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Ralph Droms

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 2022-05-26.

RFCs (29)

RFC Date Title Cited by
RFC 1531 Oct 1993 Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol 5 RFCs
RFC 1533 Oct 1993 DHCP Options and BOOTP Vendor Extensions 8 RFCs
RFC 1534 Oct 1993 Interoperation Between DHCP and BOOTP 6 RFCs
RFC 1541 Oct 1993 Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol 14 RFCs
RFC 2131 Mar 1997 Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol 184 RFCs
RFC 2132 Mar 1997 DHCP Options and BOOTP Vendor Extensions 92 RFCs
RFC 2242 Nov 1997 NetWare/IP Domain Name and Information 1 RFC
RFC 2489 Jan 1999 Procedure for Defining New DHCP Options 2 RFCs
RFC 2939 Sep 2000 Procedures and IANA Guidelines for Definition of New DHCP Options and Message Types 22 RFCs
RFC 3004 Nov 2000 The User Class Option for DHCP 3 RFCs
RFC 3118 Jun 2001 Authentication for DHCP Messages 51 RFCs
RFC 3633 Dec 2003 IPv6 Prefix Options for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) version 6 66 RFCs
RFC 3646 Dec 2003 DNS Configuration options for Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol for IPv6 (DHCPv6) 31 RFCs
RFC 3679 Jan 2004 Unused Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Option Codes 3 RFCs
RFC 3736 Apr 2004 Stateless Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Service for IPv6 33 RFCs
RFC 3769 Jun 2004 Requirements for IPv6 Prefix Delegation 3 RFCs
RFC 4014 Feb 2005 Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service (RADIUS) Attributes Suboption for the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Relay Agent Information Option
RFC 4192 Sep 2005 Procedures for Renumbering an IPv6 Network without a Flag Day 21 RFCs
RFC 4818 Apr 2007 RADIUS Delegated-IPv6-Prefix Attribute 10 RFCs
RFC 4864 May 2007 Local Network Protection for IPv6 17 RFCs
RFC 6276 Jul 2011 DHCPv6 Prefix Delegation for Network Mobility (NEMO) 1 RFC
RFC 6333 Aug 2011 Dual-Stack Lite Broadband Deployments Following IPv4 Exhaustion 44 RFCs
RFC 6644 Jul 2012 Rebind Capability in DHCPv6 Reconfigure Messages 1 RFC
RFC 7083 Nov 2013 Modification to Default Values of SOL_MAX_RT and INF_MAX_RT 5 RFCs
RFC 7346 Aug 2014 IPv6 Multicast Address Scopes 6 RFCs
RFC 7973 Nov 2016 Assignment of an Ethertype for IPv6 with Low-Power Wireless Personal Area Network (LoWPAN) Encapsulation
RFC 8066 Feb 2017 IPv6 over Low-Power Wireless Personal Area Network (6LoWPAN) ESC Dispatch Code Points and Guidelines
RFC 8244 Oct 2017 Special-Use Domain Names Problem Statement 2 RFCs
RFC 8520 Mar 2019 Manufacturer Usage Description Specification 5 RFCs

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