est. 1971, revised 1987 and 1991
to promote the international exchange of information related to communication systems;
to bridge gaps existing between users,
telecommunication operators, service providers and co
to establish working contacts with international bodies concerned with data communication, such as ITU, ETSI, ISO, IEEE, IETF, ITC and ATM Forum.
The Scope of its work includes all aspects
of communication systems, such as research on and design, manufacture and
operation of products, systems, concepts and architectures related to
information exchange. Some exa
Work fostering the development of standards;
Formal protocol specification and verification techniques;
National and international communication networks;
Local and wide area communication networks;
Integrated services digital networks;
Communication systems in the office and manufacturing area;
Communications tools and communication services;
Promotion of existing and innovative communication concepts both in developing countries and in developed countries;
New applications of communication systems, e.g. electronic commerce.
WG6.1 - Architecture and Protocols for
est. 1973, revised 1982, 1999, 2000
To identify and study questions associated with the development of distributed systems and the communications and middleware protocols that support distributed applications.
To support convergence of information processing systems, communication and networking technologies into a distributed infrastructure that is open for application to all members of the global society.
To investigate rigorous methods applicable to the specification,
To support and promote the systematic use of these
methods, and make them amenable to the practitioners, hence increasing
awareness of formal methods in the distributed networking and co
To bring together researchers, developers, and practitioners working in these areas to discuss recent innovative results and future directions by promoting and supporting the organization of meetings, workshops and conferences.
To disseminate information and publications, foster an active participation of industry and encourage the transfer of knowledge between academia and industry.
To encourage young researchers to enter this field.
This WG provides a framework for the launching and the continued organization of activities in areas that include:
Formal Description Techniques: including rigorous
models, methods and tools applicable to the design, specification, validation,
Open Distributed Systems: including the design, i
Quality of Service: including architectures, services, multimedia, operating systems and middleware in a networked or distributed environment.
WG6.2 – Network and Internetwork
est. 1994, revised 2001, 2009
To identify and study advanced issues related to networking and internetworking design, with main emphasis on the provision of services at the network layer, on the integration of present and future technologies for physical and data link layers, and on techniques for providing network-wide internetwork services.
This WG provides a framework for the launching and the continued organization of activities in the area of Network and Internetwork architectures, namely:
Network Architectures: including architectures for the Future Internet, architectures of local area networks, wide area networks, access networks, mobile IP networks, internetworking.
Network Protocols: including transport and network layer protocols, and protocols for Internet evolution.
Network control and Quality of Service: including traffic engineering and control, signalling, network quality of service.
Network Components Design: including switch and router design, techniques for the transport of packetized voice and video.
Parallel processing of network protocols: including multi-core architectures for network elements.
Overlay Services and Systems: including Peer-to-Peer communication services and virtualisation.
Network resilience: robust and survivable networks.
Network measurements: traffic monitoring and analysis.
Network Science: including models, tools and techniques to design and analyze complex networks.
Energy-efficient network protocols and architectures: including network core nodes and cloud computing aspects
Network protocols and transport protocols for Delay-tolerant networks and space internetworks.
WG6.3 - Performance of
est. 1994, revised 2001, 2010
WG 6.3 is aimed at promoting the use of the performance evaluation techniques for studying and optimizing existing and future communication systems.
The WG organizes and promotes activities related to modeling, analysis, simulation and measurement of computer communication systems, with a special attention to studying and optimizing the performance of:
Wired/wireless computer communication networks;
Existing and future network technologies;
Network Services and Applications;
Internet architecture, protocols and services;
Internet of things;
Content- and service-centric architectures;
Peer-to-peer, overlay, and content distribution networks;
Mobile and ubiquitous networks;
Mobile and on-line social networks.
WG6.4 – Internet Applications Engineering
est. 1979, revised 1991, 1996, 2001, dissolved 2015
WG6.6 - Management of Networks and
est. 1986, revised 2001, 2006
To facilitate cooperation between different organizations and individuals internationally in the areas of distributed operations and management, integrated network management, systems management, and service engineering. To be an effective conduit in the technology transfer between the academic and research communities, industry and the standard bodies.
Our planet is increasingly being networked
using a variety of media, a variety of protocols and a variety of services. On
the other hand, co
WG6.7 - Smart Networks
est. 1996, revised 1998, 2001, 2007
To identify and study current issues related to the state-of-the-art and the development of intelligent capabilities in networks. These issues include the distribution, the management, the control of every kind of algorithms inside the network. These intelligent capabilities lead to the concept of autonomic networking. Consequently to identify future trends of the network performance from industrial as well as the academic point of view.
Smart Networks is concentrated on research on tools and services able to be placed on top of network algorithms in order to adapt them. The concept of smart networks was developed as a step to give the network a way to adapt itself to changes within the environment and following network conditions. New emerging research and technologies include autonomic networking, Intelligent Agents, knowledge plane, situated view, Configurable Architectures for Software and Hardware, Dependable Reconfigurable Networks, Mobility Management, QoS Management, Security Management, Flow Control, Mobility and Network Integration Issues.
WG6.8 - Mobile and
est. 1996, revised 2001, 2002, 2007
To organise and promote the exchange of information on wireless communication systems and networks, fixed and mobile, terrestrial and space, local and global. To help in the research, development, design, standardisation and applications for mobile and wireless modules, equipment and systems. To examine technical operational capabilities of the future mobile and wireless networks for voice, data, text and image communications. The results of the work will be made available to individuals as well as organisations concerned, such as manufacturers, operators, common carriers, standardisation bodies, users.
The scope of the Working Group includes:
Wireless Sensor Networks.
Wireless Actor Networks.
Mobile and wireless personal communications.
Short range communications and applications.
Digital microwave systems and networks.
Digital radio and TV broadcasting.
should be examined from the viewpoint of architecture and protocols, modulation,
coding and decoding, methods of communication functions (multiple access, error
control, flow control, routing, etc.), security, i
WG6.9 - Communication Systems for Developing Countries
To identify and study technical problems related to the access to, understanding of and application of network and telecommunications technology in developing countries or regions.
To encourage cross-fertilisation of concepts and techniques among developing countries, and between developing countries and developed countries.
To promote activities oriented to the diffusion of the methods and techniques for accessing co
The areas of study include models and
methods for transfer of concepts and methods in communication systems and
establishment of new applications in developing regions for existing
The requirements of the users of those regions include cost-effective technologies for global access, rural access to services and social development in those regions through appropriate applications of communication systems.
The problems of human resources, sharing of experience and cost of technology are particularly acute, and are to be examined in detail.
Although not limited to, the following items are of particular significance in the scope of the Working Group:
Applications for cellular technology
Alternative network technologies
Technologies for distance learning, e-business, tele-meeting and any other reducing the distance effect between partners
Global access and interconnectivity technologies
WG6.10 - Photonic
est. 1998, revised 1999, 2001
Photonic Communication networks hold the promise of solving several problems in the current generation of networks, among them restricted transmission capacity and limited performance capability.
To strengthen research on photonic networks, to explore the potentials of photonic networks and to accelerate their early development. Additionally, the Working Group provides a platform for presenting and discussing research activities, major achievments and trends involving the all-optical communication networks.
The Working Group scope includes:
Architectures, system design, control mechanisms and applications that exploit the abundant transmission capacity and flexibility of photonics.
Development of analytical and simulation tools as well as methods for analysing, operating, dimensioning, and planning photonic networks.
WG6.11 – Communication aspects of the e-World
est. 2000, revised 2001, 2010
To organise and promote the exchange of information on communication protocols and information exchange mechanisms for Electronic Commerce. To foster research, development, standardisation, and applications for communication platforms and services for pre-sales support, sales and service management, settlement, and virtual enterprises in and open trading environment.
The scope of the work encompasses all aspects of communication and information exchange in Electronic Commerce, including:
Navigation, brokerage, advertising, and catalogue exchange in pre-sales activities.
Negotiation and contract making protocols in interactions between consumers, businesses, and public administration.
Secure exchange of documents, content and value in open trading protocols.
Communication platforms for the e-Economy, including e-commerce, e-business and e-government.
Application of mobile agent technology.
Advanced devices and protocols for the support of mobility and the ubiquitous access to electronic markets
– (joint with WG2.14/8.10, see TC2)
est. 2011, revised 2012