Background and History
The IEEE Computer
Society has a variety of technical committees spanning a wide range
of technical areas. While some of these TC have areas which involve
networking such as the TC
on Distributed Processing or TC
on Computer Communications none squarely focus on internetworking.
Communications Society has a formal Technical
Committee on Internetworking. That TC is fairly low-level, with
in networking protocols more than applications.
Therefore, in November 1997, the IEEE-CS Technical
Activities Board approved a new Task Force
Internetworking. After successfully carrying out the goal of the
Task Force, in 1998 it has become a full-fledged Technical Committee
The IEEE Computer Society in involved with standards.
provide help in that effort, and interact with other standards bodies
as the W3C and IETF.