IRTF Update

By: Lars Eggert

Date: November 1, 2013

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During IETF 87 in Berlin, Germany, seven of the nine currently chartered Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) research groups (RGs) held meetings:

  • Crypto Forum (CFRG)
  • Delay-Tolerant networking (DTNRG)
  • Internet Congestion Control (ICCRG)
  • Information-Centric Networking (ICNRG)
  • Network Complexity (NCRG)
  • Network Management (NMRG)
  • Software-Defined Networking (SDNRG)

In addition to the meetings of those already-chartered research groups, a new proposed research group on Network Coding held a second side meeting. The discussion was again positive, and the proponents are planning a third discussion during IETF 88 in Vancouver, Canada, in November.

Since IETF 86, no new RFCs were published on the IRTF RFC Stream. This is not uncommon, given the low average publication numbers on the stream. A few RFCs are expected to be published on the stream before the next meeting.

The large number of meetings in Berlin demonstrates that most RGs are active. One exception is the Routing RG, which has been dormant for a few meeting cycles. I would like to discuss with routing researchers how the group could be revitalized—please feel free to send me email or talk to me in Vancouver.

The IRTF Open Meeting at IETF 87 was the venue for two Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) winners of 2013 to present their research. Te-Yuan Huang presented insights into the difficulties of rate adaptation for streaming video and Laurent Vanbever proposed a framework to facilitate seamless BGP reconfigurations. The final ANRP winner of 2013 will present at IETF 88.   Visit the ANRP home page at to find out who it will be! For more information about the ANRP awards, see the article on  page 25.

The 2014 nomination cycle of the ANRP is in full swing! Please nominate outstanding research papers. See for details of the 2014 call for nominations and information about past winners.

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