An IRTF Primer for IETF Participants
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Internet-Draft                                                    Huawei
Intended status: Informational                        September 15, 2014
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                  An IRTF Primer for IETF Participants
                    draft-dawkins-irtf-newrg-04.txt

Abstract

   This document provides a high-level description of things for
   Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) participants to consider when
   bringing proposals for new research groups into the Internet Research
   Task Force (IRTF).  This document emphasizes 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  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     2.5.  Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     2.6.  Charters  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   4
     2.7.  Deliverables  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
     2.8.  Completion  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   3.  Now That You Know What Not To DO  . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   5
   4.  Security Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   5.  IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   6.  Acknowledgements  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   7.  References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     7.1.  Normative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
     7.2.  Informative References  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   6
   Author's Address  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .   7

1.  Introduction and Scope

   This document provides a high-level description of things for
   Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) participants to consider when
   bringing proposals for new research groups into the Internet Research
   Task Force (IRTF).  This document emphasizes 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 IETF
   participants were making proposals 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 fall back on what
   they know, 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.

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   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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