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This document is one of several proposals for distributing XMPP chat rooms across multiple chat services. It is expected that the various approaches will be refined and harmonized before a final protocol is developed.
The architecture is that of a single root node, called MASTER and several repeater nodes, each called SLAVE. Every stanza is submitted via the slaves to the master, control is centralized there. The master then sends a copy of the stanza to each of the slaves where it is processed and then distributed to each of the slave's leaf nodes, local users at this point. During redistribution, the slave shall not change the stanza's 'from' attribute, which is only possible if the slave is in the same security domain as the user. The result of that is a decreased number of messages on the server-to-server links between the master's server and each of the slave servers.
Note that this only applies to stanzas that are directed to all occupants, such as the change of availability status and messages whose 'type' attribute is set to 'groupchat'.
While 1-1 stanzas such as in-room private messages or vcard-temp requests may also travel along that path they are currently unaffected by this.
Most of the examples in this document use the scenario of the 1990 war that split the Internet Relay Chat into several incompatible networks. The battlefield is represented here by the "email@example.com" chatroom. The characters are as follows:
In our example we are presuming that three slaves from three hosts have registered with the master for traffic redistribution. They are doing so using slave@host jids, but they could be using any temporary jid the implementor finds useful to choose.
If a new occupant requests to enter the room, the master first sends a presence update to all participants to inform them of the presence of the new user. Then, the master sends the affected slave a stanza requesting it to add the user to the distribution list
The slave MUST verify that the user has sent directed presence to the masters JID before. This helps to ensure that the user intended to enter the room. If this is ture, the slave shall add the user to the distribution list and send the room roster, occupants own presence in room and discussion history to the full jid of the added user.
Presence updates are distributed by the master to all slaves.
Note that the master MUST NOT send the full jid of the user to any slaves without members that are moderators.
When rebroadcasting this stanza to its local occupants, the slave MUST remove the participants full JID subject to the rules of XEP-0045. In addition, the slave stores the resulting changes to the room roster, so that it can send the correct state to entering users.
When relaying a message, the master SHOULD add a urn:xmpp:delay element inside dmuc element so that the slave can provide proper timestamps to new users. The master then sends a copy of the stanza to each slave.
After saving the stanza for the purpose of keeping a room history, the slave SHOULD remove the urn:xmpp:tmp:dmuc:0 element and send the stanza to each local user.
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The Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) is defined in the XMPP Core (RFC 6120) and XMPP IM (RFC 6121) specifications contributed by the XMPP Standards Foundation to the Internet Standards Process, which is managed by the Internet Engineering Task Force in accordance with RFC 2026. Any protocol defined in this document has been developed outside the Internet Standards Process and is to be understood as an extension to XMPP rather than as an evolution, development, or modification of XMPP itself.
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