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[802SEC] 802.15 Comments on the 802c PAR


Here are some comments on the 802c PAR from members of 802.15 for your consideration--

Scope of the Project:  The project scope is vague and confusing, leaving it unclear what is expected as the outcome of this project.  Suggested changes:   Include specifically in the scope that the project will develop guidelines, techniques  and strategies which may be applied to management of local address spaces, and rules to apply when the specific guidelines, techniques and strategies recommended are adopted.

Need for the Project:  The sentence "Such protocols will allow virtual machines and IoT devices to obtain a local address without local administration."  is self contradictory and technically invalid: "This project will enable protocols that automatically configure addresses from a portion of the local address space" would be a method of local administration. Suggest deleting this sentence.

Also, the opening premise in the "need for the project" appears based on the assumption virtual machines and IoT devices use EUI-48 addresses and ignores the far deeper EUI-64 address space used by many (now approaching one billion and growing rapidly) 15.4 based IoT devices.   From explanations given in the ad-hoc discussion, it appears the intent of the project is to address ONLY locally administered EUI-48 address space. If this is the intent it should be clearly stated in the project scope.



Bob Heile, Ph.D
Chairman Emeritus & Chief Technologist, ZigBee Alliance
Chair, IEEE 802.15 Working Group on Wireless Personal Area Networks
Co-Chair IEEE P2030 Task Force 3 on Smartgrid Communications
Chair IEEE 2030.5 Working Group for Smart Energy Profile 2
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