Sunday, March 11, 2007

RFC 1149

For those of you who've had the misfortune to hear me bang on about transport protocols at some conference or other you'll know my obsession with RFC 1149. That'd be "A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on Avian Carriers" for those not in the know.

In 2001 the Bergen Linux Users Group went out and implemented RFC 1149, of course we still need another implementation so that we can do interoperability tests and get the RFC into the standards track, but for enthusiasts of the standard that's just a matter of time...

Pictures taken by Vegard Engen on Saturday April 28 2001
A ping packet enroute to the remote host

Especially since it now looks like the latest developments in avian carriers (with thanks to Matthew Graham) offer the possibility of traffic shaping of packets carried via avian carrier, and to radically reduce the poor ping times of the existing implementation. Excellent news for all fans of RFC 1149, because if it didn't exist already, we'd only have to go out and invent it...


  1. I tried implementing RFC 1149, but the pigeons got weighed down by the increased traffic of luncheon meat.

    TCP/Bongos might be a reasonable solution, but I think smoke signals might also work.