IRTF (11)

The Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) promotes research of importance to the evolution of the Internet by creating focused, long-term Research Groups working on topics related to Internet protocols, applications, architecture and technology.

The Thing-to-Thing Research Group (T2TRG) will investigate open research issues in turning a true “Internet of Things” into reality, an Internet where low-resource nodes (“things”, “constrained nodes”) can communicate among themselves and with the wider Internet, in order to partake in permissionless innovation. The focus of the T2TRG are on issues that touch opportunities for standardization in the IETF, i.e., it will start at the adaptation layer connecting devices to IP, and end at the application layer with architectures and APIs for communicating and making data and management functions (including security functions) available.

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The Human Rights Protocol Considerations Research Group is chartered to research whether standards and protocols can enable, strengthen or threaten human rights, as defined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), specifically, but not limited to the right to freedom of expression and the right to freedom of assembly.

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Software-Defined Networking Research Group - The “Moore’s Law” effect has seen network hardware improve along almost all hardware oriented dimensions, including port densities, speeds and feeds, and price/bit over the past several decades.

Network Coding Research Group - The objective of the Network Coding Research Group (NWCRG) is to research Network Coding principles and methods that can benefit Internet communication.

Network Management Research Group - The Network Management Research Group (NMRG) provides a forum for researchers to explore new technologies for the management of the Internet.

Network Function Virtualization Research Group - Network Function Virtualization (NFV) is a key emerging area for network operators, hardware and software vendors, cloud service providers, and in general network practitioners and researchers.

Information-Centric Networking Research Group - Distributing and manipulating named information is a major application in the Internet today.

Internet Congestion Control Research Group - Key to the correct functioning of the Internet is TCP’s congestion control mechanism, which serves to match offered load to available bandwidth.

The Internet Society’s Global Internet User Survey 2012 reveals that a large majority of respondents believe that Internet access should be considered a basic human right.

The Delay-Tolerant Networking Research Group (DTNRG) is chartered to address the architectural and protocol design principles arising from the need to provide interoperable communications with and among extreme and performance-challenged environments where continuous end-to-end connectivity cannot be assumed.

The Crypto Forum Research Group (CFRG) is a general forum for discussing and reviewing uses of cryptographic mechanisms, both for network security in general and for the IETF in particular.