Re: [dsii] Potential IETF Work Items

Melinda Shore <> Tue, 14 August 2012 15:56 UTC

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On 8/14/12 6:16 AM, Russ Housley wrote:
> At the DSII BOF in Vancouver, Andy Maffei gave a list of potential
> work items.  Is there interest in pursuing any of them in the IETF?

I think that given our history with other standards bodies trying to
standardize IP technologies and our reaction to those, it might not be
a terrible idea to tread a little lightly here, and make sure that
the IETF wouldn't be stepping on anybody else's toes.

I'm generally not a fan of bringing this work to the IETF, but if
there really is support for it I think that we do have the expertise
within the organization for working on identifiers and we definitely
do not have the expertise for working on what's basically library
metadata.  I also think that we shouldn't be in the business of
attempting to limit PIDs, because, basically, we can't.

I'm unconvinced that much thought has been given to what sort of
expertise the IETF can bring to bear on any of these questions.


Melinda Shore
No Mountain Software

"Software longa, hardware brevis."