The IEEE 802/IETF Relationship
RFC 4441

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Network Working Group                                      B. Aboba, Ed.
Request for Comments: 4441                   Internet Architecture Board
Category: Informational                                       March 2006

                     The IEEE 802/IETF Relationship

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 (2006).

Abstract

   Since the late 1980s, IEEE 802 and IETF have cooperated in the
   development of Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) MIBs and
   Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA) applications.
   This document describes the policies and procedures that have
   developed in order to coordinate between the two organizations, as
   well as some of the relationship history.

Table of Contents

   1. Introduction ....................................................2
      1.1. Liaison Communications .....................................2
      1.2. Access to IEEE 802 Archives ................................3
      1.3. New Work Review ............................................3
      1.4. MIB Review .................................................4
      1.5. EAP Review .................................................4
      1.6. AAA Review .................................................5
      1.7. Document Review ............................................5
      1.8. EtherType Allocation .......................................6
   2. Security Considerations .........................................6
   3. Informative References ..........................................7
   4. Acknowledgements ...............................................12
   Appendix A.  Relationship History .................................13
      A.1.  MIB Development ..........................................13
      A.2.  AAA/EAP ..................................................16
   Appendix B.  IAB Members at the Time of This Writing ..............21

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RFC 4441               IEEE 802/IETF Relationship             March 2006

1.  Introduction

   Since the late 1980s, participants in IEEE 802 and the IETF have
   cooperated in the development of Management Information Bases (MIBs)
   and Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting (AAA) applications
   relating to IEEE standards.  This has included the Bridge MIB
   [RFC1493] [RFC4188], the multicast filtering and VLAN extension MIB
   [RFC2674] [RFC4363], the Hub MIB [RFC2108], the Ethernet-like
   Interfaces MIB [RFC3635], the MAU MIB [RFC3636], the WAN Interfaces
   Sublayer MIB [RFC3637], the Power Ethernet MIB [RFC3621], IEEE 802.1X
   RADIUS usage guidelines [RFC3580], the revised Extensible
   Authentication Protocol (EAP) specification [RFC3748], RADIUS/EAP
   [RFC3579], and the EAP State Machine specification [RFC4137].  This
   document describes the policies and procedures that have been put in
   place to encourage cooperation between the IETF and IEEE 802.
   Details of the relationship history are included in Appendix A.

   In order to improve communications between the IETF and IEEE 802,
   members of the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) and
   Internet Architecture Board (IAB) (including Bert Wijnen, James
   Kempf, and Bernard Aboba) met with the IEEE 802 Executive Committee
   in Vancouver, Canada, in January 2004.  At that meeting, a number of
   issues were discussed and new procedures were put in place.

1.1.  Liaison Communications

   IETF Working Groups are organized into areas, which have one or more
   Area Directors.  The Area Directors, plus the IETF Chair, comprise
   the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG).  IEEE 802 Working
   Groups have one or more Task Groups.  The IEEE 802 Working Group
   Chairs, plus the IEEE 802 Chair, comprise the IEEE 802 Executive
   Committee (ExComm).

   Participants in the IETF are appointed as liaisons to other
   organizations by the IAB or IESG as appropriate.  This includes a
   liaison to IEEE 802 as well as liaisons to specific IEEE 802 Working
   Groups.  The IETF liaison web page includes a list of IETF liaisons,
   as well as a pointer to the archive of liaison statements received by
   the IETF [Liaison-Page].  IETF processes for management of liaison
   relationships are described in [BCP102]; procedures for handling of
   incoming liaison statements are described in [BCP103].  In order to
   ensure that liaison statements from IEEE 802 to the IETF are archived
   and responded to, IEEE 802 liaisons to IETF should utilize the IETF
   liaison management tool to submit liaison communications.  A username
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