tae -- Transport Architecture Evolution


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This is a mailing list intended for forward-thinking discussion of ideas and issues surrounding the medium- to long-term architectural evolution of the transport layer and its interaction with the higher and lower layers around it. The primary focus is on reconsidering whatever aspects of transport layer architecture need to modified or restructured in order to make the transport layer more evolvable and capable of addressing the increasingly diverse and often mutually conflicting set of evolutionary pressures to which it is now being subjected. Some specific topics suitable for discussion include, but are by no means limited to:

  • separating out specific transport functions, such as port numbers and/or congestion control, into separate layers
  • architecturally repositioning the transport layer, e.g., atop UDP instead of directly atop IP
  • enabling in-network tuning of transport performance and/or fairness without affecting end-to-end semantics or reliability
  • architectural interaction of location/identity split mechanisms such as HIP with the transport layer
  • weaning the transport and higher layers from direct dependence on IP addresses, in favor of names
  • evolving the interfaces between transports and higher/lower layers in other ways
Discussion on this list may at some point lead to the formation of new working group(s), but the focus and scope of any such groups is to be determined.

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