only one
   destination IP address could be used.

   In the case (always with a unicast session) where the same
   destination IP address is used for all the channels of the session
   and only the destination port number differentiates channels, the
   destination IP address MAY be given by the connection data field at
   session-level for all channels (if so, the connection data field MUST
   NOT be used at media-level).

   In the case where each channel has a different destination IP
   address, the destination IP addresses MUST be given at media-level,
   i.e. following an "m=" line.

   The sequence of multiple channels MUST be determined by the order in
   which their media descriptions are defined in the session description
   (i.e. the first media description gives the first channel in the
   sequence).  This applies individually to each FLUTE session of an SDP
   whether one or more FLUTE sessions are described.  In the case of the
   slash notation usage for specifying multiple destination addresses or
   ports, the order of the channel sequence MUST be lowest value first
   and highest last.  Note, slash notation for both destination IP
   address and port would be incompatible with requirement to not use
   both destination IP address and port to differentiate channels in a
   FLUTE session and thus slash notation for both destination IP address
   and port is not allowed for a single FLUTE session - i.e. for a
   single composite session (when the SDP describes multiple FLUTE
   sessions) or for a single SDP (when only one FLUTE session is
   described).

   Also we need to indicate the presence of a FLUTE session on a certain
   channel.  This is done by using the "m=" line in the SDP description
   as shown in the following example:

   m=application 12345 FLUTE/UDP *
   c=IN IP6 FF33::8000:1

   In the above SDP attributes, the "m=" line indicates the media used
   and the "c=" line together with "m=" line's "port" sub-field
   indicates the corresponding channel's address and port respectively.
   Thus, in the above example, the media is transported on a channel
   that uses FLUTE over UDP.  Further, the "c=" line indicates the
   channel's address, which, in this case, is an IPv6 address, and "m="
   line indicates the channel's port (12345).



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   Note, the value of the destination IP address can indicate whether a
   multicast media belongs to an ASM or a SSM group as described by
   [RFC4607].

3.7.  FEC Object Transmission Information

   An SDP description for a FLUTE session MAY include FEC Object
   Transmission Information (FEC-OTI) [RFC5052].  FEC parameters can be
   placed either at session-level or at media-level, although it is
   RECOMMENDED to place them at session-level.  Furthermore, if FEC
   parameters are placed at media level (contrary to the recommendation)
   and the Composite Session mechanism is used, they SHOULD only be
   placed in the Primary Media for any FLUTE session description.  If
   FEC declarations on both session and media level use the same
   reference number (fec-ref) then the media level declaration takes
   precedence for that media component.  FEC parameters include:

   o  FEC Encoding ID

   o  FEC Instance ID (for FEC Encoding IDs 128-255)

   Where FEC-OTI is given, FEC parameters MUST be described in a "FEC-
   declaration" attribute.  Multiple instances of this attribute MAY
   exist both at session-level and media-level.  If an instance exists
   at session-level (or in a Primary Media), a reference to it MAY be
   used at media-level, and an attribute "FEC" MUST be defined for this
   purpose.

   The syntax for the attributes in ABNF is given below:

   fec-declaration-line = "a=FEC-declaration:" fec-ref SP
     fec-enc-id [";" SP fec-inst-id] CRLF
   fec-ref = 1*3DIGIT
   ;value is the SDP-internal identifier for FEC-declaration

   fec-enc-id = "encoding-id=" enc-id
   enc-id = 1*DIGIT
   ;value is the FEC Encoding ID used

   fec-inst-id = "instance-id=" inst-id
   inst-id = 1*DIGIT
   ;value is the FEC Instance ID used

   fec-line = "a=FEC:" fec-ref CRLF

   Examples of FEC-OTI are shown in Section 4.

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   These parameters do not mandate a certain machine configuration but
   instead indicate which capabilities might be needed for successful
   reception of objects from specific channels.  (Note, any "FDT-like"
   fuller description of files in the session could give the FEC
   parameters per file).  FLUTE's FDT syntax (and codepoint header field
   usage) allows complete specification of these FEC parameters in-band
   with FLUTE (per file).  Thus machine configuration can be performed
   using FLUTE alone.

   More complete list of notes on the design logic for the FEC-OTI
   descriptors is provided as an appendix to this document.

   The identification and description of any congestion control (CC)
   instance related to layered media (multiple FLUTE channels) is
   orthogonal to the FEC declarations and other aspects of this
   document.  Hence, CC descriptions are not in scope of this document.

3.8.  Content Description Pointer

   The syntax of the information that tells receiver, in the first
   place, that the session contains files that are of interest is out of
   scope of this document.  However, the SDP MAY include a content
   description pointer at the session-level and/or media-level
   (including Primary Media of Composite Sessions) to enable efficient
   linkage to such information.

   The content description pointer attribute describes to the
   receiver(s) the URI where the content description is stored.  The
   content description pointer MUST be defined according to the
   "content-desc" attribute.

   The syntax for the attribute in ABNF is given below:

   content-desc-line = "a=content-desc:" URI-reference CRLF
   ;URI-reference is as defined in [RFC3986].

   An example of content description pointer is shown in Section 4.

3.9.  Bandwidth Specification

   The specification of bandwidth (data rate) is OPTIONAL and where
   included in the SDP it SHALL adhere to the following rules.

   The maximum bit-rate required by a particular FLUTE media line (one
   or more FLUTE channels, depending on the usage or IP address and port
   ranges) MAY be specified.  In this case it is RECOMMENDED to use the
   TIAS bandwidth modifier [RFC3890] on media-level, although the AS
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   The session bit-rate MAY also be specified.  In this case it is
   RECOMMENDED to use the TIAS bandwidth modifier and the "a=maxprate"
   attribute for the session, and again AS is optional but not
   recommended.

   TIAS is generally preferred as it allows the calculation of the bit-
   rate in environments with translation of IP version or transport
   protocol, where as AS does not and thus adds significant complexity
   in such environments.

   Any Transport Independent (TIAS) bandwidth SHALL be the largest sum
   of the sizes of all FLUTE/UDP packets transmitted during any one
   second long period of the FLUTE session, depending on which level it
   is being used, expressed as kilobits.  The size of the packet SHALL
   include all FLUTE, ALC, LCT and any extensions headers and payload.
   IP and UDP headers are excluded from the TIAS bit-rate calculation.
   Any Application Specific (AS) bandwidth SHALL be the largest sum of
   the sizes of all FLUTE/UDP packets transmitted during any one second
   long period for the related media line(s), expressed as kilobits.
   The size of the packet SHALL be the complete packet, i.e.  IP, UDP
   and FLUTE headers, and the data payload.

3.9.1.  Bandwidth Specification for Composite Sessions

   Where the multimedia session bit-rate is specified (at SDP session
   level) this applies to all media, irrespective of whether the
   Composite Session mechanism is used to describe multiple sessions
   (e.g. multiple FLUTE sessions).  So if multiple Composite Sessions
   are described in a single SDP and SDP session-level bit-rate is
   described, this session-level bit-rate would not relate to any single
   Composite Session.

   A normal TIAS or AS bit-rate declaration at the Primary Media level
   is to be interpreted as media-specific and not imply any inheritance
   to other media of the same Composite Session.  It is RECOMMENDED that
   aggregate Composite Session bandwidth is calculated as the sum of all
   constituent media bit-rate declarations.  Specification of a
   descriptor specifically for aggregate Composite Session bandwidth is
   beyond the scope of this document.

3.10.  SDP Specific Parameters

   SDP [RFC4566] also mandates three parameters ("v=", "o=" and "s=")
   that would be present in every FLUTE SDP description regardless of
   their usefulness to the FLUTE session description.






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4.  SDP Syntax Examples

   This section gives examples of the use of SDP attributes to describe
   a FLUTE session.

   v=0
   o=user123 2890844526 2890842807 IN IP6 2001:0DB8::112E:144A:1E24
   s=File delivery session example
   i=More information
   t=2873397496 2873404696
   a=source-filter: incl IN IP6 * 2001:0DB8:1:2:240:96FF:FE25:8EC9
   a=flute-tsi:3
   a=flute-ch:2
   a=FEC-declaration:0 encoding-id=0
   a=FEC-declaration:1 encoding-id=129; instance-id=0
   a=content-desc:http://www.example.com/flute-sessions/session001
   m=application 12345 FLUTE/UDP *
   c=IN IP6 FF33::8000:1
   a=FEC:0
   m=application 12346 FLUTE/UDP *
   c=IN IP6 FF33::8000:2
   a=FEC:1

           Figure 1: An SDP for FLUTE Session with Two Channels

   Figure 1 shows an example SDP description for FLUTE session with two
   channels.

   The attribute defined in the line "a=source-filter: incl IN IP6 *
   2001:0DB8:1:2:240:96FF:FE25:8EC9" describes a source filter.  In this
   example the source indicates that the receiver(s) should include the
   given IP address (2001:0DB8:1:2:240:96FF:FE25:8EC9) into the session.
   It should be noted that although other possibilities may be used, in
   this case only the incl and * attributes may be used in the above
   attribute.

   The attribute defined in the line "a=flute-tsi:3" describes the
   Transport Session Identifier for the session.  The pair made of the
   source IP address and the TSI together uniquely identifies a FLUTE
   session.

   The source indicates in the above example that it will transmit data
   in the FLUTE session on two channels (a=flute-ch:2).  The source then
   specifies the channels.

   The "a=FEC-declaration" lines describes two different FEC schemes
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   The "a=content-desc" line describes the URI where the content
   description is stored.

   The line "m=application 12345 FLUTE/UDP *" indicates the media used
   for the channel.  In this example, there are two "m=" lines for the
   two channels described.

   The destination addresses for the channels are given in the "c="
   lines.  These also show to the receiver(s) that the channels are two
   (maybe more in other cases) consecutive channels.

   The "a=FEC" lines at media-level reference FEC declarations at
   session-level ("a=FEC-declaration").

   v=0
   o=user123 2890844526 2890842807 IN IP6 2001:0DB8::112E:144A:1E24
   s=File delivery session example
   i=More information
   t=2873397496 2873404696
   a=source-filter: incl IN IP6 * 2001:0DB8:1:2:240:96FF:FE25:8EC9
   a=flute-tsi:2
   a=flute-ch:1
   m=application 12345 FLUTE/UDP *
   c=IN IP6 FF33::8000:1
   a=FEC-declaration:0 encoding-id=129; instance-id=0

            Figure 2: An SDP for FLUTE Session with One Channel

   Figure 2 shows an example SDP description for FLUTE session with one
   channel.





















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   v=0
   o=user123 2890844526 2890842807 IN IP6 2001:0DB8::112E:144A:1E24
   s=File delivery session example
   i=More information
   t=2873397496 2873404696
   a=source-filter: incl IN IP6 * 2001:0DB8:1:2:240:96FF:FE25:8EC9
   a=FEC-declaration:0 encoding-id=0
   a=FEC-declaration:1 encoding-id=129; instance-id=0'
   a=group:CS 1 2
   a=group:CS 3 4
   m=application 12345 FLUTE/UDP *
   c=IN IP6 FF33::8000:1
   a=flute-tsi:1
   a=FEC:0
   a=mid:1
   m=application 12346 FLUTE/UDP *
   c=IN IP6 FF33::8000:2
   a=mid:2
   m=application 12347 FLUTE/UDP *
   c=IN IP6 FF33::8000:3
   a=flute-tsi:2
   a=FEC:1
   a=mid:3
   m=application 12348 FLUTE/UDP *
   c=IN IP6 FF33::8000:4
   a=mid:4

               Figure 3: An SDP for composite FLUTE session

   Figure 3 shows an example SDP description for composite FLUTE
   session.




















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5.  Security Considerations

   See [RFC4566] for security considerations specific to the Session
   Description Protocol in general.  See also [RFC4570] for security
   consideration related to source address filters.  [Editorial note:
   section under review]













































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6.  IANA Considerations

6.1.  Transport Protocol

   The "proto" sub-field of the media description field ("m=") describes
   the transport protocol used.  This document registers one value:
   "FLUTE/UDP" is a reference to FLUTE [I-D.ietf-rmt-flute-revised]
   running over UDP/IP.

6.1.1.  Media formats ("fmt")

   FLUTE media using the "FLUTE/UDP" proto value may use the character
   "*" as their "fmt" value.  The "*" character represents a wild card
   which indicates that miscellaneous and unspecified MIME types are
   contained in the FLUTE session.  Alternatively a list of MIME types
   (file formats) may be given in the "fmt" list.  These formats SHOULD
   be registered.  Use of an existing MIME subtype for the format is
   encouraged.  If no MIME subtype exists, it is RECOMMENDED that a
   suitable one is registered through the IETF process (RFC 2048).
   [Editorial note: wording of this section is under review pending
   FLUTE/FDT version discussion.]

6.2.  Attribute Names

   As recommended by [RFC4566], the new attribute names "flute-tsi",
   "flute-ch", "FEC-declaration", "FEC", "FEC-OTI-extension" and
   "content-desc" should be registered with IANA, as follows:

   The following contact information shall be used for all registrations
   included here:

   Contact:      Rod Walsh
   EMail: rod.walsh (at) nokia.com

   SDP Attribute ("att-field"):
   Attribute name:     flute-tsi
   Long form:          FLUTE Transport Session Identifier
   Type of name:       att-field
   Type of attribute:  Session level or media level
   Subject to charset: No
   Purpose:            See this document
   Reference:          This document
   Values:             See this document

   SDP Attribute ("att-field"):
   Attribute name:     flute-ch
   Long form:          Number of Channels in a FLUTE Session
   Type of name:       att-field



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   Type of attribute:  Session level or media level
   Subject to charset: No
   Purpose:            See this document
   Reference:          This document
   Values:             See this document

   SDP Attribute ("att-field"):
   Attribute name:     FEC-declaration
   Long form:          Forward Error Correction Declaration
   Type of name:       att-field
   Type of attribute:  Session level or media level
   Subject to charset: No
   Purpose:            See this document
   Reference:          This document
   Values:             See this document

   SDP Attribute ("att-field"):
   Attribute name:     FEC
   Long form:          A Reference to FEC Declaration
   Type of name:       att-field
   Type of attribute:  Media level
   Subject to charset: No
   Purpose:            See this document
   Reference:          This document
   Values:             See this document

   SDP Attribute ("att-field"):
   Attribute name:     FEC-OTI-extension
   Long form:          FEC Object Transmission Information extension
   Type of name:       att-field
   Type of attribute:  Session level or media level
   Subject to charset: No
   Purpose:            See this document
   Reference:          This document
   Values:             See this document

   SDP Attribute ("att-field"):
   Attribute name:     content-desc
   Long form:          Content Description Pointer
   Type of name:       att-field
   Type of attribute:  Session level or media level
   Subject to charset: No
   Purpose:            See this document
   Reference:          This document
   Values:             See this document






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6.3.  Composite Session Token to Differentiate FLUTE Sessions

   IANA needs to register the following new 'semantics' attribute for
   the SDP grouping framework [RFC5888]:

   Semantics                            Token      Reference
   ---------------------------------    -----      ---------
   Composite Session                    CS         This document

   It should be registered in the SDP parameters registry
   (http://www.iana.org/assignments/sdp-parameters) under Semantics for
   the "group" SDP Attribute.







































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7.  Acknowledgements

   The authors would like to thank all the people who gave feedback on
   this document.















































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8.  Contributors

   Magnus Westerlund
   Ericsson Research
   Ericsson AB
   SE-164 80 Stockholm
   Sweden
   EMail: Magnus.Westerlund (at) ericsson.com

   Joerg Ott
   Aalto University
   Otakaari 5A
   FI-02150 Espoo
   Finland
   EMail: jo (at) netlab.tkk.fi




































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9.  References

9.1.  Normative References

   [I-D.ietf-rmt-flute-revised]
              Paila, T., Walsh, R., Luby, M., Roca, V., and R. Lehtonen,
              "FLUTE - File Delivery over Unidirectional Transport",
              draft-ietf-rmt-flute-revised-11 (work in progress),
              March 2010.

   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, March 1997.

   [RFC5775]  Luby, M., Watson, M., and L. Vicisano, "Asynchronous
              Layered Coding (ALC) Protocol Instantiation", RFC 5775,
              April 2010.

   [RFC5651]  Luby, M., Watson, M., and L. Vicisano, "Layered Coding
              Transport (LCT) Building Block", RFC 5651, October 2009.

   [RFC5234]  Crocker, D. and P. Overell, "Augmented BNF for Syntax
              Specifications: ABNF", STD 68, RFC 5234, January 2008.

   [RFC4566]  Handley, M., Jacobson, V., and C. Perkins, "SDP: Session
              Description Protocol", RFC 4566, July 2006.

   [RFC4570]  Quinn, B. and R. Finlayson, "Session Description Protocol
              (SDP) Source Filters", RFC 4570, July 2006.

   [RFC3629]  Yergeau, F., "UTF-8, a transformation format of ISO
              10646", STD 63, RFC 3629, November 2003.

   [RFC3986]  Berners-Lee, T., Fielding, R., and L. Masinter, "Uniform
              Resource Identifier (URI): Generic Syntax", STD 66,
              RFC 3986, January 2005.

   [RFC5445]  Watson, M., "Basic Forward Error Correction (FEC)
              Schemes", RFC 5445, March 2009.

   [RFC5052]  Watson, M., Luby, M., and L. Vicisano, "Forward Error
              Correction (FEC) Building Block", RFC 5052, August 2007.

   [RFC5888]  Camarillo, G. and H. Schulzrinne, "The Session Description
              Protocol (SDP) Grouping Framework", RFC 5888, June 2010.

   [RFC3890]  Westerlund, M., "A Transport Independent Bandwidth
              Modifier for the Session Description Protocol (SDP)",
              RFC 3890, September 2004.



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9.2.  Informative References

   [RFC3926]  Paila, T., Luby, M., Lehtonen, R., Roca, V., and R. Walsh,
              "FLUTE - File Delivery over Unidirectional Transport",
              RFC 3926, October 2004.

   [RFC2974]  Handley, M., Perkins, C., and E. Whelan, "Session
              Announcement Protocol", RFC 2974, October 2000.

   [RFC3261]  Rosenberg, J., Schulzrinne, H., Camarillo, G., Johnston,
              A., Peterson, J., Sparks, R., Handley, M., and E.
              Schooler, "SIP: Session Initiation Protocol", RFC 3261,
              June 2002.

   [RFC2616]  Fielding, R., Gettys, J., Mogul, J., Frystyk, H.,
              Masinter, L., Leach, P., and T. Berners-Lee, "Hypertext
              Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1", RFC 2616, June 1999.

   [RFC4145]  Yon, D. and G. Camarillo, "TCP-Based Media Transport in
              the Session Description Protocol (SDP)", RFC 4145,
              September 2005.

   [RFC4607]  Holbrook, H. and B. Cain, "Source-Specific Multicast for
              IP", RFC 4607, August 2006.

   [RFC2326]  Schulzrinne, H., Rao, A., and R. Lanphier, "Real Time
              Streaming Protocol (RTSP)", RFC 2326, April 1998.

   [3GPP.26.346]
              3GPP, "Multimedia Broadcast/Multicast Service (MBMS);
              Protocols and codecs", 3GPP TS 26.346 6.13.0, March 2009.




















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Appendix A.  Use of FEC attributes with RTP sessions (informative)

   The "FEC-declaration" and "FEC" attributes provide general FEC-OTI
   information in FEC Encoding ID and FEC Instance ID values.  These may
   also be used for RTP sessions employing same FEC Building Block (as
   is done for 3GPP MBMS [3GPP.26.346]).  However, semantics of RTP are
   different from FLUTE (FEC is per session not per object) and RTP does
   not have in-band mechanism to signal FEC OTI extensions.  Thus, RTP
   FEC declarations are expected to be used for machine configuration as
   well as capability requirements specification (for FLUTE it is
   generally only the latter).

   Hence, the FLUTE SDP, defined in this document, may be extended using
   a "FEC-OTI-extension" attribute, depending on the configuration needs
   of the FEC decoder used and the lack of an alternative means to
   signal the extended FEC-OTI information.  The purpose of extended
   FEC-OTI information is to define FEC code/instance-specific OTI
   required for receiver FEC payload configuration.  The contents of
   such an extension would be FEC code-specific and exact specification,
   beyond adherence to the ABNF below, needs to be specified by any FEC
   code using this attribute, and hence is outside the scope of this
   Appendix.

   A "FEC-OTI-extension" attribute must be immediately preceded by its
   associated "FEC-declaration" attribute and so the full FEC-OTI,
   including extension, will be found in two neighbouring attribute
   lines.  The fec-ref value binds a "FEC-OTI-extension" and "FEC-
   declaration attribute" pair.

   The syntax for the attribute in ABNF is given below:

   fec-oti-extension-line = "a=FEC-OTI-extension:" fec-ref SP
       oti-extension CRLF
   oti-extension = base64
   base64 = *base64-unit [base64-pad]
   base64-unit = 4base64-char
   base64-pad = 2base64-char "==" / 3base64-char "="
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Appendix B.  Further Design Logic for FEC-OTI Descriptors

   There are several reasons that the FEC Encoding and Instance IDs are
   optional capabilities descriptions:

   1.  It is not always necessary to explicitly describe the FEC
       capabilities in advance of the session - e.g. for simple (and
       short) sessions it can be more elegant to discover this from the
       session (FDT) itself (even when some mechanism for machine-
       readable session parameters, such as IP addresses and ports, is
       wanted in advance).

   2.  There may be some other out-of-band discovery of FEC capability
       requirements (e.g. well known-FEC/standardised capabilities for a
       certain application, verbal agreement between a group, etc.) that
       provides the FEC capability information.  This document does not
       want to prevent this, and in this case repeating the information
       in SDP would be unnecessary and wasteful (and probably result in
       implementations not following the flute-sdp specification).

   3.  FLUTE defaults to Compact No-Code FEC [RFC5445] and support for
       this is mandatory for FLUTE anyway so it is a given (capability
       requirement) which does not need to be described by the SDP.  In
       cases where only Compact No-Code FEC is required, there is no use
       in specifying any FEC Encoding (and Instance) IDs in the SDP
       (though it is allowed).  [Editorial note: RFC5445 is currently
       under normative section and we believe that it should be under
       informative section.  This needs checking.]

   4.  In cases where a FLUTE session description (SDP file) is not
       defined once for all time, it is possible that the FEC usage is
       not known in advance and the FEC capabilities would only be added
       to the SDP in a later version of that SDP file when the FEC codes
       have been selected (e.g. a larger audience may suggest stronger
       FEC to make FLUTE delivery more reliable, whereas additional bi-
       directional messages may be scalable for smaller groups).

   5.  Also, in cases where a FLUTE session description (SDP file) is
       very static (e.g. once for all time for that session), it is
       possible that the FEC usage is not known in advance and it needs
       to be left to some other mechanism (e.g.  FDT) to discover any
       FEC capability requirements set closer to the session
       transmission - with the same examples as mentioned above.

   Also, in a complex case of very many FEC codes being used in the
   session giving a full list in SDP is not seen as being reasonable
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Authors' Addresses

   Rod Walsh
   Nokia Research Center
   P.O. Box 100 (Visiokatu 1)
   Tampere  FI-33721
   Finland

   Email: rod.walsh (at) nokia.com


   Igor D.D. Curcio
   Nokia Research Center
   P.O. Box 88 (Tieteenkatu 1)
   Tampere  FI-33721
   Finland

   Email: igor.curcio (at) nokia.com


   Jani Peltotalo
   Tampere University of Technology
   P.O. Box 553 (Korkeakoulunkatu 1)
   Tampere  FI-33101
   Finland

   Email: jani.peltotalo (at) tut.fi


   Sami Peltotalo
   Tampere University of Technology
   P.O. Box 553 (Korkeakoulunkatu 1)
   Tampere  FI-33101
   Finland

   Email: sami.peltotalo (at) tut.fi


   Harsh Mehta


   Email: harsh.mehta (at) gmail.com









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