IETF 100 Preview

Sunrise over MarinaBay in Singapore

Sunrise over MarinaBay in Singapore

IETF 100 is just around the corner. It will offer all the usual opportunities for high-bandwidth exchange among IETF participants and collaboration around specs, coding and interop work. See the post below for some highlights. With the 100th meeting being viewed as a milestone by some, we’ll also be marking the occasion in a few small but special ways here and there throughout the week. Be sure to look out for those on the ground in Singapore.

Pre-meeting events

We will once again be hosting the Hackathon on Saturday and Sunday. We’ll have a number of teams returning to carry forward their work from past hackathons, plus teams bringing new projects focusing on IPv6 transition technologies, JMAP, and more.

Folks are invited as always to join the Code Sprint on Saturday to work on tools for the IETF community. We’re always looking for more volunteers, so please join!

Sunday afternoon’s tutorial sessions will focus on two standardization efforts nearing completion in the IETF: TLS 1.3 and WebRTC. Come learn from the experts!

Meeting events

The two working-group-forming Birds of a Feather (BoF) sessions at this meeting will both be in the security area. Trusted Execution Environment Provisioning (TEEP) aims to standardize protocol(s) for provisioning applications into trusted execution environments (TEEs). Software Updates for Internet of Things (SUIT) is looking at firmware update solutions for Internet of Things (IoT) devices. Energy and interest in solutions to securely bootstrap constrained devices onto the network continues to grow.

We’ll have two working groups meeting for the first time, both in the Applications and Real-Time (ART) area. The DNS over HTTPS (DOH) working group is standardizing encodings for DNS queries and responses that are suitable for use in HTTPS, allowing the DNS to function in environments where problems are experienced with existing DNS transports. The Email mailstore and eXtensions To Revise or Amend (EXTRA) working group is dealing with updates and extensions to key email related protocols. Also meeting for the first time will be the proposed Decentralized Internet Infrastructure Research Group (DINRG), which is investigating open research issues in decentralizing infrastructure services such as trust management, identity management, name resolution, resource/asset ownership management, and resource discovery.

Folks looking for interesting area-wide discussions might want to check out the open area meetings in the transport and routing areas. The former will feature a discussion about current practices in coordinating specs and interop testing for QUIC and HTTP, while the latter will include an update from the routing area YANG architecture design team.

While for some the 100th meeting is an occasion to reflect on the IETF’s history, the technical plenary will be taking a look forward. The plenary will present a panel discussion featuring Monique Morrow, Jun Murai, and Henning Schulzrinne. They’ll be sharing their unique perspectives on what the Internet will look like in thirty years.

We’ll be running a new experiment at this meeting to give working group chairs the ability to organize sessions focused on running code. This will allow for groups to informally meet to brainstorm, code, and test ideas in the Code Lounge, a portion of the IETF lounge set aside for such activities. Working group chairs can sign up to reserve a time slot.

Thank you

We wouldn’t be able to hold IETF meetings without the support of our sponsors. Big thanks to IETF 100 host Cisco! And to all of our sponsors for the meeting.

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See you in Singapore!