Bundle Protocol Specification

This RFC 5050 was published in 2007.


This document describes the end-to-end protocol, block formats, and abstract service description for the exchange of messages (bundles) in Delay Tolerant Networking (DTN).

RFC 5050 introduction

This document describes version 6 of the Delay Tolerant Networking (DTN) "bundle" protocol (BP).
Delay Tolerant Networking is an end- to-end architecture providing communications in and/or through highly stressed environments.
Stressed networking environments include those with intermittent connectivity, large and/or variable delays, and high bit error rates.
To provide its services, BP sits at the application layer of some number of constituent internets, forming a store-and-forward overlay network.
Key capabilities of BP include:

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