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Re: [RRG] Are host-stack modifications allowed or disallowed ?
% 1) If you put Loc/ID functionality in hosts, then they
% will have to change. Don't want to do this because
% it kills deployability.
This question, for which Dino's view is expressed above,
is actually pretty central to the discussions here.
A) Some folks on this list (e.g. Dino) believe that the Routing RG
cannot select an approach requiring any host stack changes
-- because that necessarily precludes deployment.
B) Other folks on this list (e.g. Jari) believe that the Routing RG
can select an approach requiring host stack changes because
that is done by the IETF in the ordinary course of IETF work.
I personally think that the architecture should not preclude on which
kind of systems it will be deployed. Some environments will want
router-based solutions (e.g. corporate networks), others will prefer
host based solutions (e.g. home environments). The architecture that RRG
will develop should be deployable on both hosts and routers.
Concerning the ease of deployment of new features, ten years ago routers
were easier to upgrade than hosts, but nowadays most hosts are patched
every month or so and thus deploying a new feature on a large number of
hosts is not difficult. I'm not aware of any router vendor providing
automatic upgrades of its OS.
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