2.7.14 Reliable Server Pooling (rserpool)

NOTE: This charter is a snapshot of the 63rd IETF Meeting in Paris, France. It may now be out-of-date.

Last Modified: 2005-06-02


Lyndon Ong <lyong@ciena.com>
Maureen Stillman <maureen.stillman@nokia.com>

Transport Area Director(s):

Allison Mankin <mankin@psg.com>
Jon Peterson <jon.peterson@neustar.biz>

Transport Area Advisor:

Jon Peterson <jon.peterson@neustar.biz>

Technical Advisor(s):

Ned Freed <ned.freed@mrochek.com>

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Description of Working Group:

The purpose of the WG is to develop an architecture and protocols for
the management and operation of server pools supporting highly reliable
applications, and for client access mechanisms to a server pool.

The WG will define architecture and requirements for management and
access to server pools, including requirements from a variety of
applications, building blocks and interfaces, different styles of
pooling, security requirements and performance requirements, such as
failover times and coping with heterogeneous latencies. This will be
documented in an Informational RFC.


The working group will focus on supporting high availability and
scalability of applications through the use of pools of servers.  This
requires both a way to keep track of what servers are in the pool
and are able to receive requests and a way for the client to bind to
a desired server.

The Working Group will NOT address:

1) reliable multicast protocols  - the use of multicast for reliable
  server pooling is optional. Reliable multicast protocols will be
  developed by the RMT WG.

2) synchronization/consistency of data between server pool elements,
  e.g. shared memory

3) mechanisms for sharing state information between server pool

4) Transaction failover.  If a server fails during processing of a
  transaction this transaction may be lost. Some services may provide
  a way to handle the failure, but this is not guaranteed.

The WG will address client access mechanisms for server pools,

1) An access mechanism that allows geographically dispersed servers in
  the pool

2) A client-server binding mechanism that allows dynamic assignment of
  client to servers based on load balancing or application specific
  assignment policies.

3) Support of automatic reconfiguration of the client/server binding in
  case of server failure or administrative changes.

To the extent that new protocols are necessary to support the
requirements for server pooling, these will be documented in a
Standards Track RFC on client access to a binding service (i.e. name
space) protocol.

The WG will also address use of proxying to interwork existing client
access mechanisms to any new binding service.

The WG will address server pool management and a distributed service to
support client/server binding, including:

1) A scalable mechanism for tracking server pool membership (incl.

2) A scalable protocol for performing node failure detection,
  reconfiguration and failover, and otherwise managing the server pool
  (supporting caching, membership, query, authentication,
  and security)

3) A distributed service to support binding of clients to servers,
  based on information specific to the server pool. Given that this
  service is essential to access the server pool, a high degree of
  availability is necessary.

4) A means for allowing flexible load assignment and balancing policies

The protocols and procedures for server pool management will be
documented in a Standards Track RFC.

The WG will address:

- transport protocol(s) that would be supported (eg. UDP, SCTP, TCP)

- any new congestion management issues

- relationship to existing work such as URI resolution mechanisms

Rserpool will consult with other IETF working groups such as Reliable
multicast, DNS extensions, AAA, URN, WREC and Sigtran as appropriate
and will not duplicate any of these efforts.

Goals and Milestones:

Done  Initial draft of Protocol Comparison
Done  Initial draft of Threat Analysis
Done  Initial draft of MIB
Done  Initial draft of Rserpool Services document
Done  Initial draft of Pool Management document
Done  Initial draft of Rserpool Architecture document
Done  Initial draft of Binding Service document
Done  Submit Requirements document to IESG for Informational RFC
Done  Submit Comparison document to IESG for Informational RFC
Done  Initial draft of Resrpool Requirements document
Done  Initial draft of TCP Mapping document
Done  Initial draft of Applicability Statement
Mar 03  Submit Services document to IESG for Informational RFC
Done  Submit Architecture draft to IESG for Informational RFC
May 03  Submit TCP mapping to IESG for Proposed Standard RFC
Done  Submit Threat Analysis to IESG for Informational RFC
Aug 03  Submit Binding Service and Pool Management to IESG for Proposed Standard RFC
Aug 03  Submit Applicability Statement to IESG for Informational RFC
Nov 03  Submit MIB to IESG for Proposed Standard RFC


  • draft-ietf-rserpool-arch-10.txt
  • draft-ietf-rserpool-comp-10.txt
  • draft-ietf-rserpool-asap-12.txt
  • draft-ietf-rserpool-enrp-12.txt
  • draft-ietf-rserpool-common-param-09.txt
  • draft-ietf-rserpool-mib-01.txt
  • draft-ietf-rserpool-threats-05.txt
  • draft-ietf-rserpool-policies-01.txt

    Request For Comments:

    RFC3237 I Requirements for Reliable Server Pooling

    Current Meeting Report

    Reliable Server Pooling - Rserpool in Transport area

    Rserpool summary minutes from IETF #63
    Lyndon Ong, lyong@ciena.com
    Maureen Stillman, maureen.stillman@nokia.com

    Approximately 25 people attended the meeting.

    The ongoing investigation of the design team was described in the slides which are attached. These will also be published in the proceedings. The load balancing design team work is disbanded effective immediately, however, its work will continue on the list. In other words, we will continue to work on load balancing, but the work will be done on the list rather than as a design team. We will no longer meet as a design team. An internet draft will be produced that reflects the investigation of the design team thus far and sent to the mailing list.

    Two candidate load balancing protocols, SASP and DFP were mentioned briefly. Curt Kersey will submit a draft on Dynamic Feedback Protocol (DFP) to the internet-draft publisher immediately following IETF #63. Both SASP and DFP will be evaluated with respect to integrating them into Rserpool. This evaluation and continued effort on load balancing investigation will continue on the list.

    Rserpool implementations were discussed from the University of Essen and Motorola. Rserpool protocol specification changes and clarifications as a result of these implementations continue to be active on the list.

    The WG reached consensus on making the API draft a WG item.

    We discussed the MIB draft, draft-ietf-rserpool-mib-01. It has been updated to support IPv6 addresses and to support policy information. It has expired and a new version will be published.

    We discussed the status of the TCP mapping draft and the Rserpool services draft. They have both expired. Peter Lei will take over editorship of both documents and resubmit them to the secretariat.

    The protocols documents, ASAP and ENRP are still stable.


    Rserpool and Server Load-balancing
    Reliable Server Pooling Sockets API
    Reliable Server Pooling Implementations
    Rserpool MIB