WG Action: Rechartered TCP Maintenance and Minor Extensions (tcpm)

The IESG <iesg-secretary@ietf.org> Mon, 16 March 2020 21:33 UTC

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The TCP Maintenance and Minor Extensions (tcpm) WG in the Transport Area of
the IETF has been rechartered. For additional information, please contact the
Area Directors or the WG Chairs.

TCP Maintenance and Minor Extensions (tcpm)
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Current status: Active WG

Chairs:
  Yoshifumi Nishida <nsd.ietf@gmail.com>
  Michael Scharf <michael.scharf@hs-esslingen.de>
  Michael Tüxen <tuexen@fh-muenster.de>

Assigned Area Director:
  Mirja Kühlewind <ietf@kuehlewind.net>

Transport Area Directors:
  Mirja Kühlewind <ietf@kuehlewind.net>
  Magnus Westerlund <magnus.westerlund@ericsson.com>

Mailing list:
  Address: tcpm@ietf.org
  To subscribe: https://www.ietf.org/mailman/listinfo/tcpm
  Archive: https://mailarchive.ietf.org/arch/browse/tcpm/

Group page: https://datatracker.ietf.org/group/tcpm/

Charter: https://datatracker.ietf.org/doc/charter-ietf-tcpm/

TCP is currently the Internet's predominant transport protocol. TCPM
is the working group within the IETF that handles small TCP changes,
i.e., minor extensions to TCP algorithms and protocol mechanisms.
The TCPM WG serves several purposes:

* The WG mostly focuses on maintenance issues (e.g., bug fixes) and
modest changes to the protocol, algorithms, and interfaces that
maintain TCP's utility.

* The WG is a venue for moving current TCP specifications along the
standards track (as community energy is available for such efforts).

* The WG maintains Multipath TCP (MPTCP) and is a home for minor
MPTCP enhancements including updates to the existing multipath
congestion control.

* The focus of the working group is TCP. In cases where small
changes are directly applicable to other transports (e.g., SCTP or
DCCP), the mappings to other transports may be specified alongside
that for TCP, but other significant additions and changes to other
transports are not in scope.

TCPM also provides a venue for standardization of incremental
enhancements of TCP's standard congestion control. In addition,
TCPM may document alternative TCP congestion control algorithms
that are known to be widely deployed, and that are considered
safe for large-scale deployment in the Internet. Changes of algorithms
may require additional review by the IRTF Congestion Control
Research Group (ICCRG). Fundamental changes to TCP or its congestion
control algorithms (e.g., departure from loss-based congestion
control) will be handled by other working groups or will require
rechartering.

TCP's congestion control algorithms are the model followed by
other IETF transports (e.g., SCTP or DCCP), which are standardized in
other working groups, such as the Transport Area WG (tsvwg). In the
past, the IETF has worked on several documents about algorithms that
are specified for multiple protocols (e.g., TCP and SCTP) in the
same document. Which WG shepherds such documents will be determined
on a case-by-case basis. In any case, the TCPM WG will remain in
close contact with other relevant WGs working on these protocols to
ensure openness and stringent review from all angles.

New TCPM milestones that fall within the scope specified within the
charter can be added after consensus on acceptance in the working
group and approval by the responsible Area Director.

Milestones:

  Apr 2020 - Submit document on a time-based fast loss detection algorithm
  for TCP to the IESG for publication as a Proposed Standard RFC

  May 2020 - Submit document on Retransmission Timeout Considerations as Best
  Current Practice RFC

  Jun 2020 - Submit RFC793bis document to the IESG for publication as
  Internet Standard

  Jul 2020 - Submit document on TCP Control Block Interdependence to the IESG
  for publication as Informational RFC

  Aug 2020 - Submit specification of more accurate ECN feedback in TCP to the
  IESG for publication as an Experimental RFC

  Sep 2020 - Submit document on adding Explicit Congestion Notification (ECN)
  to TCP Control Packets to the IESG for publication as Experimental RFC

  Nov 2020 - Submit document on a TCP Extended Data Offset Option to the IESG
  as a Proposed Standard RFC