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

Announcing Architecture and Governance Working Group in 2022

IPNSIG members,

The IPNSIG will launch the Architecture and Governance Working Group (AWG) in 2022.  

We would like to invite participation from the membership who would be passionate about helping us with the Working Group activity. We envision one member who would bring in valuable insights to the Working Group and willing to provide secretariat support (mainly documentation support).

For more details about the AWG, please refer to the document here .

If you are interested, please let us know who you are, and how you might contribute (your expertise) by providing a message to the following email address by January 21, 2022.


Yosuke Kaneko

IPNSIG Chairman

DTN Research Webinar Coming Soon!

Our DTN Research Webinar featuring Dr. Lara Suzuki is coming this Friday! The webinar is free, but you must register to attend.

IPNSIG Presents: Recent Firsts in DTN Research—a webinar presentation by Dr. Lara Suzuki (Google)

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Dec 10, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

You must register in advance for this webinar:

https://isoc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FijFBAnPQ2OPn0VdJO5A1w You will receive a confirming email with a link to the webinar.

More information about the presentation content is available at: https://ipnsig.org/2021/11/16/webinar-coming-soon-dtn-research-summary/

Speaker and moderator bios are available at:https://ipnsig.org/2021/11/29/dtn-research-webinar-presenter-and-moderator-bios/

Hope to see you there!

Register Now for DTN Research Webinar

IPNSIG Presents: Recent Firsts in DTN Research—a webinar presentation by Dr. Lara Suzuki (Google)

You are invited to a Zoom webinar.

When: Dec 10, 2021 02:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

You must register in advance for this webinar:

https://isoc.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_FijFBAnPQ2OPn0VdJO5A1w You will receive a confirming email with a link to the webinar.

More information about the presentation content is available at: https://ipnsig.org/2021/11/16/webinar-coming-soon-dtn-research-summary/

Speaker and moderator bios are available at:https://ipnsig.org/2021/11/29/dtn-research-webinar-presenter-and-moderator-bios/

Hope to see you there!

DTN Research Webinar Presenter and Moderator Bios

Webinar coming soon: DTN Research Summary. Registration site will be published soon!

IPNSIG Presents: Recent Firsts in DTN Research—a webinar presentation by Dr. Lara Suzuki (Google)

Date: December 10, 2021

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST

Your Presenter: Dr. Lara Suzuki

Professor Dr Larissa Suzuki (EUR ING BSc MPhil PhD CEng FRSA FIET AFHEA IntPE) is a computer scientist, engineer, inventor, entrepreneur, and philanthropist. Her career includes over 16 years working in engineering. She is currently the Data and AI Practice Lead at Google Cloud, and works with Google internet evangelist Dr Vint Cerf at Nasa with ESA and Jaxa engineers, and academics developing the Interplanetary Internet. 

Her career in engineering started at the age of 16. At the age of 21 I founded her first business, and at age of 22 she became a University Lecturer teaching in BSc in Computer Science and in MBA programs. Dr Suzuki has contributed to the advancement of many fields of engineering, including smart cities, AI and Machine Learning, Interplanetary Internet, Emerging Technologies (e.g. Mixed Reality, IoT), and computing applied to medicine (cancer diagnosis), and operations research.

Her previous career experiences includes senior appointments such as Director of Product Management at Oracle, Head of Data Science at Founders4Schools/Workfinder, Senior Project Manager at London Government, TfL and other work experiences at European Commission, ARUP, IBM, University Labs (UCL, MIT, Lancaster, USP), Smar, Bank of Brazil.

Her continuing academic work is as Associate Professor and guest Lecturer at University College London, University of Quebec and University of Oxford. 

Dr Suzuki has received numerous awards, grants and recognitions from the Royal Academy of Engineering, MIT, Intel, Google, ACM, IET, Heidelberg Laureate Forum Foundation, Microsoft Research, EPSRC, among many others for my contributions to industry and international science.

She’s published several research papers in academic journals, books and conferences, is a frequent Keynote, conference and panel speaker. She currently serves as a member of the Search and Nominations committee of the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, and the Diversity and Inclusion Committee of the Royal Academy of Engineering.

Your Moderator: Vint Cerf

Vint is Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist
with Google

At Google, Vint Cerf contributes to global policy and business development and continued spread of the Internet. Widely known as one of the “Fathers of the Internet,” Cerf is the co-designer of the TCP/IP protocols and the architecture of the Internet. He has served in executive positions at the Internet Society, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, the American Registry for Internet Numbers, MCI, the Corporation for National Research Initiatives and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and on the faculty of Stanford University. Vint Cerf sat on the US National Science Board and is a Visiting Scientist at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Cerf is a Foreign Member of the Royal Society and Swedish Academy of Engineering, Fellow of the IEEE, ACM, American Association for the advancement of Science, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, British Computer Society, Worshipful Companies of Information Technologists and Stationers and is a member of the National Academies of Engineering and Science. Cerf is a recipient of numerous awards and commendations in connection with his work on the Internet, including the US Presidential Medal of Freedom, US National Medal of Technology, the Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering, the Prince of Asturias Award, the Japan Prize, the Charles Stark Draper award, the ACM Turing Award, the Legion d’Honneur and 29 honorary degrees.

Webinar coming soon: DTN Research Summary

IPNSIG Presents: Recent Firsts in DTN Research—a webinar presentation by Dr. Lara Suzuki (Google)

Date: December 10, 2021

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST

Admission is free, but you must register for the event. An announcement will be going up soon on ipnsig.org with a link to the registration site.

Vint Cerf will introduce Dr. Suzuki and moderate a short question and answer session following the presentation.

IPNSIG member Dr. Lara Suzuki has been working on a number of firsts in Delay & Disruption Tolerant Networking (DTN). These include:

  • First time connecting multiple clouds via DTN
  • First time connecting clouds and loT devices and microcontrollers using multiple protocol implementations (MOTT, uD3TN, ION)
  • First time streaming video via multicasting over DTN
  • First time using DTN with Kubernetes Engine Service
  • First time performing federated queries over DTN on multiple clouds

Lara will be discussing the research above and also providing 14 Functioning Demos in a multi-cloud and multi-protocol environment. These demos include examples of AI and Machine Learning on multiple distributions of DTN.

In addition to obvious applications to space exploration, this work will also be foundational in scaling terrestrial implementations of DTN networks that will allow realistic testing of network management and network security functions.

Speaker and moderator bios will be published soon on ipnsig.org.

IPNSIG Website Refreshed

IPNSIG.ORG has a new look and feel. We are on a new hosting platform running the latest software versions, so we hope to experience significantly better stability and availability.

We hope you like the new look and feel. Please bear with us as we continue to make incremental improvements over the next few weeks.

November Newsletter

The IETF DTN Working group is meeting next Friday, 11 November, at 0700-0900 EDT.

Remote registration for a single day is $125 ($50 for students). You may register here.

The agenda for this meeting is:

  • Admin, Chairs, 10 mins.
  • Charter and Milestone Overview and Discussion, 20 mins.
    • DTN Chairs
  • BPv7 Types Registry Extension, 15 mins.
    • Brian Sipos
  • BPv7 Wireshark Dissector Review and Demonstration, 10 mins
    • Brian Sipos
  • BPSec COSE Security Context Status, 10mins
    • Brian Sipos
  • BPSec Policy Best Practices and Demonstration, 15 mins
    • Sarah Heiner
  • Asynchronous Management Architecture Updates, 15 mins
    • Emery Annis
  • Challenged Network Management Tooling, 10 mins
    • Sarah Helble
  • Any other business / Open Mic, 15 mins

This meeting (and upcoming ones) are our opportunity to express the requirements / needs of the space community to IETF as they evolve the commercial DTN standards. The Consultative Committee for Space Data Systems (CCSDS) often seeks to profile the commercial standards for use in space and strives for interoperability with them. Ensuring that the IETF standards can accommodate the needs of the space community is critical to advancing the status and interoperability of the systems that will form the Solar System Internet (SSI).

October Newsletter

IPNSIG Library Announcement 

Ginny Spicer, IPNSIG Technical Documentation Working Group Member

Part of the IPNSIG’s mission to expand networking to interplanetary space is to promote DTN technology and facilitate its maturation. It is this mission that has led the IPNSIG Technical Documentation Working Group (TDWG) to create a technical documentation library. We are pleased to announce the IPNSIG Library and share it with you for perusal, research, and inspiration. I recently spoke to two of our IPNSIG board members, Vint Cerf and Scott Burleigh (Technical Documentation Working Group Lead), about the reasoning behind this library and the vision for its future.

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Visit the IPNSIG Library here: https://www.zotero.org/groups/2726293/ipnsig_technical_documentation_working_group_ipnsig_td_wg/collections/Z9DUXUY8 

This project advances access to relevant technical information for everyone involved in interplanetary or terrestrial DTN. We have gathered references to journal articles, conference papers, video presentations, books, blog posts, and more. From ant colony optimization to the ZebraNet, resources are searchable, organized, tagged, and given proper attribution. 

The library is hosted in Zotero™, which enables you to easily locate items of interest, generate citations, and copy sections of the library to your own reference manager. 

The IPNSIG Library currently has over 200 items related to the interplanetary networking initiative, the Solar System Internet, DTN security, and DTN protocol implementations. Resources include complete descriptions, language codes, and tags to help you find useful and relevant information easily. 

As new DTN research and implementations occur, we will add references to their documentation to the library so that everyone can benefit. If you find a new resource to add to the IPNSIG Library, please email the resource link to library@ipnsig.org.

Come browse through the library to learn about the future of the Interplanetary Internet and some of the incredible uses of DTN.