Re: more (possibly too many) thoughts on systems of gateawys


J. Noel Chiappa (JNC@XX.LCS.MIT.EDU)
Tue 14 Jan 86 14:53:47-EST


Chuck:

        Some of the issues you raise (e.g. how do hosts find dead
gateways) are already covered in the RFC's Dave Clark wrote for the
Internet Implementor's Guide; the one you want is the one about fault
isolation. The Gateway commitee is working on an RFC about Routing in
the Host IP Layer which talks about the others (e.g. finding gateways,
etc.) We want to insulate the hosts as much as possible from the
details of routing since we are going to be changing that, so having
routing tables sent to hosts is out. Remember also that whatever
mechanisms we use have to also work on nets that do not support
broadcast.

        Noel
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