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RE: [EFM] Special Session in New Orleans


I'm sorry that I won't be able to attend in New Orleans. It's a shame
that this topic is coming up at an 802.3 interim meeting - I believe
that it is more of a full-802-plenary type of issue. It would have been
great to get some of the key 802.11i people to these sessions - there is
a lot of commonality between 802.11i's "shared media" issues and those
that (some) people want to see solved in EFM: it would be a shame to
have them ignore each other's work and end up e.g. with very different
layering models that might preclude much re-use of ideas, paper and/or
code. Hopefully there will be some people present at your sessions who
are familiar with the work already done by 802.1 and 802.11 in this

[Aside: the above is a PC way of saying that I don't think you should
let the EFM task force get distracted by this *huge* can of worms that
has very little 802.3-specific in it].


Andrew Smith

-----Original Message-----
[] On Behalf Of Howard
Sent: Friday, August 30, 2002 2:11 PM
Subject: [EFM] Special Session in New Orleans

Dear Members of the IEEE 802.3ah EFM Task Force,

As most of you are aware, we have discussed the topics
of security and encryption at our last two meetings,
particularly as these topics relate to Point To MultiPoint
(P2MP) EFM topologies.  There is a group of
individuals who are very interested in continuing these
discussions, and they have requested that time be
allocated for these topics at our upcoming meeting
in New Orleans.

The P2MP sub task force within 802.3ah will have a
great deal of work to do in New Orleans, and they
must use their meeting time to review the material in
draft D1, and address the comments that will be
submitted.  It is also clear that the topics of security
and encryption are of interest to individuals who normally
spend their time in other sub task forces. Therefore, I
have decided to schedule a special session of the task
force, devoted to these topics, on the evenings of Tuesday,
October 1st, and Wednesday October 2nd.  This
message is the formal announcement of the session,
sent in fulfillment of our 30 days notice requirement.

The discussion will be lead by Dolors Sala, who has
graciously (and bravely) volunteered for the job. We
will meet from 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm on each of the two
evenings, in the Grand Ballroom at the Astor Crowne
Plaza hotel. Dolors plans to follow the general agenda
of discussing threats, requirements and scope on Tuesday
night, followed by technical proposals, organization, and
next steps on Wednesday night.

You are welcome to attend this session. You must
contact Dolors ( dolors@xxxxxxxxxxxx ), if
you would like to make a presentation at the session.

I look forward to seeing you in New Orleans!

Howard Frazier
Chair, IEEE 802.3ah EFM Task Force