IRTF Update – March 2017

By: Chris Harris

Date: March 19, 2017

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Having served as IRTF chair since 2011, Lars Eggert will step down as Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) chair during IETF 98 in March 2017. The IAB has appointed Allison Mankin as his successor. Thank you for your service, Lars, and welcome, Allison!

Mankin is an Internet protocol lead and researcher based in the Washington DC area, and holds the position of Senior Director, Public DNS, at Salesforce.  She has a long history in and around the IETF and IRTF, including serving as Nomcom Chair, Transport Area Director (most recently stepping down in 2006), and IPng AD.  In the IRTF, she chaired the Reliable Multicast Research Group (RG) and then moved it to the IETF as the RMT Working Group (WG).  She has worked in a diverse set of industry, academic, and government settings.  Some of her positions prior to Salesforce were at Verisign, JHU Applied Physics Lab, the US National Science Foundation (NSF), Bell Labs, and USC/ISI. As a program director at the US NSF, Allison was a leader of the Future Internet Design (FIND) program, which initiated the funding of infocentric networking and also played an early role in software-defined networking.

During IETF 97 in Seoul, ten chartered IRTF RGs held meetings:

  • Crypto Forum (CFRG)
  • Information-Centric Networking (ICNRG)
  • Network Function Virtualization (NFVRG)
  • Network Management (NMRG)
  • Network Coding (NWCRG)
  • Software Defined Networking (SDNRG)
  • Thing-to-Thing (T2TRG)
  • Human Rights Protocol Considerations (HRPCRG)
  • Measurement and Analysis for Protocols (MAPRG)
  • Internet Congestion Control (ICCRG)

In addition to the meetings of those already chartered RGs, the proposed Network Machine Learning Research Group (NMLRG) met. Since IETF 97, the SDNRG has closed.

The IRTF Open Meeting received Applied Networking Research Prize presentations from Olivier Tilmans on the Fibbing architecture that enables central control over distributed routing, and Benjamin Hesmans for enabling applications to control how Multipath TCP transfers data.

See the Applied Networking Research Workshop 2017 call for papers at The paper submission deadline is 3 April 2017. The ANRW’17 is an academic workshop that provides a forum for researchers, vendors, network operators, and the Internet standards community to present and discuss emerging results in applied networking research. Sponsored by ACM SIGCOMM, the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) and the Internet Society (ISOC), the workshop will take place Saturday, 15 July 2017, in Prague, Czech Republic, the venue of IETF 99 .

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