2.4.17 SNMP Agent Extensibility (agentx)

This Working Group Did Not Meet

NOTE: This charter is a snapshot of the 39th IETF Meeting in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. It may now be out-of-date.


Bob Natale <natale@acec.com>

Operations and Management Area Director(s):

John Curran <jcurran@bbn.com>
Michael O''Dell <mo@uu.net>

Operations and Management Area Advisor:

John Curran <jcurran@bbn.com>

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Archive: ftp://ftp.fv.com/pub/agentx/

Description of Working Group:

Note: Dale Francisco of Stratacom <dfrancisco@strata.com 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:

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 engineering trade-off.

Although the working group will solicit existing specifications and experience in this area, it will produce a vendor-neutral technology specification.

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 initial 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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