* WGs marked with an * asterisk has had at least one new draft made available during the last 5 days

2017 Internet Desired Expertise


The primary technical topics covered by the Internet Area include: IP layer (both IPv4 and IPv6), implications of IPv4 address depletion, co-existence between the IP versions, DNS, DHCP, mobility, multihoming, multicast, host and router configuration, time protocols, and Internet of Things, along with various link-layer technologies.

The Internet Area is responsible for specifying how IP will run over new link layer protocols as they are defined. A significant number of the new link-layer protocols being defined now are in emerging technologies like IoT or constrained networking.

Between them, the Internet ADs are expected to have a solid understanding of these technologies, including issues related to IP addressing, name resolution, forwarding, tunneling, and fragmentation.

Since the Internet Area includes a broad range of technical topics, the Internet Area ADs typically divide the WGs that they manage based on workload and expertise. To assist the ADs, there is an active Internet Area directorate. However, with the large number of WGs, the Internet Area has historically required considerable time commitment and breadth of expertise from its ADs. As the role of the AD requires significant interaction with the Internet Area Directorate and other Areas, the ADs are expected to have awareness of contemporary management techniques in dealing with change and challenging technical and personnel situations.

The Internet Area has traditionally intersected most frequently with the Transport, Routing, Operations and Management, and Security Areas. Due to the burgeoning work in the IoT/constrained space, there is now increasing interworking with the ART area as well. Interaction with the Transport Area is related to work on address translation, IPv4-IPv6 co-existence, and multihoming mechanisms. Interaction with the Routing Area concentrates mainly on the relationship between the operation of the IP layer and routing functionality. Interaction with the Operations and Management Area is focused on operations required for IPv6 adoption, MIB development, and AAA interactions. Interaction with the Security Area is focused on topics such as IPsec usage, DNS security, and network access control. The touchpoints with the ART area are related to the IoT space where there are tight interactions between application-layer protocols such as CoAP and IPv6-over-constrained-link-layer adaptations in order to provide better efficiency. Cross-area expertise in any of these Areas is particularly useful. The Internet Area is also often involved in the adaptation of a variety of technologies to IP, some of which may require interactions with other organizations such as the ITU, IEEE, BBF, and CableLabs. Expertise with liaison processes and an understanding of how Internet Area protocols are used in various networks (including Broadband, wireless & cellular networks, low-power networks, and the "Internet of Things"), and so on is desirable.