Distributed Mobility Management

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Document Charter Mobility EXTensions for IPv6 WG (mext) Snapshot
Title Distributed Mobility Management
Last updated 2007-07-05
State Approved
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The Distributed Mobility Management (DMM) working group specifies IP
    mobility, access network and routing solutions, which allow for
    setting up IP networks so that traffic is distributed in an
    optimal way and does not rely on centrally deployed anchors to manage
    IP mobility sessions. The distributed mobility management solutions
    aim for transparency above the IP layer, including maintenance of
    active transport level sessions as mobile hosts or entire mobile
    networks change their point of attachment to the Internet.
    The protocol solutions should be based on existing IP mobility
    protocols, either host- or network-based, such as Mobile IPv6
    [RFC6275, 5555], Proxy Mobile IPv6 [RFC5213, 5844] and
    NEMO [RFC3963]. Solutions may also focus specifically
    on managing the use of care-of versus home addresses in an
    efficient manner for different types of communications.
    Although the maintenance of stable home address(es) and/or prefix(es)
    and upper level sessions is a desirable goal when mobile hosts/routers
    change their point of attachment to the Internet, it is not a strict
    requirement. Mobile hosts/routers should not assume that IP
    addressing including home address(es) and/or home network prefix(es)
    remain the same throughout the entire upper level session lifetime,
    or that support for mobility functions is provided on the network side
    in all conditions.
    The distributed mobility management solutions primarily target IPv6
    Deployment and should not be tailored specifically to support IPv4,
    in particular in situations where private IPv4 addresses and/or NATs
    are used. At least IPv6 is assumed to be present in both the mobile
    host/router and the access networks. Independent of the distributed
    mobility management solution, backward compatibility must be
    maintained. If the network or the mobile host/router do not support
    the distributed mobility management enabling protocol, nothing should
  Work items related to the distributed mobility management include:
    o Solution Requirements: Define precisely the problem of distributed
      mobility management and identity the requirements for a distributed
      mobility management solution.
    o Practices: Document practices for the deployment of existing 
       mobility protocols in a distributed mobility management 
   o  Gap Analysis and extensions: identify the limitations in the current
       practices with respect to providing the expected functionality.
    o If limitations are identified as part of the above deliverable,
      specify extensions to existing protocols that removes these
      limitations within a distributed mobility management environment.