Re: [smartpowerdir] planned workshop on IOT

Geoff Mulligan <> Wed, 22 December 2010 16:05 UTC

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  Is there any way to make this workshop on Saturday?  Putting it on
Friday means that we have to leave the US at the latest by Thursday and
in reality on Wednesday.  Personally this makes it very unlikely that I
will be able to attend.

Not sure about all the others traveling from the US.


On Wed, 2010-12-22 at 17:20 +0200, Jari Arkko wrote:
> Hannes, me, Zack, and a few others have been talking about organizing a 
> workshop right before the next IETF on IOT. Thoughts? Good idea/bad 
> idea? Sufficient participation can be drummed up?
> ----
> Internet Scale Machine-to-Machine Networking
> Background
> Today's Internet is experienced by users as a set of applications,
> such as email, instant messaging, and social networks. While these
> applications do not require users to be present at the time of service
> execution in many cases they are. There are also substantial
> differences in performance between the various end devices, but in
> general end devices participating in the Internet are considered to be
> of higher performance.
> As we move forward with the interconnection of all kinds of devices to
> the Internet, these characteristics will change. "Internet of Things"
> is a vision where a large number of devices benefit from the
> communication services offered by the Internet. Many of these devices
> are not directly operated by humans, but exist as stand-alone
> components in buildings, vehicles, and the environment. There will be
> a lot of variation in the computing power, available memory, and
> communications bandwidth between different types of devices.
> Many of these devices provide new services or provide more value for
> our previously unconnected devices. Some devices have been connected
> in various legacy means in the past but are now migrating to the use
> of the Internet Protocol, sharing the same communications medium
> between all applications and enabling rich communications services.
> Much of this development can simply run on existing Internet
> protocols. For instance, home entertainment and monitoring systems
> often offer a web interface to the end user. In many cases the new,
> constrained environments can benefit from additional protocols that
> help optimize the communications and lower the computational
> requirements. Examples of standardization efforts targeted for these
> environments include the "Constrained RESTful Environments (core)",
> IPv6 over Low power WPAN (6lowpan)", Routing Over Low power and Lossy
> networks (roll)" working groups.
> This workshop aims to explore the experience and approaches taken by
> developers of Internet technology, when considering the
> characteristics of constraint devices. Engineers know that many design
> considerations need to be taken into account when developing protocols
> and architecture. Balancing between the conflicting goals of computing
> performance, code size, economical incentives, and security is often
> difficult, as illustrated by Clark, et al. in "Tussle in Cyberspace:
> Defining Tomorrow's Internet", see
> This workshop aims to discuss the experience and approaches taken when
> designing Internet of Things into protocols and architectures. To
> frame the discussion we suggest, as examples, to investigate the area
> of integration in the following categories:
> * scalability
> * power usage
> * interworking between different technologies and network domains
> * usability and manageability
> * security
> "To make the Internet work better" is the goal of the IETF and the
> workshop organizers are interested in receiving contributions and in
> having discussions that support this goal. Results may lead to
> guidelines and recommendations, the development of standards, further
> need for research, or implementation and configuration best current
> practices.
> Workshop Style
> The workshop’s main focus will be on the discussions. In order to keep
> the group at a manageable size, participants are required to submit a
> position paper as an expression of interest. Submitters of accepted
> position papers will be invited to attend the workshop. Active
> participation will be expected.
> The workshop will be structured as a series of working sessions
> punctuated by invited speakers who will present relevant background
> information or controversial ideas that help participants reach a
> deeper understanding of the subject. The organizing committee may ask
> submitters of particularly salient papers to present their ideas and
> experiences at the workshop. For each slot, there will be one or two
> invited controversial speakers, and group work on the problem that’s
> identified, hopefully reaching either a deeper understanding of the
> problem or some means of approaching it.
> Important Dates
> Position papers must be submitted at latest February, 11th, 2011.
> Submitted position papers will be reviewed immediately by the program
> organizers and an invitation to the workshop will be sent to one of
> the paper authors. At latest, invitations will be distributed by
> February, 25th.
> This one-day workshop will take place on Friday, 25th March, 2011,
> right before the 80th IETF meeting in Prague, which starts on Sunday,
> 27th March. Independently of this workshop but relevant for the
> participants are tutorial events on Saturday, 26th March 2011. These
> tutorials will focus on ongoing IETF efforts related to the IETF CORE,
> ROLL, and 6LOWPAN working groups.
> Position Papers Requirements
> Interested parties must submit a brief contribution describing their
> work or approach as it relates to the workshop theme. We welcome
> visionary ideas for how to tackle the integration of constraint
> devices, as well as write-ups of deployment experience, and
> lessons-learned from successful or failed attempts at integrating
> these constraint devices with the Internet. Contributions are not
> required to be original in content.
> We solicit brief write-ups with 1 or 2 pages, formatted in HTML, PDF,
> or plain text. We encourage paper authors to focus on the most
> important challenge. A focused message will be key! Accepted position
> papers will be published (in addition to meeting minutes, slides, and
> a workshop report).
> Please send your position paper to
> Venue
> The planned date and location for the workshop is Friday, March 25th,
> in Prague. Details about the meeting venue will be provided to the
> invited workshop participants. During the breaks coffee and tea will
> be served.
> There are no plans for remote participation. Minutes of discussions
> will be available, and offers to organize audio recording would be
> gladly appreciated.
> Workshop Organizers
> We look forward to your input. The workshop organizers are Jari Arkko
> (Internet Area Director), Hannes Tschofenig (IAB), Bernard Aboba
> (IAB), Carsten Bormann (core and 6lowpan WG Chair), David Culler (ROLL
> WG Chair), Lars Eggert (Transport Area Director, and upcoming IRTF
> Chair), JP Vasseur (ROLL WG Chair), Stewart Bryant (Routing Area
> Director), Adrian Farrel (Routing Area Director), Ralph Droms
> (Internet Area Director), Geoffrey Mulligan (6lowpan WG Chair), Alexey
> Melnikov (Applications Area Director), Peter Saint-Andre (Applications
> Area Director), Marcelo Bagnulo (IAB), Zach Shelby (protocol
> author/editor), Isidro Ballesteros Laso (European Commission).
> More detailed information about the workshop is available at:
> Feel free to contact us at