2.3.4 Ad-Hoc Network Autoconfiguration (autoconf)

NOTE: This charter is a snapshot of the 75th IETF Meeting in Stockholm, Sweden. It may now be out-of-date.

Last Modified: 2009-04-02


Ryuji Wakikawa <ryuji.wakikawa@gmail.com>
Thomas Clausen <T.Clausen@computer.org>

Internet Area Director(s):

Ralph Droms <rdroms@cisco.com>
Jari Arkko <jari.arkko@piuha.net>

Internet Area Advisor:

Jari Arkko <jari.arkko@piuha.net>

Mailing Lists:

General Discussion: autoconf@ietf.org
To Subscribe: https://www.ietf.org/mailman/listinfo/autoconf
Archive: http://www.ietf.org/mail-archive/web/autoconf/current/maillist.html

Description of Working Group:

In order to communicate among themselves, ad hoc nodes (refer to RFC
2501) need to configure their network interface(s) with local addresses
that are valid within an ad hoc network. Ad hoc nodes may also need to
configure globally routable addresses, in order to communicate with
devices on the Internet. From the IP layer perspective, an ad hoc
network presents itself as a L3 multi-hop network formed over a
collection of links.

The main purpose of the AUTOCONF WG is to describe the addressing model
for ad hoc networks and how nodes in these networks configure their
addresses. It is required that such models do not cause problems for ad
hoc-unaware parts of the system, such as standard applications running
on an ad hoc node or regular Internet nodes attached to the ad hoc
nodes. This group's effort may include the development of new protocol
mechanisms, should the existing IP autoconfiguration mechanisms be found
inadequate. However, the first task of the working group is to describe
one practical addressing model for ad hoc networks.

Once this sole work item is completed, the group can be rechartered to
work on additional issues.

Goals and Milestones:

Done  Submit an initial 'MANET architecture' WG document
Done  Submit an initial 'terminology and problem statement' WG document
Done  Submit 'MANET architecture' document to IESG for publication as an informational RFC
Apr 2009  Submit initial draft on addressing model in ad hoc networks
Sep 2009  Submit addressing model draft to IESG as Informational or close WG


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