Internet Research Task Force (IRTF)

Definition of Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) in The Network Encyclopedia.

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What is IRTF (Internet Research Task Force)?

An umbrella organization for several long-term research groups that focus on standards for Internet protocols, architecture, applications, and technologies.

Internet Research Task Force (IRTF) research groups include:

  • The End-to-End (E2E) group, which is concerned with end-to-end services and protocols implemented in hosts
  • The Information Infrastructure Architecture group, which works to articulate a common information infrastructure for the Internet to support greater interoperability between applications
  • The Internet Resource Directory group, which develops models for resource description on the Internet, including mechanisms for querying, indexing, and retrieval
  • The Network Management group, which is concerned with issues relating to the management of the Internet from the perspectives of high-level management domains and customer-oriented services
  • The Services Management group, which is concerned with the convergence of networking technologies relating to the Internet

The IRTF is overseen by the Internet Architecture Board (IAB).

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