Paul V. Mockapetris (born 1948 in Boston, Massachusetts, US) is an American computer scientist and Internet pioneer, who invented the Internet Domain Name System (DNS).

Paul V. Mockapetris
Paul Mockapetris in Barcelona in 2013
Born1948 (age 75–76)
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Alma materMassachusetts Institute of Technology
University of California at Irvine
Known forInventing the Domain Name System
Scientific career
FieldsComputer Science

Education edit

Mockapetris graduated from the Boston Latin School in 1966, received his bachelor's degrees in physics and electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1971 and his doctorate in information and computer science from the University of California at Irvine in 1982.[1][2]

Career edit

In 1983, he proposed a Domain Name System architecture in RFC 882 and RFC 883. He had recognized the problem in the early Internet (then ARPAnet) of holding name to address translations in a single table on the hosts file of an operating system. Instead he proposed a distributed and dynamic DNS database: essentially DNS as it exists today.[1][2]

Achievements edit

Mockapetris is a fellow of the IEEE and the Association for Computing Machinery. He:[1][2]

  • joined the Information Sciences Institute (ISI) of the University of Southern California (USC) in 1978, where he:
    • developed the first SMTP email server,
    • proposed the DNS architecture in 1983,
    • wrote the first DNS implementation (called "Jeeves") for the TOPS-20 in 1983,
    • served as director of the high performance computing and communications division;
  • was program manager for networking at the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) of the U.S. Department of Defense from 1990 to 1993;
  • served as chair of the Research Working Group of the U.S. Federal Networking Council;
  • served as chair of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) from 1994 to 1996;
  • was a member of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) in 1994 and 1995;
  • worked for several Internet-related companies: employee number two at @Home (1995–1997), (1997–1998) (now OpenWave), Fiberlane (now Cisco), Cerent/Siara (now Redback Networks) (1998–1999), Urban Media (1999–2001), and NU Domain (from 1999);
  • was Chief Scientist and chairman of the Board of IP address infrastructure software provider Nominum (1999 to 2016).
  • is currently Chief Scientist at ThreatSTOP.

Awards edit

Requests for Comments (RFCs) edit

  • RFC 1035 - Domain Names - Implementation and Specification, November 1987
  • RFC 1034 - Domain Names - Concepts and Facilities, November 1987
  • RFC 973 - Domain System Changes and Observations, January 1986 (obsoleted by 1034 and 1035)
  • RFC 883 - Domain Names - Implementation and Specification, November 1983 (updated by 973, obsoleted by 1034 and 1035)
  • RFC 882 - Domain Names - Concepts and Facilities, November 1983 (updated by 973, obsoleted by 1034 and 1035)

References edit

  1. ^ a b c "ISI Names Dr. Paul Mockapetris Visiting Scholar" Archived 2012-08-26 at the Wayback Machine, Information Sciences Institute, University of Southern California, 27 March 2003
  2. ^ a b c "Paul Mockapetris", Biology Daily, 19 August 2006
  3. ^ "Personal Achievement – Network Engineering: Paul Mockapetris for DNS Design and Implementation" Archived 2007-09-28 at the Wayback Machine, John C. Dvorak Telecommunications Excellence Awards, 1997
  4. ^ "Alumni association to present Lauds & Laurels" Archived 2006-09-07 at the Wayback Machine, UCINews, April 2002
  5. ^ "IEEE Internet Award Recipients", Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, accessed 20 September 2012
  6. ^ a b "ACM Software System Award (USA - 2019)". Association for Computing Machinery. Retrieved 17 August 2021.
  7. ^ "SIGCOMM Award Recipients". ACM SIGCOMM. Retrieved April 8, 2012.
  8. ^ "SIGCOMM Test of Time". ACM SIGCOMM. Retrieved August 16, 2013.
  9. ^ "2012 Internet Hall of Fame Inductees", Internet Hall of Fame, Internet Society. Accessed April 24, 2012
  10. ^ "Paul Mockapetris invested Honoris Causa (Spanish)", UMH communications. Accessed February 7, 2013

External links edit

Preceded by IETF Chair
Succeeded by