Adrian Farrel

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


Adrian Farrel is the co-chair of the IETF's:[1] L2VPN Service Model (L2SM) working group.[2] He was previously a Routing Area Director in the IETF,[3][4] and was sponsored for this activity by Juniper Networks. Formerly he was co-chair of five IETF working groups, namely the L3VPN Service Model (L3SM) working group,[5] the Interface to Network Service Functions (I2NSF) 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] On 18 October 2017 he was appointed Independent Submission Editor (ISE) for the RFC Editor to serve for two years beginning on 15 February 2018.[13]

He has also co-edited a special edition of the IEEE Communications Magazine on GMPLS and is the author of a number of books.[14]

He was a founder[15] of Aria Networks Ltd.,[16] who manufacture sophisticated, next-generation network modelling, path computation, and optimisation tools for MPLS, GMPLS, and IP networks, and served as their Chief Technology Officer for two years. He also runs a consulting company[17] specialising 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,[18] and research papers.[19]

From 2008 to 2011 Adrian served as a Trustee and member of the Standing Board of the Llangollen International Eisteddfod[20]

Farrel was on the Technical Program Committee for the 15th Annual Conference MPLS in 2012 and again in 2014[21] as one of two Routing Area Directors in the Internet Engineering Task Force.[22]

Other activities

Adrian Farrel is a member of the Pirate Party UK, and since 4 July 2015 has been an elected Governor of the party.[23] On 14 December 2016 he was appointed Chair of the Board of Governors.[24]

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



  1. IETF home page, "IETF"
  2. L2VPN Service Model (L2SM)
  3. IETF Area Director Biographic Information
  4. Past IESG Members and IETF Chairs
  5. L3VPN Service Model (L3SM)
  6. Interface to Network Service Functions (I2NSF)
  7. Common Control and Measurement Plane (ccamp) Template:Webarchive
  8. IETF's Working Group, Path Computation Element (pce)
  9. IETF's Working Group Layer 1 Virtual Private Networks (l1vpn) Template:Webarchive
  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. IAB appoints Adrian Farrel as Independent Submission Editor (ISE) [2]
  14. Amazon index for Adrian Farrel
  15. Companies House register of officers for Aria Networks
  16. Aria Networks
  17. Old Dog Consulting
  18. IEEE Communication Magazine July 2005 Vol.43 No.7
  19. IEEE Communication Magazine October 2007 Vol.45 No.10 Template:Webarchive
  20. Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
  21. "Technical Program Committee Biographies". Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  22. "Technical Program Committee Biographies". Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  23. "The Board". Retrieved 5 August 2015. 
  24. "Board Minutes". Retrieved 14 December 2016. 
  25. Tales from the Wood BlogTemplate:Primary source inline