From the Editor's Desk

By: Mat Ford

Date: July 6, 2011

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The IETF has been working on securing the routing infrastructure of the Internet for many years. The Secure Inter-Domain Routing (sidr) working group has recently been rechartered and it is, therefore, timely to review the status of the current efforts in the IETF on this topic. Contributing authors Geoff Huston and Randy Bush do just that in our cover article, Securing BGP and SIDR.

A new feature in this issue of the IETF Journal is our IETF Ornithology column, which provides an overview of the proceedings and outcomes of the Birds-of-a Feather (BoF) meetings that took place during IETF 80. These are frequently some of the most interesting and accessible meetings for a general observer as participants seek to explain the background to and motivations for new work topics.

Jim Gettys has been on the campaign trail since late last year trying to raise awareness of the issues caused by excessively large buffers in network hardware and software. His presentation to the Transport Area Open Meeting during IETF 80 generated a lot of discussion, and we present an article from him on the topic in this issue. You can follow progress on this topic at

Also in this issue are our regular columns from the IETF and Internet Architecture Board chairs, highlights from the Internet Society panel on metrics for IPv6 deployment, coverage of the hot- topics discussed during the plenary meetings, and an opportunity to get to know the Internet Society Fellowship to IETF 80 Fellows from around the world.

As always, we are hugely grateful to all our contributors. Please send comments and suggestions for contributions to future issues to [email protected].