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Deploy360@IETF86: Day 5 – MIF, LISP, IPv6 Maintenance… and we’re done!

IETF LogoAnd so we reach Friday… the final day of the 86th meeting of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)  where it’s a short day that ends early and for us within the Deploy360 Programme only hits two of our topics:  IPv6 and Routing Resiliency/Security.

General information about participating remotely can be found on the Remote Participation page as well as the IETF86 agenda – specific info for the groups we are following is included below.

Here’s the preview of how we’re finishing this very busy week…


0900-1100 Friday, March 15

Multiple Interfaces (MIF) – Caribbean 1
Computers and devices today have the ability to connect to multiple networks simultaneously. Think about a laptop that can connect over WiFi or Ethernet – or a smartphone that can connect over WiFi or the cellular data network.  In those cases which network interface should the device use?  The MIF working group is working to document the existing practices and outline the issues involved in a world where multiple network availability is routine.

Location/ID Separation Protocol (LISP) – Caribbean 6
The LISP working group is defining a series of experimental RFCs around a new routing protocol designed to improve the scalability of the Internet’s routing infrastructure.


1120-1220 and 1230-1330  Friday, March 15

IPv6 Maintenance (6man) – Caribbean 4

The 6man working group “is responsible for the maintenance, upkeep, and advancement of the IPv6 protocol specifications and addressing architecture.” (quoting the charter)  This is where most of the work is happening to refine the IPv6 protocol itself, and today’s session should be quite a busy one.


With those sessions, we’ll be closing out our work at IETF 86 this week.  Some of us will then be moving into a meeting of the Internet Society Advisory Council happening on Friday afternoon before we head to the Orlando airport for our flights home.

It’s been a great week and we’ve made some significant progress on a number of fronts!

On a final note, this is the first time we’ve posted these daily previews – were they helpful?  We’d love to hear your comments – either in response to this post, on social networks or via our email or feedback form. (Thanks!)

P.S. For a broader view of the Internet Society’s interest in IETF 86 beyond that of just the topics we cover here at Deploy360, please see our “Rough Guide to IETF 86’s Hot Topics“.


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