IRTF activities co-located with IETF 105

1 September 2019

The IETF 105 meeting took place earlier this summer in Montreal, Canada. As usual, a number of IRTF activities co-located with that event, including the ACM/IRTF Applied Networking Research Workshop (ANRW) 2019, and meetings of all-but-one of the IRTF research groups. We also made two Applied Networking Research Prize awards.

The ANRW is 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. This years workshop was chaired by Phillipa Gill (UMass Amherst) and Jana Iyengar (Fastly). It received 26 submissions, of which 13 were accepted, on topics in including QUIC, DNS and security, NTP, IPv6 neighbour discovery and autoconfiguration, network measurement and privacy, and middleboxes and network functions. There were around 200 attendees, with a good mix of academics and industry participants. All the papers and recordings of the talks are available online and open access.

Next year, ANRW 2020 will be held in Madrid, Spain, chaired by Mirja K├╝hlewind (Ericsson) and Roland van Rijswijk-Deij (University of Twente), and co-located with the IETF 108 meeting.

The ANRP is awarded for recent results in applied networking research that are relevant for transitioning into shipping Internet products and related standardization efforts. We made two awards at IETF 105, to Neta Rozen Schiff for her work on NTP security and to Taejoong Chung for his work on Understanding the Role of Registrars in DNSSEC Deployment. A post on the IETF blog talks more about these awards, and links to recordings of the talks.

Last, but by no means least, 13 of the 14 IRTF research groups met in person in Montreal. The Privacy Enhancements and Assessments Research Group completed its year as a proposed research group, underwent a review with the IRTF chair and IAB, and was enthusiastically promoted to a full research group. Of the other two proposed research groups, the group on Computing in the Network held a very successful meeting, with a full agenda, preceded by a P4 hackathon as part of the IETF hackathon. The Quantum Internet Proposed Research Group did not meet in Montreal, but plan to alternate their meetings between IETF and related conferences. Proceedings from these, and all the other research group meetings, are available from the IETF datatracker.