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IRTF Update

Lars Eggert, IRTF Chair

During IETF 90 in Toronto, Canada, four out of the nine chartered Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) research groups (RGs) held meetings:

  • Information-Centric Networking (ICNRG)
  • Crypto Forum (CFRG)
  • Software-Defined Networking (SDNRG)
  • Network Management (NMRG)

In addition to the meetings of those already chartered research groups, a proposed research group on Datacenter Latency Control (DCLCRG) held its first public meeting. In addition, a meeting was held to discuss a new research group on Network Function Virtualization (NFVRG). Both proposed research groups are planning meetings during IETF 91 in Honolulu, Hawaii; NFVRG also planned an interim meeting in the San Francisco Bay area on 4 September 2014.

A third proposed research group on Global Access to the Internet for All (GAIA) did not meet at IETF 90, and instead will meet 20–21 October 2014 in Cambridge, UK, and again plans to colocate with the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Symposium on Computing for Development in December 2014.

Since IETF 89, three new RFCs were published on the IRTF RFC Stream:

RFC 7122 on Datagram Convergence Layers for the Delay- and Disruption-Tolerant Networking (DTN) Bundle Protocol and Licklider Transmission Protocol (LTP)

RFC 7242 on Delay-Tolerant Networking TCP Convergence-Layer Protocol

RFC 7253 on The OCB Authenticated-Encryption Algorithm

The IRTF Open Meeting at IETF 90 was also where the winner of the third Applied Networking Research Prize (ANRP) of 2014 presented his research. Robert Lychev presented his study on the security benefits provided by partially deployed S*BGP. A second ANRP presentation was postponed until IETF 91 due to visa difficulties, so now the IRTF Open Meeting in Honolulu will feature the final three award presentations for 2014. In lieu of the second ANRP presentation, local Toronto professor Michele Mosca talked to participants about quantum-safe cryptography.

The nominations period for the 2015 ANRP awards closes on 31 October 2014. The ANRP is awarded for recent results in applied networking research that are relevant for transitioning into shipping Internet products and related standardization efforts. Everyone is encouraged to nominate relevant scientific papers that they have recently authored—or read—for consideration. Please see for details.

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