Berlin Network

lobby

I arrived in Berlin today, but there are many volunteers and support vendors who arrived days earlier to prepare for the meeting. It takes a lot of effort to setup the network, for instance. The team reports that the network is up and running, and that they have taken over the hotel network as well.

Some minor routing issues with some destinations were seen earlier on v6, but the team is fixing that. Everything should be running smoothly, but if not, please drop us a note.

We all are grateful for having this team work for us! Thank you!

cables

meetecho

Interestingly, at this IETF we’re for the first time implementing the BCP-38 (ingress filtering) policy on our routers; Jim Martin and Warren Kumari wrote a script to automate that setup. I talked to Jim a bit about the arrangements, and thought it was a good demonstration of how some good things in the Internet are fundamentally hard, and require some effort. There is no “apply BCP-38” button on most routers 🙂 But maybe there should be?

The team has also deployed a monitoring mechanism to follow what’s going on in the network. You can see it on the left in the picture below, whereas on the right you see some nice art 🙂

monitoring

I was also positively surprised by the amount of activity already going on in the hotel in other efforts, such as the MAMI network measurement project meeting, ETSI interop, the Cryptec meeting, and probably many things that I didn’t know about. One of the purposes of the IETF meeting is to be a place for all kinds of hallway conversations, testing, and other discussions to take place, alongside with the actual working group meetings.

other_etsi other_cryptec

For the weekend, I’d like to highlight the following activities:

IETF Hackathon: Come build your favourite new tech! The Hackathon runs mainly during Saturday and Sunday, but we’ve also reserved some space in the IETF lounge throughout the week of IETF to help and encourage people to continue to collaborate with their colleagues on various hackathon projects and activities. This is not meant to compete with sessions but rather to provide an opportunity for those without packed agendas to make better use of their otherwise free time. We will see how things go in Berlin, and we welcome your thoughts and suggestions on improving the Hackathon at any time. More information about the Hackathon can be found on the web, and more about the week-long Hackathon experiment here.

IETF Code Sprint is running on Saturday, please join and program the IETF tools that you need. See the Code Sprint web page for sign-up and other information.

Applied Networking Research Workshop (ANRW) runs on Saturday, and focuses on interesting research results. Join the workshop, details
at the workshop page.

Tutorials run on Sunday, and include both newcomer’s orientation to the IETF and discussion of new work in IEEE 802. The orientation is available both in English and German. See the agenda for the sessions.

For next week, the meeting rooms are ready. This is the plenary room:

plenaryroom

Jari Arkko, IETF Chair