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INFORMATIONAL

Network Working Group                                          P. Savola
Request for Comments: 4223                                     CSC/FUNET
Obsoletes: 1863                                             October 2005
Category: Informational


                Reclassification of RFC 1863 to Historic

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Abstract

   This memo reclassifies RFC 1863, A BGP/IDRP Route Server alternative
   to a full mesh routing, to Historic status.  This memo also obsoletes
   RFC 1863.

1.  Reclassification of RFC 1863 to Historic

   RFC 1863 [1] describes the use of route servers as an alternative to
   BGP/IDRP full mesh routing.

   In the context of this document, the term "RFC 1863 route server" is
   used to refer to a route server as specified in RFC 1863.  Other uses
   of the term "route server" are outside the scope of this document.

   Implementations of RFC 1863 route servers do not exist and are not
   used as an alternative to full mesh routing.  Therefore, RFC 1863 is
   reclassified to Historic status.

   Current techniques that serve as an alternative to full mesh routing
   include BGP Route Reflectors [2], BGP Confederedations [3], and the
   use of private AS numbers.  IDRP for IP has never been standardized
   by the IETF and can be considered obsolete.

   Other uses of (non-RFC1863) route servers, rather than as an
   alternative to full mesh routing as described by RFC 1863, are
   expected to continue to be used for multiple purposes, but are out of
   the scope of this memo.





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2.  Acknowledgements

   Jeffrey Haas, John Scudder, Paul Jakma, and Yakov Rekhter provided
   useful background information for the creation of this memo.  Scott
   Bradner, Jeffrey Haas, and Yakov Rekhter provided substantial
   feedback during the WG last call.

3.  Security Considerations

   Reclassifying RFC 1863 has no security considerations.

4.  References

4.1.  Normative References

   [1]  Haskin, D., "A BGP/IDRP Route Server alternative to a full mesh
        routing", RFC 1863, October 1995.

4.2.  Informative References

   [2]  Bates, T., Chandra, R., and E. Chen, "BGP Route Reflection - An
        Alternative to Full Mesh IBGP", RFC 2796, April 2000.

   [3]  Traina, P., McPherson, D., and J. Scudder, "Autonomous System
        Confederations for BGP", RFC 3065, February 2001.

Author's Address

   Pekka Savola
   CSC/FUNET
   Espoo
   Finland

   EMail: psavola@funet.fi

















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