The Internet Engineering Task Force, the Internet's premier standards-setting body, has selected IBM researcher Brian Carpenter as its new chair. The appointment was announced Thursday and will be made official March 9 at the all-volunteer group's meeting in Minneapolis.
Carpenter replaces Harald Alvestrand, a Cisco Systems fellow who resigned the post after four tumultuous years spent restructuring the group's administrative processes and improving its financial situation. Alvestrand will return to a full-time post with Cisco in Norway this summer.
Carpenter is a distinguished engineer with IBM's Systems Research Group at its Zurich Research Lab in Switzerland. Carpenter has been active in the IETF's development of IPv6, a long-awaited upgrade to the Internet's main protocol known as IPv4.
Carpenter has co-authored 21 IETF standards known as Requests for Comments. These RFCs span topics ranging from ways to provide quality of service over the Internet to the status of end-to-end connectivity and transparency over the Internet.