The IEEE 802.1™ Working Group
This Working Group develops standards and recommended practices for the
overall IEEE 802 LAN/MAN architecture; enables internetworking among IEEE 802
LANs and MANs, predominantly in the form of Bridging and VLAN standards; and
creates advanced protocol layers.<http://www.ieee802.org/1/>
Revision of IEEE Std 802.1X
IEEE P802.1X-REV, the revision draft for IEEE 802.1X, has been through a Working
Group Confirmation Ballot; some further changes to the text will be
necessary, and a further draft will be issued for a second confirmation
ballot in the November/December timeframe. It is expected that the draft will
be issued for Sponsor Ballot early in 2004.
Extension to IEEE 803 VLAN Bridging Technology to
Support Service Provision
Work under the PAR, IEEE P802.1ad, "Provider Bridges,"
seeks to define the technology needed to support IEEE 802 VLAN technology in
service provision environments. Draft 2.0 has been circulated; it is expected
that a further draft will be circulated in the November/December timeframe
for a second Task Group ballot.
Revision of IEEE 802.1D on Media Access Control (MAC)
P802.1D is currently undergoing a
Sponsor recirculation ballot; it is expected that the project will be
submitted for Standards Board approval at the March meeting of the Standards
P802.1AB was issued for a Task Group ballot in October; the next
draft will be issued for a full Working Group ballot in mid-December.
MAC Security PAR approved
The first Project Authorization Request
(PAR) to be generated out of the Link Security task group was approved by the
Standards Board in September. This project, P802.1AE, covers the work
necessary to define a secure frame format for LAN technologies. It is
expected that an initial draft of this project will be issued for Task Group
ballot in December.
”Key Agreement” PAR
The second Project Authorization Request
(PAR) to be generated out of the Link Security task group was approved for
forwarding to the Standards Board. This project, P802.1AF, extends
IEEE Std 802.1X (Port-based Network Access Control) to establish security
associations for 802.1AE MAC Security, and provide media access method
independent association discovery.
P802b completed Sponsor ballot
P802b, which is an extension to Standard 802, the Overview and Architecture
standard, to define registration procedures for Object Identifiers, has
successfully completed its Sponsor ballot. A small number of editorial
changes will be made and the draft recirculated, after which it will be
submitted to the Standards Board for final approval.
Fault Management PAR
Work has started on the development of a PAR for Connectivity Fault
Management. This piece of work has been prompted by the needs of supporting
the “Provider Bridging” (P802.1ad) work; however, it is anticipated that the
tools developed as part of this project will be of utility in more
conventional LAN installations as well.
Upcoming IEEE 802.1
* 12-16 January 2004, Interim Meeting in Vancouver, BC, Canada.
* 15-19 March 2004 -- IEEE Plenary Meeting in Orlando, FL, USA
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