Routing Research Group

Document Charter Routing Research Group RG (rrg)
Title Routing Research Group
Last updated 2016-08-25
State Approved
RG State Concluded
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The Routing Research Group (RRG) is chartered to explore routing and
addressing problems that are important to the development of the Internet but
are not yet mature enough for engineering work within the IETF. As the Internet
continues to evolve, the challenges in providing a scalable and robust global
routing system will also change over time. At the moment, the Internet routing
and addressing architecture is facing challenges in scalability, mobility,
multi-homing, and inter-domain traffic engineering. Thus the RRG proposes to
focus its effort on designing an alternate architecture to meet these
challenges. Although Internet routing is a broad and active research area, a
focused effort at this time is necessary to assure rapid progress towards
reaching the goal.

More specifically, we propose to explore architectural alternatives, including,
but not limited to, separating host location and identification information.
Research and experimentation in addressing and routing algorithms will be
encouraged to understand whether this new direction can provide effective
solutions, to work out candidate designs as necessary for a complete solution,
and to fully understand both the gains and the tradeoffs that the new solutions
may bring. The group will produce a list of prioritized design goals and a
recommendation for a routing and addressing architecture.

The RRG will have an open general discussion mailing list where any topic of
interest to the routing research community can be discussed, and topics related
to scalable routing architectures are particularly encouraged. For specific
topics with widespread discussion, interested parties will be encouraged to
form ad-hoc mailing lists, with summaries sent to the general mailing list
quarterly. Summaries will contain the recent conclusions reached as well as the
near-term agenda for future progress.

It is commonly recognized that productive design efforts can be carried out by
small and focused design teams. The RRG encourages the formation of focused
design teams to explore specific design choices. As with ad-hoc mailing lists,
individual design teams are required to report back quarterly to the RRG with
their progress and remaining open issues. Each design team is expected to
produce a set of Internet Drafts that documents their current thinking.

The RRG, as a whole, will hold open meetings from time to time to solicit input
from, and supply information to, the broader community. In particular, at least
once per year there will be a review of the group's activities held at an
IETF meeting. More frequent meetings will be held if it will speed group
progress. Ad-hoc and design team meetings are strongly encouraged.

The output of the group will consist of Informational and Experimental RFCs as
well as Journal Articles on the topics covered by the subgroups.