Welcome to the Packet Pushers Weekly Show. Today we’re talking about the IETF, standards, and the Routing Area within the IETF.
The IETF is the caretaker of long-established network standards such as MPLS, OSPF, and BGP, as well as enhancements that attempt to keep them relevant for the decades ahead, including PCE, SPRING, TRILL, and I2RS.
It’s also the home of new and ongoing efforts, and we talk about some of those projects, including YANG modeling, encapsulation, and centralized orchestration.
The discussion also gets into new work such as BIER (Bit-Indexed Explicit Replication), DetNet (Deterministic Networking), and Babel.
But like any consensus driven, multi-partite, self-selecting community, the IETF is not short of its problems in developing new initiatives.
The IETF’s leadership is being challenged by vendors and large companies that set up their own communities to focus on specific problems. Case in point is the Linux Foundation, which has a long list of collaborative software projects that have been driven by vendors who can pour money into code production to drive the development of standards.
And the Linux Foundation and other ad-hoc groups are taking more control of networking. It seems like there is a new foundation announced every week to take on the messy work of forging agreements between vendors who compete and co-operate at the same time.
So what do these trends mean for the IETF?
Joining us to discuss the standards body, its role in today’s technology environment, and the latest projects in the Routing Area, are Alia Atlas, IETF Routing Area Director and a Distinguished Engineer at Juniper Networks; and Jeff Tantsura, Chair of the IETF Routing Working Group, and head of Technology Strategy Routing (Routing CTO) at Ericsson.
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What’s Up in IETF Routing? (PDF Presentation by Alia Atlas)