Brian Carpenter's home page

I am no longer lecturing or supervising students. Potential graduate students: please don't waste your time sending me email. Instead, please see our research overview and our postgraduate options.

My book "Network Geeks - How They Built the Internet" came out in April 2013. You can get it from the usual places, on paper or as an eBook. Here's the publisher's page, and here's the errata page.

For a short biography, look here. For my official University of Auckland profile including contact data, look here.
If you're trying to find our building and are confused, try here.

Three ways of looking at me (1997, 2005, 2009).

I joined the Computer Science department in Auckland in September 2007 and I was appointed Professor in January 2009. After retirement, I spent a year from April 2012 as an academic Visitor at the Computer Laboratory of Cambridge University, UK. In 2013 I came back to the University of Auckland part-time, mainly doing research consultancy. I am now an honorary professor.

My research interests are focussed on Internet infrastructure issues including routing and addressing. In recent years I have been active in Internet protocol design, mainly in the IETF. I am particularly interested in scaling issues and the much-needed deployment of IPv6. Just now I am also working on autonomic networking.


Selected talks.

Some bits and pieces.

To hear what I thought about things in 1993, listen to my interview on Internet Talk Radio broadast on November 10 that year.

Before retirement, I taught parts of CS314 and CS742.

The world's central registry of IPv4 addresses ran out in 2011, so all remaining spare addresses will soon be allocated. It is high time for everyone running network services to support IP version 6 (IPv6), providing trillions of new addresses. Use of IPv6 in the Internet is growing fast, and IPv6 works on all modern PCs and smartphones.

Click to test IPv6. If your service provider doesn't offer IPv6, complain!

For more on IPv6 click here.

Special note for IIT students: Every year, numerous IIT students send email asking about "summer internships". There is no budget to support such internships, and in any case during the summer in India, it's winter in New Zealand and we are busy with regular teaching. All such emails are deleted without being read.

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