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2.4.4 Multicast Source Discovery Protocol (msdp)

NOTE: This charter is a snapshot of the 53rd IETF Meeting in Minneapolis, MN USA. It may now be out-of-date. Last Modified: 15-Jan-02
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Description of Working Group:
The MSDP working group will be charged with standardizing MSDP, the Multicast Source Discovery Protocol. MSDP is a near-term solution for connecting shared trees without the need for inter-domain shared trees (it is envisioned that the Border Gateway Multicast Protocol, BGMP, is the long term solution). MSDP is applicable to shared tree protocols such as PIM-SM and CBT, as well as other protocols that keep active source information at the borders (e.g., MOSPF or PIM-DM with DWRs). This working group will interact closely with both MBONED where operational issues arise, and IDMR where necessary for protocol issues.

Finally, it is envisioned that this working group will have a fairly short live span.

Goals and Milestones:
Dec 98   Hold the first Working Group meeting and discuss the charter and the state of progress on the chartered items.
Dec 98   Submit MSDP Internet-Draft to IESG for consideration as a Proposed Standard.
Apr 99   Submit MSDP specifications to IESG for consideration as Draft Standard.
Apr 99   Submit MSDP Applicability Statement to IESG for publication as an RFC.
Apr 99   Submit MSDP MIB to IESG for consideration as proposed standard.