December IPNSIG Newsletter

Dear IPNSIG members,

As we are closely approaching the closure of this year, I am proud to share the highlights of IPNSIG activities in 2021.  As you may be following, our focus and scope has broadened significantly this year to realize our vision of expanding networking to interplanetary space.

Here are some of the takeaways from this year:

  • IPNSIG vision and mission statement

The IPNSIG renewed our vision and mission statement to articulate our roles in the endeavors toward expanding networking to space. We stay committed to pursue these goals together with the membership.  You can find the latest statement here.

  • Strategy and Roadmap development

Looking 100 years ahead, the IPNSIG published a report titled Strategy Toward a Solar System Internet For Humanity”, which became the first attempt for IPNSIG to lay out strategic efforts toward the realization of a Solar System Internet (SSI). Our next steps would be to communicate the roadmap with the various stakeholders and shape the future together toward a common SSI structure that would benefit humanity.

  • Pilot Projects to mature DTN technology

During 2021, the IPNSIG Pilot Projects Working Group with members of several continents, has developed technologies to test and refine the Delay and Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN) protocols that will permit an Interplanetary Internet to be used in Earth and Space. The projects have included connecting cloud systems on DTN, DTN multicasting and video transmission, DTN routing, usage of Artificial Intelligence and Internet of Things on DTN and Applications Development using DTN. The deployment of a Global DTN Testing Plan to test the DTN protocols on Earth as well as Space, is in process, and the ssi@home project is planned to permit users to test the Interplanetary Internet communications technology from their home in the near future. If you would like to be updated on these projects please send us a message from here.

  • Outreach and communications

We hosted three webinar events this calendar year.

  1. In February, we hosted an online workshop: “How to build a sustainable IPN”.
  2. In June, we hosted a webinar: “Communicating over Extreme Distances’’, presented by Dr. Don M. Boroson from the Lincoln Laboratory at MIT.
  3. Earlier in December, we hosted a webinar presentation by Dr. Lara Suzuki: “Recent Firsts in DTN Research”.

In October, we performed a successful emergency migration of our website to a new hosting service provider. We now have a more robust platform that is backed up daily. In January, we will be migrating to a Virtual Private Server, providing dedicated compute and storage services.

  • Technical documentation library

An extensive collection of papers, articles, presentations, etc. pertaining to delay-tolerant networking and the solar system internet has been assembled and organized for easy access and research.  The library is built on the Zotero platform and is updated on an ongoing basis by members of the Technical Documentation Working Group.  To start using this helpful information resource, look here.

The other good news is that the IPNSIG has passed the ISOC peer review which was our initial milestone toward becoming the ISOC Interplanetary Chapter! We are now a Chapter in Formation. We have submitted documentation to the State of California to incorporate and also to the IRS to secure an EIN. As soon as we receive our package from the State, we will start the process of qualifying as a U.S. 501(c)3 non-profit organization. 

We will keep you updated as we progress.

And in 2022, the board decided to launch a new educational program called the “IPNSIG Academy” and the “Architecture and Governance Working Group (AWG)” that would push us forward to promote our Vision & Mission.  Stay tuned for more details in the coming year.

Lastly, we wish you a safe, enjoyable and peaceful holiday season and I look forward to working together in 2022!

Thank you.

Yosuke Kaneko

IPNSIG Chairman