IAB Concerns and Recommendations Regarding Internet Research and Evolution
RFC 3869

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Network Working Group                                   R. Atkinson, Ed.
Request for Comments: 3869                                 S. Floyd, Ed.
Category: Informational                      Internet Architecture Board
                                                             August 2004

                    IAB Concerns and Recommendations
               Regarding Internet Research and Evolution

Status of this Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does
   not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of this
   memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2004).

Abstract

   This document discusses IAB concerns that ongoing research is needed
   to further the evolution of the Internet infrastructure, and that
   consistent, sufficient non-commercial funding is needed to enable
   such research.

Table of Contents

   1.  Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2
       1.1.  Document Organization. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2
       1.2.  IAB Concerns . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
       1.3.  Contributions to this Document . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   2.  History of Internet Research and Research Funding. . . . . . .  4
       2.1.  Prior to 1980. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
       2.2.  1980s and early 1990s. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
       2.3.  Mid-1990s to 2003. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
       2.4.  Current Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
   3.  Open Internet Research Topics. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
       3.1.  Scope and Limitations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7
       3.2.  Naming . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  8
             3.2.1.   Domain Name System (DNS). . . . . . . . . . . .  8
             3.2.2.   New Namespaces. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
       3.3.  Routing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9
             3.3.1.   Inter-domain Routing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10
             3.3.2.   Routing Integrity . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11
             3.3.3.   Routing Algorithms. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12
             3.3.4.   Mobile and Ad-Hoc Routing . . . . . . . . . . . 13
       3.4.  Security . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

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RFC 3869            Research Funding Recommendations         August 2004

             3.4.1.   Formal Methods. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
             3.4.2.   Key Management. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14
             3.4.3.   Cryptography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
             3.4.4.   Security for Distributed Computing. . . . . . . 15
             3.4.5.   Deployment Considerations in Security . . . . . 15
             3.4.6.   Denial of Service Protection. . . . . . . . . . 16
       3.5.  Network Management . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16
             3.5.1.   Managing Networks, Not Devices. . . . . . . . . 16
             3.5.2.   Enhanced Monitoring Capabilities. . . . . . . . 17
             3.5.3.   Customer Network Management . . . . . . . . . . 17
             3.5.4.   Autonomous Network Management . . . . . . . . . 17
       3.6.  Quality of Service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17
             3.6.1.   Inter-Domain QoS Architecture . . . . . . . . . 18
             3.6.2.   New Queuing Disciplines . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
       3.7.  Congestion Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
       3.8.  Studying the Evolution of the Internet Infrastructure. . 20
       3.9.  Middleboxes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
       3.10. Internet Measurement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
       3.11. Applications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
       3.12. Meeting the Needs of the Future. . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
       3.13. Freely Distributable Prototypes. . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
   4.  Conclusions. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
   5.  Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
   6.  Security Considerations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
   7.  Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24
   8.  Authors' Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29
   9.  Full Copyright Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30

1.  Introduction

   This document discusses the history of funding for Internet research,
   expresses concern about the current state of such funding, and
   outlines several specific areas that the IAB believes merit
   additional research.  Current funding levels for Internet research
   are not generally adequate, and several important research areas are
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