[rfc-dist] RFC 6439 on Routing Bridges (RBridges): Appointed Forwarders

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        RFC 6439

        Title:      Routing Bridges (RBridges): Appointed Forwarders 
        Author:     R. Perlman, D. Eastlake,
                    Y. Li, A. Banerjee,
                    F. Hu
        Status:     Standards Track
        Stream:     IETF
        Date:       November 2011
        Mailbox:    Radia at alum.mit.edu, 
                    d3e3e3 at gmail.com, 
                    liyizhou at huawei.com,
                    ayabaner at cisco.com, 
                    hu.fangwei at zte.com.cn
        Pages:      15
        Characters: 36978
        Updates:    RFC6325

        I-D Tag:    draft-ietf-trill-rbridge-af-05.txt

        URL:        http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc6439.txt

The IETF TRILL (TRansparent Interconnection of Lots of Links)
protocol provides least cost pair-wise data forwarding without
configuration in multi-hop networks with arbitrary topology, safe
forwarding even during periods of temporary loops, and support for
multipathing of both unicast and multicast traffic.  TRILL
accomplishes this by using IS-IS (Intermediate System to Intermediate
System) link state routing and by encapsulating traffic using a
header that includes a hop count.  Devices that implement TRILL are
called "RBridges" (Routing Bridges).

TRILL supports multi-access LAN (Local Area Network) links that can
have multiple end stations and RBridges attached.  Where multiple
RBridges are attached to a link, native traffic to and from end
stations on that link is handled by a subset of those RBridges called
"Appointed Forwarders", with the intent that native traffic in each
VLAN (Virtual LAN) be handled by at most one RBridge.  The purpose of
this document is to improve the documentation of the Appointed
Forwarder mechanism; thus, it updates RFC 6325.  [STANDARDS-TRACK]

This document is a product of the Transparent Interconnection of Lots of Links Working Group of the IETF.

This is now a Proposed Standard Protocol.

STANDARDS TRACK: This document specifies an Internet standards track
protocol for the Internet community,and requests discussion and suggestions
for improvements.  Please refer to the current edition of the Internet
Official Protocol Standards (STD 1) for the standardization state and
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