[rfc-dist] RFC 8686 on Application-Layer Traffic Optimization (ALTO) Cross‑Domain Server Discovery

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        RFC 8686

        Title:      Application-Layer Traffic Optimization (ALTO) 
                    Cross‑Domain Server Discovery 
        Author:     S. Kiesel,
                    M. Stiemerling
        Status:     Standards Track
        Stream:     IETF
        Date:       February 2020
        Mailbox:    ietf-alto at skiesel.de, 
                    mls.ietf at gmail.com
        Pages:      34
        Updates/Obsoletes/SeeAlso:   None

        I-D Tag:    draft-ietf-alto-xdom-disc-06.txt

        URL:        https://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc8686

        DOI:        10.17487/RFC8686

The goal of Application-Layer Traffic Optimization (ALTO) is to
provide guidance to applications that have to select one or several
hosts from a set of candidates capable of providing a desired
resource.  ALTO is realized by a client-server protocol.  Before an
ALTO client can ask for guidance, it needs to discover one or more
ALTO servers that can provide suitable guidance.

In some deployment scenarios, in particular if the information about
the network topology is partitioned and distributed over several ALTO
servers, it may be necessary to discover an ALTO server outside of
the ALTO client's own network domain, in order to get appropriate
guidance.  This document details applicable scenarios, itemizes
requirements, and specifies a procedure for ALTO cross-domain server

Technically, the procedure specified in this document takes one
IP address or prefix and a U-NAPTR Service Parameter (typically,
"ALTO:https") as parameters. It performs DNS lookups (for NAPTR
resource records in the "in-addr.arpa." or "ip6.arpa." trees) and
returns one or more URIs of information resources related to that IP
address or prefix.

This document is a product of the Application-Layer Traffic Optimization Working Group of the IETF.

This is now a Proposed Standard.

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