Reliable Server Pooling (rserpool)

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Last Modified: 2006-11-08


Lyndon Ong <>
Maureen Stillman <>

Transport Area Director(s):

Magnus Westerlund <>
Lars Eggert <>

Transport Area Advisor:

Magnus Westerlund <>

Technical Advisor(s):

Ned Freed <>

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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
Done  Submit Architecture draft to IESG for Informational RFC
Done  Submit Threat Analysis to IESG for Informational RFC
Nov 2006  Initial draft of RSERPOOL Overview document
Dec 2006  Revised versions of protocol specification drafts
Jan 2007  Finished review cycle with at least 2 external reviewers
Jan 2007  Threats Analysis updated to align with specification
Feb 2007  Updated drafts submitted based on review comments
Mar 2007  WG discussion on any outstanding issues.
Apr 2007  WG last call on protocol specifications, Threats Analysis and Overview document
May 2007  Overview, Threat Analysis and Protocol specifications submitted to IESG for Informational, Informational and Experimental respectively.


  • draft-ietf-rserpool-asap-16.txt
  • draft-ietf-rserpool-enrp-16.txt
  • draft-ietf-rserpool-common-param-12.txt
  • draft-ietf-rserpool-mib-04.txt
  • draft-ietf-rserpool-policies-05.txt
  • draft-ietf-rserpool-overview-02.txt

    Request For Comments:

    RFC3237 I Requirements for Reliable Server Pooling