1.1 The Director's Message

Here we are again! For the third time, the IETF met in Minneapolis March 17-22, 2002. As with the 52nd IETF meeting in Salt Lake City, the number of attendees was relatively low (1656), 60% of which were from the United States. Japan was second overall with 168 registrants. Of course, many are stating that the amount of progress achieved at Minneapolis meetings is due entirely to the lower number of attendees. We'll have yet another opportunity to test this hypothesis as it looks very likely that the 56th IETF will be held at the Hilton (no, they are not yet taking reservations).

One item that should be mentioned about the Hilton Towers in Minneapolis... those laptop tables with power outlets were set up by the Hilton staff on their own initiative. They were not provided in response to a request by the Secretariat. It is an extra special event when the facilities folks know the IETF and can anticipate our needs.

Plenary Presentations

As done in Salt Lake City, the IAB and IESG Plenary sessions were held on two separate nights, though the nights were swapped to keep the attendees on their toes. The IAB session was graced with Michelle Cotton's expanded IANA presentation titled "Report on the IANA" and included an expanded table of contents with more detailed information than previously conveyed at earlier IETF meetings.

The IESG plenary session opened with a presentation that was both entertaining and thought provoking. Well, a number of us hope thoughts will be provoked ;-). Be sure to view Radia Perlman's slides on Ms. Manners meets the IETF.

Another presentation delivered during the IESG Plenary was titled "3GPP & IETF: Cooperation between SDOs"and is well worth reviewing.


I would like to thank Cable and Wireless for their outstanding performance hosting the terminal room, building the network infrastructure, and for arranging the social event. Special thanks go out to Chris Liljenstolpe for the outstanding job he and his team did.

Note: I promised Chris I'd type his last name from memory. If his name is actually spelled differently, he'll just have to change it. Jeez, even his family doesn't use it ;-)

Seriously, Chris and the team from Cable and Wireless did a fantastic job, and the attendees of the 53rd meeting were, how shall I say this, impressed and very thankful. Thanks also go out to Phil Green for allowing Chris to do the work, and for providing the necessary funding.

The configuration of the terminal room depends a great deal on the generosity of equipment vendors and service providers, and I want to thank the following organizations for their contributions and assistance:

Sun MicrosystemsServers
Juniper NetworksRouters
Foundry NetworksSwitches
Local LoopsQwest

And special recognition goes to Shana, Queen of the Zone Changes!

Changing of the Guard

As this was the first IETF meeting of the year, the terms of some Area Directors and IAB members concluded. The IETF/IAB Nominations Committee, working almost non-stop the prior three months, announced the new slate of IESG and IAB members who assumed their duties during the Thursday IESG Open Plenary session.

The current members of the IESG are:

Harald AlvestrandIETF Chair
Steve BellovinSecurity
Scott BradnerTransport (and SUB-IP)
Randy BushOperations & Management
Patrik FaltstromApplications
Bill FennerRouting
Ned FreedApplications
Allison MankinTransport
Thomas NartenInternet
Erik NordmarkInternet
Jeff SchillerSecurity
Bert WijnenOperations & Management (and SUB-IP)
Alex ZininRouting

The current members of the IAB are:

Leslie Daigle - Chair
Ran Atkinson
Rob Austein
Fred Baker
Steve Deering
Sally Floyd
Ted Hardie
Geoff Huston
Charkie Kaufman
James Kempf
Eric Rescorla
Mike St. Johns

With gratitude and appreciation

I would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge and thank Marcus Leech and April Marine for their service to the IETF community as members of the IESG. Thanks and appreciation goes to Brian Carpenter, John Klensin, and Jon Crowcroft for their service to the community as members of the IAB.

Upcoming Meetings

The remaining two meetings of 2002 will be more special than usual. The next meeting of 2002 will be our first meeting in Asia. The WIDE Project will be our host for the 54th IETF in Yokohama, Japan from July 14-19, 2002.

The final meeting of 2002 will be in Atlanta, Georgia. Two things are special: First, there will be no Friday meetings (on purpose). Not only that, but the meeting will be in NOVEMBER, before the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States.

For information about future meetings or the IETF, visit our web page at http://www.ietf.org/