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Re: Putting ESRO (RFC-2188) on the IETF standards track

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Re: Putting ESRO (RFC-2188) on the IETF standards track


I have attempted to review RFC 2188 but find it very difficult to read.
This is because it is not written using standard Internet terminology.
I would expect to find most of the following words in the document, but
none of them appear:

        backoff / exponential / double / doubling
        discover / discovery
        adapt / estimate / estimation

I am sorry to say that if you want ESRO considered for further progression
on the IETF standards track, then the mandatory first step is to rewrite
RFC 2188 using standard terminology.  This is an essential component of
developing a specification that can be used by the Internet community.

Regarding the earlier words of apparent encouragement for RFC 2188,
unfortunately they are rooted in a misunderstanding.  Scott wrote that
the former Transport co-AD "feels that this ID represents a significant
technical contribution," based on her stating that she felt it should
be treated "seriously".  However, I checked with her now and she replied:

> I'm surprised that I came off as a proponent of ESRO.  I recall
> saying something like this RFC should be treated with seriousness,
> by which I meant that it needed just such an IESG note as it
> got, rather than to be published airily (meaning to pun).

As indicated by the terms listed earlier, as far as I can tell (given the
different terminology), RFC 2188 does not address issues of congestion
control (and even perhaps flow control), nor fundamentals such as MTU
discovery, reassembly of out-of-order segments, and adaptive timers.
These may all be in RFC 2188 using different terms, but one requirement
for considering possibly advancing RFC 2188 is that it first be written
in the standard terminology used for discussing IETF protocols.


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