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Joseph Noel Chiappa
1956 (age 61–62)
As a staff researcher and Internet technology pioneer at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science, Chiappa invented the multi-protocol router. In addition to wide use at MIT, that router was later used at Stanford in 1982; other multi-protocol routers at Stanford were implemented independently by William Yeager. The MIT multi-protocol router became the basis of the multi-protocol router from Proteon, Inc., the first commercially available multi-protocol router (January, 1986).
Chiappa designed the original version of Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP). He is acknowledged in several other RFC's, such as RFC-826, RFC-919, RFC-950 and others. He has worked extensively on the Locator/Identifier Separation Protocol (LISP).
From 2012, Chiappa was working on long-term issues in both the Internet Research Task Force and Internet Engineering Task Force and its predecessors; he served as the Area Director for Internet Services of the Internet Engineering Steering Group from 1987-1992.
As of 2016, Chiappa was preparing to write iMucs, a Multics-like operating system.
Among many non-technical interests, he is particularly interested in Japanese woodblock prints, and helps maintain online catalogue raisonnés for two major woodblock artists, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi and Utagawa Hiroshige II.
- Chiappa, Noel. "Brief biography of J. Noel Chiappa". Retrieved November 1, 2016.
- Valley of the Nerds: Who Really Invented the Multiprotocol Router, and Why Should We Care?, Public Broadcasting Service, Accessed August 11, 2007.
- Router Man, NetworkWorld, Accessed June 22, 2007.
- David D. Clark, "M.I.T. Campus Network Implementation", CCNG-2, Campus Computer Network Group, M.I.T., Cambridge, 1982; pp. 26.
- History lesson: The origins of wiki, blog and other high-tech lingo
- RFC 783: THE TFTP PROTOCOL (REVISION 2) June 1981, Obsoleted by RFC-1350 July 1992
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