Spencer Dawkins

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Spencer Dawkins is currently a Principal Researcher at Tencent America.

Spencer began participating in the Internet Engineering Task Force in 1996, served as co-chair for the MARTINI, MEDIACTRL, and SIPCLF working groups in the Realtime Applications and Infrastructure Area, and as co-chair for the PILC working group in the Transport Area.

Spencer served on the Internet Architecture Board from 2010 to 2013, when he joined the IESG as Transport Area Director, and served from 2013 to 2019.

Spencer is a recovering IETF process wonk, having served on the General Area Directorate and on the author team for RFC 3774, and as editor for several revisions to the NomCom process specification, and also served on the General Area Review Team from its formation in 2004 until he was selected for the IAB in 2010. Spencer also serves on the Internet Research Steering Group, and served as Technical Director for the SIP Forum from 2012 to 2016.

Prior to joining Tencent, Spencer served as a Senior Standards Manager for Futurewei Technologies and as a consultant for Huawei Technologies, engineered GPRS and VoIP network monitor products for Inet Technologies/Tektronix, did product architecture for protocol accelerators at a start-up and for next-generation SONET switches at Fujitsu Network Communications, and served in a variety of roles at Nortel Networks, where he started out as a business systems computer programmer, but fast-talked his way into networking product development in the R&D group after reading Andrew Tanenbaum’s “Computer Networks”, which changed Spencer’s life.

Spencer holds BBA and MS degrees from the University of North Texas, has a lovely wife named Shirley and four rescue dogs, and volunteers with teenage kids, where the weirdness keeps him young.

RFCs (16)

rfc2757 Jan 2000 Long Thin Networks
Cited by 11 RFCs
rfc2760 Feb 2000 Ongoing TCP Research Related to Satellites
Cited by 9 RFCs
rfc3150 Jul 2001 End-to-end Performance Implications of Slow Links
Cited by 21 RFCs
rfc3155 Aug 2001 End-to-end Performance Implications of Links with Errors
Cited by 20 RFCs
rfc3933 Nov 2004 A Model for IETF Process Experiments
Cited by 13 RFCs
rfc4925 Jul 2007 Softwire Problem Statement
Cited by 12 RFCs
rfc5078 Oct 2007 IAB and IESG Selection, Confirmation, and Recall Process: Revision of the Nominating and Recall Committees Timeline
Cited by 3 RFCs
rfc5633 Aug 2009 Nominating Committee Process: Earlier Announcement of Open Positions and Solicitation of Volunteers
Cited by 2 RFCs
rfc5680 Oct 2009 The Nominating Committee Process: Open Disclosure of Willing Nominees
Cited by 33 RFCs
rfc7241 Jul 2014 The IEEE 802/IETF Relationship
Cited by 1 RFC
rfc7418 Dec 2014 An IRTF Primer for IETF Participants
Cited by 1 RFC
rfc7475 Mar 2015 Increasing the Number of Area Directors in an IETF Area
rfc7890 Jun 2016 Concepts and Terminology for Peer-to-Peer SIP (P2PSIP)
Cited by 5 RFCs
rfc8318 Jan 2018 IAB, IESG, and IAOC Selection, Confirmation, and Recall Process: IAOC Advisor for the Nominating Committee
Cited by 1 RFC
rfc8462 Oct 2018 Report from the IAB Workshop on Managing Radio Networks in an Encrypted World (MaRNEW)
Cited by 1 RFC
rfc9049 Jun 2021 Path Aware Networking: Obstacles to Deployment (A Bestiary of Roads Not Taken)