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Internet Research Task Force (IRTF)

Last Edit: 10/01/17

The Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) works in tandem with the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). The charter of both organisations is granted by the Internet Society. The IRTF and IEFT are comprised of working groups who suggest, research and engineer specifications for new Internet Standards.

The majority of the work conducted by the working groups of the IRTF and IEFT is related to evolving Internet protocols, and primarily the protocols found within the Internet protocol suite. Working groups also conduct research, and engineer, improvements to Internet architecture and Internet technology.

What differentiates the IRTF and IEFT: the working groups of the IRTT are primarily concerned with research: which, by it's nature, tends to involve long term projects which will evolve the Internet over a decade or longer. The working groups of the IEFT are primarily focused upon engineering issues: which, by it's nature, tends to involve short term projects that need to be completed within years. So to re-cap:

  1. Short term projects = Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
  2. Long term projects = Internet Research Task Force (IRTF)

The IRTF is organised in a similar 'fashion' to the other Internet organisations: a 'chair' manages the research working groups, and the 'chair' will then liaise with the other Internet organisations to oversee overall Internet standards and policies. At present, 2014, the IRTF is comprised of seven research working groups:

  1. (CFRG): Crypto Forum Research Group
  2. (DTNRG): Delay-Tolerant Networking Research Group
  3. (ICCRG): Internet Congestion Control Research Group
  4. (ICNRG): Information-Centric Networking Research Group
  5. (NMRG): Network Management Research Group
  6. (NWCRG): Network Coding Research Group
  7. (SDNRG): Software-Defined Networking Research Group

The chronological order of the 'chairs' of the IRFT has been:

  1. D.Clark, (year left) 1992
  2. J.Postel, (year left)1995
  3. A.Weinrib, (year left) 1999
  4. E.Huizer, (year left) 2001
  5. V.Paxson, (year left) 2005
  6. A.Falk, (year left) 2011
  7. L.Eggert, (to the present day) 2014