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Report from the IAB Workshop on Internet Technology Adoption and Transition (ITAT) (RFC7305)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000237801D
Original Publication Date: 2014-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2014-Jul-12
Document File: 34 page(s) / 38K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

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E. Lear: AUTHOR [+2]


The Internet is a complex ecosystem that encompasses all aspects of society. At its heart is a protocol stack with an hourglass shape, and IP at its center. Recent research points to possible explanations for the success of such a design and for the significant challenges that arise when trying to evolve or change its middle section, e.g., as partially evident in the difficulties encountered by IPv6. The workshop had a number of other key examples to consider, including the next generation of HTTP and real time web- browser communications (WebRTC). The eventual success of many if not all of these protocols will largely depend on our understanding of not only what features and design principles contribute lasting value, but also how deployment strategies can succeed in unlocking that value to foster protocol adoption. The latter is particularly important in that most if not all Internet protocols exhibit strong externalities that create strong barriers to adoption, especially in the presence of a well-established incumbent. That is, factors beyond the control of the end points (such as middleboxes) can limit deployment, sometimes by design.

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Internet Architecture Board (IAB)                           E. Lear, Ed. Request for Comments: 7305                                     July 2014 Category: Informational ISSN: 2070-1721

                       Report from the IAB Workshop          on Internet Technology Adoption and Transition (ITAT)


   This document provides an overview of a workshop held by the Internet    Architecture Board (IAB) on Internet Technology Adoption and    Transition (ITAT).  The workshop was hosted by the University of    Cambridge on December 4th and 5th of 2013 in Cambridge, UK.  The goal    of the workshop was to facilitate adoption of Internet protocols,    through examination of a variety of economic models, with particular    emphasis at the waist of the hourglass (e.g., the middle of the    protocol stack).  This report summarizes contributions and    discussions.  As the topics were wide ranging, there is no single set    of recommendations for IETF participants to pursue at this time.    Instead, in the classic sense of early research, the workshop noted    areas that deserve further exploration.

   Note that this document is a report on the proceedings of the    workshop.  The views and positions documented in this report are    those of the workshop participants and do not necessarily reflect IAB    views and positions.

Status of This Memo

   This document is not an Internet Standards Track specification; it is    published for informational purposes.

   This document is a product of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB)    and represents information that the IAB has deemed valuable to    provide for permanent record.  It represents the consensus of the    Internet Architecture Board (IAB).  Documents approved for    publication by the IAB are not a candidate for any level of Internet    Standard; see Section 2 of RFC 5741.

   Information about the current status of this document, any errata,    and how to provide feedback on it may be obtained at    http://www.rfc-editor.org/info/rfc7305.

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 RFC 7305                       ITAT Report                     July 2014

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   Copyright (c) 2014 IETF Trust and the persons identified as the    document authors.  All rights reserved.

   This document is subject to BCP 78 and the IETF Trust's Legal    Provisions Relating to IETF Documents    (http://trustee.ietf.org/license-info) in effect on the date of    publication of this document.  Please review these documents    carefully, as they describe your rights and restrictions with respect    to this document.

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