[rfc-dist] RFC 6182 on Architectural Guidelines for Multipath TCP Development

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        RFC 6182

        Title:      Architectural Guidelines for Multipath TCP 
        Author:     A. Ford, C. Raiciu,
                    M. Handley, S. Barre,
                    J. Iyengar
        Status:     Informational
        Stream:     IETF
        Date:       March 2011
        Mailbox:    alan.ford at roke.co.uk, 
                    c.raiciu at cs.ucl.ac.uk, 
                    m.handley at cs.ucl.ac.uk,  
                    sebastien.barre at uclouvain.be, 
                    jiyengar at fandm.edu
        Pages:      28
        Characters: 68772
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:   None

        I-D Tag:    draft-ietf-mptcp-architecture-05.txt

        URL:        http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc6182.txt

Hosts are often connected by multiple paths, but TCP restricts
communications to a single path per transport connection.  Resource
usage within the network would be more efficient were these multiple
paths able to be used concurrently.  This should enhance user
experience through improved resilience to network failure and higher

This document outlines architectural guidelines for the development
of a Multipath Transport Protocol, with references to how these
architectural components come together in the development of a
Multipath TCP (MPTCP).  This document lists certain high-level design
decisions that provide foundations for the design of the MPTCP
protocol, based upon these architectural requirements.  This document 
is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is
published for informational purposes.

This document is a product of the Multipath TCP Working Group of the IETF.

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