[Cerowrt-devel] some thoughts towards medals and other recognition for fundamental contributions to the internet

Vint Cerf vint at google.com
Thu Mar 5 10:38:09 EST 2015

dave, this is a great list - and much appreciated. nominations must go to
the committees for awards.

I suggest we compile a list of the applicable awards from IEEE, ACM, NAE,
AAAS, .... and references to how to make nominations.


On Thu, Mar 5, 2015 at 9:48 AM, Dave Taht <dave.taht at gmail.com> wrote:

> There are plenty of people involved in the bufferbloat project who
> already have got plenty of medals, awards and statuettes - Eric
> Raymond, Jim Gettys, Paul Vixie, Vint Cerf, Fred Baker, etc...
> And there are now a bunch of newer people that have made enormous
> contributions to making the Internet better, and it would be good to
> somehow, give them some recognition for that.
> Are there some set of medal granting organisations we could submit
> these peoples' names to?
> * Kathie Nichols and Van Jacobson - for making a fundamental
> contribution towards understanding the causes of network latency with
> codel
> * Jesper Dangaard-Brauer - for solving all the thorny rateshaping
> problems on PPPoe/ATM/DSL in his masters thesis (and in running code)
> * Tom Herbert - for the invention of BQL
> * Eric Dumazet - for the invention of fq_codel (and being the worlds
> greatest active network programmer!)
> * Juliusz Chroboczek - for solving nearly all the problems that
> distance vector routing had, and making source specific routing
> actually work
> * Greg White - for driving the DOCSIS 3.1 standard
> * Simon Kelly - IMHO, he deserves a knighthood and place in the
> mythology along with Tim-Berners-Lee - as unlike http, dnsmasq has
> been invisible, nearly as widespread, and far less problematic. He's
> England's national treasure, and just spent 3 years making DNSSEC
> deployable along the edge, besides.
> * PI, PIE teams.
> * No doubt I am not remembering someone, apologies! please feel free
> to offer up some suggestions! (but what I am mostly looking for is a
> (set of) place(s) to give names to!)
> Even without finding some separate medal granting org, I have longed
> to create a *new* award - an "Internet Pioneers Award".
> It would feature a statuette of an engineer, chained to a rock,
> marketroids eating his guts out, with a dozen arrows in his back, with
> hands outstretched - holding up a shiny new piece of technology.
> First up, for that award (and I can think of plenty of others
> eligible!), would be this guy:
> http://the-edge.blogspot.com/2003/06/wireless-connection.html
> ... without whom, it would have taken a lot longer for the entire home
> router market to exist.
> In addition to the statue that award would include an all-expenses
> paid trip to some tropical beach, somewhere, that didn't have
> internet!
> I see isoc does some stuff, the process for national science awards is
> not very clear... LF does some stuff...
> What else is there?
> --
> Dave Täht
> Let's make wifi fast, less jittery and reliable again!
> https://plus.google.com/u/0/107942175615993706558/posts/TVX3o84jjmb
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