TC 6 - Communication Systems - Aims and Scopes

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 computer and equipment manufacturers;

*    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 examples of areas of special interest are:

*    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;

*    Network management;

*    Distributed computing and information interchange between databases within a network of computers;

*    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;

*    Teleservice architectures;

*    Multimedia communications;

*    New applications of communication systems, e.g. electronic commerce.

WG6.1 - Architecture and Protocols for Distributed Systems
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, verification, implementation and testing of distributed systems and applications.

*    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 computer networking areas at large.

*    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, verification, implementation, easy prototyping, efficiency evaluation, and testing of communicating systems and object-based distributed systems.

*    Open Distributed Systems: including the design, implementation, deployment and evaluation of distributed systems platforms and architectures for networked environments and distributed applications.

*    Quality of Service: including architectures, services, multimedia, operating systems and middleware in a networked or distributed environment.

WG6.2 Network and Internetwork Architectures
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 Communication Systems
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;

*    Green networking;

*    Content- and service-centric architectures;

*    Peer-to-peer, overlay, and content distribution networks;

*    Mobile and ubiquitous networks;

*    Self-organizing 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 Distributed Systems
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, computers are becoming increasingly pervasive in a variety of forms and architectures ranging from large scale high performance systems to micro computers in any type of appliances, cars, etc. The scope of WG 6.6 is Operations and Management paradigms and technologies for these novel and complex systems and networks continuously evolving over different levels of abstraction such as element, network, service, and business level. The Operations and Management encompass different function areas such as configuration, fault, accounting, performance and security. This includes new technologies such as autonomic computing, distributed and policy based management as well as already established management protocols and information models. The scope of the working group encompass the operation and management of existing networked systems including enterprise networks and multi-provider networks as well as emerging ad-hoc and sensor networks, Grids, peer to peer networks and interplanetary networks.

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 Wireless Communications
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 LANs.

*    Wireless Sensor Networks.

*    Wireless Actor Networks.

*    Mobile computing.

*    Cellular networks.

*    Ad-hoc networks.

*    Mobile and wireless personal communications.

*    Short range communications and applications.

*    Digital microwave systems and networks.

*    Digital radio and TV broadcasting.

*    Satellite networks.

All topics 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, implementation, user aspects, legal, economic, social and human related issues.

WG6.9 - Communication Systems for Developing Countries
est. 2002


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 computer networks in developing countries or regions.


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 technologies.
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:

*    Satellite systems

*    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

*    Internet services.

WG6.10 - Photonic Networking
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

WG6.12 (joint with WG2.14/8.10, see TC2)
est. 2011, revised 2012