Networking Research

IRTF Update – November 2016

By: Mat Ford

Date: November 1, 2016

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During IETF 96 in Berlin, nine out of the ten 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)
  • Thing-2-Thing (T2TRG)
  • Human Rights Protocol Considerations (HRPCRG)
  • Global Access to the Internet for All (GAIARG)
  • Internet Congestion Control (ICCRG)

In addition to the meetings of those already chartered RGs, two proposed research groups met:

  • The proposed Network Machine Learning Research Group (NMLRG)
  • The proposed Measurement and Analysis for Protocols Research Group (MAPRG)

Since IETF 96, MAPRG has been formally chartered.

Prior to the IETF 96 meeting, the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), IRTF and the Internet Society held the inaugural Applied Networking Research workshop. This one-day workshop was a “a forum for researchers, vendors, network operators and the Internet standards community to present and discuss emerging results in applied networking research.” The workshop received 30 paper submissions: 17 full papers and 13 short papers of which the program committee accepted nine full papers and nine short papers. Full papers were six pages (plus references) in length, and were orally presented at the workshop. Short papers were two pages (plus references) in length, and were presented via a combination of lightning talks and posters. Fifty-three people attended the meeting and another 25 watched via live online streaming. Thanks to generous industry sponsorship, the IETF was able to award six travel grants to student attendees from Belgium, Brazil, India, and the United Kingdom.

The IRTF Open Meeting received presentations from Samuel Jero on a security analysis of the QUIC protocol and Dario Rossi on characterizing anycast adoption and deployment in the IPv4 Internet.

The nominations period for the 2017 ANRP awards closes 6 November. 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 details, please see

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