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6TiSCH plugfest at IETF89

The IETF 6TiSCH working group is hosting an informal "plugfest" event at the IETF89 meeting, in London, UK, during the week of March 2-7 2014.

The goal of this event is to bring together people interested in hands-on experience around the technology developed by the 6TiSCH working group, with a particular focus on the TSCH mode of IEEE802.15.4e.

  • Date: Thursday March 6 2014, 0900-1200 GMT.
  • Location: Hilton Meeting Room 1-4, Hilton London Metropole, London, UK.

Early access: the plugfest room will be open starting 8am GMT on March 6 2014 to allow people to set up.

This event will feature the following complementary angles:

  • interoperation
  • demonstration
  • tools

Focus 1: Interoperation

Download the interoperation guidelines:

The goal is to achieve interoperation between different hardware and software implementations of 6TiSCH technology. The focus during this event is on

Participants are encouraged to bring devices which implement parts or all of the draft. Three levels of interoperation are proposed, in increasing completeness:

  • Level 1, star topology. A single BBR devices acts as the time source neighbor for all other nodes. Nodes need to demonstrate frame-based and acknowledgement-based synchronization. The static TSCH schedule, as well as all slot timings are taken from draft-ietf-6tisch-minimal-00.
  • Level 2, multi-hop topology. This level builds upon level 1. The goal of this level is full compliance to draft-ietf-6tisch-minimal-00, including multi-hop routing (RPL).
  • Level 3, on-the-fly scheduling. [optional] Preliminary implementations of can be shown.

Focus 2: Demonstration

Participants are encouraged to bring devices and technology based on 6TiSCH, which they believe can be of interest for the other participants. These devices may or may not participate in the interoperation event. Demonstration of more complete systems are encouraged, for example systems which show the interconnection of a 6TiSCH based mesh to traditional networks.

Focus 3: Tools

Participants are encouraged to bring and present different tools developed around 6TiSCH networks. Possible tools include, but are not limited to:

  • acquisition devices (i.e. "sniffers")
  • packet analysis tools (e.g. Wireshark)
  • simulation/emulation platforms

Important Dates

The preparation of this event will be held during a portion of the weekly 6TiSCH call. In particular:

  • 01/10/2014 call. Adoption of the plugfest call by the WG, and nomination of the plugfest chair.
  • 01/24/2014 call. Participants have contacted the plugfest chair with a tentative description of what they wish to participate in.
  • 02/07/2014 call. Synchronization point 1. Participants can share the state of advancement of the implementation and raise blocking points.
  • 02/21/2014 call. Synchronization point 2. Participants can share the state of advancement of the implementation and raise blocking points.
  • 03/06/2014. Plugfest at IETF89.

Tentative Agenda

  • [09.00] Welcome and Initial Instructions
  • [09.05] Minimal 6TiSCH draft overview
  • [09.15] Participants Pitch (5min per Participant)
  • [09.45] Participants Pitch Tools (5min per Participant)
  • [10.15] Interoperation (Islands)
  • [11.30] Brainstorm, ideas, discussion and wrap up slides for WG meeting
  • [12.00] Acknowledgements and Plugfest End

For More Information

Note Well

This event is organized as part of the IETF89 standardization meeting. You need to register to the IETF89 conference to be able to participate. Daily passes are available. The IETF Note Well applies to this plugfest, see


The IETF 6TiSCH working group standardizes mechanisms focusing on enabling IPv6 over the TSCH mode of the IEEE802.15.4e standard. You can access the charter at, which also contains links to the mailing list and the Internet-Drafts published by the group. 6TiSCH holds weekly phone calls on Friday 8am PST. Participation is open, and is subject to the IETF Note Well.