An IRTF Primer for IETF Participants
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IRSG                                                     S. Dawkins, Ed.
Internet-Draft                                                    Huawei
Intended status: Informational                            April 10, 2014
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                  An IRTF Primer for IETF Participants
                    draft-dawkins-irtf-newrg-00.txt

Abstract

   This document provides a high-level description of things to consider
   when bringing new research into the Internet Research Task Force
   (IRTF).  It targets Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
   participants, emphasizing the differences in expectations between the
   two organizations.

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Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction and Scope  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
   2.  The IRTF is not the IETF  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   2
     2.1.  Research and Engineering  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     2.2.  Scope . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     2.3.  Timeframes  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     2.4.  Alternatives  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   3
     2.5.  Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     2.6.  Charters  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     2.7.  Deliverables  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     2.8.  Completion  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   3.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   4.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   5.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   6.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     6.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     6.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6

1.  Introduction and Scope

   This document provides a high-level description of things to consider
   when bringing new research into the Internet Research Task Force
   (IRTF).  It targets Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF)
   participants, emphasizing the differences in expectations between the
   two organizations.

   IRTF research group guidelines and procedures are described in
   [RFC2014] (BCP 8), and this document does not change those guidelines
   and procedures in any way.

2.  The IRTF is not the IETF

   A number of proposals from experienced IETF participants for new IRTF
   research groups have encountered problems because the proposals would
   have been appropriate for the IETF, but not for the IRTF.  [RFC2014]
   describes the origin of IRTF research groups, but doesn't provide
   much detail about the process, which is intended to be flexible and
   accommodate new types of research groups.  Lacking that detail,
   experienced IETF participants assume that chartering an IRTF research
   group will be similar to chartering an IETF working group, and follow
   the suggestions in [RFC6771] to gather a group of interested parties,
   and then follow the suggestions in [RFC5434] to prepare for a
   successful BOF and eventually, a chartered working group.

   Both of these documents are excellent references for proposals in the
   IETF, but their suggestions may result in a proposal that is almost

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   the opposite of what the IRTF Chair is looking for in a proposal for
   an IRTF research group.  The mismatches fall into some consistent
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