Adrian Farrel

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Adrian Farrel is a British engineer and author, specializing in developing computer network protocols for the Internet.


Adrian Farrel is the co-chair of two IETF working groups:[1] the L2VPN Service Model (L2SM) working group [2] and the Interface to Network Security Functions (I2NSF) working group.[3] He was previously a Routing Area Director in the IETF,[4][5] and was sponsored for this activity by Juniper Networks. Formerly he was co-chair of four IETF working groups, namely the L3VPN Service Model (L3SM) working group,[6] CCAMP,[7] PCE,[8] and L1VPN,[9] which are responsible for developing GMPLS and MPLS related standards. He has authored or co-authored more than 50 Request for Comments (RFCs) the IETF's standards documents [10] making him equal 10th most prolific author in the IETF [11] with an h-index of 12.[12]

He has also co-edited a special edition of the IEEE Communications Magazine on GMPLS and is the author of a number of books.[13]

He was a founder[14] of Aria Networks Ltd.,[15] who manufacture sophisticated, next-generation network modeling, path computation, and optimization tools for MPLS, GMPLS, and IP networks, and served as their Chief Technology Officer for two years. He also runs a consulting company[16] specializing in MPLS and GMPLS. Previously he was an MPLS architect and development manager at software house Data Connection Ltd., and director of protocol development for Movaz Networks Inc. He is also author of guest editorials,[17] and research papers.[18]

From 2008 to 2011 Adrian served as a Trustee and member of the Standing Board of the Llangollen International Eisteddfod[19]

Farrel was on the Technical Program Committee for the 15th Annual Conference MPLS in 2012 and again in 2014[20] as one of two Routing Area Directors in the Internet Engineering Task Force.[21]

Other activities[edit]

Adrian Farrel is a member of the Pirate Party UK, and since 4 July 2015 has been an elected Governor of the party.[22] On 14 December 2016 he was appointed Chair of the Board of Governors.[23]

Adrian has also authored two volumes of fairy tales[24][25] and blogs about fairy tales and fairy stories.[26]



  1. ^ IETF home page, "IETF"
  2. ^ L2VPN Service Model (L2SM)
  3. ^ Interface to Network Security Functions (I2NSF)
  4. ^ IETF Area Director Biographic Information
  5. ^ Past IESG Members and IETF Chairs
  6. ^ L3VPN Service Model (L3SM)
  7. ^ IETF's Working Group, Common Control and Measurement Plane (ccamp) Archived November 9, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ IETF's Working Group, Path Computation Element (pce)
  9. ^ IETF's Working Group Layer 1 Virtual Private Networks (l1vpn) Archived October 20, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ IETF RFCs Co-authored by Adrian Farrel
  11. ^ Distribution of IETF Authors According to How Many Documents They Have Published [1]
  12. ^ IETF Author Impact Factors
  13. ^ Amazon index for Adrian Farrel
  14. ^ Companies House register of officers for Aria Networks
  15. ^ Aria Networks
  16. ^ Old Dog Consulting
  17. ^ IEEE Communication Magazine July 2005 Vol.43 No.7
  18. ^ IEEE Communication Magazine October 2007 Vol.45 No.10 Archived February 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
  19. ^ Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
  20. ^ "Technical Program Committee Biographies". 17th Annual Conference SDN/MPLS. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  21. ^ "Technical Program Committee Biographies". 15th Annual Conference MPLS 2012. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  22. ^ "The Board". Pirate Party UK. Retrieved 5 August 2015. 
  23. ^ "Board Minutes". Pirate Party UK. Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  24. ^ Tales from the Wood
  25. ^ More Tales from the Wood
  26. ^ Tales from the Wood Blog
  27. ^ "More Tales from the Wood". FeedARead. Retrieved 20 September 2016. 
  28. ^ "Tales from the Wood". Amazon. Retrieved 8 October 2015. 
  29. ^ "Network Management: Know It All". Amazon. Retrieved 5 August 2015. 
  30. ^ "The Internet and Its Protocols: A Comparative Approach". Amazon. Retrieved 5 August 2015.