IRTF Update

By: Lars Eggert

Date: July 1, 2014

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During IETF 89 in London, seven out of the nine then-chartered Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) research groups (RGs) held meetings—the highest number of meetings in recent years:

  • Information-Centric Networking (ICNRG)
  • Crypto Forum (CFRG)
  • Internet Congestion Control (ICCRG)
  • Network Complexity (NCRG)
  • Software-Defined Networking (SDNRG)
  • Network Management (NMRG)
  • Network Coding (NWCRG)

Side Meetings

In addition to the meetings of chartered research groups, the proposed research group, Global Access to the Internet for All (GAIA), held a successful side meeting. It plans further meetings at the IETF and other events, including the ACM Symposium on Computing for Development for December 2014. The mailing list for this effort is [email protected] Read the related IETF Journal article.

A second side meeting was held to discuss the Datacenter Latency Control research group. Proponents plan a public meeting for IETF 90 in Toronto. The mailing list for this effort is [email protected]

New RFC Published

Since IETF 88, one new RFC was published on the IRTF RFC Stream by the Scalable Active Multicast Research Group (SAMRG): RFC 7046, A Common API for Transparent Hybrid Multicast.

Applied Networking Research Prize Winners

The first two Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) winners of 2014 presented their research at the IRTF Open Meeting at IETF 89. Kenny Paterson presented findings and documentation of new attacks against TLS and DTLS; Keith Winstein presented a transport protocol design for interactive applications requiring high throughput and low delay. Read the related IETF Journal article.

Requests and Appeals

Finally, the IRTF chair received a request from Trevor Perrin to replace one of the Crypto Forum Research Group (CFRG) cochairs. After reviewing the facts and discussing the matter with community members, the IRTF chair declined the request. The decision was appealed to the Internet Architecture Board, which upheld the decision.

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