A message from the new Area Director

Marshall Rose <mrose@dbc.mtview.ca.us> Wed, 14 April 1993 16:18 UTC

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Subject: A message from the new Area Director
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Date: Wed, 14 Apr 1993 08:45:37 -0700
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From: Marshall Rose <mrose@dbc.mtview.ca.us>

Greetings.  First, I want to congratulate the working group for making
some real progress in modeling last week at the IETF meeting.

Second, I regret to inform you that Jeff Case has asked to withdraw as
co-chair of the working group.  As you probably know, Jeff has been
heavily involved with many IETF-related activities such as the IAB/IESG
nomination process, and now needs some time for other activities.
Bob Stewart, formerly co-chair, is now sole-chair of the working group.

Third, after reviewing the charter, I find that the working group is
three months past its chartered lifetime.  This concerns me quite a bit.
After having seen the progress last week, I do not want to terminate the
working group.  On the other hand, I can not let this effort continue

In reviewing the charter of the working group, three tasks are

  - to develop MIB objects relating the physical resources and logical
    functions within a chassis device;
  - to develop MIB objects instrumenting the operational state of a
    power supply in a chassis device; and,
  - to develop MIB objects representing aggregated information about
    collections of network devices.

The first was a mandatory task, the other two are optional.

After attending last week's meeting, it appears that the working group
has a handle on the first two tasks, but has not yet begun work on the
third task.

So, in order to allow for the working group to reach a successful

  - the working group is directed to focus its efforts on the first two tasks;

  - if, by July 5, 1993, the working group has not achieved consensus on
    a document and indicated this to the area director, then I will ask
    the IESG to terminate the working group; and,

  - the third task is now considered out of scope for the working group.

The members of the working group should appreciate that I have provided
this three month extension because it is my hope that it will allow
the working group to focus and reach consensus.  However, at the end of
this extension, the working group will be six months over due.  If it
has not completed its work by that time, then I feel that continuation
of this effort will not be of service to the community.

Thank you for your understanding,