DNS Reverse IP Automatic Multicast Tunneling (AMT) Discovery
RFC 8777

Document Type RFC - Proposed Standard (April 2020; Errata)
Updates RFC 7450
Author Jake Holland 
Last updated 2020-07-18
Replaces draft-jholland-mboned-driad-amt-discovery
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Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)                        J. Holland
Request for Comments: 8777                     Akamai Technologies, Inc.
Updates: 7450                                                 April 2020
Category: Standards Track                                               
ISSN: 2070-1721

      DNS Reverse IP Automatic Multicast Tunneling (AMT) Discovery


   This document updates RFC 7450, "Automatic Multicast Tunneling" (or
   AMT), by modifying the relay discovery process.  A new DNS resource
   record named AMTRELAY is defined for publishing AMT relays for
   source-specific multicast channels.  The reverse IP DNS zone for a
   multicast sender's IP address is configured to use AMTRELAY resource
   records to advertise a set of AMT relays that can receive and forward
   multicast traffic from that sender over an AMT tunnel.  Other
   extensions and clarifications to the relay discovery process are also

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction
     1.1.  Background
     1.2.  Terminology
       1.2.1.  Relays and Gateways
       1.2.2.  Definitions
       1.2.3.  Requirements Language
   2.  Relay Discovery Overview
     2.1.  Basic Mechanics
     2.2.  Signaling and Discovery
     2.3.  Example Deployments
       2.3.1.  Example Receiving Networks
       2.3.2.  Example Sending Networks
   3.  Relay Discovery Operation
     3.1.  Optimal Relay Selection
       3.1.1.  Overview
       3.1.2.  Preference Ordering
       3.1.3.  Connecting to Multiple Relays
     3.2.  Happy Eyeballs
       3.2.1.  Overview
       3.2.2.  Algorithm Guidelines
       3.2.3.  Connection Definition
     3.3.  Guidelines for Restarting Discovery
       3.3.1.  Overview
       3.3.2.  Updates to Restarting Events
       3.3.3.  Tunnel Stability
       3.3.4.  Traffic Health
       3.3.5.  Relay Loaded or Shutting Down
       3.3.6.  Relay Discovery Messages vs. Restarting Discovery
       3.3.7.  Independent Discovery per Traffic Source
     3.4.  DNS Configuration
     3.5.  Waiting for DNS Resolution
   4.  AMTRELAY Resource Record Definition
     4.1.  AMTRELAY RRType
     4.2.  AMTRELAY RData Format
       4.2.1.  RData Format - Precedence
       4.2.2.  RData Format - Discovery Optional (D-bit)
       4.2.3.  RData Format - Type
       4.2.4.  RData Format - Relay
     4.3.  AMTRELAY Record Presentation Format
       4.3.1.  Representation of AMTRELAY RRs
       4.3.2.  Examples
   5.  IANA Considerations
   6.  Security Considerations
     6.1.  Use of AMT
     6.2.  Record-Spoofing
     6.3.  Congestion
   7.  References
     7.1.  Normative References
     7.2.  Informative References
   Appendix A.  Unknown RRType Construction
   Author's Address

1.  Introduction

   This document defines DNS Reverse IP AMT Discovery (DRIAD), a
   mechanism for AMT gateways to discover AMT relays that are capable of
   forwarding multicast traffic from a known source IP address.

   AMT (Automatic Multicast Tunneling) is defined in [RFC7450] and
   provides a method to transport multicast traffic over a unicast
   tunnel in order to traverse network segments that are not multicast

   Section 4.1.5 of [RFC7450] explains that the relay selection process
   for AMT is intended to be more flexible than the particular discovery
   method described in that document.  That section further explains
   that the selection process might need to depend on the source of the
   multicast traffic in some deployments, since a relay must be able to
   receive multicast traffic from the desired source in order to forward

   Section 4.1.5 of [RFC7450] goes on to suggest DNS-based queries as a
   possible solution: DRIAD is DNS based.  This solution also addresses
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