IRTF Update – November 2017

By: Allison Mankin

Date: October 31, 2017

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You can tell how beautiful Prague is in July! During IETF 99, all 10 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)
  • 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 Research Groups, one proposed RG met:

  • Path Aware Networking Research Group (PANRG)

There has been a long of history of path-aware approaches at the IETF, and it may be that now is the time for researchers on this topic to make some progress. Since the IETF 99 meeting, PANRG has been chartered. You can read more about their work here at

The IRTF Open Meeting received presentations from Stephen Checkoway on a systematic analysis of the Juniper Dual EC incident, and Philipp Richter on a multiperspective analysis of carrier-grade NAT deployment.

The Applied Networking Research Workshop 2017 took place on Saturday,  15 July, prior to the IETF meeting. 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. The workshop is sponsored by ACM SIGCOMM, the Internet Research Task Force, and the Internet Society. You can find the workshop papers and Meetecho recordings at

Finally, please join the IRTF discussion list at to stay informed about these and other happenings.