MOPS Draft Charter

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June 7, 2019 snapshot of draft charter for the proposed Media OPS (MOPS) WG at the IETF

Media OPS WG

Internet- and Internet-protocol-delivered video/media is popular, leading to significant technology development across industries not traditionally thought of as Internet technology developers or operators, as well as considerable quantities of traffic on local and transit networks.  Continued development of Internet-using technologies should be properly coordinated in order to ensure that the existing technologies are well-utilized, and new ones are developed in sympathy with the Internet’s core protocols and design.

MOPS will solicit input on operational issues and practices, existing and proposed technologies related to the deployment, engineering, and operation of media streaming and manipulation protocols and procedures in the global Internet, inter-domain and single domain. In this case, media is considered to include the transport of video, audio, objects and any combination thereof, possibly non-sequentially. The scope is media and media protocols’ interactions with the network, but not the technologies of control protocols or media formats.

The goals of mops are:

1. Solicit input from network operators and users to identify operational issues with media delivery in and across networks, and determine solutions or workarounds to those issues.

2. Solicit discussion and documentation of the issues and opportunities media acquisition and delivery  and of the resulting innovations.

3. Operational solutions for identified issues should be developed in mops and documented in informational or BCP drafts.

4. Document operational requirements for media acquisition and delivery

5. Develop mechanisms and procedures for sharing operational information to aid in operation of media technologies in the global Internet

6. Develop tools, extend protocols and provide operational and implementation advice that assists in media technology administration, diagnostics, troubleshooting and deployment between/within native and 
non-native environments.

These documents should document media operational experience, including global Internet, inter-domain and within-domain operations.

Media operational and deployment issues with specific protocols or technologies (such as Applications, Transport Protocols, Routing Protocols, DNS or Sub-IP Protocols) are the primary responsibility of the groups or areas responsible for those protocols or technologies. However, the mops Working Group may provide input to those areas/groups, as needed, and cooperate with those areas/groups in reviewing solutions to mops operational and deployment problems.

Future work items within this scope will be adopted by the Working Group only if there is a substantial expression of interest from the community and if the work clearly does not fit elsewhere in the IETF.

There must be a continuous expression of interest for the Working Group to work on a particular work item. If there is no longer sufficient interest in the Working Group in a work item, the item may be removed from the list of Working Group items.