Message from the IETF Chair – November 2017

By: Alissa Cooper

Date: October 31, 2017

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The more than 1,000 year old city of Prague, Czech Republic, was host to the 99th IETF meeting 16-21 July 2017. Exciting work went on across more than 100 Working Groups, plus Birds-of-a-Feather (BoF) sessions, plenary talks, and the kind of impromptu hallway and other meetings that make this event a thrice-yearly draw for Internet technologists around the globe. Following are just a few highlights from the meeting.

Premeeting Events

Nearly 200 people participated in the 8th Hackathon on 15-16 July. In about two dozen teams, they collaborated on more than 25 code projects spanning the breadth of IETF protocols, including security, DNS, transports, and the Internet of Things. (See page XX.)

As usual, folks were also invited to join the Code Sprint1 on 15 July to work on tools for the IETF community.

While not an IETF event, the Applied Networking Research Workshop2, sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), the Internet Research Task Force, and the Internet Society, also took place on 15 July. The workshop provided a venue for discussing emerging results in applied networking research related to measurements, transport, implementation and operational issues, and Internet health metrics.

Meeting Events

Those interested in 5G attended the NETSLICING BoF, which looked at isolation of resources and virtual network functions to support a variety of services. There was also a plenary lunch panel about 3GPP and IETF collaboration on 5G.

Other BoFs included banana, which focused on developing solutions to support dynamic path selection on a per-packet basis in networks with more than one point of attachment to the Internet; ideas, which aimed to standardize a framework to provide identity-based services for use by any identifier-location separation protocol; and iasa20, which continued the community discussion about administrative rearrangements for the IETF. Also in the realm of new work proposals, the IPPM working group discussed a charter update that allows the WG to take on work related to in-situ operations, maintenance, and administration (OAM).

We continued to see high interest in ongoing work related to data modeling, QUIC, and security. Among other sessions, the OPSAWG session offered discussion about managing the development and use of YANG models, and the joint CCAMP/MPLS/PCE/TEAS session focused exclusively on YANG models. The QUIC WG met jointly with the HTTPBIS WG to discuss interaction between QUIC and HTTP. And in the security area, both the TLS and ACME WGs shared where they were in terms of finalizing several core deliverables, and the SAAG session featured a talk on post-quantum crypto.

Thank You

Of course we couldn’t offer IETF meetings without the support of our sponsors. Big thanks to IETF 99 hosts Comcast, NBCUniversal, and CZ.NIC, and to all of our sponsors.