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      Network Working Group                                  Ross Callon
      Request for Comments: 1347                                     DEC
                                                               June 1992
                  TCP and UDP with Bigger Addresses (TUBA),
            A Simple Proposal for Internet Addressing and Routing
      Status of the Memo
      This memo provides information for the Internet community. It
      does not specify an Internet standard. Distribution of this
      memo is unlimited.
      1 Summary
      The Internet is approaching a situation in which the current IP
      address space is no longer adequate for global addressing
      and routing. This is causing problems including: (i) Internet
      backbones and regionals are suffering from the need to maintain
      large amounts of routing information which is growing rapidly in
      size (approximately doubling each year); (ii) The Internet is
      running out of IP network numbers to assign. There is an urgent
      need to develop and deploy an approach to addressing and routing
      which solves these problems and allows scaling to several orders
      of magnitude larger than the existing Internet. However, it is
      necessary for any change to be deployed in an incremental manner,
      allowing graceful transition from the current Internet without
      disruption of service. [1]
      This paper describes a simple proposal which provides a long-term
      solution to Internet addressing, routing, and scaling. This
      involves a gradual migration from the current Internet Suite
      (which is based on Internet applications, running over TCP or
      UDP, running over IP) to an updated suite (based on the same
      Internet applications, running over TCP or UDP, running over CLNP
      [2]). This approach is known as "TUBA" (TCP & UDP with Bigger
      This paper describes a proposal for how transition may be
      accomplished. Description of the manner in which use of CLNP,
      NSAP addresses, and related network/Internet layer protocols
      (ES-IS, IS-IS, and IDRP) allow scaling to a very large ubiquitous
      worldwide Internet is outside of the scope of this paper.
      Originally, it was thought that any practical proposal needed to
      address the immediate short-term problem of routing information
      explosion (in addition to the long-term problem of scaling to a
      worldwide Internet). Given the current problems caused by
      excessive routing information in IP backbones, this could require
      older IP-based systems to talk to other older IP-based systems
      over intervening Internet backbones which did not support IP.
      This in turn would require either translation of IP packets into
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      CLNP packets and vice versa, or encapsulation of IP packets
      inside CLNP packets. However, other shorter-term techniques (for
      example [3]) have been proposed which will allow the Internet to
      operate successfully for several years using the current IP
      address space. This in turn allows more time for IP-to-CLNP
      migration, which in turn allows for a much simpler migration
      The TUBA proposal therefore makes use of a simple long-term
      migration proposal based on a gradual update of Internet Hosts
      (to run Internet applications over CLNP) and DNS servers (to
      return larger addresses). This proposal requires routers to be
      updated to support forwarding of CLNP (in addition to IP).
      However, this proposal does not require encapsulation nor
      translation of packets nor address mapping. IP addresses and NSAP
      addresses may be assigned and used independently during the
      migration period. Routing and forwarding of IP and CLNP packets
      may be done independently.
      This paper provides a draft overview of TUBA. The detailed
      operation of TUBA has been left for further study.
      2 Long-Term Goal of TUBA
      This proposal seeks to take advantage of the success of the
      Internet Suite, the greatest part of which is probably the use of
      IP itself. IP offers a ubiquitous network service, based on
      datagram (connectionless) operation, and on globally significant
      IP addresses which are structured to aid routing. Unfortunately,
      the limited 32-bit IP address is gradually becoming inadequate
      for routing and addressing in a global Internet. Scaling to the
      anticipated future size of the worldwide Internet requires much
      larger addresses allowing a multi-level hierarchical address
      If we had the luxury of starting over from scratch, most likely
      we would base the Internet on a new datagram internet protocol
      with much larger multi-level addresses. In principle, there are
      many choices available for a new datagram internet protocol. For
      example, the current IP could be augmented by addition of larger
      addresses, or a new protocol could be developed. However, the
      development, standardization, implementation, testing, debugging
      and deployment  of a new protocol (as well as associated routing
      and host-to-router protocols) would take a very large amount of
      time and energy, and is not guaranteed to lead to success. In
      addition, there is already such a protocol available. In
      particular, the ConnectionLess Network Protocol (CLNP [1]) is
      very similar to IP, and offers the required datagram service and
      address flexibility. CLNP is currently being deployed in the
      Internet backbones and regionals, and is available in vendor
      products. This proposal does not actually require use of CLNP
      (the main content of this proposal is a graceful migration path
      from the current IP to a new IP offering a larger address space),
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      but use of CLNP will be assumed.
      This proposal seeks to minimize the risk associated with
      migration to a new IP address space. In addition, this proposal
      is motivated by the requirement to allow the Internet to scale,
      which implies use of Internet applications in a very large
      ubiquitous worldwide Internet. It is therefore proposed that
      existing Internet transport and application protocols continue to
      operate unchanged, except for the replacement of 32-bit IP
      addresses with larger addresses. The use of larger addresses will
      have some effect on applications, particularly on the Domain Name
      Service. TUBA does not mean having to move over to OSI
      completely. It would mean only replacing IP with CLNP. TCP, UDP,
      and the traditional TCP/IP applications would run on top of CLNP.
      The long term goal of the TUBA proposal involves transition to a
      worldwide Internet which operates much as the current Internet,
      but with CLNP replacing IP and with NSAP addresses replacing IP
      addresses. Operation of this updated protocol suite will be very
      similar to the current operation. For example, in order to
      initiate communication with another host, a host will obtain a
      internet address in the same manner that it normally does, except
      that the address would be larger. In many or most cases, this
      implies that the host would contact the DNS server, obtain a
      mapping from the known DNS name to an internet address, and send
      application packets encapsulated in TCP or UDP, which are in turn
      encapsulated in CLNP. This long term goal requires a
      specification for how TCP and UDP are run over CLNP. Similarly,
      DNS servers need to be updated to deal with NSAP addresses, and
      routers need to be updated to forward CLNP packets. This proposal
      does not involve any wider-spread migration to OSI protocols.
      TUBA does not actually depend upon DNS for its operation. Any
      method that is used for obtaining Internet addresses may be
      updated to be able to return larger (NSAP) addresses, and then
      can be used with TUBA.
      3 Migration
      Figure 1 illustrates the basic operation of TUBA. Illustrated is
      a single Internet Routing Domain, which is also interconnected
      with Internet backbones and/or regionals. Illustrated are two 
      "updated" Internet Hosts N1 and N2, as well as two older hosts H1
      and H2, plus a DNS server and two border routers. It is assumed
      that the routers internal to the routing domain are capable of
      forwarding both IP and CLNP traffic (this could be done either by
      using multi-protocol routers which can forward both protocol
      suites, or by using a different set of routers for each suite).
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                       ................    ................
                       .    H1        .    .  Internet    .
                       .              .-R1-.              .
                       .  H2          .    .  Backbones   .
                       .        DNS   .    .              .
                       .              .    .     and      .
                       .      N1      .    .              .
                       .              .    .  Regionals   .
                       .          N2  .-R2-.              .
                       ................    ................
                    DNS    DNS server
                     H     IP host
                     N     Updated Internet host
                     R     Border Router
                          Figure 1 - Overview of TUBA
      Updated Internet hosts talk to old Internet hosts using the
      current Internet suite unchanged. Updated Internet hosts talk to
      other updated Internet hosts using (TCP or UDP over) CLNP. This
      implies that updated Internet hosts must be able to send either
      old-style packets (using IP), or new style packet (using CLNP).
      Which to send is determined via the normal name-to-address
      Thus, suppose that host N1 wants to communicate with host H1. In
      this case, N1 asks its local DNS server for the address
      associated with H1. In this case, since H1 is a older
      (not-updated) host, the address available for H1 is an IP
      address, and thus the DNS response returned to N1 specifies an IP
      address. This allows N1 to know that it needs to send a normal
      old-style Internet suite packet (encapsulated in IP) to H1.
      Suppose that host N1 wants to communicate with host N2. In this
      case, again N1 contacts the DNS server. If the routers in the
      domain have not been updated (to forward CLNP), or if the DNS
      resource record for N2 has not been updated, then the DNS server
      will respond with a normal IP address, and the communication
      between N1 and N2 will use IP (updated hosts in environments
      where the local routers do not handle CLNP are discussed in
      section 6.3). However, assuming that the routers in the domain
      have been updated (to forward CLNP), that the DNS server has been
      updated (to be able to return NSAP addresses), and that the
      appropriate resource records for NSAP addresses have been
      configured into the DNS server, then the DNS server will respond
      to N1 with the NSAP address for N2, allowing N1 to know to use
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      CLNP (instead of IP) for communication with N2.
      A new resource record type will be defined for NSAP addresses.
      New hosts ask for both the new and old (IP address) resource
      records. Older DNS servers will not have the new resource record
      type, and will therefore respond with only IP address
      information. Updated DNS servers will have the new resource
      record information for the requested DNS name only if the
      associated host has been updated (otherwise the updated DNS
      server again will respond with an IP address).
      Hosts and/or applications which do not use DNS operate in a
      similar method. For example, suppose that local name to address
      records are maintained in host table entries on each local
      workstation. When a workstation is updated to be able to run
      Internet applications over CLNP, then the host table on the host
      may also be updated to contain updated NSAP addresses for other
      hosts which have also been updated. The associated entries for
      non-updated hosts would continue to contain IP addresses. Thus,
      again when an updated host wants to initiate communication with
      another host, it would look up the associated Internet address in
      the normal manner. If the address returned is a normal 32-bit IP
      address, then the host would initiate a request using an Internet
      application over TCP (or UDP) over IP (as at present). If the
      returned address is a longer NSAP address, then the host would
      initiate a request using an Internet application over TCP (or
      UDP) over CLNP.
      4 Running TCP and UDP Over CLNP
      TCP is run directly on top of CLNP (i.e., the TCP packet is
      encapsulated directly inside a CLNP packet - the TCP header
      occurs directly following the CLNP header). Use of TCP over CLNP
      is straightforward, with the only non-trivial issue being how to
      generate the TCP pseudo-header (for use in generating the TCP
      Note that TUBA runs TCP over CLNP on an end-to-end basis (for
      example, there is no intention to translate CLNP packets into IP
      packets). This implies that only "consenting updated systems"
      will be running TCP over CLNP; which in turn implies that, for
      purposes of generating the TCP pseudoheader from the CLNP header,
      backward compatibility with existing systems is not an issue.
      There are therefore several options available for how to generate
      the pseudoheader. The pseudoheader could be set to all zeros
      (implying that the TCP header checksum would only be covering the
      TCP header). Alternatively, the pseudoheader could be calculated
      from the CLNP header. For example, the "source address" in the
      TCP pseudoheader could be replaced with two bytes of zero plus a
      two byte checksum run on the source NSAP address length and
      address (and similarly for the destination address); the
      "protocol" could be replaced by the destination address selector
      value; and the "TCP Length" could be calculated from the CLNP
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      packet in the same manner that it is currently calculated from
      the IP packet. The details of how the pseudoheader is composed is
      for further study.
      UDP is transmitted over CLNP in the same manner. In particular,
      the UDP packet is encapsulated directly inside a CLNP packet.
      Similarly, the same options are available for the UDP pseudo-
      header as for the TCP pseudoheader.
      5 Updates to the Domain Name Service
      TUBA requires that a new DNS resource record entry type
      ("long-address") be defined, to store longer Internet (i.e.,
      NSAP) addresses. This resource record allows mapping from DNS
      names to NSAP addresses, and will contain entries for systems
      which are able to run Internet applications, over TCP or UDP,
      over CLNP.
      The presence of a "long-address" resource record for mapping a
      particular DNS name to a particular NSAP address can be used to
      imply that the associated system is an updated Internet host.
      This specifically does  not imply that the system is capable of
      running OSI protocols for any other purpose. Also, the NSAP
      address used for running Internet applications (over TCP or UDP
      over CLNP) does not need to have any relationship with other NSAP
      addresses which may be assigned to the same host. For example, a
      "dual stack" host may be able to run Internet applications over
      TCP over CLNP, and may also be able to run OSI applications over
      TP4 over CLNP. Such a host may have a single NSAP address
      assigned (which is used for both purposes), or may have separate
      NSAP addresses assigned for the two protocol stacks. The
      "long-address" resource record, if present, may be assumed to
      contain the correct NSAP address for running Internet applications
      over CLNP, but may not be assumed to contain the correct NSAP
      address for any other purpose.
      The backward translation (from NSAP address to DNS name) is
      facilitated by definition of an associated resource record. This
      resource record is known as "", and is used in a
      manner analogous to the existing "".
      Updated Internet hosts, when initiating communication with
      another host, need to know whether that host has been updated.
      The host will request the address-class "internet address",
      entry-type "long-address" from its local DNS server. If the
      local DNS server has not yet been updated, then the long address
      resource record will not be available, and an error response will
      be returned. In this case, the updated hosts must then ask for
      the regular Internet address. This allows updated hosts to be
      deployed in environments in which the DNS servers have not yet
      been updated.
      An updated DNS server, if asked for the long-address
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      corresponding to a particular DNS name, does a normal DNS search
      to obtain the information. If the long-address corresponding to
      that name is not available, then the updated DNS server will
      return the resource record type containing the normal 32-bit IP
      address (if available). This allows more efficient operation
      between updated hosts and old hosts in an environment in which
      the DNS servers have been updated.
      Interactions between DNS servers can be done over either IP or
      CLNP, in a manner analogous to interactions between hosts. DNS
      servers currently maintain entries in their databases which allow
      them to find IP addresses of other DNS servers. These can be
      updated to include a combination of IP addresses and NSAP
      addresses of other servers. If an NSAP address is available, then
      the communication with the other DNS server can use CLNP,
      otherwise the interaction between DNS servers uses IP. Initially,
      it is likely that all communication between DNS servers will use
      IP (as at present). During the migration process, the DNS servers
      can be updated to communicate with each other using CLNP.
      6 Other Technical Details
      6.1 When 32-Bit IP Addresses Fail
      Eventually, the IP address space will become inadequate for
      global routing and addressing. At this point, the remaining older
      (not yet updated) IP hosts will not be able to interoperate
      directly over the global Internet. This time can be postponed by
      careful allocation of IP addresses and use of "Classless
      Inter-Domain Routing" (CIDR [3]), and if necessary by
      encapsulation (either of IP in IP, or IP in CLNP). In addition,
      the number of hosts affected by this can be minimized by
      aggressive deployment of updated software based on TUBA.
      When the IP address space becomes inadequate for global routing
      and addressing, for purposes of IP addressing the Internet will
      need to be split into "IP address domains". 32-bit IP addresses
      will be meaningful only within an address domain, allowing the
      old IP hosts to continue to be used locally. For communications
      between domains, there are two possibilities: (i) The user at an
      old system can use application layer relays (such as mail relays
      for 822 mail, or by Telnetting to an updated system in order to
      allow Telnet or FTP to a remote system in another domain); or
      (ii) Network Address Translation can be used [4].
      6.2 Applications which use IP Addresses Internally
      There are some application protocols (such as FTP and NFS) which
      pass around and use IP addresses internally. Migration to a
      larger address space (whether based on CLNP or other protocol)
      will require either that these applications be limited to local
      use (within an "IP address domain" in which 32-bit IP addresses
      are meaningful) or be updated to either: (i) Use larger network
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      addresses instead of 32-bit IP addresses; or (ii) Use some other
      globally-significant identifiers, such as DNS names.
      6.3 Updated Hosts in IP-Only Environments
      There may be some updated Internet hosts which are deployed in
      networks that do not yet have CLNP service, or where CLNP service
      is available locally, but not to the global Internet. In these
      cases, it will be necessary for the updated Internet hosts to
      know to initially send all Internet traffic (or all non-local
      traffic) using IP, even when the remote system also has been
      updated. There are several ways that this can be accomplished,
      such as: (i) The host could contains a manual configuration
      parameter controlling whether to always use IP, or to use IP or
      CLNP depending upon remote address; (ii) The DNS resolver on the
      host could be "lied to" to believe that all remote requests are
      supposed to go to some particular server, and that server could
      intervene and change all remote requests for long-addresses into
      requests for normal IP addresses.
      6.4 Local Network Address Translation
      Network Address Translation (NAT [4]) has been proposed as a
      means to allow global communication between hosts which use
      locally-significant IP addresses. NAT requires that IP addresses
      be mapped at address domain boundaries, either to globally
      significant addresses, or to local addresses meaningful in the
      next address domain along the packet's path. It is possible to
      define a version of NAT which is "local" to an addressing domain,
      in the sense that (locally significant) IP packets are mapped to
      globally significant CLNP packets before exiting a domain, in a
      manner which is transparent to systems outside of the domain.
      NAT allows old systems to continue to be used globally without
      application gateways, at the cost of significant additional
      complexity and possibly performance costs (associated with
      translation or encapsulation of network packets at IP address
      domain boundaries). NAT does not address the problem of
      applications which pass around and use IP addresses internally.
      The details of Network Address Translation is outside of the
      scope of this document.
      6.5 Streamlining Operation of CLNP
      CLNP contains a number of optional and/or variable length fields.
      For example, CLNP allows addresses to be any integral number of
      bytes up to 20 bytes in length. It is proposed to "profile" CLNP
      in order to allow streamlining of router operation. For example,
      this might involve specifying that all Internet hosts will use an
      NSAP address of precisely 20 bytes in length, and may specify
      which optional fields (if any) will be present in all CLNP
      packets. This can allow all CLNP packets transmitted by Internet
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      hosts to use a constant header format, in order to speed up
      header parsing in routers. The details of the Internet CLNP
      profile is for further study.
      7 References
      [1]    "The IAB Routing and Addressing Task Force: Summary
             Report", work in progress.
      [2]    "Protocol for Providing the Connectionless-Mode Network
             Service", ISO 8473, 1988.
      [3]    "Supernetting: An Address Assignment and Aggregation
             Strategy", V.Fuller, T.Li, J.Yu, and K.Varadhan, March 
      [4]    "Extending the IP Internet Through Address Reuse", Paul
             Tsuchiya, December 1991.
      8 Security Considerations
      Security issues are not discussed in this memo.
      9 Author's Address
      Ross Callon
      Digital Equipment Corporation
      550 King Street, LKG 1-2/A19
      Littleton, MA  01460-1289
      Phone: 508-486-5009
      Callon                                                    [Page 9]
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