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Proposed Measurement and Analysis for Protocols Research Group

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Document Proposed charter Proposed Measurement and Analysis for Protocols Research Group RG (maprg) Snapshot
Title Proposed Measurement and Analysis for Protocols Research Group
Last updated 2016-08-04
State External Review (Message to Community, Selected by Secretariat) Rechartering
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Measurement and Analysis for Protocols (MAP) RG

Our Internet has grown into something that differs from what was
envisioned. Its protocols sometimes operate in an environment other
than than that for which they were designed. For instance, some
network elements treat some protocols differently than others and
those protocols themselves are sometimes reused and abused in ways
initially unforeseen. The Measurement and Analysis for Protocols
(MAP) Research Group (RG) explores such phenomena by measurement
with the aim to inform protocol engineering and practice.

Many protocol engineering efforts in a standards development
context, as well as best practices for the operation of IETF-defined
protocols, can benefit from insight provided by Internet measurements
of various kinds. Likewise, Internet measurement research efforts
can stand to gain from contacts with the IETF. The Measurement
and Analysis for Protocol Engineering (MAP) Research Group aims
to provide a forum for interchange between these two communities,

 - exchange of measurement-derived insight;

 - discussion of techniques and best practices for measurement
   relevant to protocol engineering and network operations;

 - collaborations to share data supporting these measurements; and

 - a "landing pad" for the Internet measurement community to
   introduce its efforts to the IETF.

Measurements of any layer of the Internet protocol stack or aspect
of Internet operations are in-scope for the RG, provided they
are relevant to protocol engineering work within the IETF or the
operation of IETF protocols.


Membership in the MAP RG is open to all interested parties.


The MAP RG will meet one to three times per year, as deemed necessary
by the chairs and according to demand. At least one MAP RG meeting
will be co-located with an IETF meeting per year. Given the MAP RG's
charter to bridge the gap between Internet standards and measurement
communities, the MAP RG may also meet collocated with relevant
academic conferences or network operator forums, as appropriate.

Meetings are by default open with open attendance and published
proceedings, with remote participation and recording as provided
by the meeting venue, according to the IRTF's IPR policy. This
is always the case with at least one MAP RG meeting co-located
with an IETF meeting noted above. However, as deemed necessary,
the chairs may hold virtual or physical meetings with restricted
attendance to discuss observations which cannot be shared openly,
provided that some outcome of such a meeting may be openly shared
with the community.