SNMP Agent Extensibility () Charter
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Description of Working Group
Note: Dale Francisco of Stratacom is the WG editor.
The goal of this working group is to define standards-track technology
for SNMP Agent extensibility. The resulting technology specification
will allow independently developed sub-agents to communicate with a
master-agent running on an Internet device.
The technology specification will consist of:
o (mandatory) a platform-independent protocol which supports
intra-agent communication within a device or local area network;
o (optional) a MIB module, which, when implemented by a master-agent,
allows an SNMP-based management application to monitor and control
the intra-agent communication service; and,
o (optional) a programmatic interface to the services offered by
The working group is explicitly directed to develop a solution which is
adequate to achieve transparency with respect to whether a SNMP request
is processed by a master-agent and/or one or more sub-agents;
simultaneously, the working group is further directed to use good
engineering judgement is developing an approach with the smallest
reasonable "footprint" to achieve intra-agent communication. As a
consequence, if the working group may choose to avoid complete
transparency, if, at its discretion, this proves too costly. In this
case, the working group should document its decision for this
Although the working group will solicit existing specifications and
experience in this area, it will produce a vendor-neutral technology
Goals and Milestones
- First meeting at Dallas IETF.
- Meet at LA IETF.
- Apr 96
- Post first Internet-Draft(s) for SNMP Agent Extensibility.
- May 96
- Post revised Internet-Draft(s) on SNMP Agent Extensibility.
- Jun 96
- Post final Internet-Drafts of AgentX protocol.
- Jul 96
- Submit intial Agentx MIB and API as Internet-Drafts.
- Sep 96
- Submit revised versions of Agentx MIB and API Internet-Drafts.
- Oct 96
- Collecting and evaluate implementation reports.
- Nov 96
- Conduct Agentx interoperability testing.
- Dec 96
- Submit final versions of AgentX MIB and API Internet-Drafts.
- Dec 96
- Submit final set of Internet-Drafts on SNMP Agent Extensibility to IESG for consideration as a Proposed Standard.
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