Ralph Droms

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Dr. Droms is a Staff Software Engineer at Google, where he is on the GCP Interconnect team working on hybrid cloud computing. Prior to joining Google, he was a Distinguished Engineer at Cisco, participating in a research project into the application of ICN to IoT and video delivery. He organized the IETF working group that designed DHCP in 1989 and has been active in the IETF in several roles ever since. He is an author of more than 20 RFCs, including many of the core DHCP specifications. Dr. Droms chaired the dhc WG until 2009, when he was selected to be an Internet Area Director in the IESG. In 2015, Dr. Droms was named a member of the IAB.

Dr. Droms was also an editor for the IPv6 requirements in the CableLabs DOCSIS 3.0 specification and contributed to the ZigBee Alliance ZigBee-IP specification. Prior to joining Cisco in 2000, Dr. Droms was a member of the computer science department faculty at Bucknell University and co-director of the Computer Center at Bucknell. He has also been a member of the computer science faculty at Pennsylvania State University, and was on the research staff at both IBM and Burroughs (Unisys). Dr. Droms is a co-author of "The DHCP Handbook". His PhD is in computer science from Purdue University.


Ralph has no active roles as of 2021-06-22.

RFCs (29)

rfc1531 Oct 1993 Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
Cited by 5 RFCs
rfc1533 Oct 1993 DHCP Options and BOOTP Vendor Extensions
Cited by 8 RFCs
rfc1534 Oct 1993 Interoperation Between DHCP and BOOTP
Cited by 6 RFCs
rfc1541 Oct 1993 Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
Cited by 14 RFCs
rfc2131 Mar 1997 Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
Cited by 182 RFCs
rfc2132 Mar 1997 DHCP Options and BOOTP Vendor Extensions
Cited by 92 RFCs
rfc2242 Nov 1997 NetWare/IP Domain Name and Information
Cited by 1 RFC
rfc2489 Jan 1999 Procedure for Defining New DHCP Options
Cited by 2 RFCs
rfc2939 Sep 2000 Procedures and IANA Guidelines for Definition of New DHCP Options and Message Types
Cited by 22 RFCs
rfc3004 Nov 2000 The User Class Option for DHCP
Cited by 3 RFCs
rfc3118 Jun 2001 Authentication for DHCP Messages
Cited by 51 RFCs
rfc3633 Dec 2003 IPv6 Prefix Options for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) version 6
Cited by 66 RFCs
rfc3646 Dec 2003 DNS Configuration options for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol for IPv6 (DHCPv6)
Cited by 31 RFCs
rfc3679 Jan 2004 Unused Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Option Codes
Cited by 3 RFCs
rfc3736 Apr 2004 Stateless Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Service for IPv6
Cited by 33 RFCs
rfc3769 Jun 2004 Requirements for IPv6 Prefix Delegation
Cited by 3 RFCs
rfc4014 Feb 2005 Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS) Attributes Suboption for the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Relay Agent Information Option
rfc4192 Sep 2005 Procedures for Renumbering an IPv6 Network without a Flag Day
Cited by 21 RFCs
rfc4818 Apr 2007 RADIUS Delegated-IPv6-Prefix Attribute
Cited by 10 RFCs
rfc4864 May 2007 Local Network Protection for IPv6
Cited by 16 RFCs
rfc6276 Jul 2011 DHCPv6 Prefix Delegation for Network Mobility (NEMO)
Cited by 1 RFC
rfc6333 Aug 2011 Dual-Stack Lite Broadband Deployments Following IPv4 Exhaustion
Cited by 43 RFCs
rfc6644 Jul 2012 Rebind Capability in DHCPv6 Reconfigure Messages
Cited by 1 RFC
rfc7083 Nov 2013 Modification to Default Values of SOL_MAX_RT and INF_MAX_RT
Cited by 5 RFCs
rfc7346 Aug 2014 IPv6 Multicast Address Scopes
Cited by 6 RFCs
rfc7973 Nov 2016 Assignment of an Ethertype for IPv6 with Low-Power Wireless Personal Area Network (LoWPAN) Encapsulation
rfc8066 Feb 2017 IPv6 over Low-Power Wireless Personal Area Network (6LoWPAN) ESC Dispatch Code Points and Guidelines
rfc8244 Oct 2017 Special-Use Domain Names Problem Statement
Cited by 2 RFCs
rfc8520 Mar 2019 Manufacturer Usage Description Specification
Cited by 3 RFCs

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