[rfc-dist] RFC 6897 on Multipath TCP (MPTCP) Application Interface Considerations

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        RFC 6897

        Title:      Multipath TCP (MPTCP) Application Interface 
        Author:     M. Scharf, A. Ford
        Status:     Informational
        Stream:     IETF
        Date:       March 2013
        Mailbox:    michael.scharf at alcatel-lucent.com, 
                    alanford at cisco.com
        Pages:      31
        Characters: 75704
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:   None

        I-D Tag:    draft-ietf-mptcp-api-07.txt

        URL:        http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc6897.txt

Multipath TCP (MPTCP) adds the capability of using multiple paths to
a regular TCP session.  Even though it is designed to be totally
backward compatible to applications, the data transport differs
compared to regular TCP, and there are several additional degrees of
freedom that applications may wish to exploit.  This document
summarizes the impact that MPTCP may have on applications, such as
changes in performance.  Furthermore, it discusses compatibility
issues of MPTCP in combination with non-MPTCP-aware applications.
Finally, the document describes a basic application interface that is
a simple extension of TCP's interface for MPTCP-aware applications.

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

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