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IETF 4 November 2016

Rough Guide to IETF 97: Standards Body & Seoul

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

It’s time for the third and last IETF meeting of 2016. Starting on Sunday, 13 November, the Internet Engineering Task Force will be in Seoul, South Korea, for IETF 97, where about 1000 engineers will discuss the latest issues in open internet 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:

  • Scalability & Performance
  • Internet Infrastructure Resilience
  • Internet of Things
  • IPv6
  • DNSSEC, DANE and DNS Security
  • Trust, Identity, and Privacy
  • Encryption

All these posts can be found and will be archived, through our Rough Guide to IETF 97 overview page.

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

IETF Journal

Catch up on highlights from IETF 96 in Berlin by reading the IETF Journal. You can read all the articles online at, or pick up a hard copy in Seoul.

Our cover article, “The Internet of Things Unchecked,” is a very timely call to take more seriously the threat posed by the Internet of Things to Internet performance, reliability, and security. We also have several Working Group and Birds-of-a-Feather updates, a readout from the Hackathon, an article about the deployment of Multipath TCP, and a discussion on some of the history behind the GAIA Research Group’s recent output. And don’t miss our coverage of Ross Callon’s provocative presentation to the IETF plenary. Finally, you’ll find our regular columns from the IETF, IAB, and IRTF chairs.

Want to write for the Journal? Email us at [email protected]

We’re also continuing our translations into both Russian and Spanish for this version. Both will be available in a few weeks. Watch the Internet Technology Matters blog for announcements. (And if you’d like to translate the Journal into your language, contact us!)

[email protected] Briefing Panel

We will again host a briefing panel during lunch on Tuesday, 15 November called, “The I in IoT: Implications for a Global Open Internet.”

What are the implications of the Internet of Things (IoT) on the global Internet, from architectural, interoperability, and security perspectives? Is the end-to-end principle of the global internet still relevant? What can the communities represented at the IETF do to address these implications? In this lunchtime panel during IETF 97, panellists will discuss how the IoT interacts with, and potentially challenges, a global, open Internet.

We will explore how the internet shapes the design of smart objects, and how they, in turn, will shape the architecture of the internet. Are there general guidelines on security and overall behaviour for these new devices? What should designers of smart object architectures take into account because of the interaction between devices and the internet?

Registration to attend onsite in Seoul will open on 8 November in two batches for time zone equality. It will also be webcast; you can watch the webcast free with no registration required. Watch the Internet Technology Matters blog for announcements on webcast and registration information.


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. Six submissions have been awarded prizes in 2016. Two winners will present their work at the IRTF Open Meeting on Monday, 14 November at 3:50 PM.

· Olivier Tilmans for the Fibbing architecture that enables central control over distributed routing:
Stefano Vissicchio, Olivier Tilmans, Laurent Vanbever and Jennifer Rexford. Central Control Over Distributed Routing. Proc. ACM SIGCOMM, London, UK, August 2015.

· Benjamin Hesmans for enabling applications to control how Multipath TCP transfers data:
Benjamin Hesmans, Gregory Detal, Sebastien Barre, Raphael Bauduin and Olivier Bonaventure. SMAPP: Towards Smart Multipath TCP-enabled APPlications. Proc. ACM CoNEXT, Heidelberg, Germany, December 2015.


Right before IETF 97, 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 97 Meeting Wiki.

Technical Plenary

One of the week’s highlights will be the technical plenary on Wednesday, November 16, 16:40-19:10, which will feature “Attacks Against the Architecture”, a discussion about large-scale attacks, how they leverage the Internet architecture and possible ways to think about solutions.

Jonathan Postel Award

The Postel Award was established by the Internet Society to honour individuals or organizations that, like Jonathan Postel, have made outstanding contributions in service to the data communications community. The award is focused on sustained and substantial technical contributions, service to the community, and leadership. The Award Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, 16 November (16:40 – 19:10 local time) during the Operations and Administration Plenary.

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 Seoul:

  • BANdwidth Aggregation for interNet Access (banana)
    Thursday, 18 November, 1:30-3:00PM
    Discusses how services that provide coordinated Internet Access to a home network or mobile device over multiple links of different types can be used to provide a better customer experience and lower operator costs by allowing increased bandwidth utilization, load-balancing and higher reliability.
  • Bundled Domains (dnsbundled)
    Wednesday, 16 November, 9:30-11:00AM
    Discusses a DNS solution for fully mapping one domain name to another domain name. With the emergence of internationalized domain names and new TLDs, it is often useful to redirect one domain name tree fully to another domain name tree.

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A lot is going on in Seoul, 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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Disclaimer: Viewpoints expressed in this post are those of the author and may or may not reflect official Internet Society positions.

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