IRTF Update

By: Lars Eggert

Date: March 1, 2014

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During IETF 88 in Vancouver, Canada, five out of the nine then-chartered Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) research groups (RGs) held meetings:

  • Internet Congestion Control Research Group (iccrg)
  • Information-Centric Networking (icnrg)
  • Network Complexity Research Group (ncrg)
  • Network Management Research Group (nmrg)
  • Software Defined Networking Research Group (sdnrg)

In addition to the meetings of the already-chartered research groups, a new proposed research group on Network Coding held a third side meeting. The discussion was positive, and the Network Coding Research Group (nwcrg) was formally chartered on 13 November 2013.

Since IETF 87, one new RFC (Request for Comment) has been published on the IRTF RFC Stream by the Scalable Active Multicast Research Group (samrg): RFC 7019 on “Application-Layer Multicast Extensions to REsource LOcation And Discovery (RELOAD).”

The IRTF Open Meeting at IETF 88 was the venue for the final Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) winner of 2013 to present his research. Idilio Drago presented insights into characterizing the traffic and workloads of the Dropbox cloud storage system. You can read more about his work in “Cloud Storage Dissected: A View Inside Dropbox” in this issue.

The 2014 nomination cycle of the ANRP concluded after IETF 88 with 46 nominations. The selection committee selected six award winners for 2014, with each of the three IETF meetings in 2014 scheduled to see two award talks, which will be announced shortly before each meeting.