Message from the IETF Chair

By: Russ Housley

Date: March 1, 2013

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I ETF 85 was a well-attended, successful meeting. Approximately 1,157 people from 55 countries came to Atlanta, Georgia, and actively engaged in helping make the Internet work better. It was exciting to see so many people collaborating. The North American Cable Industry (NACI) was the meeting host, the hotel facilities were comfortable, and the soccer social on Tuesday was very entertaining. The soccer field was never empty—we suspect some attendees burned all of the calories that they consumed at the buffet! NACI was assisted by a large group of sponsors, including: • Platinum Sponsors: Comcast and Time Warner Cable • Gold Sponsors: Cable Labs and National Cable & Telecommunications Association • Silver Sponsors: Bright House Networks, Cablevision, Charter, Cox, and Rogers • Connectivity Sponsor: Comcast • Refreshment Sponsor: Verisign Each organization contributed to a successful meeting. Thanks to all for your support. The second Bits-N-Bites reception took place Thursday evening and featured exhibit tables for sponsors, free food, and free drinks. Sponsor tables by A10 Networks, Cable Labs, China Telecom, Comcast, Huawei, ICANN, IPSO Alliance, the Internet Society, and Tsinghua University had visitors throughout the event. Since IETF 84, one new working group (WG) has been chartered and three WGs have closed. Between meetings, the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) approved 73 Internet-Drafts for publication as RFCs. The RFC Editor published 168 new RFCs, including 38 Standards Track RFCs, four Experimental RFCs, and 25 Informational RFCs in the IETF Stream. The Tao of the IETF is now a web page ( and has been translated into the top five non-English languages spoken by attendees of recent IETF meetings ( I hope that these documents help new IETF attendees quickly learn about IETF culture. The IETF 85 network included an implementation of SIDR route origin checking using the Resource PKI. Available signatures were validated, and valid signed routes were preferred. This was done using unofficial route origin attestations (ROAs) for the IETF network address space. I’ve challenged the NOC to employ official ROAs for IETF 86. IETF 86 will take place in Orlando, Florida, U.S.A., on 10–15 March 2013. Comcast and NBCUniversal will be the meeting hosts. Scheduling information for the upcoming IETF meetings can be found at I look forward to seeing you there. Russ Housley, IETF Chair The mission of the Internet Engineering Task Force is to make the Internet work better by producing high-quality and relevant technical documents that influence the way people design, use, and manage the Internet. See Recent IESG Document and Protocol Actions A full list of recent IESG Document and Protocol Actions can be found at