From the Editor's Desk

By: Mat Ford

Date: March 1, 2013

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Atlanta, Georgia, played host to the 85th meeting of the IETF with many attendees arriving via Hartsfield-Jackson airport, the busiest airport in the world. In this issue of the IETF Journal you’ll find a roundup of some of the discussions and people that helped make this particular meeting so great.

Our cover article delves into what some would call the bread and butter of IETF processes—verifying the quality of a technology’s standardised specification (in this case, NETCONF) by demonstrating the interoperability of multiple independent implementations.

Interoperability testing is also the subject of our article on Lightweight 4over6. Lightweight 4over6 is a less mature technology than NETCONF, but the article demonstrates the eagerness with which IETF participants code up their ideas to demonstrate practical utility and well-defined specifications.

We also present articles on the winners of the 2012 Itojun Service Award and the Internet Society panel event that debated the future of the mobile Internet. Of course this edition wouldn’t be complete without our regular columns from the IETF, IAB, and IRTF chairs, and coverage of hot topics discussed during the plenary meeting.

For more details of the Internet Area of the IETF in particular, a Working Group summary report is available at

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