Internet Architecture Board

RFC2850

About the Internet Architecture Board

The Internet Architecture Board provides long-range technical direction for Internet development, ensuring the Internet continues to grow and evolve as a platform for global communication and innovation.

In its work, the IAB strives to:

  • Ensure that the Internet is a trusted medium of communication that provides a solid technical foundation for privacy and security, especially in light of pervasive surveillance,
  • Establish the technical direction for an Internet that will enable billions more people to connect, support the vision for an Internet of Things, and allow mobile networks to flourish, while keeping the core capabilities that have been a foundation of the Internet’s success, and
  • Promote the technical evolution of an open Internet without special controls, especially those which hinder trust in the network.
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RFC 8546 on The Wire Image of a Network Protocol

The IAB has published RFC 8546: The Wire Image of a Network Protocol.

Abstract: This document defines the wire image, an abstraction of the information available to an on-path non-participant in a networking protocol. This abstraction is intended to shed light on the implications that increased encryption has for network functions that use the wire image.

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RFC 8558 on Transport Protocol Path Signals

The IAB has published RFC 8558: Transport Protocol Path Signals.

Abstract: This document discusses the nature of signals seen by on-path elements examining transport protocols, contrasting implicit and explicit signals. For example, TCP’s state machine uses a series of well-known messages that are exchanged in the clear. Because these are visible to network elements on the path between the two nodes setting up the transport connection, they are often used as signals by those network elements. In transports that do not exchange these messages in the clear, on-path network elements lack those signals. Often, the removal of those signals is intended by those moving the messages to confidential channels. Where the endpoints desire that network elements along the path receive these signals, this document recommends explicit signals be used.

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IAB report to the community for IETF 104

Dear Colleagues,

Here is the IAB report for the period between IETF 103 and IETF 104. If you have issues you want to discuss by email, feel free to send your comments to architecture-discuss@iab.org (our public discussion list) or iab@iab.org (to reach just the IAB). Questions at the open mic at IETF 104 are, of course, also welcome.

The IAB has a few chartered roles. It confirms the appointments to the IESG, performs standards process oversight, and handles appeals. It also performs architectural oversight (including appointing the IRTF Chair), appoints the RFC series editor and oversight committee, manages the IETF’s relationship with IANA, and handles liaisons and appointments both to ISOC and to other organizations.

Here’s what the IAB has been doing since our last report; more detail on many of the topics is available at https://www.iab.org. Continue reading

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Colin Perkins to be next IRTF Chair

After having served as IRTF chair since 2017, Allison Mankin will step down as Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) chair during IETF 104 in March 2019.

The IAB has appointed Colin Perkins as her successor, and in the weeks to come Colin will be working with Allison in transitioning responsibilities.

The IAB would like to thank Allison for serving the community by fulfilling the role for the past two years, and thank Colin for taking up the responsibility. The IAB would also like to thank the other volunteers for this position; with so many good candidates, it was a difficult choice for the IAB.

For more information about the IRTF, please see https://irtf.org/.

IAB 2019-2020 Appointments Announced by NomCom

On 6 February 2019, the NomCom the announced the selection of the IAB slate whose terms will start at IETF 104 in March 2019.

The selected candidates for the IAB are:

  • Jari Arkko, Ericsson
  • Jeff Tantsura, Apstra
  • Mark Nottingham, Fastly
  • Stephen Farrell, Trinity College Dublin
  • Wes Hardaker, USC/ISI
  • Zhenbin Li, Huawei

The IAB thanks outgoing members Gabriel Montenegro, Robert Sparks, and Suzanne Woolf for their years of service to the community on the IAB.

The resulting IAB will consist of:

  • Alissa Cooper, Cisco (IETF Chair)
  • Brian Trammell, ETH Zurich
  • Christian Huitema, Independent
  • Erik Nordmark, Zededa
  • Jari Arkko, Ericsson
  • Jeff Tantsura, Apstra
  • Mark Nottingham, Fastly
  • Martin Thomson, Mozilla
  • Melinda Shore, Fastly
  • Stephen Farrell, Trinity College Dublin
  • Ted Hardie, Google
  • Wes Hardaker, USC/ISI
  • Zhenbin Li, Huawei

 

Appointment of Warren Kumari to the ICANN Technical Liaison Group

The IAB has selected Warren Kumari to serve a two-year term on the ICANN Technical Liaison Group (TLG).

The IAB thanks all of the candidates who were willing to serve. This was a difficult decision with many strong candidates.

The IAB would also like to extend special thanks Paul Wouters for his service on the ICANN TLG from 2015-2019.

IAB Seeks Feedback on Candidates for the IETF appointment to the ISOC Board of Trustees

The IAB is responsible for selecting an individual to serve a 3-year term on the ISOC Board of Trustees. The procedure is described in RFC3677. The candidates who accepted their nominations are:

  • Richard Barnes
  • Hago Dafalla
  • Russ Housley
  • Samuel Weiler

The IAB is requesting feedback on these candidates by Wednesday, February 13, 2019. Please send your response to execd@iab.org. If you would like your feedback to be anonymized, please indicate such in your response. The IAB expects to finalize its selection on or before March 6, 2019.

The IESG will confirm the candidates by March 27, 2019 and the appointees will begin serving as new board of trustees members at the ISOC Annual General meeting in July 2019.

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IAB Seeks Feedback on Candidates for IRTF Chair

The IAB recently requested nominations for IRTF Chair.

Following the call for nominations, which ran from 29 October 2018 through through 10 December 2018, the IAB contacted each person that was nominated, asking them to accept or reject their nomination. At this point, six people have indicated a willingness to serve. They are:

  • Stephen Farrell
  • Brian Haberman
  • Wes Hardaker
  • Dirk Kutscher
  • Marie-Jose Montpetit
  • Colin Perkins

The IAB is actively soliciting comments on these people and their ability to serve as IRTF Chair. Please send your remarks in confidence about any or all candidates to iab-chair@iab.org and execd@iab.org by 15 January 2019. We thank you in advance for your help.

Request for Feedback on Candidates for ICANN Technical Liaison Group

The IAB recently requested nominations to the ICANN Technical Liaison Group (TLG). We have a number of candidates, and we are soliciting comment from the community on these candidates.

The following candidates have put their names forward:

  • Fred Baker
  • Warren Kumari
  • Paul Wouters

Please send your remarks in confidence about any or all candidates to iab-chair@iab.org and execd@iab.org by Wednesday, 19 December 2018. We thank you in advance for your help.

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