Routing Area Working Group

The information below is for an older proposed charter
Document Proposed charter Routing Area Working Group WG (rtgwg) Snapshot
Title Routing Area Working Group
Last updated 2014-08-27
State Draft Charter Rechartering
WG State Active
IESG Responsible AD Alvaro Retana
Charter Edit AD Alia Atlas
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The Routing Area working group (RTGWG) is chartered to discuss
and evaluate proposals for new work in the Routing Area and may work on
specific small topics that do not fit with an existing working group.

Options for handling new work include:

- Directing the work to an existing WG (including RTGWG)
- Developing a proposal for a BoF.
- Developing a charter and establishing consensus for a new WG.  This
option will primarily be used with fairly mature and/or well-defined efforts.
- Careful evaluation, leading to deferring or rejecting work.

A major objective of the RTGWG is to provide timely, clear
dispositions of new efforts. Where there is consensus to take
on new work, the WG will strive to quickly find a home for it.
Reconsideration of proposals which have failed to gather consensus
will be prioritized behind proposals for new work which have not
yet been considered. In general, requests for reconsideration
should only be made once a proposal has been significantly

If RTGWG decides that a particular topic should be addressed by
a new WG, the chairs will recommend the work to the Routing ADs
with a summary of the evaluation.  The Routing ADs may then choose
to follow the normal IETF chartering process (potential BoF, IETF-wide
review of the proposed charter, etc.).

Guiding principles for evaluation of new work by RTGWG will include:

   1. Providing a clear problem statement for proposed new work.

   2. Prioritizing new efforts to manage the trade-offs between urgency,
       interest, and available resources in the Routing Area.

   3. Looking for commonalities among ongoing development efforts.
       Such commonalities may indicate the need to develop more
       general, reusable components.

   4. Ensuring appropriate cross-WG and cross-area review.

   5. Protecting the architectural integrity of routing protocols and
       ensuring that work has general applicability.

RTGWG may also work on specific small topics that do not fit with an existing
working group. An example of a small topic is a draft that might otherwise be
AD-sponsored but which could benefit from the review and consensus that RTGWG
can provide.

RTGWG may work on larger topics, but must be explicitly rechartered to add the
topic.  The specific larger topics that RTGWG is currently chartered to work on:

  * Enhancements to hop-by-hop distributed
    routing (e.g., multicast, LDP-MPLS, unicast routing) related to
    fast-reroute and loop-free convergence. A specific goal of
    fast-reroute mechanisms is to provide up to complete coverage when
    the potential failure would not partition the network. All work in
    this area should be specifically evaluated by the WG in terms of
    practicality and applicability to deployed networks.

The working group milestones will be updated as needed to reflect the
proposals currently being worked on and the target dates for their