IEEE P802.11ak - GENERAL LINK TASK GROUP - MEETING UPDATE


Status of IEEE 802.11ak Task Group

Enhancements For Transit Links Within Bridged Networks

Donald E. Eastlake 3rd, Chair and Editor
Mark Hamilton, Vice-Chair
Norman Finn, Vice-Editor
vacant, Secretary

Background

There are a large number of new products including home entertainment systems and industrial control equipment that have both an IEEE 802.11 wireless station capability and a wired IEEE 802.3 Ethernet capability. IEEE 802.11 has media operating in the gigabit per second range and has standardized security and quality of service improvements. These developments raise a demand for bridging of IEEE 802.11 media to the same level as other media can be bridged: as media internal to the network as well as media offering access to the network.

This effort is being coordinated with the parallel 802.1Qbz and 802.1AC-REV projects both of which have completed. IEEE Std 802.1Qbz-2016 and IEEE Std 802.1Qbz-2016 have been published.

Goals

To amend the 802.11 standard so as to provide protocols, procedures, and managed objects that enhance the ability of IEEE P802.11 media to provide internal connections as transit links within IEEE Std 802.1Q bridged networks.

Status

Draft P802.11ak_D4.0 has passed Sponsor Ballot with 90% approval. (Draft P802.11ak_D1.0 passed 802.11 Working Group Letter Ballot with 85% approval and Draft P802.11ak_D2.0 passed recirculation ballot with 91% approval. Draft P802.11ak_D3.0 pass 802.11 Working Group Letter Ballot with 94% approval.)

For recent submissions, minutes, and reports, see here.


May 2017, Daejeon, Korea

Key Documents

Achievements

The initial Sponsor Ballot on P802.11ak Draft 4.0 ran until Thursday of the meeting week. Some work was done on early submitted comments. A motion was passed by TGak and the 802.11 WG to liaise Draft 4.0 to ISO/IEC JTC1/SC6.

  • Scheduled Teleconferences:

    July 2017 plans


    March 2017, Vancouver, British Columbia

    Key Documents

    Achievements

    TGak entered the week with the 7 comments from recirculation LB227 unresolved. Early in the week, it resolved all of these comments and produced D4.0. Recirculation ballot #229 on D4.0 was initiated and TGak was conditionally approved to go to Sponsor Ballot. Received and discussed the following submisions:

  • Scheduled Teleconferences:

    May 2017 plans


    January 2017, Atlanta, Georgia

    Key Documents

    Achievements

    TGak entered the week with the 57 comments from recirculation LB227 unresolved. During the week, it resolved 49 of these comments. Met jointly with 802.11 ARC SC and 802.1 Thursday AM1. Received and discussed comment resoltion related sumbissions lited below.

  • Scheduled Teleconferences:

    March 2017 plans


    November 2016, San Antonio, Texas

    Key Documents

    Achievements

    Entered the week with only 12 of the 346 comments from WG recirculation ballot LB218 unresolved. During the week, all 12 were resolved and the Task Group and WG have approved the creation of a Draft 3.0 and a WG recirculation ballot. Met jointly with 802.11 ARC SC Thurday AM1. Received and discussed comment resoltion related sumbissions lited below.

  • Scheduled Teleconferences Joint with IEEE 802.1Qbz General Link Task Group at:

    January 2017 plans


    September 2016, Warsaw, Poland

    Key Documents

    Achievements

    Met jointly with 802.11 ARC SC Thursday AM1. Adjusted our timeline by moving remaining dates out by two months and final milestone out by 4 months. TGak entered the week with 73 of the 346 comments from recirculation LB218 unresolved. During the week, it resolved 61 comments leaving 12 comments unresolved. Received and discussed comment resoltion related sumbissions lited below.

  • Scheduled Teleconferences Joint with IEEE 802.1Qbz General Link Task Group at:

    November 2016 plans


    July 2016, San Deigo, California

    Key Documents

    Achievements

    Resolved additional comments from recirculation LS 218. As of the end of the meeting, 294 (85%) out of 346 comments had been resolved. Adjusted TGak timeline. Reaffirmed CSD and requeste PAR extension. Met jointly with 802.11 ARC SC. Discussed some architectural questions including "What is an ESS?" Received and discussed comment resoltion related sumbissions lited below.

  • Scheduled Teleconferences Joint with IEEE 802.1Qbz General Link Task Group at:

    September 2016 plans


    May 2016, Waikoloa, Hawai'i

    Key Documents

    Achievements

    Resolved additional comments from recirculation LS 218. As of the end of the meeting, 227 out of 346 comments had been resolved. Met jointly with 802.11 ARC SC. Discussed some architectural questions including "What is an ESS?" Did not receive any presentations of submissions.

  • Scheduled Teleconferences Joint with IEEE 802.1Qbz General Link Task Group at:

    July 2016 plans


    March 2016, Macau, China

    Key Documents

    Achievements

    Resolved 141 of the 346 comments from recirculation LS 218. Met jointly with 802.1 TSN and 802.11 ARC SC. Received and discussed the submissions listed below.

  • Future Teleconferences Joint with the IEEE 802.1 General Link Study Group

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