June 29, 2022

Paul Mockapetris receives the Software System Award – USC Viterbi

Paul Mockapetris – Photo credit: IPTC photo metadata

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has named Paul Mockapetris the recipient of the 2019 ACM Software System Award for Domain Name System (DNS) Development. DNS provides the globally distributed directory service which is an essential component of the functionality of the global Internet.

The award is given to an institution or person recognized for the development of a software system that has had a lasting influence, reflected in contributions to the concepts. The Software System Award has a prize of $ 35,000.

Mockapetris joined USC Institute of Information Sciences (ISI) in 1978, and as it developed the first Simple Mail Transfer Protocol mail server, a method of transferring mail from one user to another. He has held several positions at ISI, including that of Director of the High Performance Computing and Communications division (now called the Networks and Cybersecurity division).

Throughout his career, Mockapetris has had a significant impact on the development of the Internet through his research and contributions in the field. Inducted into the Internet Hall of Fame, Mockapetris is also renowned for his early work on distributed systems at UC Irvine and his leadership roles in networking startups.

At ISI, Mockapetris came up with the DNS architecture and its first implementation in 1983. DNS serves as the foundation for dozens of applications, including email and web addresses. All Internet users depend on DNS every time they access a web URL or send an email message because DNS translates the first part of the URL into the numeric address needed to locate the web page.

“DNS was invented at ISI by Mockapetris and his colleagues. Today it’s a core product of hundreds of businesses and organizations – it’s part of everything from your local pizza restaurant’s website to the infrastructure that sends every email, ”said John Heidemann, senior scientist at ISI and DNS researcher. “The basic protocol established by Mockapetris is still there, but even today ISI researchers are exploring and expanding how DNS works to meet new challenges. ”

Posted on August 27, 2020

Last updated on July 1, 2021