From the Editor's Desk

By: Mat Ford

Date: July 6, 2015

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Dallas, Texas, was the location for the 92nd meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force hosted by Google. In this issue of the IETF Journal we’ve tried to capture some of the highlights of the week and convey a small sample of the many exciting people and discussions that make up an IETF meeting.

Our cover article, a retrospective of the Journal from our first editor, Mirjam Kühne, continues the celebration of our publication’s 10-year anniversary. We also have articles about the first-ever IETF Hackathon, a newcomer’s report on his freshman experience at an IETF meeting, and a great technical article for folks wondering what the buzzwords SDN and NFV are all about.

You’ll also find an update from the cochair of the OSPF Working Group. We encourage all working group chairs to consider periodically writing for the Journal!

Our regular columns from the IETF, Internet Architecture Board, and Internet Research Task Force chairs, and coverage of hot topics discussed during the plenary meetings wrap up this issue. For more details of the Internet Area of the IETF in particular, a Working Group summary report is available at

We are hugely grateful to all of our contributors. Please send comments and suggestions for contributions to [email protected] You can subscribe to hardcopy or email editions at