David Clark

Dr. David Clark was Chief Architect of the Internet and a passionate advocate for its future evolution. As Senior Research Scientist of the MIT Laboratory for Computer Science and Chairman of the United States Computer Science and Telecommunications Board (National Academies), Dr. David Clark has a unique and broad perspective on all the major issues surrounding Information Technology. An excellent speaker, Dr. David Clark combines a broad and firm grasp of these issues with a deep technical understanding that brings clarity to his visions of the future.

In addition to his appointment in the Laboratory for Computer Science, Dr. David Clark oversees the Internet and Telecomms Convergence Consortium at M.I.T., which is part of the Research Program in Communications Policy within the Center for Technology, Policy and Industrial Development. This consortium examines the broader context of the InternetCeconomics, societal impact and policy. The goal of this interdisciplinary consortium is to shape technological innovation and business planning by articulating this larger context for the Internet.

More recently, Dr. David Clark has looked at protocols and architectures for very large and very high speed networks. Specific activities include the development of methods to support real time traffic in the Internet, new models for service allocation in the Internet, network architecture for new generations of computer devices, policy issues in broadband local loop deployment and approaches to pricing of the Internet. He is a major author of two studies by the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board on telecommunications policy and the future of the Internet.

Dr. David Clark worked on the early stages of the ARPAnet and has been a leader of the development of the Internet protocol suite. From 1981-1989 he acted as Chief Architect in this development and chaired the Internet Activities Board, a steering committee that guides the evolution of the Internet protocols. Dr. David Clark resigned from the IAB in 1991 to concentrate on advanced research.