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2017 Transport Expertise


There are a number of points that matter for the Transport Area Director position, in addition to the “Generic Expertise”.

The Transport Area Directors are more than managers, but the “soft skills” included under “Generic Expertise” for all IESG positions matters even more in the Transport and Services (TSV) area, because of the breadth of topics for which the area is responsible, and because the Transport Area Directors must manage and recruit volunteers to maintain the Transport Area Document Review Triage Team (“TSV triage team”), the Transport Area Review Team, and any active Transport Area directorates.

The Transport Area works on mechanisms related to end-to-end data transport, queuing, delay tolerant networking, as well as technologies for network storage, and signalling protocols. Many transport protocols support Internet applications and services that exchange potentially large volumes of traffic at potentially high bandwidths, therefore the IESG must maintain transport knowledge.

A Transport AD should have a broad understanding of core end-to-end transport topics such as congestion, control loops and hysteresis, flow control, queuing and latency, transport connection and reliability issues, and interactions with the network layer, the application layer, and middleboxes. They are not expected to be experts on all or even most of these topics, but rather to work well with the Transport Area participants who are, and to have enough familiarity with the principles involved to exercise their own good judgment about what should be done and why.

Together, the Transport ADs are expected to understand how transport technologies (layer 4) interact with IP layer technologies and protocols (layer 3) technologies, and with the end-to-end aspects of various applications and application-layer protocols (layer 7).

A Transport AD should have good relationships with the topic experts in the Transport Area. Additionally, the Transport ADs should have good relationships with topic experts in other areas. The Transport Area intersects most frequently with Internet Area, the ART Area, the Security Area, the Routing Area, and Transport-related IRTF research groups, especially ICCRG. Cross-area experience in any of those Areas would be particularly useful.

Together, the Transport ADs are expected to effectively charter, manage and review current and new transport work, including congestion signaling and reporting, Quality of Service (QoS, including Differentiated Services and reservation signaling), and congestion control for unresponsive flows, NAT regularization and specification, storage protocols for the Internet, peer-to-peer streaming, performance metrics for Internet paths, experimentation with congestion control schemes developed in the IRTF, unicast and multipath extensions to existing transport protocols, and congestion control algorithms for interactive real time media. Based on current discussions about ossification of transport protocols and stack evolution, basic knowledge about security and privacy, and higher layer protocols including web technologies as well as having an overall architectural view can be of value.

A Transport AD requires good soft skills, including the ability to maintain the directorates and relationships. The Transport ADs are expected to delegate tasks, such as document reviews and follow-up discussions to document reviews, errata processing, to the TSV triage team. This ensures parts of the document reviews required in IESG review are handled by the TSV Area Review team.

Together, the Transport ADs are expected to organize their workload, e.g., document review, email discussions as follow-up of document review, IESG emails, WG management, etc, in such a way that the average weekly workload is about 15 to 20 hours (50 % or less of a 40 hours full-time employment). This is in direct relationship to the Transport communities’ intention to open up the Transport AD position for more willing nominees (see [1] below for the discussions) by lowering the effective workload and reducing the required time commitment.

Because many Transport working groups have strong ties to the research community, some research background can be very helpful.

[1] https://www.ietf.org/proceedings/92/minutes/minutes-92-tsvarea