Reading RFCs for Fun

Posted on 2015/01/16 by shanmoon

IP Pigeon

IP Pigeon

Whenever I am having a bad day, I like to read RFC 1149 – A Standard for the Transmission of IP Datagrams on Avian Carriers which describes how “Avian carriers can provide high delay, low throughput, and low altitude service.” It contains gems like “Multiple types of service can be provided with a prioritized pecking order” and “An additional property is built-in worm detection and eradication.”
This RFC was actually implemented and tested by the Burgen Linux Group (read more here), although the ping log seen below does indeed show it is a high delay implementation. If you are technically inclined, read it here for a good laugh and the implmentation details here.

Script started on Sat Apr 28 11:24:09 2001
vegard@gyversalen:~$ /sbin/ifconfig tun0
tun0      Link encap:Point-to-Point Protocol  
          inet addr:10.0.3.2  P-t-P:10.0.3.1  Mask:255.255.255.255
          UP POINTOPOINT RUNNING NOARP MULTICAST  MTU:150  Metric:1
          RX packets:1 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 frame:0
          TX packets:2 errors:0 dropped:0 overruns:0 carrier:0
          collisions:0 
          RX bytes:88 (88.0 b)  TX bytes:168 (168.0 b)

vegard@gyversalen:~$ ping -i 900 10.0.3.1
PING 10.0.3.1 (10.0.3.1): 56 data bytes
64 bytes from 10.0.3.1: icmp_seq=0 ttl=255 time=6165731.1 ms
64 bytes from 10.0.3.1: icmp_seq=4 ttl=255 time=3211900.8 ms
64 bytes from 10.0.3.1: icmp_seq=2 ttl=255 time=5124922.8 ms
64 bytes from 10.0.3.1: icmp_seq=1 ttl=255 time=6388671.9 ms

--- 10.0.3.1 ping statistics ---
9 packets transmitted, 4 packets received, 55% packet loss
round-trip min/avg/max = 3211900.8/5222806.6/6388671.9 ms
vegard@gyversalen:~$ exit

Script done on Sat Apr 28 14:14:28 2001