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IETF Working Groups:

  • Common Control and Measurement Plane (CCAMP) - Coordinates the work within the IETF defining a common control plane and a separate common measurement plane for ISP and SP core tunneling technologies
  • Layer 2 Virtual Private Networks (L2VPN) - responsible for defining and specifying a
    limited number of solutions for supporting provider-provisioned layer-2 virtual private networks (L2VPNs)
  • Layer 3 Virtual Private Networks (L3VPN) - responsible for defining and specifying a
    limited number of solutions for supporting provider-provisioned Layer-3 (routed) Virtual Private Networks (L3VPNs)
  • Multiprotocol Label Switching (MPLS) - Responsible for standardizing a base technology for using label switching and for the implementation of label-switched paths over various link-level technologies, such as Packet-over-Sonet, Frame Relay, ATM, and LAN technologies (e.g. all forms of Ethernet, Token Ring, etc.)
  • Pseudo Wire Eumulation Edge-to-Edge (PWE3) - Responsible for developing standardized frameworks and service-specific techniques for pseudo wires

Industry Forums: 

  • Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions - ATIS is a United States based body that is committed to rapidly developing and promoting technical and operations standards for the communications and related information technologies industry worldwide using a pragmatic, flexible and open approach.
  • International Telecommunications Union - headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland is an international organization within the United Nations System where governments and the private sector coordinate global telecom networks and services.
  • Metro Ethernet Forum - The mission of the Forum is to accelerate the adoption of optical Ethernet as the technology of choice in metro networks worldwide
  • IP/MPLS Forum - The IP/MPLS Forum is an international, non-profit association of service providers, equipment vendors, testing centers and enterprise users. The Forum's mission is to drive the global success of IP/MPLS-based technology, networks, and services while focusing on application and deployment solutions.
  • Multiservice Switching Forum (MSF) - a global association of service providers and system suppliers committed to developing and promoting open-architecture, multiservice switching systems
  • Network Processing Forum (NPF) - organized to facilitate and accelerate the development of next-generation networking and telecommunications products based on network processing technologies.
  • Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF) - Mission is to foster the development and deployment of interoperable products and services for data switching and routing using optical networking technologies
  • The Pouzin Society - The Pouzin Society's purpose is to provide a forum for developing viable solutions to the current Internet architecture crisis.

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