IRTF Update

By: Lars Eggert

Date: November 6, 2015

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During IETF 93 in Prague, eight out of the nine chartered Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) research groups (RGs) held meetings:

  • Crypto Forum (CFRG)
  • Global Access to the Internet for All (GAIA)
  • Internet Congestion Control (ICCRG)
  • Information-Centric Networking (ICNRG)
  • Network Function Virtualization (NFVRG)
  • Network Management (NMRG)
  • Network Coding (NWCRG)
  • Software-Defined Networking (SDNRG)

In addition to the meetings of those already chartered research groups, three proposed research groups held meetings. A proposed Human Rights Protocol Considerations Research Group (HRPC) held its second public meeting. The proposed “Thing-to-Thing” research group (T2TRG), related to Internet-of-Things networking, held a second, longer meeting the weekend before the IETF, in addition to a shorter session held during the week. And lastly, the third proposed research group, “How Ossified is the Protocol Stack?” (HOPSRG), discussed measurements at its first face-to-face meeting.

At the IRTF Open Meeting, two of the five winners of the 2015 Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) presented their research. Haya Shulman analyzed the deficiencies of Domain Name System (DNS) privacy approaches. João Luís Sobrinho designed a route-aggregation technique that allows filtering while respecting routing policies.

The nomination period for the 2016 ANRP awards is now closed. The ANRP is awarded for recent results in applied networking research that are relevant for transitioning into shipping Internet products and related standardization efforts. You are encouraged to nominate relevant scientific papers that you have recently authored or read for consideration. Please see for details.

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