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IETF 26 October 2015

Rough Guide to IETF 94 – Yokohama-Bound!

Olaf Kolkman
By Olaf KolkmanPrincipal - Internet Technology, Policy, and Advocacy

It’s almost here! Starting on Sunday, 1 November, the Internet Engineering Task Force will be in Yokohama, Japan for IETF 94, where more than 1000 engineers will spend a week discussing the latest issues in open standards and protocols. As usual, the Internet Society is providing a ‘Rough Guide’ to the IETF via a series of blog posts on topics of mutual interest:

All these posts can be found, and will be archived, through our Rough Guide to IETF 94 overview page at

Here are some of the activities that the Internet Society is involved in and some of my personal highlights.

IETF Journal

Before we get to IETF 94, catch up on some of the highlights from IETF 93 in Prague by reading Volume 11, Issue 2 of the IETF Journal. Within the next day or so, you can read all the articles online at, or pick up a hard copy in Yokohama. The cover article, “ACME: Better Security Through Automation,” provides an update on the status of exciting new work to simplify the deployment of security technologies on the Internet. We also have articles about the second IETF Hackathon, an introduction to the fast-growing world of NETCONF and YANG, and a report on the live Q&A with Edward Snowden that happened in Prague. As usual we also have our usual reports on the technical plenary, Applied Network Research Prize winners, and Chair Reports from the IETF, IAB, and IRTF Chairs.

We also have exciting news to share! The ISOC Russia Chapter has started doing Russian translations of the IETF Journal, and for this issue we’ll also have a Spanish translation! Both will be available in a few weeks. Watch the Internet Technology Matters blog for announcements.


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. In Yokohama, two talented researchers will present during the IRTF Open Meeting on Tuesday, 3 November:

  • Xiao Sophia Wang on a systematic study of web page load times under SPDY: Xiao Sophia Wang, Aruna Balasubramanian, Arvind Krishnamurthy and David Wetherall. How Speedy is SPDY? Proc. USENIX Symposium on Networked Systems Design and Implementation (NSDI), Seattle, WA, USA, April 2-4, 2014.
  • Roland van Rijswijk-Deij on a detailed measurement study on a large dataset of DNSSEC-signed domains: Roland van Rijswijk-Deij, Anna Sperotto, and Aiko Pras. DNSSEC and its Potential for DDoS Attacks: A Comprehensive Measurement Study. Proc. ACM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC), Vancouver, BC, Canada, November 2014.


Right before IETF 94, the IETF is holding its third 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. This is the third time the IETF has held a Hackathon before a meeting, and I hope it is a tradition that continues.

RAIM Workshop

To increase collaboration between industry and academia in the field of networking, the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) and the Internet Society (ISOC) in cooperation with ACM SIGCOMM are organizing a workshop on Research and Applications of Internet Measurements (RAIM), scheduled for the Saturday, 31 October, in between the 2015 ACM SIGCOMM Internet Measurement Conference (IMC) in Tokyo and IETF 94.

This workshop will bring together researchers and practitioners that are advancing the state of the art in measuring networked systems to share measurement-based insights into operational networks, to improve the use of research in protocol design decisions, and to suggest relevant new topics for research.


One of the week’s highlights will be the technical plenary on Wednesday, 4 November, which will feature the technical topic of “Measurement-Driven Protocol Engineering.”

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’s only one BoF happening in Yokohama:

In addition to the IRTF Open Meeting mentioned above, I am looking forward to two meetings of proposed research groups.

  • “How Ossified is the Protocol Stack?” (HOPSRG), on Monday morning, I find interesting because I hope it will get to a perspective on whether permissionless innovation and end-to-end are realities in today’s Internet.
  • “Proposed Network Machine Learning Research Group” (NMLRG), on Tuesday morning, looks into various aspects of machine learning in the Internet.

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There’s a lot going on in Yokohama, and whether you plan to be there or join remotely, there’s much to monitor. To follow along as we dole out this series of Rough Guide to IETF blog posts, follow us on the Internet Technology Matters blog, Twitter, Facebook, Google+ >, via RSS, or see

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