Yokohama, Japan

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) Meetings are held three times per year around the world to promote in-person attendance by participants and have the primary goals of helping IETF Working Groups get their tasks done and promoting a fair amount of mixing among these groups. The IETF is the principal body engaged in the development of new Internet standard specifications.

The general flow of an IETF meeting is that it begins with an IETF Hackathon on Saturday and Sunday, tutorials and an informal gathering on Sunday, and working groups meetings Monday through Friday, with a plenary session during the week, sometimes two. The IETF Hackathon encourages developers and subject matter experts to discuss, collaborate and develop utilities, ideas, sample code and solutions that show practical implementations of IETF standards. It is free to attend and open to everyone. It is a collaborative event, not a competition. Any competitiveness among participants is friendly and in the spirit of advancing the pace and relevance of new and evolving Internet standards.

On IETF-116, TeraFlow H2020 - particularly our colleagues in Old Dog Consulting and also CTTC and Telefónica - coordinated the involvement for ETSI TeraFlowSDN in the IETF Hackathon. The 2-day TFS hackathon was on Saturday - Sunday, 25-26 March 2023 in Yokohama (Japan). Remote connection was also allowed.

During the event various enhancements were developed for the ETSI TFS platform, while also planning for future IETF Hackathons and collaboration on network slicing and network inventory management.  The TeraFlowSDN team was working with other IETF engineers to implement improvements to the TFS NBI for IETF slicing and service models using YANG data models.

Our team was really impressed with the interest from other IETF engineers in our ETSI TFS platform. Some of the visitors to our hackathon table have expressed their interest in joining the ETSI TFS community.