RFC 8170

Planning for Protocol Adoption and Subsequent Transitions, May 2017

Canonical URL:
https://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc8170.txt
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Status:
INFORMATIONAL
Author:
D. Thaler, Ed.
Stream:
IAB

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DOI:  10.17487/RFC8170

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Abstract

Over the many years since the introduction of the Internet Protocol, we have seen a number of transitions throughout the protocol stack, such as deploying a new protocol, or updating or replacing an existing protocol. Many protocols and technologies were not designed to enable smooth transition to alternatives or to easily deploy extensions; thus, some transitions, such as the introduction of IPv6, have been difficult. This document attempts to summarize some basic principles to enable future transitions, and it also summarizes what makes for a good transition plan.


For the definition of Status, see RFC 2026.

For the definition of Stream, see RFC 4844.


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