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Mockapetris Receives ACM Software System Award

By USC Viterbi School of Engineering

August 28, 2020

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ACM has named Paul Mockapetris to receive the 2019 ACM Software System Award for his development of the Domain Name System (DNS) while working at the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute (ISI).

Mockapetris created the first Simple Mail Transfer Protocol email server, and proposed the DNS architecture and its initial deployment in 1983.

DNS is the basis for dozens of applications, and all online users rely on DNS whenever accessing a Web URL or sending email, because the system converts the first part of the URL to the numeric address for pinpointing the Web page.

ISI's John Heidemann said, "It's part of everything from your local pizza store's website to the infrastructure that sends every email. The basic protocol Mockapetris established is still there."

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