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6TiSCH                                                      Q. Wang, Ed.
Internet-Draft                           Univ. of Sci. and Tech. Beijing
Intended status: Standards Track                           X. Vilajosana
Expires: December 29, 2017               Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
                                                             T. Watteyne
                                                          Analog Devices
                                                           June 27, 2017


                           6top Protocol (6P)
                   draft-ietf-6tisch-6top-protocol-07

Abstract

   This document defines the 6top Protocol (6P), which enables
   distributed scheduling in 6TiSCH networks.  6P allows neighbor nodes
   to add/delete TSCH cells to one another.  6P is part of the 6TiSCH
   Operation Sublayer (6top), the next higher layer to the IEEE Std
   802.15.4 TSCH medium access control layer.  The 6top Scheduling
   Function (SF) decides when to add/delete cells, and triggers 6P
   Transactions.  Several SFs can be defined, each identified by a
   different 6top Scheduling Function Identifier (SFID).  This document
   lists the requirements for an SF, but leaves the definition of the SF
   out of scope.  SFs are expected to be defined in future companion
   specifications.

Requirements Language

   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 RFC
   2119 [RFC2119].

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Table of Contents

   1.  TEMPORARY EDITORIAL NOTES . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   2.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   3.  6TiSCH Operation Sublayer (6top)  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     3.1.  Hard/Soft Cells . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     3.2.  Using 6P with the Minimal 6TiSCH Configuration  . . . . .   6
   4.  6top Protocol (6P)  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     4.1.  6P Transactions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
       4.1.1.  2-step 6P Transaction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7
       4.1.2.  3-step 6P Transaction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   8
     4.2.  Message Format  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
       4.2.1.  6top Information Element (IE) . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
       4.2.2.  Generic 6P Message Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  10
       4.2.3.  6P CellOptions  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  11
       4.2.4.  6P CellList . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  12
     4.3.  6P Commands and Operations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
       4.3.1.  Adding Cells  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  13
       4.3.2.  Deleting Cells  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  14
       4.3.3.  Relocating Cells  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  16
       4.3.4.  Counting Cells  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  18
       4.3.5.  Listing Cells . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  19
       4.3.6.  Clearing the Schedule . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  20
     4.4.  Protocol Functional Details . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  21
       4.4.1.  Version Checking  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  21
       4.4.2.  SFID Checking . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  22
       4.4.3.  Concurrent 6P Transactions  . . . . . . . . . . . . .  22
       4.4.4.  Timeout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  22
       4.4.5.  SeqNum Mismatch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  23
       4.4.6.  Aborting a 6P Transaction . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  23
       4.4.7.  Generation Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  23



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       4.4.8.  Handling Error Responses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  24
     4.5.  Security  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  25
   5.  Guidelines for 6top Scheduling Functions (SF) . . . . . . . .  25
     5.1.  SF Identifier (SFID)  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  25
     5.2.  Requirements for an SF  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  25
     5.3.  Recommended Structure of an SF Specification  . . . . . .  26
   6.  Implementation Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  26
   7.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  28
   8.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  28
     8.1.  IETF IE Subtype '6P'  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  28
     8.2.  6TiSCH parameters sub-registries  . . . . . . . . . . . .  28
       8.2.1.  6P Version Numbers  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  28
       8.2.2.  6P Message Types  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  29
       8.2.3.  6P Command Identifiers  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  29
       8.2.4.  6P Return Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  30
       8.2.5.  6P Scheduling Function Identifiers  . . . . . . . . .  31
       8.2.6.  6P CellOptions bitmap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  32
   9.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  32
     9.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  33
     9.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  33
   Appendix A.  [TEMPORARY] Changelog  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  34
   Authors' Addresses  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  36

1.  TEMPORARY EDITORIAL NOTES

   This document is an Internet Draft, so work-in-progress by nature.
   It contains the following work-in-progress elements:

   o  "TODO" statements are elements which have not yet been written by
      the authors for some reason (lack of time, ongoing discussions
      with no clear consensus, etc).  The statement does indicate that
      the text will be written at some point.
   o  "TEMPORARY" appendices are there to capture current ongoing
      discussions, or the changelog of the document.  These appendices
      will be removed in the final text.
   o  "IANA_*" identifiers are placeholders for numbers assigned by
      IANA.  These placeholders are to be replaced by the actual values
      they represent after their assignment by IANA.
   o  "RFCXXXX" refers to the RFC number of this specification, once
      published.
   o  The string "REMARK" is put before a remark (questions, suggestion,
      etc) from an author, editor or contributor.  These are on-going
      discussions at the time of writing, and will not be part of the
      final text.
   o  This section will be removed in the final text.






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2.  Introduction

   All communication in a 6TiSCH network is orchestrated by a schedule
   [RFC7554].  This specification defines the 6top Protocol (6P), part
   of the 6TiSCH Operation sublayer (6top).  6P allows a node to
   communicate with a neighbor to add/delete TSCH cells to one another.
   This results in distributed schedule management in a 6TiSCH network.

                                    (R)
                                    / \
                                   /   \
                                (B)-----(C)
                                 |       |
                                 |       |
                                (A)     (D)

                    Figure 1: A simple 6TiSCH network.

   The example network depicted in Figure 1 is used to describe the
   interaction between nodes.  We consider the canonical case where node
   "A" issues 6P requests to node "B".  We keep this example throughout
   this document.  Throughout the document, node A will always represent
   the node that issues a 6P request; node B the node that receives this
   request.

   We consider that node A monitors the communication cells it has in
   its schedule to node B:

   o  If node A determines that the number of link-layer frames it is
      sending to B per unit of time is larger than the capacity offered
      by the TSCH cells it has scheduled to B, it triggers a 6P
      Transaction with node B to add one or more cells to the TSCH
      schedule of both nodes.
   o  If the traffic is lower than the capacity, node A triggers a 6P
      Transaction with node B to delete one or more cells in the TSCH
      schedule of both nodes.
   o  Node A MAY also monitor statistics to determine whether collisions
      are happening on a particular cell to node B.  If this feature is
      enabled, node A communicates with node B to add a new cell and
      delete the cell which suffered from collisions.  This results in
      "relocating" the cell which suffered from collisions to a
      different [slotOffset,channelOffset] location in the TSCH
      schedule.  The mechanism to handle cell relocation is out of the
      scope of this document and might be handled by the scheduling
      function (see below).

   This results in distributed schedule management in a 6TiSCH network.




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   The 6top Scheduling Function (SF) defines when to add/delete a cell
   to a neighbor.  Different applications require different SFs, so the
   SF is left out of scope of this document.  Different SFs are expected
   to be defined in future companion specifications.  A node MAY
   implement multiple SFs and run them at the same time.  At least one
   SF MUST be running.  The SFID field contained in all 6P messages
   allows a node to invoke the appropriate SF on a per-transaction
   basis.

   Section 3 describes the 6TiSCH Operation Sublayer (6top).  Section 4
   defines the 6top Protocol (6P).  Section 5 provides guidelines on how
   to design an SF.

3.  6TiSCH Operation Sublayer (6top)

   As depicted in Figure 2, the 6TiSCH Operation Sublayer (6top) is the
   next higher layer to the IEEE Std 802.15.4 TSCH medium access control
   (MAC) layer [IEEE802154].  We use "802.15.4" as a short version of
   "IEEE Std 802.15.4" in this document.

                                   .
               |                   .                      |
               |             higher layers                |
               +------------------------------------------+
               |                 6top                     |
               +------------------------------------------+
               |          IEEE Std 802.15.4 TSCH          |
               |                   .                      |
                                   .

            Figure 2: The 6top sublayer in the protocol stack.

   The roles of the 6top sublayer are to:

   o  Implement and terminate the 6top Protocol (6P), which allows
      neighbor nodes to communicate to add/delete cells to one another.
   o  Run one or more 6top Scheduling Functions (SF), which define the
      rules that decide when to add/delete cells.

3.1.  Hard/Soft Cells

   Each cell in the schedule is either "hard" or "soft":

   o  a soft cell can be read, added, deleted or updated by 6top.
   o  a hard cell is read-only for 6top.






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   In the context of this specification, all the cells used by 6top are
   soft cells.  Hard cells can be used for example when "hard-coding" a
   schedule [RFC8180].

3.2.  Using 6P with the Minimal 6TiSCH Configuration

   6P MAY be used alongside the Minimal 6TiSCH Configuration [RFC8180].
   In this case, it is RECOMMENDED to use 2 slotframes, as depicted in
   Figure 3:

   o  Slotframe 0 is used for traffic defined in the Minimal 6TiSCH
      Configuration.  In Figure 3, this slotframe is 5 slots long, but
      the slotframe can be shorter or longer.
   o  6P allocates cells from Slotframe 1.  In Figure 3, Slotframe 1 is
      10 slots long, but the slotframe can be shorter or longer.

                   | 0    1    2    3    4  | 0    1    2    3    4  |
                   +------------------------+------------------------+
       Slotframe 0 |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
      5 slots long | EB |    |    |    |    | EB |    |    |    |    |
                   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
                   +-------------------------------------------------+

                   | 0    1    2    3    4    5    6    7    8    9  |
                   +-------------------------------------------------+
       Slotframe 1 |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
     10 slots long |    |A->B|    |    |    |    |    |    |B->A|    |
                   |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |    |
                   +-------------------------------------------------+

    Figure 3: 2-slotframe structure when using 6P alongside the Minimal
                           6TiSCH Configuration.

   The Minimal 6TiSCH Configuration cell SHOULD be allocated from a
   slotframe of higher priority than the slotframe used by 6P for
   dynamic cell allocation.  This way, dynamically allocated cells
   cannot "mask" the cells used by the Minimal 6TiSCH Configuration.
   6top MAY support additional slotframes; how to use additional
   slotframes is out of the scope for this document.

4.  6top Protocol (6P)

   The 6top Protocol (6P) enables two neighbor nodes to add/delete/
   relocate cells to their TSCH schedule.  Conceptually, two neighbor
   nodes "negotiate" the location of the cells to add, delete, or
   relocate in their TSCH schedule.





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4.1.  6P Transactions

   We call "6P Transaction" a complete negotiation between two neighbor
   nodes.  A 6P Transaction starts when a node wishes to add/delete/
   relocate one or more cells to one of its neighbors.  A 6P Transaction
   ends when the cell(s) have been added/deleted/relocated from the
   schedule of both nodes, or when the 6P Transaction has failed.

   The 6P messages exchanged between nodes A and B during a 6P
   Transaction SHOULD be exchanged on dedicated cells between A and B.
   If no dedicated cells are scheduled between nodes A and B, shared
   cells are used.

   Consistency between the schedules of the two neighbor nodes is of
   utmost importance.  A loss of consistency (e.g. node A has a transmit
   cell to node B, but node B does not have the corresponding reception
   cell) can cause loss of connectivity.  To verify consistency,
   neighbor nodes increment the "schedule generation" number of their
   schedule each time their schedule is modified.  Neighbor nodes
   exchange the schedule generation number as part of each 6P
   Transaction to detect possible inconsistencies.  This mechanism is
   explained in Section 4.4.7.

   An implementation MUST include a mechanism to associate each
   scheduled cell with the SF that scheduled it.  This mechanism is
   implementation-specific and out of the scope of this document.

   A 6P Transaction can consist of 2 or 3 steps.  An SF MUST specify
   whether to use 2-step transactions, 3-step transactions, or both.

   We illustrate 2-step and 3-step transactions using the topology in
   Figure 1.

4.1.1.  2-step 6P Transaction

   Figure 4 shows an example 2-step 6P Transaction.  Several elements
   are left out to simplify understanding.














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            +----------+                           +----------+
            |  Node A  |                           |  Node B  |
            +----+-----+                           +-----+----+
                 |                                       |
                 | 6P ADD Request                        |
                 |   Type         = REQUEST              |
                 |   Code         = ADD                  |
                 |   NumCells     = 2                    |
         timeout |   CellList     = [(1,2),(2,2),(3,5)]  |
           ---   |-------------------------------------->|
            |    |                                       |
            |    | 6P Response                           |
            |    |   Type         = RESPONSE             |
            |    |   Code         = SUCCESS              |
            |    |   CellList     = [(2,2),(3,5)]        |
            X    |<--------------------------------------|
                 |                                       |

                Figure 4: An example 2-step 6P Transaction.

   In this example, the 2-step transaction occurs as follows:

   1.  The SF running on node A determines that 2 extra cells need to be
       scheduled to node B.
   2.  The SF running on node A selects 3 candidate cells.
   3.  Node A sends a 6P ADD Request to node B, indicating it wishes to
       add 2 cells (the "NumCells" value), and specifying the list of 3
       candidate cells (the "CellList" value).  Each cell in the
       CellList is a (slotOffset,channelOffset) tuple.
   4.  When it sends the 6P ADD Request, Node A sets a timer to abort
       the transaction if no response has been received before the
       timeout.
   5.  The SF running on node B selects 2 out of the 3 cells in the
       CellList of the 6P ADD Request.  Node B sends back a 6P Response
       to node A, indicating the cells that node B selected.
   6.  Upon completion of this 6P Transaction, 2 cells from A to B have
       been added to the TSCH schedule of both nodes A and B.  The
       schedule generation number (see Section 4.4.7) is incremented to
       allow inconsistency detection.

   In a 2-step transaction, node A selects the candidate cells.

4.1.2.  3-step 6P Transaction

   Figure 5 shows an example 3-step 6P Transaction.  Several elements
   are left out to simplify understanding.





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           +----------+                           +----------+
           |  Node A  |                           |  Node B  |
           +----+-----+                           +-----+----+
                |                                       |
                | 6P ADD Request                        |
                |   Type         = REQUEST              |
                |   Code         = ADD                  |
                |   NumCells     = 2                    |
        timeout |   CellList     = []                   |
          ---   |-------------------------------------->|
           |    |                                       |
           |    | 6P Response                           |
           |    |   Type         = RESPONSE             |
           |    |   Code         = SUCCESS              |
           |    |   CellList     = [(1,2),(2,2),(3,5)]  | timeout
           X    |<--------------------------------------|   ---
                |                                       |    |
                | 6P Confirmation                       |    |
                |   Type         = CONFIRMATION         |    |
                |   Code         = SUCCESS              |    |
                |   CellList     = [(2,2),(3,5)]        |    |
                |-------------------------------------->|    X
                |                                       |


                Figure 5: An example 3-step 6P Transaction.

   In this example, the 3-step transaction occurs as follows:

   1.  The SF running on node A determines that 2 extra cells need to be
       scheduled to node B, but does not select candidate cells.
   2.  Node A sends a 6P ADD Request to node B, indicating it wishes to
       add 2 cells (the "NumCells" value), with an empty "CellList".
   3.  When it sends the 6P ADD Request, Node A sets a timer to abort
       the transaction if no response has been received before the
       timeout.
   4.  The SF running on node B selects 3 candidate cells.  Node B sends
       back a 6P Response to node A, indicating the 3 cells it selected.
   5.  When it sends the 6P Response to node A, Node B sets a timer to
       abort the transaction if no response has been received before the
       timeout.
   6.  The SF running on node A selects 2 cells.  Node A sends back a 6P
       Confirmation to node B, indicating the cells it selected.
   7.  Upon completion of this 6P Transaction, 2 cells from A to B have
       been added to the TSCH schedule of both nodes A and B.  The
       schedule generation number (see Section 4.4.7) is incremented to
       allow inconsistencies detection.




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   In a 3-step transaction, node B selects the candidate cells.

4.2.  Message Format

4.2.1.  6top Information Element (IE)

   6P messages are carried as payload of a 802.15.4 Payload Information
   Element (IE) [IEEE802154].  6P messages travel over a single hop.

   This document defines the "6top IE", a subtype of the IETF IE defined
   in [RFC8137], with subtype IANA_6TOP_SUBIE_ID.  The length of the
   6top IE content is variable.

4.2.2.  Generic 6P Message Format

   All 6P messages follow the generic format shown in Figure 6.

                          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
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |Version| T | R |     Code      |     SFID      | SeqNum|  GEN  |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     | Other Fields...
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-

                   Figure 6: Generic 6P Message Format.

   6P Version (Version):  The version of the 6P protocol.  Only version
         0 is defined in this document.  Future specifications MAY
         define further versions of the 6P protocol.
   Type (T):  Type of message.  The message types are defined in
         Section 8.2.2.
   Reserved (R):  Reserved bits.  These two bits SHOULD be set to zero
         when sending the message and MUST be ignored upon reception.
   Code: The Code field contains a 6P Command Identifier when the 6P
         message is of Type REQUEST.  Section 8.2.3 lists the 6P command
         identifiers.  The Code field contains a 6P Return Code when the
         6P message is of Type RESPONSE or CONFIRMATION.  Section 8.2.4
         lists the 6P Return Codes.  The same return codes are used in
         both 6P Response and 6P Confirmation messages.
   6top Scheduling Function Identifier (SFID):  The identifier of the SF
         to use to handle this message.  The SFID is defined in
         Section 5.1.
   SeqNum:  Sequence number associated with the 6P Transaction, used to
         match the 6P Request, 6P Response and 6P Confirmation of the
         same 6P Transaction.  The value of SeqNum MUST increment by
         exactly one at each new 6P request issued to the same neighbor.




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   Schedule Generation (GEN):  Schedule Generation for the transactions
         between node A and node B.  The generation is used to ensure
         consistency between the schedules of the two neighbors.
         Section 4.4.7 details how the schedule generation is managed.
   Other Fields:  The list of other fields depends on the type of
         messages, and is detailed in Section 4.3.

4.2.3.  6P CellOptions

   An 8-bit 6P CellOptions bitmap is present in the following 6P
   requests: ADD, DELETE, COUNT, LIST, RELOCATE.

   o  In the 6P ADD request, the 6P CellOptions bitmap is used to
      specify what type of cell to add.
   o  In the 6P DELETE request, the 6P CellOptions bitmap is used to
      specify what type of cell to delete.
   o  In the 6P COUNT and the 6P LIST requests, the 6P CellOptions
      bitmap is used as a selector of a particular type of cells.
   o  In the 6P RELOCATE request, the 6P CellOptions bitmap is used to
      specify what type of cell to relocate.

   The contents of the 6P CellOptions bitmap apply to all elements in
   the CellList field.  Section 8.2.6 contains the RECOMMENDED format of
   the 6P CellOptions bitmap.  Figure 7 contains the RECOMMENDED meaning
   of the 6P CellOptions bitmap for the 6P COUNT and 6P LIST requests.


























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        Note: assuming node A issues the 6P command to node B.
       +-------------+------------------------------------------------+
       | CellOptions | cells scheduled with A that are to be selected |
       | Value       | by B when receiving a 6P message from A        |
       +-------------+------------------------------------------------+
       |TX=0,RX=0,S=0| select all cells                               |
       +-------------+------------------------------------------------+
       |TX=1,RX=0,S=0| select the cells scheduled marked as RX        |
       +-------------+------------------------------------------------+
       |TX=0,RX=1,S=0| select the cells marked as TX                  |
       +-------------+------------------------------------------------+
       |TX=1,RX=1,S=0| select the cells marked as TX and RX           |
       +-------------+------------------------------------------------+
       |TX=0,RX=0,S=1| select the cells marked as SHARED              |
       +-------------+------------------------------------------------+
       |TX=1,RX=0,S=1| select the cells marked as RX and SHARED       |
       +-------------+------------------------------------------------+
       |TX=0,RX=1,S=1| select the cells marked as TX and SHARED       |
       +-------------+------------------------------------------------+
       |TX=1,RX=1,S=1| select the cells marked as TX and RX and SHARED|
       +-------------+------------------------------------------------+

    Figure 7: Meaning of the 6P CellOptions bitmap for the 6P COUNT and
                           the 6P LIST requests.

   The CellOptions is an opaque set of bits, sent unmodified to the SF.
   The SF MAY redefine the format of the CellOptions bitmap.  The SF MAY
   redefine the meaning of the CellOptions bitmap.

4.2.4.  6P CellList

   A CellList field MAY be present in a 6P ADD Request, a 6P DELETE
   Request, a 6P RELOCATE Request, a 6P Response or a 6P Confirmation.
   It is composed of zero, one or more 6P Cell containers.  The contents
   of the CellOptions field specify the options associated with all
   cells in the CellList.  This necessarily means that the same options
   are associated with all cells in the CellList.

   The 6P Cell is a 4-byte field, its RECOMMENDED format is:

                          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
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |          slotOffset           |         channelOffset         |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

                         Figure 8: 6P Cell Format.




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   slotOffset:  The slot offset of the cell.
   channelOffset:  The channel offset of the cell.

   The CellList is an opaque set of bytes, sent unmodified to the SF.
   The SF MAY redefine the format of the CellList field.

4.3.  6P Commands and Operations

4.3.1.  Adding Cells

   Cells are added by using the 6P ADD command.  The Type field (T) is
   set to REQUEST.  The Code field is set to ADD.  Figure 9 defines the
   format of a 6P ADD Request.

                          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
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |Version| T | R |     Code      |     SFID      | SeqNum|  GEN  |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |           Metadata            |  CellOptions  |   NumCells    |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     | CellList ...
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-

                     Figure 9: 6P ADD Request Format.

   Metadata:  Used as extra signaling to the SF.  The contents of the
         Metadata field is an opaque set of bytes passed unmodified to
         the SF.  The meaning of this field depends on the SF, and is
         out of scope of this document.  For example, Metadata can
         specify in which slotframe to add the cells.
   CellOptions:  Indicates the options to associate with the cells to be
         added.  If more than one cell is added (NumCells>1), the same
         options are associated with all of them.  This necessarily
         means that, if node A needs to add multiple cells with
         different options, it needs to issue multiple 6P ADD
         Transactions.
   NumCells:  The number of additional cells the sender wants to
         schedule to the receiver.
   CellList:  A list of 0, 1 or multiple 6P Cells to be added.

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      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
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |Version| T | R |     Code      |     SFID      | SeqNum|  GEN  |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     | CellList ...
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-

           Figure 10: 6P ADD Response and Confirmation Formats.

   CellList:  A list of 0, 1 or multiple 6P Cells.

   Consider the topology in Figure 1 where the SF on node A decides to
   add NumCells cells to node B.

   Node A's SF selects NumCandidate cells from its schedule as candidate
   cells to node B.  The CellOptions field specifies the type of these
   cells.  NumCandidate MUST be larger or equal to NumCells.  How many
   cells it selects (NumCandidate) and how that selection is done is
   specified in the SF and out of scope of this document.  Node A sends
   a 6P ADD Request to node B which contains the CellOptions, the value
   of NumCells and a selection of NumCandidate cells in the CellList.
   In case the NumCandidate cells do not fit in a single packet, this
   operation MUST be split into multiple independent 6P ADD Requests,
   each for a subset of the number of cells that eventually need to be
   added.

   Upon receiving the request, node B's SF verifies which of the cells
   in the CellList it can install in node B's schedule following the
   specified CellOptions field.  How that selection is done is specified
   in the SF and out of scope of this document.  The verification can
   succeed (NumCells cells from the CellList can be used), fail (none of
   the cells from the CellList can be used) or partially succeed (less
   than NumCells cells from the CellList can be used).  In all cases,
   node B MUST send a 6P Response with return code set to SUCCESS, and
   which specifies the list of cells that were scheduled following the
   CellOptions field.  That can contain 0 elements (when the
   verification failed), NumCells elements (succeeded) or between 0 and
   NumCells elements (partially succeeded).

   Upon receiving the response, node A adds the cells specified in the
   CellList according to the request CellOptions field.

4.3.2.  Deleting Cells

   Cells are deleted by using the 6P DELETE command.  The Type field (T)
   is set to REQUEST.  The Code field is set to DELETE.  Figure 11
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      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
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |Version| T | R |     Code      |     SFID      | SeqNum|  GEN  |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |           Metadata            |  CellOptions  |   NumCells    |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     | CellList ...
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-

                   Figure 11: 6P DELETE Request Format.

   Metadata:  Same usage as for the 6P ADD command, see Section 4.3.1.
         Its format is the same as that in 6P ADD command, but its
         contents could be different.
   CellOptions:  Indicates the options that need to be associated to the
         cells to delete.  Only the cells matching the CellOptions are
         deleted.
   NumCells:  The number of cells from the specified CellList the sender
         wants to delete from the schedule of both sender and receiver.
   CellList:  A list of 0, 1 or multiple 6P Cells.

   Figure 12 defines the format of a 6P DELETE Response and
   Confirmation.

                          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
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |Version| T | R |     Code      |     SFID      | SeqNum|  GEN  |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     | CellList ...
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-

          Figure 12: 6P DELETE Response and Confirmation Formats.

   CellList:  A list of 0, 1 or multiple 6P Cells.

   The behavior for deleting cells is equivalent to that of adding cells
   except that:

   o  The nodes delete the cells they agree upon rather than adding
      them.
   o  All cells in the CellList MUST already be scheduled between the
      two nodes and must match the CellOptions field.  If node A puts
      cells in its CellList that are not already scheduled between the
      two nodes and match the CellOptions field, node B replies with a
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   o  If the CellList in the 6P Request is empty, the SF on the
      receiving node SHOULD delete any cell from the sender, as long as
      it matches the CellOptions field.
   o  The CellList in a 6P Request (2-step transaction) or 6P Response
      (3-step transaction) MUST either be empty, contain exactly
      NumCells cells, or more than NumCells cells.  The case where the
      CellList is not empty but contains less than NumCells cells is not
      supported.

4.3.3.  Relocating Cells

   Cell relocation consists in moving a cell to a different
   [slotOffset,channelOffset] location in the schedule.  The Type field
   (T) is set to REQUEST.  The Code is set to RELOCATE.  Figure 13
   defines the format of a 6P RELOCATE Request.

                          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
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |Version| T | R |     Code      |     SFID      | SeqNum|  GEN  |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |           Metadata            |   CellOptions |    NumCells   |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |  Rel. CellList  ...   |Cand. CellList (Optional) ...
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

                  Figure 13: 6P RELOCATE Request Format.

   Metadata:  Same usage as for the 6P ADD command, see Section 4.3.1.
         Its format is the same as that in 6P ADD command, but its
         contents could be different.
   CellOptions:  Indicates the options that need to be associated to the
         relocated cells.
   NumCells:  The number of cells to relocate, which MUST be equal or
         greater than 1.
   Relocation CellList:  The list of NumCells 6P Cells to relocate.
   Candidate CellList:  A list of NumCandidate candidate cells for node
         B to pick from.  NumCandidate MUST be equal or greater than
         NumCells.

   Figure 14 defines the format of a 6P RELOCATE Response and
   Confirmation.









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      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
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |Version| T | R |     Code      |     SFID      | SeqNum|  GEN  |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     | CellList ...
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-

         Figure 14: 6P RELOCATE Response and Confirmation Formats.

   CellList:  A list of 0, 1 or multiple 6P Cells.

   Node A's SF wants to relocate NumCells cells.  Node A creates a 6P
   RELOCATE Request, and indicates the cells to relocate in the
   Relocation CellList.  It also selects NumCandidate cells from its
   schedule as candidate cells for node B, and puts those in the
   Candidate CellList.  The CellOptions field specifies the type of the
   cell(s) to relocate.  NumCandidate MUST be larger or equal to
   NumCells.  How many cells it selects (NumCandidate) and how that
   selection is done is specified in the SF and out of scope of this
   document.  Node A sends the 6P RELOCATE Request to node B.

   Upon receiving the request, node B's SF verifies that all the cells
   in the Relocation CellList are indeed scheduled with node A, and are
   associate the options specified in the CellOptions field.  If that
   check fails, node B MUST send a 6P Response to node A with return
   code CELLLIST_ERR.  If that check passes, node B's SF verifies which
   of the cells in the Candidate CellList it can install in its
   schedule.  How that selection is done is specified in the SF and out
   of scope of this document.  That verification on Candidate CellList
   can succeed (NumCells cells from the Candidate CellList can be used),
   fail (none of the cells from the Candidate CellList can be used) or
   partially succeed (less than NumCells cells from the Candidate
   CellList can be used).  In all cases, node B MUST send a 6P Response
   with return code set to SUCCESS, and which specifies the list of
   cells that were scheduled following the CellOptions field.  That can
   contain 0 elements (when the verification failed), NumCells elements
   (succeeded) or between 0 and NumCells elements (partially succeeded).
   If N < NumCells cells appear in the CellList, this means first N
   cells in the Relocation CellList have been relocated, the remainder
   have not.

   Upon receiving the response, node A relocates the cells specified in
   Relocation CellList of its RELOCATE Request to the new location
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           +----------+                           +----------+
           |  Node A  |                           |  Node B  |
           +----+-----+                           +-----+----+
                |                                       |
                | 6P RELOCATE Request                   |
                |   Type         = REQUEST              |
                |   Code         = RELOCATE             |
                |   NumCells     = 2                    |
                |   R.CellList   = [(1,2),(2,2)]        |
                |   C.CellList   = [(3,2),(4,2),(6,5)]  |
                |-------------------------------------->| B relocates
                |                                       | (1,2)->(4,2)
                | 6P Response                           | but cannot
                |   Type         = RESPONSE             | relocate (2,2)
                |   Code         = SUCCESS              |
                |   CellList     = [(4,2)]              |
    A relocates |<--------------------------------------|
    (1,2)->(4,2)|                                       |


                      Figure 15: 6P RELOCATE Example.

4.3.4.  Counting Cells

   To retrieve the number of scheduled cells at B, node A issues a 6P
   COUNT command.  The Type field (T) is set to REQUEST.  The Code field
   is set to COUNT.  Figure 16 defines the format of a 6P COUNT Request.

                        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 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |Version| T | R |     Code      |     SFID      | SeqNum|  GEN  |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |           Metadata            |  CellOptions  |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

                    Figure 16: 6P COUNT Request Format.

   Metadata:  Same usage as for the 6P ADD command, see Section 4.3.1.
         Its format is the same as that in 6P ADD command, but its
         contents could be different.
   CellOptions:  Specifies which types of cells to be counted.

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      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
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |Version| T | R |     Code      |     SFID      | SeqNum|  GEN  |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |           NumCells            |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

                   Figure 17: 6P COUNT Response Format.

   NumCells:  The number of cells which correspond to the fields of the
         request.

   Node A issues a COUNT command to node B, specifying a set of cell
   options.  Upon receiving the 6P COUNT request, node B goes through
   its schedule and counts the number of cells scheduled with node A in
   its own schedule, and which match the cell options in the CellOptions
   field of the request.  Section 4.2.3 details the use of the
   CellOptions field.

   Node B issues a 6P response to node A with return code set to
   SUCCESS, and with NumCells containing the number of cells that match
   the request.

4.3.5.  Listing Cells

   To retrieve the list of scheduled cells at B, node A issues a 6P LIST
   command.  The Type field (T) is set to REQUEST.  The Code field is
   set to LIST.  Figure 18 defines the format of a 6P LIST Request.

                        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 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |Version| T | R |     Code      |     SFID      | SeqNum|  GEN  |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |           Metadata            |  CellOptions  |    Reserved   |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |           Offset              |          MaxNumCells          |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

                    Figure 18: 6P LIST Request Format.

   Metadata:  Same usage as for the 6P ADD command, see Section 4.3.1.
         Its format is the same as that in 6P ADD command, but its
         contents could be different.
   CellOptions:  Specifies which types of cells to be listed.
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   Offset:  The Offset of the first scheduled cell that is requested.
         The mechanism assumes cells are ordered according to a rule
         defined in the SF.  The rule MUST always order the cells in the
         same way.
   MaxNumCells:  The maximum number of cells to be listed.  Node B MAY
         returns less than MaxNumCells cells, for example if MaxNumCells
         cells do not fit in the frame.

   Figure 19 defines the format of a 6P LIST Response.

                          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
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |Version| T | R |     Code      |     SFID      | SeqNum|  GEN  |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     | CellList ...
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-

                    Figure 19: 6P LIST Response Format.

   CellList:  A list of 0, 1 or multiple 6P Cells.

   When receiving a LIST command, node B returns the cells in its
   schedule that match the CellOptions field as specified in
   Section 4.2.3

   When node B receives a LIST request, the returned CellList in the 6P
   Response contains between 1 and MaxNumCells cells, starting from the
   specified offset.  Node B SHOULD include as many cells as fit in the
   frame.  If the response contains the last cell, Node B MUST set the
   Code field in the response to EOL, indicating to Node A that there no
   more cells that match the request.  Node B MUST return at least one
   cell, unless the specified Offset is beyond the end of B's cell list
   in its schedule.  If node B has less than Offset cells that match the
   request, node B returns an empty CellList and a Code field set to
   EOL.

4.3.6.  Clearing the Schedule

   To clear the schedule between nodes A and B (for example after a
   schedule inconsistency is detected), node A issues a CLEAR command.
   The Type field (T) is set to 6P Request.  The Code field is set to
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      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
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |Version| T | R |     Code      |     SFID      | SeqNum|  GEN  |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |           Metadata            |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

                    Figure 20: 6P CLEAR Request Format.

   Metadata:  Same usage as for the 6P ADD command, see Section 4.3.1.
         Its format is the same as that in 6P ADD command, but its
         contents could be different.

   Figure 21 defines the format of a 6P CLEAR Response.

                          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
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+
     |Version| T | R |     Code      |     SFID      | SeqNum|  GEN  |
     +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+

                   Figure 21: 6P CLEAR Response Format.

   When a 6P CLEAR command is issued from node A to node B, both nodes A
   and B MUST remove all the cells scheduled between them.  That is,
   node A MUST remove all the cells scheduled with B, and node B MUST
   remove all the cells scheduled with A.  In a 6P CLEAR command, the
   generation counter GEN MUST NOT be checked.  That is, its value is
   "don't care".  In particular, even if the request contains a GEN
   value that would normally cause node B to detect a schedule
   generation mismatch, the transaction MUST NOT be aborted.

4.4.  Protocol Functional Details

4.4.1.  Version Checking

   All messages contain a Version field.  If multiple Versions of the 6P
   protocol have been defined (in future specifications for Version
   values different from 0), a node MAY implement multiple protocol
   versions at the same time.  When receiving a 6P message with a
   Version number it does not implement, a node MUST reply with a 6P
   Response with a Return Code field set to VER_ERR.  The Version field
   in the 6P Response MUST be the same as the Version field in the
   corresponding 6P Request.  In a 3-step transaction, the Version field
   in the 6P Confirmation MUST match that of the 6P Request and 6P
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4.4.2.  SFID Checking

   All messages contain a SFID field.  A node MAY support multiple SFs
   at the same time.  When receiving a 6P message with an unsupported
   SFID, a node MUST reply with a 6P Response and a return code of
   SFID_ERR.  The SFID field in the 6P Response MUST be the same as the
   SFID field in the corresponding 6P Request.  In a 3-step transaction,
   the SFID field in the 6P Confirmation MUST match that of the 6P
   Request and 6P Response in the same transaction.

4.4.3.  Concurrent 6P Transactions

   Only a single 6P Transaction between two neighbors, in a given
   direction, can take place at the same time.  That is, a node MUST NOT
   issue a new 6P Request to a given neighbor before having received the
   6P Response for a previous request to that neighbor, except when the
   previous 6P Transaction has timed out.  If a node receives a 6P
   Request from a given neighbor before having sent the 6P Response to
   the previous 6P Request from that neighbor, it MUST send back a 6P
   Response with a return code of RESET.  A node receiving RESET code
   MUST abort the transaction and consider it never happened.

   Nodes A and B MAY support having two transactions going on at the
   same time, one in each direction.  Similarly, a node MAY support
   concurrent 6P Transactions from different neighbors.  In this case,
   the cells involved in an ongoing 6P Transaction MUST be locked until
   the transaction finishes.  For example, in Figure 1, node C can have
   a different ongoing 6P Transaction with nodes B and R.  In case a
   node does not have enough resources to handle concurrent 6P
   Transactions from different neighbors it MUST reply with a 6P
   Response with return code BUSY.  In case the requested cells are
   locked, it MUST reply to that request with a 6P Response with return
   code NORES.  The node receiving BUSY or an NORES MAY implement a
   retry mechanism, defined by the SF.

4.4.4.  Timeout

   A timeout occurs when the node sending the 6P Request has not
   received the 6P Response within a specified amount of time determined
   by the SF.  In a 3-step transaction, a timeout also occurs when the
   node sending the 6P Response has not received the 6P Confirmation.
   The timeout should be longer than the longest possible time it can
   take for the exchange to finish.  The value of the timeout hence
   depends on the number of cells scheduled between the neighbor nodes,
   the maximum number of link-layer retransmissions, etc.  The SF MUST
   determine the value of the timeout.  The value of the timeout is out
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4.4.5.  SeqNum Mismatch

   A SeqNum mismatch happens when a node receives a 6P Response or 6P
   Confirmation with SeqNum value different from the SeqNum value in the
   6P Request.  When it detects a SeqNum mismatch, the node MUST drop
   the packet and consider the 6P Transaction as having failed.

4.4.6.  Aborting a 6P Transaction

   In case the receiver of a 6P Request fails during a 6P Transaction
   and is unable to complete it, it SHOULD reply to that Request with a
   6P Response with return code RESET.  Upon receiving this 6P Response,
   the initiator of the 6P Transaction MUST consider the 6P Transaction
   as failed.

   Similarly, in the case of 3-step transaction, when the receiver of a
   6P Response fails during the 6P Transaction and is unable to complete
   it, it SHOULD reply to that 6P Response with a 6P Confirmation with
   return code RESET.  Upon receiving this 6P Confirmation, the sender
   of the 6P Response MUST consider the 6P Transaction as failed.

4.4.7.  Generation Management

   For each neighbor, a node maintains a 4-bit generation number.  The
   generation number counts the number of transactions that have
   modified the schedule with the particular neighbor so far.  This
   number is a variable internal to the node.

4.4.7.1.  Incrementing the Generation Number

   The generation number is incremented as a 4-bit lollipop counter.
   Its possible values are:

                  +---------+---------------------------+
                  | Value   | Meaning                   |
                  +---------+---------------------------+
                  |     0x0 | Clear or never scheduled  |
                  | 0x1-0x9 | Lollipop Counter values   |
                  | 0xa-0xf | Reserved                  |
                  +---------+---------------------------+

           Figure 22: Possible values of the generation number.

   The generation number is set to 0 upon initialization, and after a 6P
   CLEAR command.  The generation number is incremented by exactly 1
   each time a cell with that neighbor is added/deleted/relocated from
   the schedule (e.g. after a successful 6P ADD, 6P DELETE or 6P
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   0x0).  This results in a lollipop counter with 0x0 the start value,
   and 0x1-0x9 the count values.  Values from 0xa to 0xf are reserved
   and MUST NOT be used.

4.4.7.2.  Setting GEN field in the 6P Message Header

   Each 6P message contains a GEN field, used to indicate the current
   generation number of the node transmitting the message.  The value of
   the GEN field MUST be set according to the following rules:

   o  When node A sends a 6P Request or 6P Confirmation to node B, node
      A sets GEN to its generation number for Node B.
   o  When node B sends a 6P Response to node A, node B sets GEN to its
      generation number for node A.

4.4.7.3.  Detecting and Handling Schedule Generation Inconsistencies

   Upon receiving a 6P message, a node MUST do the following checks:

   o  When node B receives a 6P Request or 6P Confirmation from node A,
      it verifies that the value of the GEN field in the 6P message is
      equal to its internal generation number.
   o  When node A receives a 6P Response from node B, it verifies that
      the value of the GEN field in the 6P message is equal to its
      internal generation number.

   If any of these comparisons is false, the node has detected a
   schedule generation inconsistency.

   When a schedule generation inconsistency is detected:

   o  If the code of the 6P Request is different from CLEAR, the node
      MUST reply with error code GEN_ERR.
   o  If the code of the 6P Request is CLEAR, the schedule generation
      inconsistency MUST be ignored.

   It is up to the Scheduling Function to define the action to take when
   an schedule generation inconsistency is detected.  The RECOMMENDED
   action is to issue a 6P CLEAR command.

4.4.8.  Handling Error Responses

   A return code marked as Yes in the "Is Error" column in Figure 27
   indicates an error.  When a node receives a 6P Response or 6P
   Confirmation with such an error, it MUST consider the 6P Transaction
   as failed.  In particular, if this was a response to a 6P ADD/DELETE/
   RELOCATE Request, the node MUST NOT add/delete/relocate any of the
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   6P Response or a 6P Confirmation with an error code MUST NOT
   add/delete/relocate any cells as part of that 6P Transaction.
   Defining what to do after an error has occurred is out of scope of
   this document.  The SF defines what to do after an error has
   occurred.

4.5.  Security

   6P messages are secured through link-layer security.  When link-layer
   security is enabled, the 6P messages MUST be secured.  This is
   possible because 6P messages are carried as Payload IE.

5.  Guidelines for 6top Scheduling Functions (SF)

5.1.  SF Identifier (SFID)

   Each SF has a 1-byte identifier.  Section 8.2.5 defines the rules for
   applying for an SFID.

5.2.  Requirements for an SF

   The specification for an SF

   o  MUST specify an identifier for that SF.
   o  MUST specify the rule for a node to decide when to add/delete one
      or more cells to a neighbor.
   o  MUST specify the rule for a Transaction source to select cells to
      add to the CellList field in the 6P ADD Request.
   o  MUST specify the rule for a Transaction destination to select
      cells from CellList to add to its schedule.
   o  MUST specify a value for the 6P Timeout, or a rule/equation to
      calculate it.
   o  MUST specify the rule for ordering cells.
   o  MUST specify a meaning for the "Metadata" field in the 6P ADD
      Request.
   o  MUST specify the SF behavior of a node when it boots.
   o  MUST specify what to do after an error has occurred (either the
      node sent a 6P Response with an error code, or received one).
   o  MUST specify the list of statistics to gather.  An example
      statistic is the number of transmitted frames to each neighbor.
      In case the SF requires no statistics to be gathered, the specific
      of the SF MUST explicitly state so.

   o  SHOULD clearly state the application domain the SF is created for.
   o  SHOULD contain examples which highlight normal and error
      scenarios.
   o  SHOULD contain a list of current implementations, at least during
      the I-D state of the document, per [RFC6982].



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   o  SHOULD contain a performance evaluation of the scheme, possibly
      through references to external documents.

   o  MAY redefine the format of the CellList field.
   o  MAY redefine the format of the CellOptions field.
   o  MAY redefine the meaning of the CellOptions field.

5.3.  Recommended Structure of an SF Specification

   The following section structure for a SF document is RECOMMENDED:

   o  Introduction
   o  Scheduling Function Identifier
   o  Rules for Adding/Deleting Cells
   o  Rules for CellList
   o  6P Timeout Value
   o  Rule for Ordering Cells
   o  Meaning of the Metadata Field
   o  Node Behavior at Boot
   o  6P Error Handling
   o  Examples
   o  Implementation Status
   o  Security Considerations
   o  IANA Considerations

6.  Implementation Status

   This section records the status of known implementations of the
   protocol defined by this specification at the time of posting of this
   Internet-Draft, and is based on a proposal described in [RFC6982].
   The description of implementations in this section is intended to
   assist the IETF in its decision processes in progressing drafts to
   RFCs.  Please note that the listing of any individual implementation
   here does not imply endorsement by the IETF.  Furthermore, no effort
   has been spent to verify the information presented here that was
   supplied by IETF contributors.  This is not intended as, and must not
   be construed to be, a catalog of available implementations or their
   features.  Readers are advised to note that other implementations may
   exist.

   According to [RFC6982], "this will allow reviewers and working groups
   to assign due consideration to documents that have the benefit of
   running code, which may serve as evidence of valuable experimentation
   and feedback that have made the implemented protocols more mature.
   It is up to the individual working groups to use this information as
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   First F-Interop ETSI 6TiSCH plugtests:  6P is one of the protocols
      addressed during the First F-Interop ETSI 6TiSCH plugtests
      organized on 14-15 July 2017 in Prague, Czech Republic.  TODO:
      update when event over; probably includes further open source
      implementation.
   ETSI 6TiSCH/6lo plugtests:  6P was one of the protocols addressed
      during the ETSI 6TiSCH #3 plugtests organized on 15-17 July 2016
      in Berlin, Germany.  15 entities participated in this event,
      verifying the compliance and interoperability of their
      implementation of 6P.  This event happened under NDA, so neither
      the name of the entities nor the test results are public.  This
      event is, however, a clear indication of the maturity of 6P, and
      the interest it generates.  More information about the event at
      http://www.etsi.org/news-events/events/1077-6tisch-6lo-plugtests.
   ETSI 6TiSCH #2 plugtests:  6P was one of two protocols addressed
      during the ETSI 6TiSCH #2 plugtests organized on 2-4 February 2016
      in Paris, France.  14 entities participated in this event,
      verifying the compliance and interoperability of their
      implementation of 6P.  This event happened under NDA, so neither
      the name of the entities nor the test results are public.  This
      event is, however, a clear indication of the maturity of 6P, and
      the interest it generates.  More information about the event at
      http://www.etsi.org/news-events/events/1022-6TiSCH-2-plugtests.
   OpenWSN:  6P is implemented in the OpenWSN project [OpenWSN] under a
      BSD open-source license.  The authors of this document are
      collaborating with the OpenWSN community to gather feedback about
      the status and performance of the protocols described in this
      document.  Results from that discussion will appear in this
      section in future revision of this specification.  More
      information about this implementation at http://www.openwsn.org/.
   F-Interop Interoperability/Conformance Testing tool  The F-Interop
      project is putting together an online tool to conduct online and
      remote interoperability/conformance tests.  6P is one of the
      supported protocols.
   6TiSCH simulator  The 6TiSCH simulator is a Python-based high-level
      simulator which implements 6P and is built to evaluate the
      performance of differents SFs.  More information at
      https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/simulator/.
   Wireshark Dissector:  A Wireshark dissector for 6P is implemented
      under a BSD open-source license.  It is developed and maintained
      at https://github.com/openwsn-berkeley/dissectors/, and regularly
      merged into the main Wireshark repository.  Please see the
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7.  Security Considerations

   6P messages are carried inside 802.15.4 Payload Information Elements
   (IEs).  Those Payload IEs are encrypted and authenticated at the link
   layer through CCM*.  6P benefits from the same level of security as
   any other Payload IE.  The 6P protocol does not define its own
   security mechanisms.  A key management solution is out of scope for
   this document.  The 6P protocol will benefit for the key management
   solution used in the network.

8.  IANA Considerations

8.1.  IETF IE Subtype '6P'

   This document adds the following number to the "IEEE Std 802.15.4
   IETF IE subtype IDs" registry defined by [RFC8137]:

                  +--------------------+------+-----------+
                  | Subtype            | Name | Reference |
                  +--------------------+------+-----------+
                  | IANA_6TOP_SUBIE_ID | 6P   | RFCXXXX   |
                  +--------------------+------+-----------+

                     Figure 23: IETF IE Subtype '6P'.

8.2.  6TiSCH parameters sub-registries

   This section defines sub-registries within the "IPv6 over the TSCH
   mode of IEEE 802.15.4e (6TiSCH) parameters" registry, hereafter
   referred to as the "6TiSCH parameters" registry.  Each sub-registry
   is described in a subsection.

8.2.1.  6P Version Numbers

   The name of the sub-registry is "6P Version Numbers".

   A Note included in this registry should say: "In the 6top Protocol
   (6P) [RFCXXXX] there is a field to identify the version of the
   protocol.  This field is 4 bits in size."

   Each entry in the sub-registry must include the Version in the range
   0-15, and a reference to the 6P version's documentation.

   The initial entry in this sub-registry is as follows:







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                          +---------+-----------+
                          | Version | Reference |
                          +---------+-----------+
                          |       0 |   RFCXXXX |
                          +---------+-----------+

                      Figure 24: 6P Version Numbers.

   All other Version Numbers are Unassigned.

   The IANA policy for future additions to this sub-registry is "IETF
   Review or IESG Approval" as described in [RFC5226].

8.2.2.  6P Message Types

   The name of the sub-registry is "6P Message Types".

   A Note included in this registry should say: "In the 6top Protocol
   (6P) version 0 [RFCXXXX], there is a field to identify the type of
   message.  This field is 2 bits in size."

   Each entry in the sub-registry must include the Type in the range
   b00-b11, the corresponding Name, and a reference to the 6P message
   type's documentation.

   Initial entries in this sub-registry are as follows:

                  +------+--------------+-----------+
                  | Type | Name         | Reference |
                  +------+--------------+-----------+
                  | b00  | REQUEST      |   RFCXXXX |
                  | b01  | RESPONSE     |   RFCXXXX |
                  | b10  | CONFIRMATION |   RFCXXXX |
                  +------+--------------+-----------+

                       Figure 25: 6P Message Types.

   All other Message Types are Reserved.

   The IANA policy for future additions to this sub-registry is "IETF
   Review or IESG Approval" as described in [RFC5226].

8.2.3.  6P Command Identifiers

   The name of the sub-registry is "6P Command Identifiers".

   A Note included in this registry should say: "In the 6top Protocol
   (6P) version 0 [RFCXXXX], there is a Code field which is 8 bits in



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   size.  In a 6P Request, the value of this Code field is used to
   identify the command."

   Each entry in the sub-registry must include the Identifier in the
   range 0-255, the corresponding Name, and a reference to the 6P
   command identifier's documentation.

   Initial entries in this sub-registry are as follows:

                   +------------+------------+-----------+
                   | Identifier | Name       | Reference |
                   +------------+------------+-----------+
                   |          0 | Reserved   |           |
                   |          1 | ADD        | RFCXXXX   |
                   |          2 | DELETE     | RFCXXXX   |
                   |          3 | RELOCATE   | RFCXXXX   |
                   |          4 | COUNT      | RFCXXXX   |
                   |          5 | LIST       | RFCXXXX   |
                   |          6 | CLEAR      | RFCXXXX   |
                   |      7-254 | Unassigned |           |
                   |        255 | Reserved   |           |
                   +------------+------------+-----------+

                    Figure 26: 6P Command Identifiers.

   The IANA policy for future additions to this sub-registry is "IETF
   Review or IESG Approval" as described in [RFC5226].

8.2.4.  6P Return Codes

   The name of the sub-registry is "6P Return Codes".

   A Note included in this registry should say: "In the 6top Protocol
   (6P) version 0 [RFCXXXX], there is a Code field which is 8 bits in
   size.  In a 6P Response or 6P Confirmation, the value of this Code
   field is used to identify the return code."

   Each entry in the sub-registry must include the Code in the range
   0-255, the corresponding Name, the corresponding Description, and a
   reference to the 6P return code's documentation.

   Initial entries in this sub-registry are as follows:









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       +--------+-------------+---------------------------+-----------+
       |   Code | Name        | Description               | Is Error? |
       +--------+-------------+---------------------------+-----------+
       |      0 | SUCCESS     | operation succeeded       |        No |
       |      1 | ERROR       | generic error             |       Yes |
       |      2 | EOL         | end of list               |        No |
       |      3 | RESET       | critical error, reset     |       Yes |
       |      4 | VER_ERR     | unsupported 6P version    |       Yes |
       |      5 | SFID_ERR    | unsupported SFID          |       Yes |
       |      6 | GEN_ERR     | wrong schedule generation |       Yes |
       |      7 | BUSY        | busy                      |       Yes |
       |      8 | NORES       | not enough resources      |       Yes |
       |      9 | CELLLIST_ERR| cellList error            |       Yes |
       +--------+-------------+---------------------------+-----------+

                        Figure 27: 6P Return Codes.

   All other Message Types are Unassigned.

   The IANA policy for future additions to this sub-registry is "IETF
   Review or IESG Approval" as described in [RFC5226].

8.2.5.  6P Scheduling Function Identifiers

   6P Scheduling Function Identifiers.

   A Note included in this registry should say: "In the 6top Protocol
   (6P) version 0 [RFCXXXX], there is a field to identify the scheduling
   function to handle the message.  This field is 8 bits in size."

   Each entry in the sub-registry must include the SFID in the range
   0-255, the corresponding Name, and a reference to the 6P Scheduling
   Function's documentation.

   The initial entry in this sub-registry is as follows:

      +-------+--------------------------+----------------------------+
      |  SFID | Name                     | Reference                  |
      +-------+--------------------------+----------------------------+
      |     0 | Scheduling Function Zero | draft-ietf-6tisch-6top-sf0 |
      +-------+--------------------------+----------------------------+

                     Figure 28: SF Identifiers (SFID).

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   The IANA policy for future additions to this sub-registry depends on
   the value of the SFID, as defined in Figure 29.  These specifications
   must follow the guidelines of Section 5.

                +-----------+------------------------------+
                |     Range | Registration Procedures      |
                +-----------+------------------------------+
                |     0-127 | IETF Review or IESG Approval |
                |   128-255 | Expert Review                |
                +-----------+------------------------------+

         Figure 29: SF Identifier (SFID): Registration Procedures.

8.2.6.  6P CellOptions bitmap

   The name of the sub-registry is "6P CellOptions bitmap".

   A Note included in this registry should say: "In the 6top Protocol
   (6P) version 0 [RFCXXXX], there is an optional CellOptions field
   which is 8 bits in size."

   Each entry in the sub-registry must include the bit position in the
   range 0-7, the corresponding Name, and a reference to the bit's
   documentation.

   Initial entries in this sub-registry are as follows:

                    +-----+---------------+-----------+
                    | bit | Name          | Reference |
                    +-----+---------------+-----------+
                    |   0 | TX (Transmit) | RFCXXXX   |
                    |   1 | RX (Receive)  | RFCXXXX   |
                    |   2 | SHARED        | RFCXXXX   |
                    | 3-7 | Reserved      |           |
                    +-----+---------------+-----------+

                     Figure 30: 6P CellOptions bitmap.

   All other Message Types are Reserved.

   The IANA policy for future additions to this sub-registry is "IETF
   Review or IESG Approval" as described in [RFC5226].

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9.1.  Normative References

   [IEEE802154]
              IEEE standard for Information Technology, "IEEE Std
              802.15.4-2015 - IEEE Standard for Low-Rate Wireless
              Personal Area Networks (WPANs)", October 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>.

   [RFC8137]  Kivinen, T. and P. Kinney, "IEEE 802.15.4 Information
              Element for the IETF", RFC 8137, DOI 10.17487/RFC8137, May
              2017, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc8137>.

9.2.  Informative References

   [OpenWSN]  Watteyne, T., Vilajosana, X., Kerkez, B., Chraim, F.,
              Weekly, K., Wang, Q., Glaser, S., and K. Pister, "OpenWSN:
              a Standards-Based Low-Power Wireless Development
              Environment", Transactions on Emerging Telecommunications
              Technologies , August 2012.

   [RFC5226]  Narten, T. and H. Alvestrand, "Guidelines for Writing an
              IANA Considerations Section in RFCs", RFC 5226,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC5226, May 2008,
              <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc5226>.

   [RFC6982]  Sheffer, Y. and A. Farrel, "Improving Awareness of Running
              Code: The Implementation Status Section", RFC 6982,
              DOI 10.17487/RFC6982, July 2013,
              <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc6982>.

   [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>.

   [RFC8180]  Vilajosana, X., Ed., Pister, K., and T. Watteyne, "Minimal
              IPv6 over the TSCH Mode of IEEE 802.15.4e (6TiSCH)
              Configuration", BCP 210, RFC 8180, DOI 10.17487/RFC8180,
              May 2017, <http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc8180>.







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Appendix A.  [TEMPORARY] Changelog

   o  draft-ietf-6tisch-6top-protocol-07

      *  Inverting NORES and BUSY error codes for concurrent
         transactions.
      *  Adding missing implementations.
      *  Fixing references.
      *  Fixing typos.
   o  draft-ietf-6tisch-6top-protocol-06

      *  Changing error code from RESET to CELLLIST_ERR when deleting
         unscheduled cells.
      *  Fixing typos.
   o  draft-ietf-6tisch-6top-protocol-05

      *  complete reorder of sections.  Merged protocol behavior and
         command description
      *  STATUS to COUNT
      *  written-out IANA section
      *  complete proof-read
   o  draft-ietf-6tisch-6top-protocol-04

      *  recommendation on which cells to use for 6P traffic
      *  relocation format: added numberofCells field
      *  created separate section about "cell suggestion"
      *  Added RC_ERR_CELLLIST and RC_ERR_EOL error codes
      *  Added example for two step with the failure
      *  Recommended numbers in IANA section
      *  single generation number
      *  IEEE802.15.4 -> IEEE Std 802.15.4 or 802.15.4
      *  complete proof-read
   o  draft-ietf-6tisch-6top-protocol-03

      *  Added a reference to [RFC8137].
      *  Added the Type field.
      *  Editorial changes (figs, typos, ...)
   o  draft-ietf-6tisch-6top-protocol-02

      *  Rename COUNT to STATUS
      *  Split LIST to LIST AB and LIST BA
      *  Added generation counters and describing generation tracking of
         the schedule
      *  Editorial changes (figs, typos, ...)
   o  draft-ietf-6tisch-6top-protocol-01

      *  Clarifying locking of resources in concurrent transactions




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      *  Clarifying return of RC_ERR_BUSY in case of concurrent
         transactions without enough resources
   o  draft-ietf-6tisch-6top-protocol-00

      *  Informational to Std track
   o  draft-wang-6tisch-6top-protocol-00

      *  Editorial overhaul: fixing typos, increasing readability,
         clarifying figures.
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-protocol/
         issues/47
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-protocol/
         issues/54
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-protocol/
         issues/55
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-protocol/
         issues/49
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-protocol/
         issues/53
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-protocol/
         issues/44
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-protocol/
         issues/48
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-protocol/
         issues/43
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-protocol/
         issues/52
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-protocol/
         issues/45
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-protocol/
         issues/51
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-protocol/
         issues/50
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-protocol/
         issues/46
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-protocol/
         issues/41
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-protocol/
         issues/42
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-protocol/
         issues/39
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-protocol/
         issues/40
   o  draft-wang-6tisch-6top-sublayer-05

      *  Specifies format of IE
      *  Adds token in messages to match request and response
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      *  Renames IANA_6TOP_IE_GROUP_ID to IANA_IETF_IE_GROUP_ID.
      *  Renames IANA_CMD and IANA_RC to IANA_6TOP_CMD and IANA_6TOP_RC.
      *  Proposes IANA_6TOP_SUBIE_ID with value 0x00 for the 6top sub-
         IE.
   o  draft-wang-6tisch-6top-sublayer-03

      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-
         protocol/issues/32/missing-command-list
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-
         protocol/issues/31/missing-command-count
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-
         protocol/issues/30/missing-command-clear
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-protocol/
         issues/37/6top-atomic-transaction-6p-transaction
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-
         protocol/issues/35/separate-opcode-from-rc
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-
         protocol/issues/36/add-length-field-in-ie
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-
         protocol/issues/27/differentiate-rc_err_busy-and
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-
         protocol/issues/29/missing-rc-rc_reset
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-
         protocol/issues/28/the-sf-must-specify-the-behavior-of-a-mote
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-
         protocol/issues/26/remove-including-their-number
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-protocol/
         issues/34/6of-sf
      *  https://bitbucket.org/6tisch/draft-wang-6tisch-6top-
         protocol/issues/33/add-a-figure-showing-the-negociation
   o  draft-wang-6tisch-6top-sublayer-02

      *  introduces the 6P protocol and the notion of 6top Transaction.
      *  introduces the concept of 6OF and its 6OFID.

Authors' Addresses

   Qin Wang (editor)
   Univ. of Sci. and Tech. Beijing
   30 Xueyuan Road
   Beijing, Hebei  100083
   China

   Email: wangqin@ies.ustb.edu.cn







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   Xavier Vilajosana
   Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
   156 Rambla Poblenou
   Barcelona, Catalonia  08018
   Spain

   Email: xvilajosana@uoc.edu


   Thomas Watteyne
   Analog Devices
   32990 Alvarado-Niles Road, Suite 910
   Union City, CA  94587
   USA

   Email: twatteyne@linear.com



































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