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Building Trust 21 March 2017

Rough Guide to IETF 98: Scalability and Performance

By Mat FordTechnology Program Manager

In this Rough Guide to IETF 98 post I’ll highlight some of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) groups meeting during the IETF 98 meeting in Chicago next week. These groups are working to explore and address more sophisticated ways to use and share available bandwidth, improve Internet performance, and otherwise efficiently get Internet content to where it needs to be.

The tsvwg WG will include presentations and discussions on the L4S and DualQ approaches demonstrated at previous meetings. The WG has two meetings on Monday and Thursday afternoons.

The mptcp WG will be meeting on Thursday afternoon to discuss the latest developments and proposed improvements to the Multipath TCP protocol.

One of the most active new IETF WGs is QUIC. QUIC is a UDP-based transport protocol that provides multiplexed streams over an encrypted transport. QUIC aims to be nearly equivalent to an independent TCP connection, but with much reduced latency and better stream multiplexing support. The quic WG is meeting on Thursday morning in Chicago. To help bring the wider IETF community up to speed with QUIC, there will be a tutorial on the Sunday afternoon prior to the meeting week.

Measurement techniques and data sources that could help us to make better engineering decisions to work around some of the rigidity in the protocol stack will be the subject of the recently chartered Measurement and Analysis for Protocols (maprg) research group meeting on Tuesday morning.

Packet networks give rise to transient congestion by design and several groups are meeting to discuss different aspects of congestion control and avoidance. The Internet Congestion Control research group (iccrg) will meet on Monday morning to discuss some of the latest innovations and thinking in relation to congestion control and managing congestion on the Internet. The meeting will include an update on TCP Prague ideas and an update on the BBR congestion control algorithm from Google including experiences with deployment at YouTube. Modifications to the functioning of TCP are proposed, presented and discussed in the tcpm WG which will meet on Wednesday morning in Chicago. Internet metrics are defined by the ippm WG and they are meeting in Chicago on Monday morning.

And last but not least, the tsvarea open meeting will take place on Monday afternoon.

Related Working Groups and BoFs at IETF 98

maprg (Measurement and Analysis for Protocols) RG
Tuesday, 28 March 2017, 0900-1130, Zurich D

iccrg (Internet Congestion Control) RG
Monday, 27 March 2017, 0900-1130, Zurich E/F

quic (QUIC) WG
Thursday, 30 March 2017, 0900-1130, Vevey 1/2
QUIC Tutorial: Sunday, 26 March 2017, 1500-1600, Zurich E/F

tcpm (TCP Maintenance and Minor Extensions) WG
Wednesday, 29 March 2017, 0900-1130, Zurich E/F

mptcp (Multipath TCP) WG
Thursday, 30 March 2017, 1520-1840, Zurich C

ippm (IP Performance Metrics) WG
Monday, 27 March 2017, 0900-1130, Zurich B

tsvarea (Transport Area Open Meeting)
Monday, 27 March 2017, 1300-1650, Zurich E/F

tsvwg (Transport Area Working Group)
Monday, 27 March 2017, 1710-1810, Vevey 1/2
Thursday, 30 March 2017, 1300-1500, Zurich A

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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