On Thu, Dec 14, 2000 at 02:36:18PM -0800, Dave Crocker wrote:
For an industry that has been predicated on queuing theory that permits
managing data traffic through moments of transient congestion, the idea
that the best way to achieve Quality of Service is simply to throw excess
bandwidth at the problem is quaint.
On the other hand, that simplistic congestion control approach has some
appeal for planning IETF meeting capacity.
Rather than trying to carefully provide "enough" meeting room capacity for
expected attendance, what would be the effect of reserving *too much*
capacity for our meetings?
there are other solutions, of course. Besides an "admission examination"
for attendants, "right" choice of the venue may cut attendance. Think at
how many people would have come to Minneapolis in December. (On the
downside, those people would have not gone outside the hotel, so congestion
could have been even worse)
My personal experience shows that BOFs are the most overcrowded meetings: I
don't know whether this is the result of a biased estimation (nobody knows
in advance who will participate to a BOF, since there is no official
group), but I also believe that people stay there just to see what happens,
and this is much easier than to attend a regular WG meeting, where people
talk about actual drafts (ok, *some* people talk, but the idea is this
one). Maybe a "preparatory mailing list" one month before the meeting may
help to tell the bona fide participants, and allow to give them a "premium