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Areas

The IETF divides its work into a number of areas, each comprised of Working Groups that relate to that area's focus.

The IETF divides its work into a number of Areas, each comprised of Working Groups (WGs) that relate to that area's focus. The primary task of area management is handled by one or two Area Directors (ADs) per area. ADs are jointly responsible for making sure the WGs in the area are well coordinated, that there is coverage for the technologies needed in the area, and that the challenges most important to the Internet in that area are indeed being worked on.

The IETF divides its work into a number of Areas, each comprised of Working Groups (WGs) that relate to that area's focus. The area structure is defined by the Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG), and the IESG can add Areas, redefine Areas, merge areas, change the number of Area Directors assigned to an Area, or close down Areas.

Changes to the area structure affect the IETF in many ways; decisions to change the area structure are taken in consultation with the community.

When changing the area structure, the IESG can decide which members are responsible for new and changed areas, including making one sitting AD responsible for multiple areas, but the IESG can only add new members through the Nominations Committee process.

The primary task of area management is handled by one or two Area Directors per area. An AD may be advised by one or more directorates, which are created, selected, chaired and if necessary disbanded by the AD. Directorates may be specific to an area, specific to a technology, or chartered in some other fashion.

The ADs for an area are jointly responsible for making sure the WGs in the area are well coordinated, that there is coverage for the technologies needed in the area, and that the challenges most important to the Internet in that area are indeed being worked on.

  • Applications and Real-Time Area

    The Applications and Real-Time (ART) area develops application protocols and architectures in the IETF.

  • Internet Area

    The Internet Area (INT) deals with technical topics related to the Internet Protocol layer.

  • Operations and Management

    The primary technical areas covered by the Operations & Management (OPS) Area include: Network Management, AAA, and various operational issues facing the Internet such as DNS operations, IPv6 operations, operational security and Routing operations.

  • General Area

    The General Area (GEN) consists of a few IETF WGs and other activities focused on supporting, updating and maintaining the IETF standards development process.

  • Routing

    The Routing Area is responsible for ensuring continuous operation of the Internet routing system by maintaining the scalability and stability characteristics of the existing routing protocols, as well as developing new protocols, extensions, and bug fixes

  • Security Area

    The Security Area is the home for working groups focused on security protocols.

  • Transport Area

    The transport and services area - usually just called "transport area" or "TSV area" - covers a range of technical topics related to data transport in the Internet.