Joseph Noel Chiappa (b. 1956 Bermuda ) is an Internet pioneer. He is a US- resident and researcher working in the area of ​​information systems architecture and software, principally computer networks.


Chiappa attended Saltus Grammar School in Bermuda, and Phillips Academy and MIT in the US.


As a staff researcher and Internet technology pioneer at the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science , Chiappa invented the multi-protocol router . In addition to wide use at MIT, which was later used at Stanford in 1982; Other multi-protocol routers at Stanford were implemented independently by William Yeager . [2] [3] [4] The MIT multi-protocol router became the basis of the multi-protocol router from Proteon, Inc. , the first commercially available multi-protocol router (January, 1986). [5]

Chiappa designed the original version of Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP). [6] He is acknowledged in several other RFCs, such as RFC-826 , RFC-919, RFC-950 and others. He has extensively worked on the Locator / Identifier Separation Protocol (LISP).

Chiappa is listed on the “Birth of the Internet” plaque at the entrance to the Gates Computer Science Building, Stanford . [7]

From 2012, Chiappa was working on long-term issues in both Internet Research Task Force and Internet Engineering Task Force and its predecessors; He served as the Director of Internet Services for the Internet Engineering Steering Group from 1987-1992.

As of 2016, Chiappa was preparing to write iMucs, a Multics -like operating system.

Other interests

Among many non-technical interests, he is particularly interested in Japanese woodblock prints , and helps maintain online catalogs for two major woodblock artists, Tsukioka Yoshitoshi and Utagawa Hiroshige II .

Personal life

Chiappa lives in Yorktown, Virginia with his family. [1]


  1. ^ Jump up to:b Chiappa, Noel. “Brief biography of J. Noel Chiappa” . Retrieved November 1, 2016 .
  2. Jump up^ Valley of the Nerds: Who Really Invented the Multiprotocol Router, and Why Should We Care? , Public Broadcasting Service, Accessed August 11, 2007.
  3. Jump up^ Router Man, NetworkWorld, Accessed June 22, 2007.
  4. Jump up^ David D. Clark, “MIT Campus Network Implementation”, CCNG-2, Campus Computer Network Group, MIT, Cambridge, 1982; pp. 26.
  5. Jump up^ History lesson: The origins of wiki, blog and other high-tech lingo
  6. Jump up^ RFC 783: THE TFTP PROTOCOL (REVISION 2)June 1981, Obsoleted by RFC-1350 July 1992
  7. Jump up^ Image plate

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