IPv6 over Low-Power Wireless Personal Area Network (6LoWPAN) Dispatch Type for SCHC
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6lo Working Group                                               C. Gomez
Internet-Draft                                                       UPC
Intended status: Standards Track                      September 21, 2020
Expires: March 25, 2021

 IPv6 over Low-Power Wireless Personal Area Network (6LoWPAN) Dispatch
                             Type for SCHC
                    draft-gomez-6lo-schc-dispatch-01

Abstract

   A new framework called Static Context Header Compression (SCHC) has
   been designed with the primary goal of supporting IPv6 over Low Power
   Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technologies [RFC8724].  One of the SCHC
   components is a header compression mechanism.  If used properly, SCHC
   header compression allows a greater compression ratio than that
   achievable with traditional 6LoWPAN header compression [RFC6282].
   For this reason, it may make sense to use SCHC header compression in
   some 6LoWPAN environments.  This document defines a 6LoWPAN Dispatch
   Type to signal when a packet header has been compressed by using SCHC
   header compression.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  Conventions used in this document . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   3.  Frame Format  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   4.  SCHC Dispatch Type  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
   5.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   6.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   7.  Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
   8.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     8.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     8.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5

1.  Introduction

   RFC 6282 is the main specification for IPv6 over Low power Wireless
   Personal Area Network (6LoWPAN) IPv6 header compression [RFC6282].
   This RFC was designed assuming IEEE 802.15.4 as the layer below the
   6LoWPAN adaptation layer, and it has also been reused (with proper
   adaptations) for IPv6 header compression over many other technologies
   relatively similar to IEEE 802.15.4 in terms of characteristics such
   as physical layer bit rate, layer 2 maximum payload size, etc.
   Examples of such technologies comprise BLE, DECT-ULE, ITU G.9959, MS/
   TP, NFC, and PLC.  RFC 6282 provides additional functionality, such
   as a mechanism for UDP header compression.

   In the best cases, RFC 6282 allows to compress a 40-byte IPv6 header
   down to a 2-byte compressed header (for link-local interactions) or a
   3-byte compressed header (when global IPv6 addresses are used).  On
   the other hand, an RFC 6282 compressed UDP header has a typical size
   of 4 bytes.  Therefore, in advantageous conditions, a 48-byte
   uncompressed IPv6/UDP header may be compressed down to a 6-byte
   format (when using link-local addresses) or a 7-byte format (for
   global interactions) by using RFC 6282.

   Recently, a new framework called Static Context Header Compression
   (SCHC) has been designed with the primary goal of supporting IPv6
   over Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) technologies [RFC8724].
   SCHC comprises header compression and fragmentation functionality
   tailored to the extraordinary constraints of LPWAN technologies,
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