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IETF 105 Preview

  • Alissa Cooper
  • IETF Chair
  • 17 Jul 2019

The IETF community will gather in Montréal for its 105th meeting from July 20 to July 26, 2019.

The meeting will kick off with the IETF Hackathon, where over 200 people have signed up to work on more than 30 projects. Big thanks to first-time Hackathon sponsor ICANN for its support! Over the weekend, we will also host the Code Sprint, focusing on building tools for the IETF community, newcomers’ events, and the HotRFC session featuring lightning talks about new ideas and opportunities for collaboration. 

On Monday we will be co-located with the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF)/ACM Applied Networking Research Workshop (ANRW), an academic workshop that provides a forum for researchers, vendors, network operators, and the Internet standards community to present and discuss emerging results in applied networking research. Workshop topics will include QUIC; DNS and Security; Network Measurement and Optimisation; Network Functions and Middleboxes; among others.

During the meeting week, we will have five sessions focused on potential new work: Local Optimizations on Path Segments (LOOPS), Media Operations (MOPS), Lightweight Authenticated Key Exchange (LAKE), Applications Doing DNS (ADD), and IETF Meeting Network Requirements (NETRQMTS). Check out my previous blog post for details on those. Note that the Collaborative Automated Course of Action Operations for Cyber Security (CACAO) session has been cancelled.

At IETF 105, the working group sessions will begin at 10:00am each day, providing more time for informal discussions and unofficial side meetings in the mornings. On Tuesday morning, we will host a Technology Deep Dive session about “How NICs Work Today,” featuring Tom Herbert, Simon Horman, and Andy Gospodarek. Next week’s meeting will also include a technical plenary session on Wednesday evening, “Current Thinking About Privacy on the Internet” with Arvind Narayanan and Steve Bellovin. To make it easier to attend, the technical plenary will have its own fixed agenda slot from 17:10 to 18:10, followed by a 10-minute break and then the administrative plenary.

Many of the cross-area topics highlighted in my IETF 104 preview will receive further attention at IETF 105, including:

  • DNS confidentiality and privacy. The Applications Doing DNS (ADD) BoF [link] will seek to identify potential work that would benefit DNS operations and architecture across a variety of network environments in light of applications doing their own DNS resolution and, in some cases, using encrypted transports. The DPRIVE working group will be putting some of its focus on a BCP concerning “Recommendations for DNS Privacy Service Operators,” and several talks at the ANRW will examine DNS privacy aspects.

  • Segment routing (SR). Segment routing is a source-routing paradigm that allows for end-to-end policy to be applied within an operational domain without maintaining flow state in the network. SR-related work will be the basis for significant discussions in SPRING, MPLS, IDR, BESS, and 6MAN

  • QUIC. The QUIC working group has four hours of meeting time booked to work through the remaining issues in its document suite seeking to standardize an alternative transport protocol to TCP that is more performant, secure, and flexible to deploy. In addition to the QUIC working group’s sessions, QUIC will also be discussed in HTTPBIS, TSVAREA, MAPRG, PANRG, and a dedicated ANRW session.

  • YANG versioning. The design team formed out of the NETMOD working group to evaluate requirements and proposals for improving YANG model versioning will provide an update on its work. 

IETF 105’s venue, The Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth, received glowing reviews from IETF participants who attended our last meeting there a year ago, so we are looking forward to another successful meeting in Montréal. Hope to see you there in person, or participating remotely!