"The Network Configuration Protocol (NETCONF)[I-D.ietf-netconf-4741bis] provides mechanisms to install, manipulate, and delete the configuration of network devices. The primary target were network devices such as routers or switches that usually have plenty of resources for running a NETCONF server.
However, there are a number of embedded systems where resources (most notably memory) are tight and hence such devices can only afford a subset of the NETCONF protocol operations. This document defines a subset of NETCONF, called NETCONF Light, that can be implemented on resource constrained devices.
The usage of NETCONF Light on resource constrained devices is attractive in environments where management applications have to deal with a wide range of different devices, ranging for example from from very small embedded networked sensors over more powerful data aggregation servers up to highly complex control networks. Typical examples are Smart Grids or more general industrial control networks."
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