IRTF Update

By: Lars Eggert

Date: April 17, 2016

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During IETF 94 in Yokohama, five of the nine chartered Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) research groups (RGs) held meetings:

  • Crypto Forum (CFRG)
  • Information-Centric Networking (ICNRG)
  • Network Function Virtualization (NFVRG)
  • Network Management (NMRG)
  • Software Defined Networking (SDNRG)

In addition to the meetings of those already chartered research groups, the following four proposed research groups met:

  • Human Rights Protocol Considerations Research Group (HRPCRG)
  • Thing-to-Thing Research Group (T2TRG). Related to Internet-of-things networking, this proposed RG held a longer meeting on the weekend before the IETF with the W3C Interest Group on Internet of Things.
  • Network Machine Learning Research Group (NMLRG)
  • How Ossified is the Protocol Stack? Research Group (HOPSRG)

Since IETF 94, both HRPCRG and T2TRG have been formally chartered. HOPSRG has been renamed and is now the proposed Measurement and Analysis for Protocols Research Group (MAPRG).

Prior to the IETF 94 meeting, the IRTF and the Internet Society held a workshop on Research and Applications of Internet Measurements (RAIM) in cooperation with ACM SIGCOMM. This one-day workshop was very well attended and helped to increase collaboration between industry and academia in the field of networking. For more information on the RAIM workshop, visit

The IRTF Open Meeting included presentations from Xiao Sophia Wang on a systematic study of Web page load times using SPDY and comparisons with HTTP, and from Roland van Rijswijk-Deij on a detailed measurement study using a large dataset of DNSSEC-signed domains.

The nominations period for the 2016 ANRP awards is now closed. The ANRP is awarded for recent results in applied networking research that are relevant for transitioning into shipping Internet products and related standardization efforts. Everyone is encouraged to nominate relevant scientific papers they have recently authored—or read—for consideration for the award. Nominations for the 2017 awards will be accepted later this year. Please see for details.

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