[rfc-dist] RFC 7136 on Significance of IPv6 Interface Identifiers

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        RFC 7136

        Title:      Significance of IPv6 Interface Identifiers 
        Author:     B. Carpenter, S. Jiang
        Status:     Standards Track
        Stream:     IETF
        Date:       February 2014
        Mailbox:    brian.e.carpenter at gmail.com, 
                    jiangsheng at huawei.com
        Pages:      10
        Characters: 23172
        Updates:    RFC 4291

        I-D Tag:    draft-ietf-6man-ug-06.txt

        URL:        http://www.rfc-editor.org/rfc/rfc7136.txt

The IPv6 addressing architecture includes a unicast interface
identifier that is used in the creation of many IPv6 addresses.
Interface identifiers are formed by a variety of methods.  This
document clarifies that the bits in an interface identifier have no
meaning and that the entire identifier should be treated as an opaque
value.  In particular, RFC 4291 defines a method by which the
Universal and Group bits of an IEEE link-layer address are mapped
into an IPv6 unicast interface identifier.  This document clarifies
that those two bits are significant only in the process of deriving
interface identifiers from an IEEE link-layer address, and it updates
RFC 4291 accordingly.

This document is a product of the IPv6 Maintenance Working Group of the IETF.

This is now a Proposed Standard.

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