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6lo                                                      P. Thubert, Ed.
Internet-Draft                                                     Cisco
Intended status: Standards Track                              C. Bormann
Expires: August 15, 2016                                  Uni Bremen TZI
                                                              L. Toutain
                                                    IMT-TELECOM Bretagne
                                                               R. Cragie
                                                                     ARM
                                                       February 12, 2016


                         6LoWPAN Routing Header
                   draft-ietf-6lo-routing-dispatch-05

Abstract

   This specification introduces a new 6LoWPAN dispatch type for use in
   6LoWPAN Route-Over topologies, that initially covers the needs of RPL
   (RFC6550) data packets compression.  Using this dispatch type, this
   specification defines a method to compress RPL Option (RFC6553)
   information and Routing Header type 3 (RFC6554), an efficient IP-in-
   IP technique and is extensible for more applications.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   2.  Terminology . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   3.  Using the Page Dispatch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     3.1.  New Routing Header Dispatch (6LoRH) . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     3.2.  Placement Of 6LoRH headers  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
       3.2.1.  Relative To Non-6LoRH Headers . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
       3.2.2.  Relative To Other 6LoRH Headers . . . . . . . . . . .   7
   4.  6LoWPAN Routing Header General Format . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     4.1.  Elective Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     4.2.  Critical Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
     4.3.  Compressing Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   9
       4.3.1.  Coalescence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
       4.3.2.  DODAG Root Address Determination  . . . . . . . . . .  10
   5.  The SRH 6LoRH Header  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     5.1.  Encoding  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
     5.2.  SRH-6LoRH General Operation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
       5.2.1.  Uncompressed SRH Operation  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
       5.2.2.  6LoRH-Compressed SRH Operation  . . . . . . . . . . .  13
       5.2.3.  Inner LOWPAN_IPHC Compression . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
     5.3.  The Design Point of Popping Entries . . . . . . . . . . .  14
     5.4.  Compression Reference for SRH-6LoRH header entries  . . .  15
     5.5.  Popping Headers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
     5.6.  Forwarding  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
   6.  The RPL Packet Information 6LoRH  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  17
     6.1.  Compressing the RPLInstanceID . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19
     6.2.  Compressing the SenderRank  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19
     6.3.  The Overall RPI-6LoRH encoding  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19
   7.  The IP-in-IP 6LoRH Header . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  22
   8.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  23
   9.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  23
     9.1.  Reserving Space in 6LoWPAN Dispatch Page 1  . . . . . . .  23
     9.2.  New 6LoWPAN Routing Header Type Registry  . . . . . . . .  24
   10. Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  24
   11. References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  24
     11.1.  Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  24
     11.2.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  25
   Appendix A.  Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  26
     A.1.  Examples Compressing The RPI  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  26
     A.2.  Example Of Downward Packet In Non-Storing Mode  . . . . .  28



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     A.3.  Example of SRH-6LoRH life-cycle . . . . . . . . . . . . .  30
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  32

1.  Introduction

   The design of Low Power and Lossy Networks (LLNs) is generally
   focused on saving energy, a very constrained resource in most cases.
   The other constraints, such as the memory capacity and the duty
   cycling of the LLN devices, derive from that primary concern.  Energy
   is often available from primary batteries that are expected to last
   for years, or is scavenged from the environment in very limited
   quantities.  Any protocol that is intended for use in LLNs must be
   designed with the primary concern of saving energy as a strict
   requirement.

   Controlling the amount of data transmission is one possible venue to
   save energy.  In a number of LLN standards, the frame size is limited
   to much smaller values than the IPv6 maximum transmission unit (MTU)
   of 1280 bytes.  In particular, an LLN that relies on the classical
   Physical Layer (PHY) of IEEE 802.15.4 [IEEE802154] is limited to 127
   bytes per frame.  The need to compress IPv6 packets over IEEE
   802.15.4 led to the 6LoWPAN Header Compression [RFC6282] work
   (6LoWPAN-HC).

   Innovative Route-over techniques have been and are still being
   developed for routing inside a LLN.  In a general fashion, such
   techniques require additional information in the packet to provide
   loop prevention and to indicate information such as flow
   identification, source routing information, etc.

   For reasons such as security and the capability to send ICMP errors
   back to the source, an original packet must not be tampered with, and
   any information that must be inserted in or removed from an IPv6
   packet must be placed in an extra IP-in-IP encapsulation.  This is
   the case when the additional routing information is inserted by a
   router on the path of a packet, for instance a mesh root, as opposed
   to the source node.  This is also the case when some routing
   information must be removed from a packet that flows outside the LLN.
   When to use RFC 6553, 6554 and IPv6-in-IPv6
   [I-D.robles-roll-useofrplinfo] details different cases where RFC
   6553, RFC 6554 and IPv6-in-IPv6 encapsulation is required to set the
   bases to help defining the compression of RPL routing information in
   LLN environments.

   When using [RFC6282] the outer IP header of an IP-in-IP encapsulation
   may be compressed down to 2 octets in stateless compression and down
   to 3 octets in stateful compression when context information must be
   added.



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      0                                       1
      0   1   2   3   4   5   6   7   8   9   0   1   2   3   4   5
    +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+
    | 0 | 1 | 1 |  TF   |NH | HLIM  |CID|SAC|  SAM  | M |DAC|  DAM  |
    +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+

              Figure 1: LOWPAN_IPHC base Encoding (RFC6282).

   The Stateless Compression of an IPv6 addresses can only happen if the
   IPv6 address can de deduced from the MAC addresses, meaning that the
   IP end point is also the MAC-layer endpoint.  This is generally not
   the case in a RPL network which is generally a multi-hop route-over
   (i.e., operated at Layer-3) network.  A better compression, which
   does not involve variable compressions depending on the hop in the
   mesh, can be achieved based on the fact that the outer encapsulation
   is usually between the source (or destination) of the inner packet
   and the root.  Also, the inner IP header can only be compressed by
   [RFC6282] if all the fields preceding it are also compressed.  This
   specification makes the inner IP header the first header to be
   compressed by [RFC6282], and keeps the inner packet encoded the same
   way whether it is encapsulated or not, thus preserving existing
   implementations.

   As an example, the Routing Protocol for Low Power and Lossy Networks
   [RFC6550] (RPL) is designed to optimize the routing operations in
   constrained LLNs.  As part of this optimization, RPL requires the
   addition of RPL Packet Information (RPI) in every packet, as defined
   in Section 11.2 of [RFC6550].

   The RPL Option for Carrying RPL Information in Data-Plane Datagrams
   [RFC6553] specification indicates how the RPI can be placed in a RPL
   Option (RPL-OPT) that is placed in an IPv6 Hop-by-Hop header.

   This representation demands a total of 8 bytes, while in most cases
   the actual RPI payload requires only 19 bits.  Since the Hop-by-Hop
   header must not flow outside of the RPL domain, it must be inserted
   in packets entering the domain and be removed from packets that leave
   the domain.  In both cases, this operation implies an IP-in-IP
   encapsulation.

   Additionally, in the case of the Non-Storing Mode of Operation (MOP),
   RPL requires a Source Routing Header (SRH) in all packets that are
   routed down a RPL graph. for that purpose, the [IPv6 Routing Header
   for Source Routes with RPL] (#RFC6554) specification defines the type
   3 Routing Header for IPv6 (RH3).






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           ------+---------                            ^
                 |          Internet                   |
                 |                                     | Native IPv6
              +-----+                                  |
              |     | Border Router (RPL Root)    ^    |    ^
              |     |                             |    |    |
              +-----+                             |    |    | IPv6 in
                 |                                |    |    | IPv6
           o    o   o    o                        |    |    | plus
       o o   o  o   o  o  o o   o                 |    |    |
      o  o o  o o    o   o   o  o  o              |    |    | RPL SRH
      o   o    o  o     o  o    o  o  o           |    |    |
     o  o   o  o   o         o   o o              v    v    v
     o          o             o     o
                       LLN


             Figure 2: IP-in-IP Encapsulation within the LLN.

   With Non-Storing RPL, even if the source is a node in the same LLN,
   the packet must first reach up the graph to the root so that the root
   can insert the SRH to go down the graph.  In any fashion, whether the
   packet was originated in a node in the LLN or outside the LLN, and
   regardless of whether the packet stays within the LLN or not, as long
   as the source of the packet is not the root itself, the source-
   routing operation also implies an IP-in-IP encapsulation at the root
   in order to insert the SRH.

   6TiSCH [I-D.ietf-6tisch-architecture] specifies the operation of IPv6
   over the TimeSlotted Channel Hopping [RFC7554] (TSCH) mode of
   operation of IEEE 802.15.4.  The architecture requires the use of
   both RPL and the 6lo adaptation layer over IEEE 802.15.4.  Because it
   inherits the constraints on frame size from the MAC layer, 6TiSCH
   cannot afford to allocate 8 bytes per packet on the RPI.  Hence the
   requirement for 6LoWPAN header compression of the RPI.

   An extensible compression technique is required that simplifies IP-
   in-IP encapsulation when it is needed, and optimally compresses
   existing routing artifacts found in RPL LLNs.

   This specification extends the 6lo adaptation layer framework
   ([RFC4944],[RFC6282]) so as to carry routing information for route-
   over networks based on RPL.  The specification includes the formats
   necessary for RPL and is extensible for additional formats.







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2.  Terminology

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

   The Terminology used in this document is consistent with and
   incorporates that described in `Terminology in Low power And Lossy
   Networks' [RFC7102] and [RFC6550].

   The terms Route-over and Mesh-under are defined in [RFC6775].

   Other terms in use in LLNs are found in [RFC7228].

   The term "byte" is used in its now customary sense as a synonym for
   "octet".

3.  Using the Page Dispatch

   The 6LoWPAN Paging Dispatch [I-D.ietf-6lo-paging-dispatch]
   specification extends the 6lo adaptation layer framework ([RFC4944],
   [RFC6282]) by introducing a concept of "context" in the 6LoWPAN
   parser, a context being identified by a Page number.  The
   specification defines 16 Pages.

   This draft operates within Page 1, which is indicated by a Dispatch
   Value of binary 11110001.

3.1.  New Routing Header Dispatch (6LoRH)

   This specification introduces a new 6LoWPAN Routing Header (6LoRH) to
   carry IPv6 routing information.  The 6LoRH may contain source routing
   information such as a compressed form of SRH, as well as other sorts
   of routing information such as the RPI and IP-in-IP encapsulation.

   The 6LoRH is expressed in a 6loWPAN packet as a Type-Length-Value
   (TLV) field, which is extensible for future use.

   This specification uses the bit pattern 10xxxxxx in Page 1 for the
   new 6LoRH Dispatch.  Section 4 describes how RPL artifacts in data
   packets can be compressed as 6LoRH headers.

3.2.  Placement Of 6LoRH headers







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3.2.1.  Relative To Non-6LoRH Headers

   In a zone of a packet where Page 1 is active (i.e., once a Page 1
   Paging Dispatch is parsed and no subsequent Paging Dispatch has been
   parsed, the parsing of the packet MUST follow this specification if
   the 6LoRH Bit Pattern Section 3.1 is found.

   With this specification, the 6LoRH Dispatch is only defined in Page
   1, so it MUST be placed in the packet in a zone where the Page 1
   context is active.

   Because a 6LoRH header requires a Page 1 context, it MUST always be
   placed after any Fragmentation Header and/or Mesh Header [RFC4944].

   A 6LoRH header MUST always be placed before the LOWPAN_IPHC as
   defined in 6LoWPAN Header Compression [RFC6282].  It is designed in
   such a fashion that placing or removing a header that is encoded with
   6LoRH does not modify the part of the packet that is encoded with
   LoWPAN_IPHC, whether there is an IP-in-IP encapsulation or not.  For
   instance, the final destination of the packet is always the one in
   the LOWPAN_IPHC whether there is a Routing Header or not.

3.2.2.  Relative To Other 6LoRH Headers

   IPv6 [RFC2460] defines chains of headers that are introduced by an
   IPv6 header and terminated by either another IPv6 header (IP-in-IP)
   or an Upper Layer Protocol ULP) header.  When an outer header is
   stripped from the packet, the whole chain goes with it.  When one or
   more header(s) are inserted by an intermediate router, that router
   normally chains the headers and encapsulates the result in IP-in-IP.

   With this specification, the chains of headers MUST be compressed in
   the same order as they appear in the uncompressed form of the packet.
   This means that if there is more than one nested IP-in-IP
   encapsulations, the first IP-in-IP encapsulation, with all its chain
   of headers, is encoded first in the compressed form.

   In the compressed form of a packet that has SRH or HbH headers after
   the inner IPv6 header (e.g. if there is no IP-in-IP encapsulation),
   these headers are placed in the 6LoRH form before the 6LOWPAN-IPHC
   that represents the IPv6 header Section 3.2.1.  If this packet gets
   encapsulated and some other SRH or HbH headers are added as part of
   the encapsulation, placing the 6LoRH headers next to one another may
   present an ambiguity on which header belong to which chain in the
   uncompressed form.

   In order to disambiguate the headers that follow the inner IPv6
   header in the uncompressed form from the headers that follow the



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   outer IP-in-IP header, it is REQUIRED that the compressed IP-in-IP
   header is placed last in the encoded chain.  This means that the
   6LoRH headers that are found after the last compressed IP-in-IP
   header are to be inserted after the IPv6 header that is encoded with
   the 6LOWPAN-IPHC when decompressing the packet.

   With regards to the relative placement of the SRH and the RPI in the
   compressed form, it is a design point for this specification that the
   SRH entries are consumed as the packet progresses down the LLN
   Section 5.3.  In order to make this operation simpler in the
   compressed form, it is REQUIRED that the in the compressed form, the
   addresses along the source route path are encoded in the order of the
   path, and that the compressed SRH are placed before the compressed
   RPI.

4.  6LoWPAN Routing Header General Format

   The 6LoRH usesthe Dispatch Value Bit Pattern of 10xxxxxx in Page 1.

   The Dispatch Value Bit Pattern is split in two forms of 6LoRH:

      Elective (6LoRHE) that may skipped if not understood

      Critical (6LoRHC) that may not be ignored

4.1.  Elective Format

   The 6LoRHE uses the Dispatch Value Bit Pattern of 101xxxxx.  A 6LoRHE
   may be ignored and skipped in parsing.  If it is ignored, the 6LoRHE
   is forwarded with no change inside the LLN.

       0                   1
       0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-       ...        -+
      |1|0|1| Length  |      Type     |                    |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-       ...        -+
                                       <--    Length    -->

                Figure 3: Elective 6LoWPAN Routing Header.

   Length:
      Length of the 6LoRHE expressed in bytes, excluding the first 2
      bytes.  This enables a node to skip a 6LoRHE header that it does
      not support and/or cannot parse, for instance if the Type is not
      recognized.

   Type:
      Type of the 6LoRHE



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4.2.  Critical Format

   The 6LoRHC uses the Dispatch Value Bit Pattern of 100xxxxx.

   A node which does not support the 6LoRHC Type MUST silently discard
   the packet.

   Note: The situation where a node receives a message with a Critical
   6LoWPAN Routing Header that it does not understand is a critical
   administrative error whereby the wrong device is placed in a network.
   It makes no sense to overburden the constrained device with code that
   would send an ICMP error to the source.  Rather, it is expected that
   the device will raise some management alert indicating that it cannot
   operate in this network for that reason.  As a result, there is no
   provision for the exchange of error messages for this situation, so
   it should be avoided by judicious use of administrative control and/
   or capability indications by the device manufacturer.

     0                   1
     0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5
    +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-              ...               -+
    |1|0|0|   TSE   |      Type     |                                  |
    +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-              ...               -+
                                     <-- Length implied by Type/TSE -->

                Figure 4: Critical 6LoWPAN Routing Header.

   TSE:
      Type Specific Extension.  The meaning depends on the Type, which
      must be known in all of the nodes.  The interpretation of the TSE
      depends on the Type field that follows.  For instance, it may be
      used to transport control bits, the number of elements in an
      array, or the length of the remainder of the 6LoRHC expressed in a
      unit other than bytes.

   Type:
      Type of the 6LoRHC

4.3.  Compressing Addresses

   The general technique used in this draft to compress an address is
   first to determine a reference that as a long prefix match with this
   address, and then elide that matching piece.  In order to reconstruct
   the compress address, the receiving node will perform the process of
   coalescence described in section Section 4.3.1.

   One possible reference is the root of the RPL DODAG that is being
   traversed.  It is used by 6LoRH as the reference to compress an outer



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   IP header, in case of an IP-in-IP encapsulation.  If the root is the
   source of the packet, this technique allows to fully elide the source
   address in the compressed form of the IP header.  If the root is not
   the encapsulator, then the encapsulator address may still be
   compressed using the root as reference.  How the address of the root
   is determined is discussed in Section 4.3.2.

   Once the address of the source of the packet is determined, it
   becomes the reference for the compression of the addresses that are
   located in compressed SRH headers that are present inside the IP-in-
   IP encapsulation in the uncompressed form.

4.3.1.  Coalescence

   An IPv6 compressed address is coalesced with a reference address by
   overriding the N rightmost bytes of the reference address with the
   compressed address, where N is the length of the compressed address,
   as indicated by the Type of the SRH-6LoRH header in Figure 7.

   The reference address MAY be a compressed address as well, in which
   case it MUST be compressed in a form that is of an equal or greater
   length than the address that is being coalesced.

   A compressed address is expanded by coalescing it with a reference
   address.  In the particular case of a Type 4 SRH-6LoRH, the address
   is expressed in full and the coalescence is a complete override as
   illustrated in Figure 5.

   RRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR reference address, may be compressed or not

                CCCCCCC compressed address, shorter or same as reference

   RRRRRRRRRRRRRCCCCCCC Coalesced address, same compression as reference

                      Figure 5: Coalescing addresses.

4.3.2.  DODAG Root Address Determination

   Stateful Address compression requires that some state is installed in
   the devices to store the compression information that is elided from
   the packet.  That state is stored in an abstract context table and
   some form of index is found in the packet to obtain the compression
   information from the context table.

   With [RFC6282], the state is provided to the stack by the 6LoWPAN
   Neighbor Discovery Protocol (NDP) [RFC6775].  NDP exchanges the
   context through 6LoWPAN Context Option in Router Advertisement (RA)




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   messages.  In the compressed form of the packet, the context can be
   signaled in a Context Identifier Extension.

   With this specification, the compression information is provided to
   the stack by RPL, and RPL exchanges it through the DODAGID field in
   the DAG Information Object (DIO) messages, as described in more
   details below.  In the compressed form of the packet, the context can
   be signaled in by the RPLInstanceID in the RPI.

   With RPL [RFC6550], the address of the DODAG root is known from the
   DODAGID field of the DIO messages.  For a Global Instance, the
   RPLInstanceID that is present in the RPI is enough information to
   identify the DODAG that this node participates to and its associated
   root.  But for a Local Instance, the address of the root MUST be
   explicit, either in some device configuration or signaled in the
   packet, as the source or the destination address, respectively.

   When implicit, the address of the DODAG root MUST be determined as
   follows:

   If the whole network is a single DODAG then the root can be well-
   known and does not need to be signaled in the packets.  But since RPL
   does not expose that property, it can only be known by a
   configuration applied to all nodes.

   Else, the router that encapsulates the packet and compresses it with
   this specification MUST also place an RPI in the packet as prescribed
   by [RFC6550] to enable the identification of the DODAG.  The RPI must
   be present even in the case when the router also places an SRH header
   in the packet.

   It is expected that the RPL implementation maintains an abstract
   context table, indexed by Global RPLInstanceID, that provides the
   address of the root of the DODAG that this nodes participates to for
   that particular RPL Instance.

5.  The SRH 6LoRH Header

5.1.  Encoding

   The Source Routing Header 6LoRH (SRH-6LoRH) header is a Critical
   6LoWPAN Routing Header that provides a compressed form for the SRH,
   as defined in [RFC6554] for use by RPL routers.  Routers that need to
   forward a packet with a SRH-6LoRH are expected to be RPL routers and
   are expected to support this specification.  If a non-RPL router
   receives a packet with a SRH-6LoRH, this means that there was a
   routing error and the packet should be dropped so the Type cannot be
   ignored.



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       0                   1
       0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-    -+-    -+ ... +-    -+
      |1|0|0|  Size   |6LoRH Type 0..4| Hop1 | Hop2 |     | HopN |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-    -+-    -+ ... +-    -+

            Size indicates the number of compressed addresses

                         Figure 6: The SRH-6LoRH.

   The 6LoRH Type indicates the compression level used in a given SRH-
   6LoRH header.

   One or more 6LoRH header(s) MAY be placed in a 6LoWPAN packet.

   It results that all addresses in a given SRH-6LoRH header MUST be
   compressed in an identical fashion, down to using the identical
   number of bytes per address.  In order to get different degrees of
   compression, multiple consecutive SRH-6LoRH headers MUST be used.

   Type 0 means that the address is compressed down to one byte, whereas
   Type 4 means that the address is provided in full in the SRH-6LoRH
   with no compression.  The complete list of Types of SRH-6LoRH and the
   corresponding compression level are provided in Figure 7:

     +-----------+----------------------+
     |   6LoRH   | Length of compressed |
     |   Type    | IPv6 address (bytes) |
     +-----------+----------------------+
     |    0      |       1              |
     |    1      |       2              |
     |    2      |       4              |
     |    3      |       8              |
     |    4      |      16              |
     +-----------+----------------------+

                      Figure 7: The SRH-6LoRH Types.

   In the case of a SRH-6LoRH header, the TSE field is used as a Size,
   which encodes the number of hops minus 1; so a Size of 0 means one
   hop, and the maximum that can be encoded is 32 hops.  (If more than
   32 hops need to be expressed, a sequence of SRH-6LoRH elements can be
   employed.)  It results that the Length in bytes of a SRH-6LoRH header
   is:

   2 + Length_of_compressed_IPv6_address * (Size + 1)





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5.2.  SRH-6LoRH General Operation

5.2.1.  Uncompressed SRH Operation

   In the non-compressed form, when the root generates or forwards a
   packet in non-Storing Mode, it needs to include a Source Routing
   Header [RFC6554] to signal a strict source-route path to a final
   destination down the DODAG.

   All the hops along the path, but the first one, are encoded in order
   in the SRH.  The last entry in the SRH is the final destination and
   the destination in the IPv6 header is the first hop along the source-
   route path.  The intermediate hops perform a swap and the Segment-
   Left field indicates the active entry in the Routing Header
   [RFC2460].

   The current destination of the packet, which is the termination of
   the current segment, is indicated at all times by the destination
   address of the IPv6 header.

5.2.2.  6LoRH-Compressed SRH Operation

   The handling of the SRH-6LoRH is different: there is no swap, and a
   forwarding router that corresponds to the first entry in the first
   SRH-6LoRH upon reception of a packet effectively consumes that entry
   when forwarding.  This means that the size of a compressed source-
   routed packet decreases as the packet progresses along its path and
   that the routing information is lost along the way.  This also means
   that an SRH encoded with 6LoRH is not recoverable and cannot be
   protected.

   When compressed with this specification, all the remaining hops MUST
   be encoded in order in one or more consecutive SRH-6LoRH headers.
   Whether or not there is a SRH-6LoRH header present, the address of
   the final destination is indicated in the LoWPAN_IPHC at all times
   along the path.  Examples of this are provided in Appendix A.

   The current destination (termination of the current segment) for a
   compressed source-routed packet is indicated in the first entry of
   the first SRH-6LoRH.  In strict source-routing, that entry MUST match
   an address of the router that receives the packet.

   The last entry in the last SRH-6LoRH is the last router on the way to
   the final destination in the LLN.  This router can be the final
   destination if it is found desirable to carry a whole IP-in-IP
   encapsulation all the way.  Else, it is the RPL parent of the final
   destination, or a router acting at 6LR [RFC6775] for the destination
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   If the SRH-6LoRH header is contained in an IP-in-IP encapsulation,
   the last router removes the whole chain of headers.  Otherwise, it
   removes the SRH-6LoRH header only.

5.2.3.  Inner LOWPAN_IPHC Compression

   6LoWPAN ND [RFC6282] is designed to support more than one IPv6
   address per node and per Interface Identifier (IID), an IID being
   typically derived from a MAC address to optimize the LOWPAN-IPHC
   compression.

   Link local addresses are compressed with stateless address
   compression (S/DAC=0).  The other addresses are derived from
   different prefixes and they can be compressed with stateful address
   compression based on a context (S/DAC=1).

   But stateless compression is only defined for the specific link-local
   prefix as opposed to the prefix in an encapsulating header.  And with
   stateful compression, the compression reference is found in a
   context, as opposed to an encapsulating header.

   It results that in the case of an IP-in-IP encapsulation, it is
   possible to compress an inner source (respectively destination) IP
   address in a LOWPAN_IPHC based on the encapsulating IP header only if
   stateful (context-based) compression is used.  The compression will
   operate only if the IID in the source (respectively the destination)
   IP address in the outer and inner headers match, which usually means
   that they refer to the same node . This is encoded as S/DAC = 1 and
   S/AM=11.  It must be noted that the outer destination address that is
   used to compress the inner destination address is the last entry in
   the last SRH-6LoRH header.

5.3.  The Design Point of Popping Entries

   In order to save energy and to optimize the chances of transmission
   success on lossy media, it is a design point for this specification
   that the entries in the SRH that have been used are removed from the
   packet.  This creates a discrepancy from the art of IPv6 where
   Routing Header are mutable but recoverable.

   With this specification, the packet can be expanded at any hop into a
   valid IPv6 packet, including a SRH, and compressed back.  But the
   packet as decompressed along the way will not carry all the consumed
   addresses that packet would have if it had been forwarded in the
   uncompressed form.

   It is noted that:




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      The value of keeping the whole RH in an IPv6 header is for the
      receiver to reverse it to use the symmetrical path on the way
      back.

      It is generally not a good idea to reverse a routing header.  The
      RH may have been used to stay away from the shortest path for some
      reason that is only valid on the way in (segment routing).

      There is no use of reversing a RH in the present RPL
      specifications.

      P2P RPL reverses a path that was learned reactively, as a part of
      the protocol operation, which is probably a cleaner way than a
      reversed echo on the data path.

      Reversing a header is discouraged by [RFC2460] for RH0 unless it
      is authenticated, which requires an Authentication Header (AH).
      There is no definition of an AH operation for SRH, and there is no
      indication that the need exists in LLNs.

      It is noted that AH does not protect the RH on the way.  AH is a
      validation at the receiver with the sole value of enabling the
      receiver to reversing it.

      A RPL domain is usually protected by L2 security and that secures
      both RPL itself and the RH in the packets, at every hop.  This is
      a better security than that provided by AH.

   In summary, the benefit of saving energy and lowering the chances of
   loss by sending smaller frames over the LLN are seen as overwhelming
   compared to the value of possibly reversing the header.

5.4.  Compression Reference for SRH-6LoRH header entries

   In order to optimize the compression of IP addresses present in the
   SRH headers, this specification requires that the 6LoWPAN layer
   identifies an address that is used as reference for the compression.

   With this specification, the Compression Reference for the first
   address found in an SRH header is the source of the IPv6 packet, and
   then the reference for each subsequent entry is the address of its
   predecessor once it is uncompressed.

   With RPL [RFC6550], an SRH header may only be present in Non-Storing
   mode, and it may only be placed in the packet by the root of the
   DODAG, which must be the source of the resulting IPv6 packet
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   is that the address of the root, and it can be implicit when the
   address of the root is.

   The Compression Reference MUST be determined as follows:

   The reference address may be obtained by configuration.  The
   configuration may indicate either the address in full, or the
   identifier of a 6LoWPAN Context that carries the address [RFC6775],
   for instance one of the 16 Context Identifiers used in LOWPAN-IPHC
   [RFC6282].

   Else, and if there is no IP-in-IP encapsulation, the source address
   in the IPv6 header that is compressed with LOWPAN-IPHC is the
   reference for the compression.

   Else, and if the IP-in-IP compression specified in this document is
   used and the Encapsulator Address is provided, then the Encapsulator
   Address is the reference.

5.5.  Popping Headers

   Upon reception, the router checks whether the address in the first
   entry of the first SRH-6LoRH one of its own addresses.  In that case,
   router MUST consume that entry before forwarding, which is an action
   of popping from a stack, where the stack is effectively the sequence
   of entries in consecutive SRH-6LoRH headers.

   Popping an entry of an SRH-6LoRH header is a recursive action
   performed as follows:

   If the Size of the SRH-6LoRH header is 1 or more, indicating that
   there are at least 2 entries in the header, the router removes the
   first entry and decrements the Size (by 1).

   Else (meaning that this is the last entry in the SRH-6LoRH header),
   and if there is no next SRH-6LoRH header after this then the SRH-
   6LoRH is removed.

   Else, if there is a next SRH-6LoRH of a Type with a larger or equal
   value, meaning a same or lesser compression yielding same or larger
   compressed forms, then the SRH-6LoRH is removed.

   Else, the first entry of the next SRH-6LoRH is popped from the next
   SRH-6LoRH and coalesced with the first entry of this SRH-6LoRH.

   At the end of the process, if there is no more SRH-6LoRH in the
   packet, then the processing node is the last router along the source
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5.6.  Forwarding

   When receiving a packet with a SRH-6LoRH, a router determines the
   IPv6 address of the current segment endpoint.

   If strict source routing is enforced and thus router is not the
   segment endpoint for the packet then this router MUST drop the
   packet.

   If this router is the current segment endpoint, then the router pops
   its address as described in Section 5.5 and continues processing the
   packet.

   If there is still a SRH-6LoRH, then the router determines the new
   segment endpoint and routes the packet towards that endpoint.

   Otherwise the router uses the destination in the inner IP header to
   forward or accept the packet.

   The segment endpoint of a packet MUST be determined as follows:

   The router first determines the Compression Reference as discussed in
   Section 4.3.1.

   The router then coalesces the Compression Reference with the first
   entry of the first SRH-6LoRH header as discussed in Section 5.4.  If
   the type of the SRH-6LoRH header is type 4 then the coalescence is a
   full override.

   Since the Compression Reference is an uncompressed address, the
   coalesced IPv6 address is also expressed in the full 128bits.

   An example of this operation is provided in Appendix A.3.

6.  The RPL Packet Information 6LoRH

   [RFC6550], Section 11.2, specifies the RPL Packet Information (RPI)
   as a set of fields that are placed by RPL routers in IP packets to
   identify the RPL Instance, detect anomalies and trigger corrective
   actions.

   In particular, the SenderRank, which is the scalar metric computed by
   a specialized Objective Function such as [RFC6552], indicates the
   Rank of the sender and is modified at each hop.  The SenderRank field
   is used to validate that the packet progresses in the expected
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   RPL defines the RPL Option for Carrying RPL Information in Data-Plane
   Datagrams [RFC6553] to transport the RPI, which is carried in an IPv6
   Hop-by-Hop Options Header [RFC2460], typically consuming eight bytes
   per packet.

   With [RFC6553], the RPL option is encoded as six octets, which must
   be placed in a Hop-by-Hop header that consumes two additional octets
   for a total of eight octets.  To limit the header's range to just the
   RPL domain, the Hop-by-Hop header must be added to (or removed from)
   packets that cross the border of the RPL domain.

   The 8-byte overhead is detrimental to LLN operation, in particular
   with regards to bandwidth and battery constraints.  These bytes may
   cause a containing frame to grow above maximum frame size, leading to
   Layer 2 or 6LoWPAN [RFC4944] fragmentation, which in turn leads to
   even more energy expenditure and issues discussed in LLN Fragment
   Forwarding and Recovery [I-D.thubert-6lo-forwarding-fragments].

   An additional overhead comes from the need, in certain cases, to add
   an IP-in-IP encapsulation to carry the Hop-by-Hop header.  This is
   needed when the router that inserts the Hop-by-Hop header is not the
   source of the packet, so that an error can be returned to the router.
   This is also the case when a packet originated by a RPL node must be
   stripped from the Hop-by-Hop header to be routed outside the RPL
   domain.

   For that reason, this specification defines an IP-in-IP-6LoRH header
   in Section 7, but it must be noted that removal of a 6LoRH header
   does not require manipulation of the packet in the LOWPAN_IPHC, and
   thus, if the source address in the LOWPAN_IPHC is the node that
   inserted the IP-in-IP-6LoRH header then this situation alone does not
   mandate an IP-in-IP-6LoRH header.

   Note: A typical packet in RPL non-storing mode going down the RPL
   graph requires an IP-in-IP encapsulation of the SRH, whereas the RPI
   is usually (and quite illegally) omitted, unless it is important to
   indicate the RPLInstanceID.  To match this structure, an optimized
   IP-in-IP 6LoRH header is defined in Section 7.

   As a result, a RPL packet may bear only an RPI-6LoRH header and no
   IP-in-IP-6LoRH header.  In that case, the source and destination of
   the packet are specified by the LOWPAN_IPHC.

   As with [RFC6553], the fields in the RPI include an 'O', an 'R', and
   an 'F' bit, an 8-bit RPLInstanceID (with some internal structure),
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   The remainder of this section defines the RPI-6LoRH header, which is
   a Critical 6LoWPAN Routing Header that is designed to transport the
   RPI in 6LoWPAN LLNs.

6.1.  Compressing the RPLInstanceID

   RPL Instances are discussed in [RFC6550], Section 5.  A number of
   simple use cases do not require more than one RPL Instance, and in
   such cases, the RPL Instance is expected to be the Global Instance 0.
   A global RPLInstanceID is encoded in a RPLInstanceID field as
   follows:

       0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |0|     ID      |  Global RPLInstanceID in 0..127
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

        Figure 8: RPLInstanceID Field Format for Global Instances.

   For the particular case of the Global Instance 0, the RPLInstanceID
   field is all zeros.  This specification allows to elide a
   RPLInstanceID field that is all zeros, and defines a I flag that,
   when set, signals that the field is elided.

6.2.  Compressing the SenderRank

   The SenderRank is the result of the DAGRank operation on the rank of
   the sender; here the DAGRank operation is defined in [RFC6550],
   Section 3.5.1, as:

      DAGRank(rank) = floor(rank/MinHopRankIncrease)

   If MinHopRankIncrease is set to a multiple of 256, the least
   significant 8 bits of the SenderRank will be all zeroes; by eliding
   those, the SenderRank can be compressed into a single byte.  This
   idea is used in [RFC6550] by defining DEFAULT_MIN_HOP_RANK_INCREASE
   as 256 and in [RFC6552] that defaults MinHopRankIncrease to
   DEFAULT_MIN_HOP_RANK_INCREASE.

   This specification allows to encode the SenderRank as either one or
   two bytes, and defines a K flag that, when set, signals that a single
   byte is used.

6.3.  The Overall RPI-6LoRH encoding

   The RPI-6LoRH header provides a compressed form for the RPL RPI.
   Routers that need to forward a packet with a RPI-6LoRH header are
   expected to be RPL routers that support this specification.  If a



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   non-RPL router receives a packet with a RPI-6LoRH header, there was a
   routing error and the packet should be dropped.  Thus the Type field
   MUST NOT be ignored.

   Since the I flag is not set, the TSE field does not need to be a
   length expressed in bytes.  In that case the field is fully reused
   for control bits that encode the O, R and F flags from the RPI, as
   well as the I and K flags that indicate the compression format.

   The Type for the RPI-6LoRH is 5.

   The RPI-6LoRH header is immediately followed by the RPLInstanceID
   field, unless that field is fully elided, and then the SenderRank,
   which is either compressed into one byte or fully in-lined as two
   bytes.  The I and K flags in the RPI-6LoRH header indicate whether
   the RPLInstanceID is elided and/or the SenderRank is compressed.
   Depending on these bits, the Length of the RPI-6LoRH may vary as
   described hereafter.

       0                   1                   2
       0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+  ...  -+-+-+
      |1|0|0|O|R|F|I|K| 6LoRH Type=5  |   Compressed fields  |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+  ...  -+-+-+

                  Figure 9: The Generic RPI-6LoRH Format.

   O, R, and F bits:  The O, R, and F bits are defined in [RFC6550],
         section 11.2.

   I bit:  If it is set, the RPLInstanceID is elided and the
         RPLInstanceID is the Global RPLInstanceID 0.  If it is not set,
         the octet immediately following the type field contains the
         RPLInstanceID as specified in [RFC6550], section 5.1.

   K bit:  If it is set, the SenderRank is compressed into one octet,
         with the least significant octet elided.  If it is not set, the
         SenderRank, is fully inlined as two octets.

   In Figure 10, the RPLInstanceID is the Global RPLInstanceID 0, and
   the MinHopRankIncrease is a multiple of 256 so the least significant
   byte is all zeros and can be elided:









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       0                   1                   2
       0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |1|0|0|O|R|F|1|1| 6LoRH Type=5  | SenderRank    |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
                I=1, K=1

                 Figure 10: The most compressed RPI-6LoRH.

   In Figure 11, the RPLInstanceID is the Global RPLInstanceID 0, but
   both bytes of the SenderRank are significant so it can not be
   compressed:

       0                   1                   2                   3
       0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |1|0|0|O|R|F|1|0| 6LoRH Type=5  |        SenderRank             |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
                I=1, K=0

                   Figure 11: Eliding the RPLInstanceID.

   In Figure 12, the RPLInstanceID is not the Global RPLInstanceID 0,
   and the MinHopRankIncrease is a multiple of 256:

       0                   1                   2                   3
       0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |1|0|0|O|R|F|0|1| 6LoRH Type=5  | RPLInstanceID |  SenderRank   |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
                I=0, K=1

                    Figure 12: Compressing SenderRank.

   In Figure 13, the RPLInstanceID is not the Global RPLInstanceID 0,
   and both bytes of the SenderRank are significant:

       0                   1                   2                   3
       0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
      |1|0|0|O|R|F|0|0| 6LoRH Type=5  | RPLInstanceID |    Sender-...
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
        ...-Rank      |
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
                I=0, K=0

              Figure 13: Least compressed form of RPI-6LoRH.




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7.  The IP-in-IP 6LoRH Header

   The IP-in-IP 6LoRH (IP-in-IP-6LoRH) header is an Elective 6LoWPAN
   Routing Header that provides a compressed form for the encapsulating
   IPv6 Header in the case of an IP-in-IP encapsulation.

   An IP-in-IP encapsulation is used to insert a field such as a Routing
   Header or an RPI at a router that is not the source of the packet.
   In order to send an error back regarding the inserted field, the
   address of the router that performs the insertion must be provided.

   The encapsulation can also enable the last router prior to
   Destination to remove a field such as the RPI, but this can be done
   in the compressed form by removing the RPI-6LoRH, so an IP-in-IP-
   6LoRH encapsulation is not required for that sole purpose.

   This field is not critical for routing so the Type can be ignored,
   and the TSE field contains the Length in bytes.

     0                   1                   2
     0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3
    +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-       ...      -+
    |1|0|1| Length  | 6LoRH Type 6  |  Hop Limit    | Encaps. Address  |
    +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-       ...      -+


                      Figure 14: The IP-in-IP-6LoRH.

   The Length of an IP-in-IP-6LoRH header is expressed in bytes and MUST
   be at least 1, to indicate a Hop Limit (HL), that is decremented at
   each hop.  When the HL reaches 0, the packet is dropped per
   [RFC2460].

   If the Length of an IP-in-IP-6LoRH header is exactly 1, then the
   Encapsulator Address is elided, which means that the Encapsulator is
   a well-known router, for instance the root in a RPL graph.

   The most efficient compression of an IP-in-IP encapsulation that can
   be achieved with this specification is obtained when an endpoint of
   the packet is the root of the RPL DODAG associated to the RPL
   Instance that is used to forward the packet, and the root address is
   known implicitly as opposed to signaled explicitly in the data
   packets.

   If the Length of an IP-in-IP-6LoRH header is greater than 1, then an
   Encapsulator Address is placed in a compressed form after the Hop
   Limit field.  The value of the Length indicates which compression is
   performed on the Encapsulator Address.  For instance, a Size of 3



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   indicates that the Encapsulator Address is compressed to 2 bytes.
   The reference for the compression is the address of the root of the
   DODAG.  The way the address of the root is determined is discussed in
   Section 4.3.2.

   With RPL, the destination address in the IP-in-IP header is
   implicitly the root in the RPL graph for packets going upwards, and,
   in storing mode, it is the destination address in the IPHC for
   packets going downwards.  In non-storing mode, there is no implicit
   value for packets going downwards.

   If the implicit value is correct, the destination IP address of the
   IP-in-IP encapsulation can be elided.  Else, the destination IP
   address of the IP-in-IP header is transported in a SRH-6LoRH header
   as the first entry of the first of these headers.

   If the final destination of the packet is a leaf that does not
   support this specification, then the chain of 6LoRH headers must be
   stripped by the RPL/6LR router to which the leaf is attached.  In
   that example, the destination IP address of the IP-in-IP header
   cannot be elided.

   In the special case where a 6LoRH header is used to route 6LoWPAN
   fragments, the destination address is not accessible in the IPHC on
   all fragments and can be elided only for the first fragment and for
   packets going upwards.

8.  Security Considerations

   The security considerations of [RFC4944], [RFC6282], and [RFC6553]
   apply.

   Using a compressed format as opposed to the full in-line format is
   logically equivalent and is believed to not create an opening for a
   new threat when compared to [RFC6550], [RFC6553] and [RFC6554].

9.  IANA Considerations

9.1.  Reserving Space in 6LoWPAN Dispatch Page 1

   This specification reserves Dispatch Value Bit Patterns within the
   6LoWPAN Dispatch Page 1 as follows:

      101xxxxx: for Elective 6LoWPAN Routing Headers

      100xxxxx: for Critical 6LoWPAN Routing Headers.





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9.2.  New 6LoWPAN Routing Header Type Registry

   This document creates an IANA registry for the 6LoWPAN Routing Header
   Type, and assigns the following values:

      0..4: SRH-6LoRH [RFCthis]

      5: RPI-6LoRH [RFCthis]

      6: IP-in-IP-6LoRH [RFCthis]

10.  Acknowledgments

   The authors wish to thank Tom Phinney, Thomas Watteyne, Tengfei
   Chang, Martin Turon, James Woodyatt, Samita Chakrabarti, Jonathan
   Hui, Gabriel Montenegro and Ralph Droms for constructive reviews to
   the design in the 6lo Working Group.  The overall discussion involved
   participants to the 6MAN, 6TiSCH and ROLL WGs, thank you all.
   Special thanks to the chairs of the ROLL WG, Michael Richardson and
   Ines Robles, and Brian Haberman, Internet Area A-D, and Adrian
   Farrel, Routing Area A-D, for driving this complex effort across
   Working Groups and Areas.

11.  References

11.1.  Normative References

   [I-D.ietf-6lo-paging-dispatch]
              Thubert, P., "6LoWPAN Paging Dispatch", draft-ietf-6lo-
              paging-dispatch-01 (work in progress), January 2016.

   [IEEE802154]
              IEEE standard for Information Technology, "IEEE std.
              802.15.4, Part. 15.4: Wireless Medium Access Control (MAC)
              and Physical Layer (PHY) Specifications for Low-Rate
              Wireless Personal Area Networks", 2015.

   [RFC2119]  Bradner, S., "Key words for use in RFCs to Indicate
              Requirement Levels", BCP 14, RFC 2119, DOI 10.17487/
              RFC2119, March 1997,
              <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc2119>.

   [RFC2460]  Deering, S. and R. Hinden, "Internet Protocol, Version 6
              (IPv6) Specification", RFC 2460, DOI 10.17487/RFC2460,
              December 1998, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc2460>.






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   [RFC4944]  Montenegro, G., Kushalnagar, N., Hui, J., and D. Culler,
              "Transmission of IPv6 Packets over IEEE 802.15.4
              Networks", RFC 4944, DOI 10.17487/RFC4944, September 2007,
              <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc4944>.

   [RFC6282]  Hui, J., Ed. and P. Thubert, "Compression Format for IPv6
              Datagrams over IEEE 802.15.4-Based Networks", RFC 6282,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC6282, September 2011,
              <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6282>.

   [RFC6550]  Winter, T., Ed., Thubert, P., Ed., Brandt, A., Hui, J.,
              Kelsey, R., Levis, P., Pister, K., Struik, R., Vasseur,
              JP., and R. Alexander, "RPL: IPv6 Routing Protocol for
              Low-Power and Lossy Networks", RFC 6550, DOI 10.17487/
              RFC6550, March 2012,
              <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6550>.

   [RFC6552]  Thubert, P., Ed., "Objective Function Zero for the Routing
              Protocol for Low-Power and Lossy Networks (RPL)", RFC
              6552, DOI 10.17487/RFC6552, March 2012,
              <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6552>.

   [RFC6553]  Hui, J. and JP. Vasseur, "The Routing Protocol for Low-
              Power and Lossy Networks (RPL) Option for Carrying RPL
              Information in Data-Plane Datagrams", RFC 6553, DOI
              10.17487/RFC6553, March 2012,
              <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6553>.

   [RFC6554]  Hui, J., Vasseur, JP., Culler, D., and V. Manral, "An IPv6
              Routing Header for Source Routes with the Routing Protocol
              for Low-Power and Lossy Networks (RPL)", RFC 6554, DOI
              10.17487/RFC6554, March 2012,
              <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6554>.

   [RFC7102]  Vasseur, JP., "Terms Used in Routing for Low-Power and
              Lossy Networks", RFC 7102, DOI 10.17487/RFC7102, January
              2014, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7102>.

   [RFC7228]  Bormann, C., Ersue, M., and A. Keranen, "Terminology for
              Constrained-Node Networks", RFC 7228, DOI 10.17487/
              RFC7228, May 2014,
              <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7228>.

11.2.  Informative References







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   [I-D.ietf-6tisch-architecture]
              Thubert, P., "An Architecture for IPv6 over the TSCH mode
              of IEEE 802.15.4", draft-ietf-6tisch-architecture-09 (work
              in progress), November 2015.

   [I-D.robles-roll-useofrplinfo]
              Robles, I., Richardson, M., and P. Thubert, "When to use
              RFC 6553, 6554 and IPv6-in-IPv6", draft-robles-roll-
              useofrplinfo-02 (work in progress), October 2015.

   [I-D.thubert-6lo-forwarding-fragments]
              Thubert, P. and J. Hui, "LLN Fragment Forwarding and
              Recovery", draft-thubert-6lo-forwarding-fragments-02 (work
              in progress), November 2014.

   [RFC6775]  Shelby, Z., Ed., Chakrabarti, S., Nordmark, E., and C.
              Bormann, "Neighbor Discovery Optimization for IPv6 over
              Low-Power Wireless Personal Area Networks (6LoWPANs)", RFC
              6775, DOI 10.17487/RFC6775, November 2012,
              <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6775>.

   [RFC7554]  Watteyne, T., Ed., Palattella, M., and L. Grieco, "Using
              IEEE 802.15.4e Time-Slotted Channel Hopping (TSCH) in the
              Internet of Things (IoT): Problem Statement", RFC 7554,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC7554, May 2015,
              <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7554>.

Appendix A.  Examples

A.1.  Examples Compressing The RPI

   The example in Figure 15 illustrates the 6LoRH compression of a
   classical packet in Storing Mode in all directions, as well as in
   non-Storing mode for a packet going up the DODAG following the
   default route to the root.  In this particular example, a
   fragmentation process takes place per [RFC4944], and the fragment
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   +-  ...  -+-  ...  -+-+ ... -+- ... +-+-+ ... -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+...
   |Frag type|Frag hdr |11110001|  RPI-  |IP-in-IP| LOWPAN-IPHC | ...
   |RFC 4944 |RFC 4944 | Page 1 | 6LoRH  | 6LoRH  |             |
   +-  ...  -+-  ...  -+-+ ... -+- ... +-+-+ ... -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+...
                                                   <-  RFC 6282  ->
                                                    No RPL artifact

   +-  ...  -+-  ...  -+-+ ... -+-+ ... -+- ... +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+...
   |Frag type|Frag hdr |
   |RFC 4944 |RFC 4944 |  Payload (cont)
   +-  ...  -+-  ...  -+-+ ... -+-+ ... -+- ... +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+...

   +-  ...  -+-  ...  -+-+ ... -+-+ ... -+- ... +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+...
   |Frag type|Frag hdr |
   |RFC 4944 |RFC 4944 |  Payload (cont)
   +-  ...  -+-  ...  -+-+ ... -+-+ ... -+- ... +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+...




              Figure 15: Example Compressed Packet with RPI.

   In Storing Mode, if the packet stays within the RPL domain, then it
   is possible to save the IP-in-IP encapsulation, in which case only
   the RPI is compressed with a 6LoRH, as illustrated in Figure 16 in
   the case of a non-fragmented ICMP packet:

   +- ...  -+-+- ... -+-+-+-+ ... -+-+-+-+ ... -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+...
   |11110001| RPI-6LoRH |  NH = 0      | NH = 58  |  ICMP message ...
   |Page 1  |  type 5   | 6LOWPAN-IPHC | (ICMP)   |  (no compression)
   +- ...  -+-+- ... -+-+-+-+ ... -+-+-+-+ ... -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+...
                         <-      RFC 6282       ->
                             No RPL artifact

         Figure 16: Example ICMP Packet with RPI in Storing Mode.

   The format in Figure 16 is logically equivalent to the non-compressed
   format illustrated in Figure 17:

   +-+-+-+- ... -+-+-+-+ ... -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+...
   |  IPv6 Header  | Hop-by-Hop |  RPI in       |  ICMP message ...
   |  NH = 58      | Header     |  RPL Option   |
   +-+-+-+- ... -+-+-+-+ ... -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+...

               Figure 17: Uncompressed ICMP Packet with RPI.

   For a UDP packet, the transport header can be compressed with 6LoWPAN
   HC [RFC6282] as illustrated in Figure 18:



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   +- ...  -+- ... -+-+-+-+- ... +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- ... +-+-+-+-+-+...
   |11110001| RPI-6LoRH |  NH = 1      |11110|C| P | Compressed |UDP ...
   |Page 1  |  type 5   | 6LOWPAN-IPHC | UDP | |   | UDP header |Payload
   +- ...  -+- ... -+-+-+-+- ... +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+- ... +-+-+-+-+-+...
                         <-              RFC 6282             ->
                                    No RPL artifact

               Figure 18: Uncompressed ICMP Packet with RPI.

   If the packet is received from the Internet in Storing Mode, then the
   root is supposed to encapsulate the packet to insert the RPI.  The
   resulting format would be as represented in Figure 19:

 +-+-+-+-+-+-+- ... -+-+-- ... -+-+- ... -+-+-+-+-+-+-+ ... -+-+-+-+...
 |11110001 | RPI-6LoRH | IP-in-IP | NH=1 |11110CPP| Compressed | UDP
 |Page 1   |           |  6LoRH   | IPHC | UDP    | UDP header | Payload
 +-+-+-+-+-+-+- ... -+-+-- ... -+-+- ... -+-+-+-+-+-+-+ ... -+-+-+-+...
                                   <-         RFC 6282       ->
                                         No RPL artifact


           Figure 19: RPI inserted by the root in Storing Mode.

A.2.  Example Of Downward Packet In Non-Storing Mode

   The example illustrated in Figure 20 is a classical packet in non-
   Storing mode for a packet going down the DODAG following a source
   routed path from the root.  Say that we have 4 forwarding hops to
   reach a destination.  In the non-compressed form, when the root
   generates the packet, the last 3 hops are encoded in a Routing Header
   type 3 (SRH) and the first hop is the destination of the packet.  The
   intermediate hops perform a swap and the hop count indicates the
   current active hop [RFC2460], [RFC6554].

   When compressed with this specification, the 4 hops are encoded in
   SRH-6LoRH when the root generates the packet, and the final
   destination is left in the LOWPAN-IPHC.  There is no swap, and the
   forwarding node that corresponds to the first entry effectively
   consumes it when forwarding, which means that the size of the encoded
   packet decreases and that the hop information is lost.

   If the last hop in a SRH-6LoRH is not the final destination then it
   removes the SRH-6LoRH before forwarding.

   In the particular example illustrated in Figure 20, all addresses in
   the DODAG are assigned from a same /112 prefix and the last 2 octets
   encoding an identifier such as a IEEE 802.15.4 short address.  In
   that case, all addresses can be compressed to 2 octets, using the



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   root address as reference.  There will be one SRH_6LoRH header, with,
   in this example, 3 compressed addresses:

 +-+-+-+-+-+-+- ... +-+-+- ... -+-+-- ... -+-+- ... -+-+-+-+-+ ... +-...
 |11110001 |SRH-6LoRH | RPI-6LoRH | IP-in-IP | NH=1 |11110CPP| UDP | UDP
 |Page 1   |Type1 S=2 |           |  6LoRH   | IPHC | UDP    | hdr |load
 +-+-+-+-+-+-+- ... +-+-+- ... -+-+-- ... -+-+- ... -+-+-+-+-+ ... +-...
            <-8bytes->                         <-  RFC 6282      ->
                                                No RPL artifact

              Figure 20: Example Compressed Packet with SRH.

   One may note that the RPI is provided.  This is because the address
   of the root that is the source of the IP-in-IP header is elided and
   inferred from the RPLInstanceID in the RPI.  Once found from a local
   context, that address is used as Compression Reference to expand
   addresses in the SRH-6LoRH.

   With the RPL specifications available at the time of writing this
   draft, the root is the only node that may incorporate a SRH in an IP
   packet.  When the root forwards a packet that it did not generate, it
   has to encapsulate the packet with IP-in-IP.

   But if the root generates the packet towards a node in its DODAG,
   then it should avoid the extra IP-in-IP as illustrated in Figure 21:

   +- ...  -+-+-+ ... +-+-+-+ ... -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-++-+- ... -+-+-+-+-+...
   |11110001| SRH-6LoRH | NH=1       | 11110CPP  | Compressed | UDP
   |Page 1  | Type1 S=3 | LOWPAN-IPHC| LOWPAN-NHC| UDP header | Payload
   +- ...  -+-+-+ ... +-+-+-+ ... -+-+-+-+-+-+-+-++-+- ... -+-+-+-+-+...
                                          <-        RFC 6282        ->

        Figure 21: compressed SRH 4*2bytes entries sourced by root.

   Note: the RPI is not represented though RPL [RFC6550] generally
   expects it.  In this particular case, since the Compression Reference
   for the SRH-6LoRH is the source address in the LOWPAN-IPHC, and the
   routing is strict along the source route path, the RPI does not
   appear to be absolutely necessary.

   In Figure 21, all the nodes along the source route path share a same
   /112 prefix.  This is typical of IPv6 addresses derived from an
   IEEE802.15.4 short address, as long as all the nodes share a same
   PAN-ID.  In that case, a type-1 SRH-6LoRH header can be used for
   encoding.  The IPv6 address of the root is taken as reference, and
   only the last 2 octets of the address of the intermediate hops is
   encoded.  The Size of 3 indicates 4 hops, resulting in a SRH-6LoRH of
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A.3.  Example of SRH-6LoRH life-cycle

   This section illustrates the operation specified in Section 5.6 of
   forwarding a packet with a compressed SRH along an A->B->C->D source
   route path.  The operation of popping addresses is exemplified at
   each hop.

   Packet as received by node A
   ----------------------------
     Type 3 SRH-6LoRH Size = 0   AAAA AAAA AAAA AAAA
     Type 1 SRH-6LoRH Size = 0                  BBBB
     Type 2 SRH-6LoRH Size = 1             CCCC CCCC
                                           DDDD DDDD

    Step 1 popping BBBB the first entry of the next SRH-6LoRH
    Step 2 next is if larger value (2 vs. 1) the SRH-6LoRH is removed

     Type 3 SRH-6LoRH Size = 0   AAAA AAAA AAAA AAAA
     Type 2 SRH-6LoRH Size = 1             CCCC CCCC
                                           DDDD DDDD

    Step 3: recursion ended, coalescing BBBB with the first entry
     Type 3 SRH-6LoRH Size = 0   AAAA AAAA AAAA BBBB

    Step 4: routing based on next segment endpoint to B


                     Figure 22: Processing at Node A.























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   Packet as received by node B
   ----------------------------
     Type 3 SRH-6LoRH Size = 0   AAAA AAAA AAAA BBBB
     Type 2 SRH-6LoRH Size = 1             CCCC CCCC
                                           DDDD DDDD

    Step 1 popping CCCC CCCC, the first entry of the next SRH-6LoRH
    Step 2 removing the first entry and decrementing the Size (by 1)

     Type 3 SRH-6LoRH Size = 0   AAAA AAAA AAAA BBBB
     Type 2 SRH-6LoRH Size = 0             DDDD DDDD

    Step 3: recursion ended, coalescing CCCC CCCC with the first entry
     Type 3 SRH-6LoRH Size = 0   AAAA AAAA CCCC CCCC

    Step 4: routing based on next segment endpoint to C


                     Figure 23: Processing at Node B.


   Packet as received by node C
   ----------------------------

     Type 3 SRH-6LoRH Size = 0   AAAA AAAA CCCC CCCC
     Type 2 SRH-6LoRH Size = 0             DDDD DDDD

    Step 1 popping DDDD DDDD, the first entry of the next SRH-6LoRH
    Step 2 the SRH-6LoRH is removed

     Type 3 SRH-6LoRH Size = 0   AAAA AAAA CCCC CCCC

    Step 3: recursion ended, coalescing DDDD DDDDD with the first entry
     Type 3 SRH-6LoRH Size = 0   AAAA AAAA DDDD DDDD

    Step 4: routing based on next segment endpoint to D


                     Figure 24: Processing at Node C.












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   Packet as received by node D
   ----------------------------
     Type 3 SRH-6LoRH Size = 0   AAAA AAAA DDDD DDDD

    Step 1 the SRH-6LoRH is removed.
    Step 2 no more header, routing based on inner IP header.


                     Figure 25: Processing at Node D.

Authors' Addresses

   Pascal Thubert (editor)
   Cisco Systems
   Building D - Regus
   45 Allee des Ormes
   BP1200
   MOUGINS - Sophia Antipolis  06254
   FRANCE

   Phone: +33 4 97 23 26 34
   Email: pthubert@cisco.com


   Carsten Bormann
   Universitaet Bremen TZI
   Postfach 330440
   Bremen  D-28359
   Germany

   Phone: +49-421-218-63921
   Email: cabo@tzi.org


   Laurent Toutain
   Institut MINES TELECOM; TELECOM Bretagne
   2 rue de la Chataigneraie
   CS 17607
   Cesson-Sevigne Cedex  35576
   France

   Email: Laurent.Toutain@telecom-bretagne.eu









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   Robert Cragie
   ARM Ltd.
   110 Fulbourn Road
   Cambridge  CB1 9NJ
   UK

   Email: robert.cragie@gridmerge.com












































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