[rfc-dist] RFC 6294 on Survey of Proposed Use Cases for the IPv6 Flow Label

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        RFC 6294

        Title:      Survey of Proposed Use Cases 
                    for the IPv6 Flow Label 
        Author:     Q. Hu, B. Carpenter
        Status:     Informational
        Stream:     Independent
        Date:       June 2011
        Mailbox:    qhu009 at aucklanduni.ac.nz, 
                    brian.e.carpenter at gmail.com
        Pages:      18
        Characters: 43303
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:   None

        I-D Tag:    draft-hu-flow-label-cases-03.txt

        URL:        http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc6294.txt

The IPv6 protocol includes a flow label in every packet header, but
this field is not used in practice.  This paper describes the flow
label standard and discusses the implementation issues that it
raises.  It then describes various published proposals for using the
flow label and shows that most of them are inconsistent with the
standard.  Methods to address this problem are briefly reviewed.  We
also question whether the standard should be revised.  This document 
is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
published for informational purposes.

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