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Network Working Group                                         D. Schremp
Request for Comments: 1975                                      J. Black
Category: Informational                                         J. Weiss
                                                             August 1996

              PPP Magnalink Variable Resource Compression

Status of This Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  This memo
   does not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of
   this memo is unlimited.


   The Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP) [1] provides a standard method of
   encapsulating multiple protocol datagrams over point-to-point links.
   The PPP Compression Control Protocol [2] provides a method for
   negotiating data compression over PPP links.

   The Magnalink Variable Resource Compression Algorithm (MVRCA) allows
   a wide range of interoperable compression implementations whose
   performance characteristics are a function of available CPU and
   memory resources.


   The Magnalink variable resource compression algorithm defines a
   family of interoperable compression solutions with compression
   performance as a function of available CPU and memory resources.  It
   addresses the need for an algorithm which can be tailored to the
   system on which it is implemented without compromising


   Source licenses are available on a non-discriminatory basis.

   The contact person for evaluation under NDA and Licensing is:

           Director of OEM Sales
           Magnalink Communications Division
           Telco Systems Inc.
           63 Nahatan Street
           Norwood, Mass. 02062
           Phone: (617) 255-9400, Fax: (617) 255-5885

MVRCA Packets

   Before any MVRCA packets may be communicated, PPP must reach the
   Network-Layer Protocol phase[1], and the Compression Control Protocol
   must reach the Opened state.

   The text of a Packet to be compressed begins with PPP Protocol
   number.  The Packet header including the PPP Protocol number may have
   already been compressed when Protocol-Field-Compression has been

Reliability and Sequencing

   MVRCA packets may be sent across an unreliable link or may use a
   reliable link as described in "PPP Reliable Transmission"[3] if the
   reliable link has been negotiated. If frames are delivered out of
   order or a frame is dropped, the decompressor will detect this and
   requests a resynchronization using the Reset-Req and Reset-Ack types
   of the CCP[2], with the compressor for the affected context.

Data Expansion

   Although the compression algorithm may occasionally expand a data
   packet, there is no expansion in MVRCA since any expanded data is
   instead sent uncompressed. Dictionary synchronization is maintained
   across uncompressed packets.


   The encapsulation consists of the PPP Protocol Identifier, a bit to
   indicate if the data is compressed, the Context Identifier(CID), a
   proprietary flag bit (E), a Packet Integrity Byte(PIB), and the
   Compressed data.

       0                   1
       0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5
      | PPP Protocol Identifier       |
      |C|E|   CID     |     PIB       |  C compressed flag
      +-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+-+  1 data is compressed
      | Compressed data  ...             0 data is not compressed

Compressed/Uncompressed Flag (C)

   When attempting to compress certain types of Packets or Fragments the
   compressor may not be effective. When this occurs the uncompressed
   data is added to the compression History Buffer and sent across the
   link in frame with the Compressed/Uncompressed Flag(C) set to 0.

Context Identifier (CID)

   Since PPP will transport multiple protocol datagrams it may be
   advantageous to compress each protocol or each virtual circuit in a
   different History Buffer or Context. The CID allows the compressor to
   indicate to the decompressor which History Buffer the compressor
   decided to use for a given Packet. The basis of this decision is up
   to the implementor. The number of buffers and size of each buffer is

   A CID of 0 indicates that the Packet by Packet context will be used
   if it has been negotiated. The Packet by Packet context is cleared
   between Packets so that this History Buffer is not maintained across
   Packet boundaries.

Packet Integrity Byte (PIB)

   To ensure that Packets are being compressed and decompressed
   correctly and to ensure History Buffer synchronization is maintained,
   a Packet Integrity Byte is added to the packet header.

   The packet integrity byte is defined in the full protocol

Configuration Option Format


   The CCP MVRCA Configuration Option negotiates the use of MVRCA on the
   link. By default or ultimate disagreement, no compression is used.

     0                   1                   2                   3
     0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1
    |     Type      |    Length     |FE |P| History |  # Contexts   |





   FE  - Features

   Negotiates features specific to this compression algorithm.


   Defines the size of the compression history buffer.  Valid values are
   defined in the full protocol specification.

   # Contexts

   This is the number of contexts. Each context implies the  creation of
   a History Buffer for that context of the size  indicated in the
   Context History field. Values are  1-63.  This value includes both
   the Packet by Packet context and the number of contexts for which
   history is maintained.  Therefore, when this value is 1 and the P
   (Packet by Packet) flag is also 1, then only in packet compression is
   supported and history context is not retained across packet
   boundaries.  The Context Identifier (CID) starts with 1 for contexts
   where the history is maintained.

   P - Packet by Packet flag

   When 1, packet by packet compression is enabled for the context whose
   context ID is 0.  When P is 0, packet by packet compression is not

Security Considerations

   Security issues are not discussed in this memo.


   [1] Simpson, W., Editor, "The Point-to-Point Protocol (PPP)", STD 51,
       RFC 1661, July 1994.

   [2] Rand, D., "The PPP Compression Control Protocol (CCP)", RFC 1962,
       June 1996.

   [3] Rand, D., "PPP Reliable Transmission", RFC 1663, July 1994.


Chair's Address

   The working group can be contacted via the current chair:

   Karl Fox
   Ascend Communications
   3518 Riverside Drive, Suite 101
   Columbus, Ohio 43221

   EMail: karl@ascend.com

Authors' Addresses

   Comments about this document may also be directed to the authors.

   Doug Schremp
   Telco Systems, Inc.
   Magnalink Communications Division
   63 Nahatan Street
   Norwood Ma. 02062

   Phone: (617) 255-9400
   EMail: dhs@magna.telco.com

   Jeffrey Black
   Telco Systems, Inc.
   Magnalink Communications Division
   63 Nahatan Street
   Norwood Ma. 02062

   Phone: (617) 255-9400
   EMail: jtb@magna.telco.com

   Jeffrey Weiss
   Telco Systems, Inc.
   Magnalink Communications Division
   63 Nahatan Street
   Norwood Ma. 02062

   Phone: (617) 255-9400
   EMail: jaw@magna.telco.com


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