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Rough Guide to IETF 103

By: Olaf Kolkman

Date: October 29, 2018

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Starting November 3, 2018, the Internet Engineering Task Force will be in Bangkok for IETF 103, where around 1,000 engineers will discuss open Internet standards and protocols. The week begins on Saturday, 3 November, with a Hackathon and Code Sprint. The IETF meeting itself begins on Sunday and goes through Friday. We’ll be providing our rough guides on topics of mutual interest to both the IETF and the Internet Society as follows:

For more general information about IETF 103 see:

Here are some of the activities that the Internet Society is involved in during the week.

Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP)

Through the Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP), supported by the Internet Society, the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) recognizes the best new ideas in networking and brings them to the IETF, especially in cases where the ideas are relevant for transitioning into shipping Internet products and related standardization efforts. Out of 55 submissions in 2018, six submissions will be awarded prizes. Two winners will present their work at the IRTF Open Meeting on Monday, 5 November at 4:10PM.

IETF Journal

The IETF Journal provides an easily understandable overview of what’s happening in the world of Internet standards, with a particular focus on the activities of the IETF Working Groups. Articles highlight some of the hot issues being discussed in IETF meetings and on the IETF mailing lists. You can follow IETF Journal via our Twitter and Facebook channels. If you would like to write for the Journal about your work at IETF 103, please email us at [email protected].

Other highlights of the IETF 103 meeting include:


Right before IETF 103, the IETF is holding another Hackathon to encourage developers to discuss, collaborate, and develop utilities, ideas, sample code, and solutions that show practical implementations of IETF standards. The Hackathon is free to attend but has limited seats available. Technologies from past Hackathons include DNS, HTTP 2.0, NETVC, OpenDaylight, ONOS, VPP/, RiOT, SFC, TLS 1.3, WebRTC, YANG/NETCONF/RESTCONF. Details on all planned technologies will be listed on the IETF 103 Meeting Wiki.

Birds of a Feather (BoF) Sessions

Another major highlight of every IETF is the new work that gets started in birds-of-a-feather (BoF) sessions. Getting new work started in the IETF usually requires a BoF to discuss goals for the work, the suitability of the IETF as a venue for pursuing the work, and the level of interest in and support for the work. There are two BoFs happening in Bangkok:

  • Remote Attestation Procedures (rats) Tuesday, 6 November, 13:50 – 15:50. The RATS effort strives to provide evidence about a system’s health and trustworthiness via the Internet. Instead of having a separate set of protocols for each set of mechanisms, the RATS effort will define a common set of protocols that can be used inter-operably over the Internet.
  • WGs Using GitHub (wugh) Wendesday, 7 November, 13:50 – 15:20. A venue to continue discussion about ways that IETF Working Groups are using GitHub. The goal of the meeting is to determine whether there is enough support in the community to warrant more detailed discussions with the IETF Tools Team and the IETF Secretariat about functional requirements and process details to support integrating GitHub use into WG work.

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It will be a busy week in Bangkok, and whether you plan to be there or join remotely, there’s much to monitor. Follow us on the Internet Society blogTwitter, or Facebook using #IETF103 to keep up with the latest news.