This is a series containing notes I made while reading RFCs.
A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on Avian Carriers.
Note: this was the April Fool’s RFC for the year 1990. 🙂
- Describes an experimental method for sending IP datagrams over “avian carriers” (pigeons!)
- Primarily useful in Metropolitan Area Networks
- Experimental, not recommended standard.
Overview and Rational
- Avian carriers provide:
- high delay
- low throughput
- low altitude service
- Connection path limited to a single point-to-point path for each carrier.
- Many carriers can be used without significant interference with each other, outside of early spring.
- Scroll of paper wrapped around avian carrier’s leg.
- Bandwidth depends on leg length.
- MTU typically 256 mg. Paradoxically, generally increases as carrier ages.
- Prioritized pecking order can be used for multiple types of service.
- Built-in worm detection and eradication
- Storms can cause dataloss.
- Persistent delivery retry, until the carrrier drops.
- Not generally a problem in normal operation
- Data encryption needed in tactical environments.