Even more than
the IETF, the work of the IRSG is expected to be marked by informality. The goal
is to encourage and foster valuable research, not to add burdensome bureaucracy
to the endeavor.
A. Weinrib, J. Postel; IRTF Research Group
Guidelines and Procedures; RFC
2014, October 1996.
The mission of the Internet
Research Task Force (IRTF) is to conduct research into the long term future
of the Internet. The IRTF is guided by the Internet Research Steering Group, and
is composed of a number of small research groups that work on the development
of the Internet protocols, applications, architecture, and technology. Befitting
its long term focus, it is composed of members that serve for extended periods,
but as individuals, and not as representatives of organizations.
of the IRTF is not to set Internet standards, but to take the long view of the
future of the Internet, to research this future within its various research
and document the results in journals, white papers, and at conferences. Any technologies
created as a result are brought to the Internet
Engineering Task Force working groups.
The chair of the IRTF is
appointed by the Internet Architecture Board. The Internet Research Steering Group
is composed of the chairs of the IRTF research groups.
The Internet Research
Steering Group (IRSG) manages the IRTF research groups, and holds workshops focused
on various Internet research areas.
RFC's. Request For Comments that
provide information about the IRTF are listed below: