Liaison response on FG Net2030 Deliverables
|From Contact||Alissa Cooper|
The IETF Chair
|Response Contact||The IETF Chair|
|Liaisons referred by this one||
LS/o on Deliverables of Focus Group NET2030
The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) thanks Study Group 13 for informing us that the Focus Group on NET2030 (FG NET2030) has completed its activities and for sharing the output. As an assessment of possible future uses of the Internet, FG NET2030 examines some interesting technologies and some equally interesting desiderata that they might imply. However, the FG NET2030 deliverables lack the clarity and specificity necessary to serve as a basis for initiating the standardization of new technologies. In particular, we do not see the gap analysis provided as sufficient to constitute a standardization gap analysis as would normally be expected in the IETF or the ITU-T (see also our liaison response to the ITU-T TSAG at <https://datatracker.ietf.org/liaison/1677/>). Many existing, deployed standards of relevance produced by the IETF and other SDOs appear to have been omitted from the analysis. One recent contribution to the ad-hoc drafting group on Questions F and G provides an example of the technical detail necessary in a gap analysis that evaluates relevant ecosystem work. See https://www.itu.int/ifa/t/2017/sg13/exchange/Questions%20F%20and%20G/October%202020%20meeting/SG13-gap-analysis-vf.docx. Without a standardization gap analysis and subsequent coordination with other SDOs, we remain concerned about how the results of the FG NET2030 and its deliverables may be used in the creation of new questions in SG13 (and other parts of the ITU-T). Were such a standardization gap analysis to be completed, we would welcome it in the IETF so that it can be integrated into other existing and future proposals for work on the Internet Protocol stack. As we noted previously in our liaison response to the ITU-T TSAG, requirements for extensions or modifications to IETF technologies must be discussed with the IETF before any are worked on in other SDOs, including the ITU-T. Alternatively, we note that the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) has active research groups covering some of the proposed topics that would welcome submissions, and that some other items could potentially be developed to form a coherent research agenda suitable for the IRTF.