Re: [irtf-discuss] [Icn-interest] Draft ICN RG Charter

Paulo Mendes <> Wed, 25 May 2011 09:36 UTC

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Hi Martin

Just to clarify. It is clear that the charter does not say that an architecture will be standardized. It couldn't in any case - IRTF does not aim to devise standards. I was commenting on the fact that one goal described in the charter seems to be to write "...documents describing an ICN architecture", and IETF/IRTF is focus on working on protocols and not architectures. 3GPP, ITU-T are more looking at architectures, most of the time making use of IETF protocols. So, we do not want to create misunderstandings :).


On May 24, 2011, at 1:33 PM, Martin Vigoureux wrote:

> Hello Paulo,
> Le 24/05/2011 13:55, Paulo Mendes a écrit :
>> Hi Borje and Dirk
>> I would be careful with the word "architecture" since IETF/IRTF does not standardize architectures. Hence I would propose to use the following sentence...
>> "The ICNRG will investigate components of a common protocol framework for information-centric networking, aiming to: i) identify protocols for standardization, which may or may not re; ii) support an ICN architecture with large applicability."
>> ... to replace the following two sentences:
>> "The ICNRG will identify key ICN architecture invariants across different specific approaches which could form the basis of a future ICN architecture."
>> "The intention is that one result from this work could be a common protocol framework that can be used to identify protocols for standardization. These protocols may or may not re-use existing IETF protocols."
> In turn, I would be careful with the statement "IETF/IRTF does not standardize architectures" :-)
> It all depends on what one reads in "architecture".
> Note also that the charter does not say that an architecture will be standardized.
> I think the text is fine.
> best regards,
> martin

Paulo Mendes, Ph.D
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University Lusofona, Portugal
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