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).