Re: [IRTF-Announce] The special meeting on AI/ML in Networking

Allison Mankin <> Wed, 11 July 2018 00:15 UTC

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Subject: Re: [IRTF-Announce] The special meeting on AI/ML in Networking
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Laurent sent a correction: the date is Thurs July 19, not 18, which was a

On Tuesday, 10 July 2018, Allison Mankin <>; wrote:

> Hi, all,
> Below is some information on a short meeting organized within the NMRG's
> sessions on AI and ML in Networking.  In addition to sharing the
> announcement, this mail is to make clear that the meeting is not for
> planning for a potential IRTF RG.  It has only been a year since the IRTF's
> Proposed NWML Proposed RG was called off.  My take at this time is that
> each RG should explore what is promising for them in AI/ML developments.
> That said, Montreal is a hub for great ML R&D, and there will be
> interesting new folks joining this special meeting, so see you Thursday!
> Allison
> IRTF Chair
> *IRTF Special Meeting on AI/ML in Networking*
> *IETF 102, Montreal, Canada*
> *Thursday, August 18th - 18:10-19:10 Afternoon session III*
> *Duluth Meeting Room (NMRG session)*
> In the last few years and especially in the last few months, the use of
> Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning in networking went from a nice
> future application to an almost must have. Diverse networking operations
> from trend detection in traffic monitoring, beam assignment in 5G,
> congestion control and intent-based networking have identified AI as a
> means to improve their overall performance under more and more dynamic
> conditions. One may also imagine how AI can impact the very design of
> networks and protocols, or else how to solve networking problems in
> original ways using novel and network-specific artificial intelligence
> techniques. A number of special issues and conferences have already been
> organized under these themes and the community wanting to use these new
> tools is rapidly expanding. In addition to these, network architects and
> designers are also considering the impact of the use of AI/ML on the
> network themselves. For example: AI in vehicles generates very large data
> sets that need to be sent to the cloud for analysis or to rely on fog/edge
> computing. Traffic engineering also requires to analyze very large amounts
> of real-time information that then needs to be sent back to the network
> nodes for updates and new features. And the application landscape is
> rapidly expanding each with its own requirements on the network.
> The meeting wants to bring together the IETF and IRTF community that has
> interests and stakes in the development of both AI/ML based tools and on
> the networks that will support them. While we are targeting an open
> discussion we already have some presentations planned and you are all
> welcome to submit a request before Friday, July 13th so we can finalize the
> agenda.
> Hoping to see you in Montreal!
> Marie-José & Laurent