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Measurement and Analysis for Protocols (maprg)

RG Name Measurement and Analysis for Protocols
Acronym maprg
State Active
Charter charter-irtf-maprg-01 Approved
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Additional resources MAPRG Wiki including slides and video links to all meeting presentations
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Personnel Chairs Dave Plonka, Mirja Kühlewind
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Charter for Research Group


Our Internet has grown into something that differs from what was
envisioned. Its protocols sometimes operate in an environment other
than than that for which they were designed. For instance, some
network elements treat some protocols differently than others and
those protocols themselves are sometimes reused and abused in ways
initially unforeseen. The Measurement and Analysis for Protocols
Research Group (MAP) Research Group (RG) explores such phenomena by
measurement with the aim to inform protocol engineering and practice.

Many protocol engineering efforts in a standards development context,
as well as best practices for the operation of IETF-defined protocols,
can benefit from insight provided by Internet measurements of various
kinds. Likewise, Internet measurement research efforts can stand to
gain from contacts with the IETF. The Measurement and Analysis for
Protocols Research Group Research Group (MAPRG) aims to provide a
forum for interchange between these two communities, supporting:

* exchange of measurement-derived insight; discussion of
  techniques and best practices for measurement relevant to

* engineering and network operations;

* collaborations to share data supporting these measurements; and

* a "landing pad" for the Internet measurement community to
  introduce its efforts to the * IETF.


Membership in the MAPRG is open to all interested parties.


The MAPRG will meet one to three times per year, as deemed necessary
by the chairs and according to demand. At least one MAPRG meeting will
be co-located with an IETF meeting per year. Given the MAPRG’s charter
to bridge the gap between Internet standards and measurement
communities, the MAPRG may also meet collocated with relevant academic
conferences or network operator forums, as appropriate.

Meetings are by default open with open attendance and published
proceedings, with remote participation and recording as provided by
the meeting venue, according to the IRTF’s IPR policy. This is always
the case with at least one MAPRG meeting co-located with an IETF
meeting noted above. However, as deemed necessary, the chairs may hold
virtual or physical meetings with restricted attendance to discuss
observations which cannot be shared openly, provided that some outcome
of such a meeting may be openly shared with the community.