Experiences from Cross-Area Work at the IETF
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Network Working Group                                           J. Arkko
Internet-Draft                                                  Ericsson
Intended status: Informational                          February 7, 2013
Expires: August 11, 2013

              Experiences from Cross-Area Work at the IETF
                     draft-arkko-iesg-crossarea-03

Abstract

   This memo discusses the reasons for IETF work on topics that cross
   area boundaries.  Such cross-area work presents challenges for the
   organization of the IETF as well as on how interested parties can
   participate the work.  The memo also provides some suggestions on
   managing these challenges.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
   2.  Examples of Cross-Area Work  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
   3.  Rationale for Cross-Area Work  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   4.  Challenges . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
   5.  Ten Recommendations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
   6.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
   Appendix A.  Acknowledgments . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
   Author's Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

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1.  Introduction

   This memo discusses IETF work that crosses area boundaries.  Some
   examples about such work are given in Section 2.  The reasons for
   initiating work that involves cross-area aspects are discussed in
   Section 3.  From the perspective of a participant interested in a
   specific effort, the area designations matter little.  If the work is
   interesting, the necessary people come to the meetings and work on
   the specifications.  However, cross-area work does present some
   challenges for the organization of the IETF as well as on how
   interested parties can participate the work.  These issues are
   discussed in Section 4.  Finally, Section 5 provides some suggestions
   on managing these challenges in an effective way.

2.  Examples of Cross-Area Work

   Many IETF efforts cross area boundaries.  Some recent examples of
   such work include:

   o  The development of a routing-protocol based bridging model.  This
      work has been going on in the TRILL WG on the Internet Area and in
      parallel in the ISIS WG on the Routing Area.

   o  The work that started in 2008-2009 to address impending IPv4
      address runout and remaining needs for transition mechanisms to
      support IPv6 deployment.  This was worked on in the V6OPS WG on
      the Operations and Management Area, in the BEHAVE WG on the
      Transport Area, and in the SOFTWIRE WG on the Internet Area.

   o  The HOMENET WG is developing automatic provisioning tools for home
      networks and will require assistance from, for instance, Routing
      Area WGs to build the necessary routing protocol zero-
      configuration extensions.

   o  The RENUM WG on the Operations and Management Area is addressing
      renumbering issues, but will have to work with other areas if
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